Kevin Yank

Recent Notes

Feedbin can no longer subscribe to Twitter users:

I’m going to have to decide whether to spend US$100/month for my Birdsitelive instance to continue following Twitter users via Mastodon.

I’m terrified by the prospect of teams of engineers who stop learning from each other because #ChatGPT lets them stop talking to each other (by pretending they never need advice).

The onboarding flow for #ChatGPT should require new users to view a response to an obscure question about which they are a subject-matter expert before they can ask the model any other questions.

Until you’ve sat aghast at the sight of a confident, detailed, but completely wrong answer, you will have no understanding of the skepticism you need to apply to the guidance it provides. Already losing track of the number of engineers I’ve seen apply ChatGPT advice that turns out to be terrible.

Hopping in the car for an all-nighter, driving the support vehicle for #OxfamTrailwalker Melbourne team Back In Time that is approaching the halfway mark on their 100km journey to raise money to fight poverty! Donations welcome.

Team page:

Live tracker:

Notes from tonight’s #MelbJS: #JavaScript #meetup

New Mac. Here’s everything I installed on day one: #macOS

Overheard with one of Jess’s younger students on Zoom: Jess: “Do you know anything about the story of Alice in Wonderland?” Student: “Mmm… I think there’s a bunny … that tells the time?” #cute

Overheard: “Wait, what’s a ‘home phone’?” #FeelingOld

Fun day at #RubyConfAU 2023 (with more to look forward to tomorrow)! Amazing to rediscover a community I’d all but forgotten that I love. Suddenly really want to go to a #RailsCamp!

Looking forward to #MelbJS tonight!

  • Refactoring Components by Erin Zimmer
  • A Modern History of Front-End Best Practices by Ben Taylor

Pizza and drinks provided by #CultureAmp!

I love that #Micropub (via #Indiekit) provides a standard, open API to post to my own site and syndicate to services like Mastodon. But I think I’ve tried all the Micropub clients out there, and none is anywhere near as a nice as, for example, using to post to WordPress. #indieweb could really use a killer app in the authoring tool space. #POSSE

Finally watched all of #StarTrek The Animated Series. A few episodes that felt on par with TOS in their storytelling and characterisations, but it was uneven to say the least! Detailed thoughts on the next episode of, recording tomorrow!

Diving back into JETT: The Far Shore on PS5. I can’t believe they haven’t corrected the fundamental design mistake they made of building a game where you need to navigate visually under pressure while at the same time reading a subtitled alien language. A re-voiced (in English) re-release of the original campaign is what is needed, but instead they’re doubling down with an expansion in the same format. Such a shame. #PlayStation #videogames

Sadly, #macOS Ventura 13.2 seems no better at remembering the apps I granted Accessibility, Full Disk Access, and Screen Recording permissions to when I reboot. #Apple

Meanwhile, it looks like this year’s #Lamy Studio special edition colour is Rose. This finish came out on the Scala in 2018, and it’s a tasteful, pale pink. #fountainpens

crop of an image from the Lamy retailer portal advertising the 2023 Lamy Studio Rose

On its first boot, #macOS Ventura 13.2 displayed a prompt that Bartender wanted screen recording access, but after 10 seconds or so the prompt disappeared without any input. I’m hopeful this means that apps requesting these permissions before macOS is ready to grant them will no longer corrupt the permissions database! #Apple

The 2023 special edition #Lamy AL-star Petrol and Lilac fountain pens look great, especially the Petrol. The Lilac looks halfway between the regular Black Purple (aka Shiraz) and the rather unpopular 2018 special edition Vibrant Pink. #fountainpens

Speaking of lotteries, my tea maker is magically alive again today! Not sure how I feel about non-deterministic tea. 🤔

Playing the “I hope Apple quietly fixed my bugs” lottery with today’s macOS 13.2 update. 🤞🏻

Mourning the death of my tea maker, which has made tasty brews for me daily for a decade. No equivalent product available in Australia as far as I can tell. Would buy a Breville tea maker in a heartbeat if I could. 😢

Anyone waiting for a good Mastodon client for macOS should go buy Spring for Mac on the App Store, then use the link in Settings → About Spring to download the beta of Mona for Mac. It’s already spectacular, and developing fast. Here I have it set up to follow three timelines, including a pinned hash tag.

Recorded my current work-arounds for the macOS issue where Accessibility and other permissions get lost/corrupted on reboot: #Apple #Mac #macOS #blog

Digging into #StarTrekTAS, my first time watching The Animated Series in full, in preparation for a special edition of #SubspaceRadio before #StarTrekPicard returns next month.