Beeminder Making You Do Self-Indulgent Things

Thursday, January 26, 2023
By dreeves
An adorable bee knitting

This isn’t a new idea but I keep noticing how great it is to have Beeminder make you do something fun. Ahh, Beeminder… hearteyes-emoji! Here’s how Bee put it in a »

Dumbest Hill To Die On: Automating Your Copyright Year is Lies

Thursday, January 12, 2023
By dreeves
A cartoon bee committing hara-kiri on a hill

I’ve been railing against automated copyright dates for years but just learned Serine Molecule scooped me in Copyright Notices Are Not Clocks: You should update the copyright year whenever you make nontrivial, copyrightable changes to your work. Not every year, and definitely not automatically. If you do it automatically, you... »

Beeminder ♥ Beeminder: Introducing the Meta Integration

Friday, December 30, 2022
By dreeves
A bee looking in the mirror

Imagine if signing up for Beeminder meant committing to use Beeminder. As part of signing up, you’d create a meta goal measuring the number of total datapoints added on all your other goals. Now the clock would be ticking to get an object-level goal created and to start adding data to it! That vision may... »

Kavka’s Toxin Puzzle and the Superpower of Commitment Devices

Friday, December 16, 2022
By dreeves
DALL-E image of a cartoon bee looking ill drinking a vial of a toxin

There’s a famous philosophy thought experiment about how the concept of forming an intention might not be as coherent as it seems. Suppose some magic mind-reading aliens (you know the type) offer you a million dollars to drink a nasty... »

X-Treme Nerd Interlude: Silky Smooth Beeminder Trend Lines

Friday, December 2, 2022
By Uluç Saranlı
Smooth bees

As you likely know if you’ve ever beeminded your weight, you can add a moving average line on top of your data on your Beeminder graph. You can also add a so-called aura around your datapoints. The idea is to see trends... »

Announcing RSSminder

Thursday, November 10, 2022
By dreeves

It’s official! Beemind anything with an RSS feed! This is a slightly nerd-oriented integration but copying and pasting URLs around is really the only skill you need to set this up. And then once it’s set up, you don’t need... »