less is more

To quote Jackie French Koller, “There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.”. This blog is the story of my own minimalist life.

My story

What minimalism brings

The benefits of living a minimalist’s life is many. Very few people can achieve the absolute minimalism, and when they do they become a Buddist saint. But hey, even if you don’t want to live like a monk (which I also think is a bit too far), a modest minimalistic life still brings you many goodies:

Save money

There are two folds regarding money saving while minimalist: you don't buy unnecessary stuff (of course) and you can sell off the stuff you already owned.

Less stress

Minimalism brings a piece of mind - less things to worry about, less stuff to clean, more time to do what you like.

More productive

Minimalism is not just about less material possession, it's also a way of life - a life without much distraction. You can focus on what is important right in front of your eyes.

Save the earth

The less you consume, the less you damage the environment.

More love

You'll learn how to appreciate life as it is and yourself as you are.

Leave a positive impact

You'll have more money and time to support other causes, imspire other people to live a minimalistic life.

What did wise people say?

Minimalism has been practiced and encouraged for thousands of years. It even has a whole religion dedicated to it (Buddism). Listen to the wise people who appreciated the beauty of minimalism

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Recent posts

I'm not a born blogger - to me owning a blog is more about playing with the code, testing new themes and be aspired by the level of beauty I probably can never reached. In the first year of my PhD, my supervisor asked me to keep writing about 3 pages a day about anything I like. I kept that up for exactly a week, then I simply ran out of material to write. However, I promised myself that this blog, with such a catchy name, will be my final dry-run and put a full stop to playing around purposeless with code. I'll try to write as frequently as I can. Below are four newest posts.

High quality graphics for your Latex document: The Matlab route

on December 8, 2016

The problem with \includegraphic and Tikz/Pgfplot You use LaTeX instead of a WYSIWYG word processing program because they can’t cope with the high quality required for publication. But your nice professional looking documents can be ruined because you insert the wrong type of figures. Bitmap figures are easily pixelated because the actual size is not always known beforehand. Exporting figures as PDF to be included sounds like a good idea but you’ll quickly notice the problem with the text (e.

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Migrate from Jekyll

on October 10, 2015

Move static content to static Jekyll has a rule that any directory not starting with _ will be copied as-is to the _site output. Hugo keeps all static content under static. You should therefore move it all there. With Jekyll, something that looked like ▾ <root>/ ▾ images/ logo.png should become ▾ <root>/ ▾ static/ ▾ images/ logo.png Additionally, you’ll want any files that should reside at the root (such as CNAME) to be moved to static.

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Linked post

By John Doe on October 2, 2015

I’m a linked post in the menu. You can add other posts by adding the following line to the frontmatter: menu = "main" Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. In mauris nulla, vestibulum vel auctor sed, posuere eu lorem. Aliquam consequat augue ut accumsan mollis. Suspendisse malesuada sodales tincidunt. Vivamus sed erat ac augue bibendum porta sed id ipsum. Ut mollis mauris eget ligula sagittis cursus. Aliquam id pharetra tellus.

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Go is for lovers

on September 17, 2015

Hugo uses the excellent go html/template library for its template engine. It is an extremely lightweight engine that provides a very small amount of logic. In our experience that it is just the right amount of logic to be able to create a good static website. If you have used other template systems from different languages or frameworks you will find a lot of similarities in go templates. This document is a brief primer on using go templates.

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