I’ll be on campus from May 15 to May 21. I’d be happy to meet with anyone on campus at that point — just drop me an email.
It’s pretty easy, actually. If you’re running Windows, download MikTek from http://www.miktex.org/ and then download TexMaker http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/. If you’re lucky, as I’ve been, the default settings will work right away. If you have a .tex file that someone has made, then just open it; press F2 to compile, then F3 to look at it.
Another excellent editor is TeXnicCenter, at www.texniccenter.org. I haven’t used it long, but it looks even better than TexMaker.
It was May 8, the morning after the second round of voting for the presidency in France. Sarkozy had just won, 53% to 47%; he is the president of the UMP, and the Socialist Party’s Ségolène Royal had been pretty soundly defeated. I was scheduled to give a talk at St. Denis at 10am. I arrived, and students were milling around the entrance; no one could get in. There was a bomb threat.
Eventually we went in, and about 45 minutes later, we got started: Ver un nouvel empirisme: l’apprentissage automatique de la morphologie.