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Announcement: The Yellow Brick Half-Plane Has Arrived

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
Announcement: The Yellow Brick Half-Plane Has Arrived

Until today Beeminder had a fundamental design flaw that was baked in from literally day one. The first line of code for what would become Beeminder was to draw a line on a graph in Mathematica from a target weight to a goal... »

Feature Unannouncement: Death To Custom Lane Widths

Friday, May 1st, 2020
Feature Unannouncement: Death To Custom Lane Widths

This is the next phase in our elaborate evil plan codenamed Yellow Brick Half-Plane. Benevolent plan, I meant to say. The previous phase was killing off auto-widening yellow brick roads. Background: Yellow Brick Whatnow? To start at the very beginning… The Yellow Brick Road is the path on your... »

Schedule Breaks On All The Things!

Monday, April 20th, 2020
Schedule Breaks On All The Things!

There’s a huge irony in us shipping this feature during the coronavirus lockdown. Namely, none of us need it for the foreseeable future! Our calendars are like an infinite Euclidean half-plane covered in fresh snow. (Ok, fine, I floated that claim among some hardcore Beeminder users and they vehemently disagreed. Examples of why this is great during a pandemic... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

Quantified Self Talk: Tracking My Personal Reliability

Friday, April 12th, 2019
Quantified Self Talk: Tracking My Personal Reliability

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... »

Commitwall: No More Beeminding Without A Way To Be Charged Money

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Commitwall: No More Beeminding Without A Way To Be Charged Money

If you’re nervous about handing over your credit card number, let us start by solemnly promising that we’re super trustworthy. Wait, that’s exactly what a scammer would say. Ok, getting more specific: We promise you won’t ever be charged due to any kind of technicality, including confusion about how Beeminder works. (You won’t be charged at all if... »