Teach me latex/tex (advanced)

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Job Description

I'm a computer scientist looking to expand my (la)tex toolbox / understanding of tex. My current proficiency allows me to write publications just fine, but I would like to be able to do things like:
-- make modifications to packages and style files
-- write a macro \putThisInTheMargin{lorem} that adds lorem to the right hand margin on the page on which it appears
-- learn some of the general knowledge a professional typesetter would have that a research scientist would not.

I am a pretty fast learner and have a decent background for this, so I don't expect this to take more than an hour or so. I expect to pay $50/hr. We would do this over google hangout/chat or equivalent.

Please begin your application with
a) 1-2 sentences explaining what \makeatletter does and why a package might use it
b) the code of a complex latex macro you have written in the past

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