LaTex – it’s why scientific/academic papers all have the same look.

In the process of trying to open what I thought was an #ancient document (in .tex) – I tripped over a world I was only dimly aware of: It’s the answer to the question: *Why do all academic, scientific papers and PDFs have the same look?” And I found my answer: They use something like this instead of Microsoft Word:

I downloaded this beautiful, 2015 monstrosity: It’s not a Word Processor, even though it looks like one at first. It can do stuff I didn’t know you could automate on paper or screen. It also exports to HTML and PDF in several different ways, can help you manage bibliographies, references, and all that academic / scientific stuff.
And the fonts they use? Wow… they really are beautiful. I get so used to jagged edges (I kinda like jagged edges – I’m always reminded of 80s video games when I’m online) – that I forgot what really smooth type looks like.
Anyway, there you go. I can open my ancient document that I snagged from an ftp server that’s been in operation since at least 1992 – in the ancient days before the WWW – that contains a 23 year old code that I’m going to try to run in 2015.

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