What Is Willpower?

Monday, March 21, 2016
By dreeves
A kid grabbing a marshmallow off a plate

Our previous post, “Ego Depletion Depletion,” generated a lot of discussion and I found I was contradicting myself on the question of what willpower is exactly. First a recap, hopefully in plainer English, about what all the fuss is about. A big finding in... »

Ego Depletion Depletion

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
By dreeves
Homer with donuts, etc, on the brain

This is crossposted on Mark Forster’s Get Everything Done blog. The big news in psychology this week is that Baumeister’s Ego Depletion model is bunk. At least it has failed to »

MongoMapper to Mongoid; Or, Breaking All The Things

Thursday, February 25, 2016
By dreeves
Dazed bee under the MongoDB logo

Anyone remember our old blog post from 2012 about accidentally running a query that started deleting our whole database? It’s pretty entertaining and helpfully demarcates the parts that non-nerds should skip. If you’re a non-nerd I’d stick with (the non-nerd parts of) that post. The executive summary of this post... »

Revealed Preference

Monday, February 15, 2016
By dreeves
Paul Samuelson

The doctrine of revealed preference — that you can infer someone’s utility function based wholly on what they choose to do — has an illustrious history. John Locke said “the actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.” And Ludwig von Mises »

Post New Year’s Press Roundup

Friday, February 5, 2016
By dreeves
Victor Hugo

Another month (or so), another swarm of Beeminder buzz. Since new year’s resolution season just ended we got included in a lot of lists (resources for succeeding in college, resources for MBA students, apps to stay motivated in 2016, »

Frictionless Tracking with Beeminder Autodata (QS 2015)

Saturday, January 23, 2016
By dreeves
Daniel Reeves at the QS15 podium

This isn’t exactly new news but a few months ago we posted the video of Beeminder CTO Bethany Soule’s talk at the 2015 Quantified Self conference and we finally got the video for my talk at QS2015 as well so we’re posting that... »