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The Shirk & Turk Principle

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
The Shirk & Turk Principle

The tagline for Amazon Mechanical Turk is “Artificial Artificial Intelligence”. As in, faking your AI by using humans. Mechanical Turk is named after the contraption in the title image, which was a seeming chess-playing automaton from the late 1700s that was secretly operated by a small human hidden inside. But this post isn’t about Amazon’s nifty service or... »

Fifth Anniversary of Beeminder

Friday, November 18th, 2016
Fifth Anniversary of Beeminder

It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 whole years since we were slamming red bull on dirty couches in a college-town garage, with our friends Sergei and Mark, moving fast and breaking things on our scrappy little startup, dreaming big about how we were going to change the world(wide web) with … Oh wait. I mean,... »

Beehind the Scenes of the Beeminder Redesign

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Beehind the Scenes of the Beeminder Redesign

It’s been a few weeks since we launched the Big Beeminder Redesign of 2016. For those of you who are web design nerds or just can’t get enough peeking inside the beehive, we’re proud to have the creative force behind the redesign, ... »

Unveiling the Big Beeminder Redesign of 2016

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Unveiling the Big Beeminder Redesign of 2016

Remember back in the day (yesterday) when Beeminder’s interface was all cluttered and intimidating and looked like it was made in 2011, by kernel hackers and accountants? Or computer scientists and behavioral econ nerds who gradually agglomerated a multiheaded beast of a system to implement their crazy lifehacking schemes. Beeminder gave the impression that you needed... »

Announcing the Infinibee Plan and Other Premium Changes

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
Announcing the Infinibee Plan and Other Premium Changes

To paraphrase Teen Talk Barbie, pricing is hard. Not “P versus NP” hard, but here at the Beehive we’ve gone through seemingly every possible permutation on a revamp of the premium plans, as the »

Honeymoons, True Love, and Yet More Buzz

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Honeymoons, True Love, and Yet More Buzz

It’s one thing to see a gushing testimonial from someone in the honeymoon phase of using Beeminder. Professor Brent Yorgey wrote such a post in 2013 (“ »

What It Means To Give Beeminder Your Credit Card

Monday, May 9th, 2016
What It Means To Give Beeminder Your Credit Card

One of the main things we’re working on right now is making Beeminder more comprehensible to newbees. We’ve even hired a web designer, Josh Pitzalis, to help us with a big redesign. Writing blog posts explaining (sometimes »

Death To Freebees; Or, Freebees Für Alles

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
Death To Freebees; Or, Freebees Für Alles

News! We scrapped the overcomplicated concept of Freebees. But don’t panic! By scrapping it we mean that you don’t need to know the term “freebees” or worry about buying them: All goals can now be created with an initial pledge of $0. Can we get a hallelujah? (If you want to cap your pledge at $0, you still need a... »

MongoMapper to Mongoid; Or, Breaking All The Things

Thursday, February 25th, 2016
MongoMapper to Mongoid; Or, Breaking All The Things

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 15th, 2016
Revealed Preference

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 »