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Some mplayer -slave foo

I am an extremely lazy person. That means I am always looking for ways
to do things quicker, easier and with the least bit of effort. This
incessant obsessive search for alternate solutions often leads to some
quite cool discoveries.

This particular post is to share with others as lazy as myself who
hate to get off their bed to change the movie or volume of the mplayer
instance playing on the desktop when you have your laptop lying next
to you. Of course this is easily solved with some money if you buy an
LIRC remote (mplayer supports it). But the challenge there is to
actually find a decent remote that works with PCs (damn you
consoles!). Hope this keeps you on your bed longer, so here it goes:

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How it started

I recently made an emacs theme with dark looks, thought it would be good to share with others. I love the look and feel of emacs when run inside the terminal. So I was looking for a way to get a dark look for my emacs when I was using the gui. A helpful emacswiki user (ZWZ) pointed me to a theme he had worked on, so I started off from there.

Mostly I wanted a theme that would make the transition from the terminal to gui seem seamless.

How to use?

Just install color-theme from And go ahead and grab dark-emacs from my github repo. Put it in, say ~/.emacs.d/, and call it from your init file (e.g. ~/.emacs) like this,

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Using Impress templates

I recently gave a talk presenting my research progress at the University. Everyone in my lab uses beamer and LaTeX, I am however of the opinion LaTeX is very restrictive with its formatting when it comes to presentations. For documents the structured approach of LaTeX is awesome. But for presentations I would rather have the flexibility of a point-and-click interface. Gives you a lot of room to present things the way you like.

So now to the object of this post, I chose with the ooolatex plugin as my office suite of choice. I ended up creating a template to suit my needs, and this post is just to document my thoughts/reasons behind the design.

Anyone can download and use the template from here here as long as they agree and adhere to this Creative Commons license.

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