Fake Data Is The Devil

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
By dreeves
Devil bee

“I eagerly anticipate how you’re going to write a blog post about an infohazard.” — User in the Beeminder community Discord This is going to sound funny but we’ve toyed with having a rule in the Beeminder community against even mentioning the concept of fake data. Especially funny is that instead we’re doing the diametric opposite and... »

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Hello Bright Red Line

Thursday, May 27, 2021
By dreeves
A bee dressed as Elton John looking out at a yellow brick road

I believe this is our first blog post with a theme song. Remember last year when we replaced Beeminder’s Yellow Brick Road with a so-called »

Incentive Alignment

Saturday, May 15, 2021
By dreeves
Cents in a line

This is a revised and slightly expanded version of something we originally wrote as part of our post on Bayesian Willpower. Immediate incentives are inordinately powerful. Beeminder’s philosophy is to find ways to make your immediate incentives... »

How To Name Your Goals

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
By dreeves
Bee named Bartlebee and turtle named Hello-my-name-is-Simon-James-Alexander-Ragsdale-the-3rd

The other day year doing support, we ran into someone with a goal named “studying_4_out_of_the_8_first_hours_of_the_day”. We were so offended by this that we’re writing a whole blog post about how not-ok that goalname is. Beeminder is highly »

Is Beeminder A Crutch?

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
By dreeves

Beeminder creates a series of intermediate daily deadlines, working towards some desired long-term goal. As you probably know, it does that with real-money commitment devices. It’s common to come down to the wire on those deadlines every dang day. It’s powerful motivation. But is... »

Bayesian Willpower

Thursday, April 8, 2021
By dreeves
Pr(workout | Beeminder) = Pr(Beeminder | workout) * Pr(workout) / Pr(Beeminder)

A couple weeks ago, Scott Alexander wrote “Toward a Bayesian Theory of Willpower”. This is my recap of the theory, my tentative verdict, and what I think it means for Beeminder and motivation hacking more... »