Beeminder’s Plans To Take Over The World

Thursday, February 23, 2023
By dreeves
Some kind of apiarian vizier plotting world domination

“World domination is such an ugly phrase. I prefer to call it world optimisation.” — Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality I came across this draft from 2010 or 2011, before we’d publicly launched and with just a smattering of beta users we’d recruited one by one. It had a note-to-self: “rewrite this to sound... »

X-Treme Nerd Interlude: How To Upgrade Your Stripe Checkout Integration In Just Four Easy Years!

Friday, February 10, 2023
By bsoule
Beeminder hearts Stripe

Circa 2019 or so Stripe released a big update to their Checkout product, the previous iteration of which we’ve been using to collect your payment... »

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