Archive for 2022

Beeminder ♥ Beeminder: Introducing the Meta Integration

Friday, December 30th, 2022
Beeminder ♥ Beeminder: Introducing the Meta Integration

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 16th, 2022
Kavka’s Toxin Puzzle and the Superpower of Commitment Devices

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 but ultimately harmless toxin. Let’s say it makes you puke your guts out for a... »

X-Treme Nerd Interlude: Silky Smooth Beeminder Trend Lines

Friday, December 2nd, 2022
X-Treme Nerd Interlude: Silky Smooth Beeminder Trend Lines

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 in your data without being distracted by daily fluctuations, particularly when data is coming from... »

Announcing RSSminder

Thursday, November 10th, 2022
Announcing RSSminder

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 to do anything at all ever (except for the thing you’re beeminding of course). That being... »

When Beeminder Fails

Thursday, October 27th, 2022
When Beeminder Fails

Beeminder is very good at keeping you on the wagon but it’s still possible to fall off. When that happens, why does it? We’ve asked people that a lot over the years and thought we’d collect the reasons. 1. Bugs or other technical issues with Beeminder From our perspective, there are still plenty of bugs and technical issues with... »

Is Beeminder Too Stressful?

Thursday, October 13th, 2022
Is Beeminder Too Stressful?

Beeminder is not just for the productivity-über-alles types who try polyphasic sleep and whatnot. I mean, it can definitely accommodate that, if that’s what you’re into. Stress can be valuable, we get it. But what if you already have too much stress? Should you avoid Beeminder? We are very biased but sure don’t think so! On the contrary, we think Beeminder... »

Psychological Pricing

Thursday, September 29th, 2022
Psychological Pricing

The other day (a Very Other day, because I’ve pulled this from the bottom of Quite A Pile of blog post drafts) we were musing idly amongst ourselves about what the psychological effect would be if Beeminder pledges were amounts like $4.99. The answer is it doesn’t matter because I can’t stand so-called »

Beeminder vs CBT

Thursday, September 15th, 2022
Beeminder vs CBT

Nathan Arthur (aka narthur, of TaskRatchet fame and who we’re now proud to also have on the Bee Team part-time) had such an amazing response to some Beeminder skepticism in a »

Primum Non Amplifico

Thursday, September 1st, 2022
Primum Non Amplifico

Today’s post (content warning: weight loss) was inspired by Jacob Falkovich and David B. Clear. First, an update on my previous... »

Orange Is The New Red

Thursday, August 18th, 2022
Orange Is The New Red

Once upon a time, I had a prescheduled one-day break on all my Beeminder goals. I’d had something on my calendar that day and, thanks to my »