Pareto Dominance

Friday, June 21, 2019
By dreeves
A graph of a Pareto frontier in 2 dimensions

Content note: I started writing a post announcing a (Pareto-inefficient) change to the pledge cap interface and realized I first needed a post about what we call the Pareto Dominance Principle. But before that we needed a post about Pareto... »

Startups Not Eating Each Other Like Cannibalistic Dogs

Saturday, May 18, 2019
By dreeves
Dog dressed as a hot dog

Huge thanks to Malcolm Ocean, Christina Willner, and »

How You Talk Yourself Out Of Reporting A Bug

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
By dreeves
Bug report

It’s funny how universal it is for users (including programmers, including myself) to gravitate so strongly to “it’s probably just me / my crappy phone / my timezone / me not reading the webcopy / me not being deserving of love or working software / etc”. It might be an impulse to be kind and not... »

Quantified Self Talk: Tracking My Personal Reliability

Friday, April 12, 2019
By dreeves
Reeves giving QS18 talk

On 2018-09-22 I gave a talk at the Quantified Self conference. This is that talk. You can also see an actual recording of it. I got a lot of encouragement afterwards... »

Beeminder, With The Power Of Reading!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
By Lawrence Evalyn
Library stacks

Lawrence Evalyn has been beeminding for almost 7 years and we’re very proud to have him guest posting for us. If this whets your appetite, check out his professional blog where he’s written about beeminding his comprehensive exams. (Graphs and charts and spreadsheets oh... »

Derailing Is Not Failing; or, Beeminder Revenue Proportional To User Awesomeness

Saturday, March 2, 2019
By dreeves
A train flying off the tracks and feeling good about that

“Potentially Paying Customers” We ended the last blog post with what you might think is an unfortunate epithet for new Beeminder users. Being buried at the end of a bunch of nitty-gritty about business reasons for the timing of collecting payment info, approximately zero percent of people noticed it, until we had to go... »