Last year, we spent 51 days at sea during the passage from Japan to Canada, it was the hardest thing we had ever done. We kept a physical logbook of daily happenings onboard. This is that logbook, revised, and with a ton of extra notes.

Building and releasing epub/mobi/pdf through the command line is super fun. Unix really nails the assemblage of text files and formats, I first read about this in The Art Of Unix Programming, but I feel like the tools have probably gotten a lot better since.

@neauoire I read the previous one on your website start to finish. I may just end up reading this as well. 👍

@samebchase It's a bit more polished, and every day/chapter has new images, we added all the recipes we cooked on the trip too.

@samebchase Lemme know which version you try, epub/mobi/pdf and how well it renders for you. We've only done limited testing :)

@neauoire yup!
That's why I'm writing my memory/thesis in orgmode

I yet fully control it but it's much better than a wysiwyg editor/compiler
@cringegod @neauoire way easier and readable
But I can embed LaTeX in if needed

@neauoire Hey, cool -- I've been publishing ebooks for years, but I've always used Calibre. What are you using directly in the command line?

@neauoire Very neat tool! I can see a use for pandoc in automatically converting the Word Doc submissions we get into a simple form of html that we can start working with.

I'll have to try and see how it works with our very customized html we use for textbooks (pandoc apparently supports a "subset" of html).

@neauoire May be this (from my blog) is of interest to you, regarding "The Go Programming Language" book typesetting.

@neauoire how does the actual markup and styling work, is it CSS based? i have a few short stories lying around that i want to wrap up and bundle one day :>

@neauoire so clean! really useful resource, thank you!

buying my copy any moment now, i'm thinking i'll read one entry per day to catch up in real time

@dom @neauoire Would have only used markdown with LaTeX for PDF, but had to add a few lines of CSS for the EPUB version.

@neauoire Ish, why does ask for my address when trying to buy this? :/

@xiroux can I see what form you get? You shouldn't even need an account. Maybe we accidentally set a shipping address, lemme see..

@neauoire I annot wait to have space to read this. I think I"m going to save it for just the right noment. It looks beautiful :)

@ajroach42 yes! The book is 200 pages long, I bet there's a ton.

Actually, even better, could you turn the fixes into PRs?

@neauoire Can and will. Also, really looking forward to this. The idea of long distance sailing appeals to me in the abstract.

@ajroach42 Well, if you have any question on how to make this idea concrete, let us know :)

@neauoire @rek looks nice on my Kindle (even with a cracked screen)

@neauoire I'm disappointed, there is not even DRM with this book. It doesn't look serious 😄

@neauoire new drawings ? instant buy !

remembering when I was waking up in the middle of the night to catch the daily updates of the log 😋

@tbd the writing has been polished a bit, and all the recipes are explained. We tried to translate a lot of the japanese vocab that we used too :)

@neauoire mixing ocean waves soundscape with Siri’s reading of the book for a kind of @rek audiobook - brings back memories of listening of old folk tales on vinyl

@neauoire Was this mostly written with left and images assembled using pandoc?

@dualhammers yeah! very good workflow. We also used Calibre to make the Kindle version. And ps2pdf to add the cover to the body of the book :)

@neauoire niiice! Yeah, linux seems to be the place to be as a writer. The tools for text are so good.

makes me wonder if I go the way I've been going with my notes if that will make an easy workflow down the line

@neauoire Right now basic markdown, but I plan on uploading them in a way that they can also be viewed as plaintext instead of converting them

@dualhammers well, markdown is an excellent candidate to turning things into books :) The travel log was written entirely in mardown with a handful of latex blocks.

@dualhammers @neauoire that’s ironic, the whole point of markdown is to be viewable as plain text without conversion, do you feel like it fails at that goal?

@zens @neauoire No, but I've only ever encountered markdown in the context of tools that use markdone files as input and converts them into things like html pages. I didn't know the "whole point" of markdown at all. I just found it worked well without conversion

@dualhammers @neauoire i don’t want to lend the concept of markdown any undue mystique. but it is one of the stated goals that any syntax should adhere as close as possible to existing informal formatting conventions used in email mailing lists, news groups. whether it, and its various extensions do succeed at this *should* be treated with some skepticism

@zens @neauoire I also do not have a deep history with email mailing lists from the 90s/00s or news groups, so whether it fails or not will be unknowable to me unless I cared to learn. Which I don't :P

@neauoire nice! My longest crossing was 28 days Yokohama to Honolulu. (tall ship, so totally different). I still remember around the clock rotating watches.

Looking forward to reading this — thank you for sharing.

@bmann I hope you like it :) Let us know what you think. When did you do the 28 days passage?

@neauoire I love it!

Staged photos of me reading on the new #remarkable attached.

My crossing was January 1994. Rough blustery weather & round the clock watches until we were 2-3 days out from Hawaii.

Long ago & far away & all a bit of a blur.

@bmann Oh wow it's so big, which reader is that? The PDF might be even better with that size. Is the text too small?

@neauoire @bmann I've been verrry tempted to get one, I have some friends who like it a lot (they had first gen). I see the new version came out last summer with more memory and a faster cpu, so more responsive.

I currently print stuff to read, which feels a bit wasteful, my hope would be that a large eink tablet would reduce my need to do that. But I have a tendency to overestimate how much I will use a new gizmo...

@eqe @neauoire yes it’s a reMarkable.

The ePub isn’t reflowing? I’ll experiment with your other formats — I’m still learning how to work with the device.

I know several people who got a Boox Android Tablet with e-ink screen that might be more flexible.

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