August 26, 2011

Mailing non-Emacs users your Org notes

August 26, 2011 - Categories: emacs, org, tips

Andras uses Emacs Org-mode to take notes during meetings, and wanted to know how to share those notes (including tables) with colleagues afterwards. Here are some tips for sharing Org notes with non-Org people.

You can copy the information as plain text. If you don’t have too much Org markup, you can copy and paste the text into your mail message. To get tables and other segments to line up nicely, make sure you format the text with a monospace font such as Courier New or Lucida Console.

You can export the information to HTML and then copy it into your message. Export the entire file with M-x org-export or export a region with M-x org-export-region-as-html. Save it to a file, open that file in your browser, then copy and paste the information. If you find yourself working with the same files often, consider using Org’s publishing support to simplify the creation of related HTML files.

You can also publish your notes on an internal or external blog. I post many of my notes on my blog (including this one!) using org2blog.el. If you publish your posts on a blog, you can send people a link, update your post with new information, and share your post with others.

Hope that helps!

Practising drawing

August 26, 2011 - Categories: sketches

I didn’t grow up drawing. Now’s as good a time as any to catch up. Here’s me working through chapters 1 – 7 of “Drawing Cartoons & Comics for Dummies” last night:

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All the characters are male, but that’s not me, that’s the book. I’m still working on making stuff up in my head.

Getting there. I don’t have a “style” yet, but learning how to do different kinds of styles can’t hurt.

I do know I’m not a satirist. I’m not going to take corporate culture apart, like Scott Adams does in Dilbert does. I figure there are enough people in the world

I want to learn how to draw so that I can explain things, like the way Larry Gonick did in the Cartoon Guide to Statistics (there’s a whole series!), and how Scott McCloud explains things in Understanding Comics and his other books. I want to tell stories. I want to point out little things about life that make me go “Aww…”

Let’s see where it takes us!