MultiMarkdown + pandoc + LaTeX

Using markdown + pandoc to write my biology PhD thesis

My bf introduced me to markdown, and I saw that others had used it for theirthesis or papers, and that it was possible to add citations and everything else academics needed, with the help of pandoc. It basically uses the power of LaTex to create your document, but you get to concentrate on writing, in a simple text editor. It looked clean and tidy, and appealed to the procrastinating, typography-loving, tools-and-gadgets geek in me. Or maybe I’m just an academic hipster.

Beware the academic hipster (or, use what works for you)

Beware the academic hipster (or, use what works for you)

As a newly-minted PhD student, I was talking with a friend about writing papers. “Use LaTeX”, he said. I thought he meant the rubbery material commonly found in lab gloves. But apparently not. LaTeX (pronounced “lay-tech”) is typesetting software that he used for writing papers.

Mendeley and Google Drive

Mendeley and Google Drive

The point of this is to enable those of us who work on multiple PC’s to avoid lots of extra syncing and keep our file links intact.  Mendeley does a great job of syncing references and maintaining links – IFF you let it host the files.  If you do not, then it just syncs references and you have to manually relink at each new computer.

Empezando por el “principio”

Como es habitual, me enfrento al inicio de este trabajo pensando en cosas instrumentales como en qué idioma escribir en este blog (la elección parece obvia, aunque no prometo que no vaya a cambiar) y las herramientas que voy a utilizar. No porque considere que es lo más importante, sino porque es lo que me sale — y lo que más me entretiene.  Continúa leyendo Empezando por el “principio”