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I really liked the 4 Alice in Wonderland characters as a legend to show which chapters (or parts of chapters) are geared towards which people.

Was the Impatient rabbit on the cover of the series always the "I"m late" rabbit? And how did you chose the other Alice in Wonderland characters to be in the legend?
 
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Hi Jeanne,

the impatient rabbit (AKA the white rabbit, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Rabbit) has been on the cover of the other "Impatient" books. And on the cover of "TeX for the Impatient" (https://www.gnu.org/software/teximpatient/), which inspired me to write "Scala for the Impatient". (Truth be told, if I had to learn TeX, I would rewrite that book to be way more impatient.)

"TeX for the Impatient", originally published in 1990, has nice cover art, professionally drawn by an actual artist. These days, impoverished publishers can't afford that any more. Someone from TaskRabbit assembles stock photos, a few color bars, and a typeface or two into a cover. That's why my covers have the original drawing by Tenniel, now in the public domain.

It was obvious that I had to use the Mad Hatter for sections describing the "this" reference, Boolishness, and so on.

The other two characters (Alice with the crown and the Cheshire cat) are more arbitrary. I had to choose images that look recognizable at small sizes. But I think they work well.

Cheers,

Cay



 
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I trust the hatter has the price label with 10/6 on.
My daughter gave me a mug with Alice and the Cheshire Cat on, knowing how much I dislike cats. It has temperature sensitive ink on too, so I now have the only sort of cat I like. It vanishes when I drink half the tea or coffee. As a Cheshire Cat should.
I have spent years struggling with TeX, LaTeX, and pdfLaTeX. I only recently found out why my \pageref{xyz}s were directing me to the page before the \label{xyz}s.
 
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Industry trivia: the Cheshire Cat was an unofficial mascot of VAX/VMS when it was developed in the late 1970s as VMS was one of the first systems that could truly boot itself from nothing without operator intervention.
 
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I have come across OSs like the Cheshire Cat, too; they usually inexplicably vanish into nothing whenever I am trying to do something.
 
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LOL. I remember well the culture shock in going from VAX/VMS to Windows back in the early 90s. From a system where up-time was measured in months, to one measured in minutes.
 
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