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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... »

Team Black vs Team Yellow: The Two Styles of Beeminding

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Team Black vs Team Yellow: The Two Styles of Beeminding

This is a guest post by Oliver Mayor, an avid Beeminder user for going on four years. He’s a software developer who’s interested in human-behavior-shaping technology and often has pretty deep insights related to Beeminder. We were especially... »

The Cockroach Principle

Sunday, July 24th, 2016
The Cockroach Principle

If you spot one cockroach in your kitchen you can rest assured that there are hordes of them sneaking around not making themselves noticed. Or maybe possibly it was just that one passing through, but if you see another one you’re very probably supporting a colony with the biomass of a blue... »

Beemind Arbitrary Tasks Automatically with Complice

Monday, July 11th, 2016
Beemind Arbitrary Tasks Automatically with Complice

This is part two of our announcement of the official Beeminder + Complice integration. It is also the second guest post by Malcolm Ocean. As you’ll see, this is... »

Beeminder and Complice Make It Official

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Beeminder and Complice Make It Official

Remember back in November when we first wrote about Complice on the blog? We described how nicely Beeminder and Complice complement each other for different goals and different aspects of goals, and described the new ways Complice could automatically send data to Beeminder. Well a lot has changed... »

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 (“ »

Walking On Custard

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Walking On Custard

When we were smaller we’d take pains to point out that our guest bloggers weren’t just friends of ours. I mean, they usually are friends of ours, but they’ve generally been Beeminder fans who then became friends. (Turns out hardcore beeminding is a strong predictor for us liking you a lot!) ... »

What Is Willpower?

Monday, March 21st, 2016
What Is Willpower?

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 9th, 2016
Ego Depletion Depletion

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 »

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 »