Strategy Memo: Beeminder Is For Nerds

Saturday, November 7, 2020
By dreeves
Beeminder logo wearing nerd glasses and a pocket protector

This is crossposted at which is clearly also for nerds! For years we’ve gotten advice to »

Beeminding the Right Thing: A Bookcase Study

Monday, October 26, 2020
By shanaqui
Cookie Monster eating books with titles 'Cookies and StickKs' and 'Cookie and Consequence'

I want to read more books. I already read a lot of books, but I want to read more! It sounds like that should be a simple thing to beemind. Do-more graph, set the rate to however many books I want to read per day/month/year, go! It has turned out... »

Road Ratchet Revamp Redresses “Ratcheting Breaks Breaks” Bug

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
By bsoule
A picture of a ratchet mechanism and Bee in overalls and a wrench and a crown

Are you somehow stumbling upon this blog post without knowing anything about Beeminder? Hoo-boy are you in the wrong place. But here’s a frenzied attempt to catch you up in time: Beeminder graphs your progress toward goals by drawing a bright line, called the Yellow Brick Road, that you commit... »

The Stanford Marshmallow Experiment: A Retrospective

Saturday, October 3, 2020
By dreeves
A bee carrying a marshmallow that's bigger than itself

By popular demand — specifically, being the winner of our poll — we’re catching you up on the latest research on the marshmallow test!   The »

Happy Now, Beeminder?

Friday, September 18, 2020
By dreeves
A bee in a dunce cap writing 'i will not write dummy posts just to make beeminder happy' on a chalkboard

Programming note (not that kind of programming; we could call it a doubly meta note?): The blog is now mobile-friendly! You’re welcome. This week we (by which I mean our robotic minions, by which I mean Google Alerts) noticed a Beeminder-relevant blog post out on the internet. It’s very short so I can... »

How To Write Functional Specs II: The Spec-List

Friday, September 4, 2020
By dreeves
Blueprint for the Infinibee logo

Writing software involves a lot of backing yourself into corners. For even the simplest-seeming program, you find yourself adding duct tape and chewing gum to satisfy different requirements and logic bugs that come up. Then you gradually whittle it back down and end up with a few simple lines and it’s... »