Alliterative Alimentation

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
By dreeves
Days of the week with images for each themed eating day

Want to hear my latest weirdo approach to diet? Probably you do, out of morbid curiosity at least. My goal in concocting this was to implement something a bit like intermittent fasting as a weight management strategy, and also to nudge my eating in a healthier direction. Also I like alliteration. More to the point, I really thrive on... »

Backlog Freshening For Humans

Thursday, March 31, 2022
By shanaqui
A dirty human stick figure with a can of stink-bee-gone

This is a sequel to the previous post on Backlog Freshening. It’s been gratifying to hear testimonials from you all about how valuable you’ve found this — for tasks in TaskWarrior, songs in one’s piano... »

Backlog Freshening

Friday, March 18, 2022
By dreeves
A dirty bee with a can of stink-bee-gone

Last time we talked about the control systems approach to backlogs. Quick recap: make a manual do-more goal where you add a +1 for completing something and keep adjusting the slope of the bright red line such that the backlog keeps steadily shrinking. This works not just for clearing a backlog but for winning the red queen race — dispatching things at roughly the rate they're coming in at and preventing another backlog from accumulating.... »

Control Systems For Backlogs

Saturday, March 5, 2022
By dreeves
A bee staring at a diagram of a control system

Saying “control system” makes this sound fancier than it is. We mean it in the simplest sense, like how your thermostat is a control system. The temperature dropping makes your heater turn on, which makes the temperature rise, which makes your heater turn off. Slightly fancier is if the heater dials itself up gradually... »

Death To Weaselproofing; Announcing No-Excuses Mode

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
By dreeves
Stars in the sky

Previously on the blog, we pitched a particular framing of Beeminder in which paying is not punishment. People seem into it! Which is good because it was setting the stage for this announcement: We’ve killed the old »

Paying Is Not Punishment

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
By dreeves
Bee in stocks with sign that says 'i derailed on beeminder'

UPDATE: See follow-up post announcing No-Excuses Mode. An under-appreciated fact about Beeminder is that it doesn’t force you to do anything. It just puts prices on things and you continue to do whatever you feel like doing, factoring in those prices. Just like you might buy... »