Web excursions are select bookmarks from Brett's travels around the internet. You can see them all on Pinboard. Visit the bookmarks page for previous Excursions.

Web Excursions for November 01, 2014

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A 9-step script that uses HTML tidy, Pandoc, and a few Node modules to do the best job I’ve seen of converting DOCX files to Markdown. It requires that you have Microsoft Word installed, but images are exported, tables preserved, and other nice details come through.
Creating custom themes for text editors doesn’t get much easier than this. Use Sass/SCSS, Stylus, or CSS to define your scopes and attributes, then turn it into a Theme for Sublime or TextMate (or any tmtheme-compatible editor).
An app from the mind of MacDrifter for beer nerds. Browse 30,000 beers and journal them (with images) as you try them. You can “grade” them, then filter, sort, and save custom views. I only wish we had more good beers available in my little town.
Use Automator variables anywhere in a workflow
I’ve been finding Automator infinitely frustrating lately, but I found this little gem while looking for something else. Tested on Mavericks, still works there. I’m not sure about Yosemite yet.
SFTP, FTP and S3 in the Sublime Text sidebar (with ExpanDrive)
I love ExpanDrive for working with just about every kind of remote filesystem I ever run into (I especially like mounting Dropbox as a network drive on systems where I don’t need my whole Dropbox installed). This tip for using mounted directories in Sublime Text works well (as well as any remote editing solution can). The background update lets you edit without waiting for the transfer on every save.

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