Negative Reinforcement ≠ Punishment

Friday, January 12, 2018
By Michele Gregoire Gill
Homer Simpson demonstrating the four fundamental types of reward and punishment

Prof Michele Gregoire Gill is back! In her previous post she mentioned that Beeminder, in large part, motivates her via negative reinforcement. If you think that makes her sound... »

Schelling Fences on Slippery Slopes

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Scott Alexander
Fences on a slippery (snowy) slope

Special guest post by Scott Alexander of Slate Star Codex! This was originally published on LessWrong in 2012 but was in want of a better home. So it may be an exaggeration... »

500 Words A Day

Friday, December 8, 2017
By Kara Timmins
Timmins's book cover

We’re honored to have sci-fi/fantasy author (and years-long Beeminder fan) Kara Timmins guest-blogging for us today about her secret to getting novels published. Ok, it’s not a secret. I mean, if we had our way it would be the diametric opposite of a secret. In case... »

Psychoanalyzing Beeminder

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
By Michele Gregoire Gill
A pigeon

We’re excited to have Prof Michele Gregoire Gill guest blogging for us! She’s a bonafide expert in what Beeminder is trying to do. Also she personally is a dedicated Beeminder user for the last 3 years. She’s here to tell us about how... »

Beemind Bites

Saturday, November 4, 2017
By Braden Shepherdson
Pacman

We know this is going to read like an April Fool’s joke to plenty of you. Like, how is not impossibly tedious to keep track of how many bites of food you eat? And aren’t bites of salad drastically different than bites of, I don’t know, cheesecake? Or: you know... »

Beeminder Is Sixy!

Thursday, October 19, 2017
By bsoule
six ducklings

The last year has flown by like a swarm of bees. We do one of these blog posts every year and they’re kind of a mix between a family Christmas letter and a state of the union address. We’ll spend a while congratulating ourselves on the charming new babies we made this last year, we’ll... »