Getting Started with Org-mode

Harry’s presentation on Org-Mode is great. He shares his personal preferences. You can read his blog to learn about them too. The meter to the presentation is perfect, too. It left me thinking more about

  • What are out expectations as viewers?
  • What are our expectations as presenters?
  • Is it worth communicating assumptions?
  • Is it all an sales exercise?
  • How does our experience with commercial software change our valuation of OSS?
  • Org-Mode is large and expressive; can we ever say more than “In my experience, X is good or bad”? Sure everything is in our experience but people really don’t listen unless you make strong statements, right?
  • As of 2016, is it fair to start a conversation with something like “I’ve spent 1,000 hours mastering X… this is the context of what I’m about to share”? When we provide opinions should we provide the same contextual disclaimer? What does mastery mean today and what is it’s role in practice? Does mastery have a place when sales matters most? Do both have a place?

Prettifying Org-Mode Code Blocks for Presentations

Org-Mode code blocks are verbose and lovable for literate programming. Rasmus wants to use the raw literate document for a presentation though, so that verbosity won’t do. He explains here how to prettify code blocks. The value-add here is that he doesn’t have to weave (export) the document for it to look great in the presentation; it already does directly in the Emacs buffer.

(Screencast) The Best Emacs Modifier Key Setup for OS X

Here is an easy way to use both Emacs and OS X modifier keys when you are inside Emacs:

Toggle the right-option and function key to switch between using them inside Emacs and using them for OS X.

Addendum: <2016-06-08 Wed 08:22>

I used Karabiner to make ENTER send LEFT CONTROL when chorded. I used OS X to make CAPS LOCK be CONTROL. I didn’t change OPTION and COMMAND. I made this change because Emacs couldn’t ignore the key-event when it was coming from Karabiner.

Here is the code:

 (setq mac-control-modifier 'control)
 (setq mac-right-control-modifier 'left)
 (setq mac-command-modifier 'meta)
 (setq mac-right-command-modifier 'left)
 (setq mac-option-modifier 'super)
 (setq mac-right-option-modifier 'left)
 (setq mac-function-modifier 'hyper)
 (defun help/toggle-mac-right-option-modifier ()
   "Toggle between passing option modifier either to Emacs or OS X."
   (let ((old-ropt mac-right-option-modifier))
     (setq mac-right-option-modifier
           (if (eq mac-right-option-modifier 'left)
     (message "Toggled `mac-right-option-modifier' from %s to %s."
 (defun help/toggle-mac-function-modifier ()
   "Toggle between passing function modifier either to Emacs or OS X."
   (let ((old-func mac-function-modifier))
     (setq mac-function-modifier
           (if (eq mac-function-modifier 'hyper)
     (message "Toggled `mac-function-modifier' from %s to %s."