Cronenberg documents: or, How I typeset my thesis

I’m writing a PhD thesis for MIT, which specifies that the entire thesis must have a single, continuous page numbering. This is a pain, because my thesis is going to consist of a bunch of documents cobbled together. The front matter, intro, and conclusion will be in the MIT latex template, but the three main chapters will be from publications. One is a published PLoS paper, so I can just paste the pdf of the official paper right in there. Another is a Word document, since Word was the only way I could work on the document with my collaborator. The third is a latex document using a different, journal-provided template. How do I mash these things into one?

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When everyone thinks you’re crazy

I’m a scifi fan, and there are many television shows and movies that include a character who knows something crucial but is disbelieved or dismissed by everyone. The classic archetype is the prophet Cassandra, but I most recently saw this an episode of Farscape: the main character gets “copied” into a hairy, animalistic version of himself. The other characters hunt for “the creature”, which “captures” on of the characters and, through many anguished attempts at communication, shows her that he is, indeed, the main character. Everyone dismisses this animal-man until the end of the episode, when he turns out to be the morally upright “version” and saves the day.

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