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Self-Isolation Strategies: Nikki’s Operation Safety Bubble

Monday, March 30th, 2020
Self-Isolation Strategies: Nikki’s Operation Safety Bubble

Your beloved Support Czar Nikki (AKA shanaqui) is next in our trapped-in-our-apartments blog series (previously: Mary on creating challenges) and gives some inspiring examples of how they’re beeminding... »

Self-Isolation Strategies: Mary On Creating Challenges To Make Time Pass

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
Self-Isolation Strategies: Mary On Creating Challenges To Make Time Pass

Welcome to our new trapped-in-our-apartments blog series, where we tell you how we workerbees are coping with our coronavirus confinements. Mary Renaud is kicking it off with her strategy of challenging herself to finish fun or difficult feats before we’re released from captivity. She’s got some great suggestions! My favorite... »

How To Write Functional Specs

Thursday, March 12th, 2020
How To Write Functional Specs

We’re assuming here that you’re already conceptually on board with writing specs. If you’re skeptical, Joel Spolsky will set you straight! Here’s my own mini-pitch for specs: Writing... »

Death to Auto-Widening Yellow Brick Roads, Part 2

Monday, February 17th, 2020
Death to Auto-Widening Yellow Brick Roads, Part 2

If you’re just tuning in, and if you care about this for pragmatic rather than philosophical reasons, you’ll want to start with (or stick with) our announcement that we have fully killed off auto-widening yellow brick roads. This is the part where we philosophize about why... »

Feature Unannouncement: Auto-Widening Yellow Brick Roads Have Gone Manual

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
Feature Unannouncement: Auto-Widening Yellow Brick Roads Have Gone Manual

In which we explain how a big feature of early Beeminder, auto-widening yellow brick roads, was wrong-headed and what we’re doing now instead. This is Part 1 with Just The Facts and the probably-very-safe-assumption that you don’t care about the convoluted... »

Beeminder Buzz Press Roundup 2019

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
Beeminder Buzz Press Roundup 2019

This is our 14th press roundup! The internet seems to just keep on loving us. We’re very touched! Our last one was a year ago, making this one pretty much a 2019 year-in-review, Beeminder-buzz-wise. (Speaking of years-in-review, we also collected a list of things... »

Meet The New Gmail Zero, Same As The Old Gmail Zero

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
Meet The New Gmail Zero, Same As The Old Gmail Zero

Announcement! We’ve reworked Gmail goals to use a label instead of an arbitrary search query, because Google is making us. (Not just us. Any app wanting access to things like arbitrary search queries has to go through a $10k+ security audit now!) If you need to do something about your Gmail... »

Integery Goals, Timey-Wimey Goals, and Conservarounding

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
Integery Goals, Timey-Wimey Goals, and Conservarounding

Here’s a thing users really hated about Beeminder until today: when Beeminder told them they needed to floss their teeth 0.23 times or archive 6.8 emails or whatever nonsensical / physically impossible thing. I personally shrugged that off for years. Obviously you just mentally take the ceiling of that number, right? If you have to floss 0.23 times and... »

Social Reality And The Canard About Keeping Your Goals To Yourself

Thursday, November 21st, 2019
Social Reality And The Canard About Keeping Your Goals To Yourself

It’s now been ten years since the publication of Gollwitzer et al’s paper about, as the internet interpreted it, keeping your goals to yourself. I think I’ve heard variants of “did you hear that science shows that you’re... »

Beeminder ♥ Project Euler

Monday, November 4th, 2019
Beeminder ♥ Project Euler

We have a new official integration partner! Except arguably not official, nor a partner. Project Euler is philosophically opposed to any kind of commercialization. So much so that the founder and all volunteers who contribute to it have committed to never profit financially from doing so. Pretty... »