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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... »

16 Obscure Beeminder Features

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
16 Obscure Beeminder Features

It’s our first ever listicle! We tried these out in a daily and weekly beemail and even among those most hardcore users, many didn’t know about many of these features. For the average feature in this list, 30% of daily subscribers and 40% of weekly subscribers weren’t aware of it. So here they are, listed... »

Frictionless Tracking with Beeminder Autodata (QS 2015)

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016
Frictionless Tracking with Beeminder Autodata (QS 2015)

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... »

Hard-Committing To Do Something “Soon”

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
Hard-Committing To Do Something “Soon”

Deadlines are really important. Without them things don’t ever get shipped. But they’re also — if you can hard-commit to them, which you have to or else they’re pointless — kind of awful and arbitrary and stressful. Epiphany: Beeminder gives a way to get the key advantage of a deadline without the stress and arbitrariness. What you do is,... »

Chasing Waterfalls

Monday, October 12th, 2015
Chasing Waterfalls

Last week (or however often we have Beeminder force us to get blog posts out the door) we announced our big »

Bee on Extreme Productivity (QS 2015)

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
Bee on Extreme Productivity (QS 2015)

Once again our esteemed cofounder, Bethany Soule, aka the Bee in Beeminder, gave a talk at the Global Quantified Self conference in San Francisco. But you don’t have to take our word for it. We now have video proof. We’re also sharing the transcript and slides, in case anyone cares... »

I Resolve Not To Resolve; Or, The Anti-Resolution Resolution

Saturday, August 29th, 2015
I Resolve Not To Resolve; Or, The Anti-Resolution Resolution

As I write this, my cofounder (aka the Bee in Beeminder) is off running a 195-mile, 12-person relay race from Mt Hood to the Oregon coast, so tonight’s emergency blog... »

Nine Greens

Friday, August 7th, 2015
Nine Greens

This is a guest post by Mirabai Knight, who beeminds many aspects of her life, in many creative ways. She’s been a proponent of Beeminder in the popular »