Archive for 2011

The Road Dial and the Akrasia Horizon

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
The Road Dial and the Akrasia Horizon

Previously on the Beeminder Blog… How can we set up a commitment contract with minimal risk that we’ll regret it? It’s a tricky balancing act. You want something solid enough that you’ve truly committed yourself to your goal and can’t weasel out whenever a friend bakes some brownies (or whatever). But... »

Backfiring Workouts

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Backfiring Workouts

Here’s a question from a user: “Sometimes it seems like a hard workout makes me gain weight. My question is: WTF?” Melanie, Beeminder’s resident fitness expert, has an answer: Temporary weight gain for a day or two after a hard workout is common. Your body is storing glucose — quick energy... »

The Magical Widening Yellow Brick Road

Sunday, July 10th, 2011
The Magical Widening Yellow Brick Road

UPDATE 2017: This whole post is of historical interest only. We have gotten rid of auto-widening roads in Beeminder! Beeminder is a tool for getting yourself to do the things you want to do… when you’re thinking about what you want to do next week. For example, next week I want to eat healthy, work out at least 3 times,... »

Force Majeure, Or Beeminder’s SOS Clause

Friday, July 1st, 2011
Force Majeure, Or Beeminder’s SOS Clause

[UPDATE 2015: We’ve learned that we don’t need to be this uptight or hard-nosed about derailments. Just reply to the email asking if the derailment was legit and say why you don’t consider it to be. We will believe you. If you want something closer to the original vision articulated in this old blog post... »

Summer Solstice PSA

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
Summer Solstice PSA

This is a friendly reminder about our friendly mass of incandescent gas. For beemindees in the northern hemisphere (i.e., all but one or two of you, I believe), this is a reminder that the days are as long as they are going to get right... »

BMNDR vs StickK

Thursday, June 16th, 2011
BMNDR vs StickK

This is a guest post by Josh Jordan. While waiting for a Beeminder beta account, I tried using StickK to help me lose some fat. StickK is a brilliant concept and I hope they succeed in a big way, but I don’t like their weekly weigh-ins, for two reasons: It’s way too easy to »

TimeCarrot = StickK + RescueTime

Friday, June 10th, 2011
TimeCarrot = StickK + RescueTime

We hate to promote our competition but TimeCarrot.com is an interesting idea (albeit rough around the edges) that some of you will be interested in. Most of you know about StickK.com, which facilitates commitment contracts on arbitrary goals (but no visualization or automatic daily accountability, like with Beeminder). You also may have... »

Akratics Anonymous

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Akratics Anonymous

“I did all the right things and it didn’t work” The kind of people who say that, Beeminder is not for them. Beeminder is for goals you know you can achieve, and definitely want to achieve, yet historically have failed at. Some people don’t relate to the psychology there. Apparently you didn’t want it as bad as... »

Unintended Consequences

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
Unintended Consequences

David Reiley is an economist and a Beeminder beta user, albeit one who has yet to partake of a commitment contract. He asks the following: For those of you who have given yourselves big incentives to do something, do you ever find that you are... »

Beeminder on Rails

Thursday, April 28th, 2011
Beeminder on Rails

You may have noticed the shiny new design of Beeminder. For nerds who know about such things: we switched to Ruby on Rails. For non-nerds: we added buzzwords to our internets! Either way, it was kind of a big deal, even though it doesn’t look like much just yet. Step one was to replicate everything that the... »