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Dogfood Binge

Thursday, October 10th, 2019
Dogfood Binge

nomnomnom Imagine how good a manufacturer of dogfood would have to think their dogfood is to eat it themselves! When a company uses the thing they make, especially as part of running the company, it’s called dogfooding. We’ve been dogfooding Beeminder like maniacs for years, and paying users when we derail... »

How To Technically Count As A Vegetarian While Eating Animals

Thursday, September 26th, 2019
How To Technically Count As A Vegetarian While Eating Animals

Ok, there’s “technically” and there’s “technically”. If your definition of a vegetarian is “someone who never eats meat” then I’m pretty stuck on making good on this title. But someone who ate meat in the past and doesn’t anymore counts, of course. So maybe there’s wiggle room here? Someone who eats meat only at Christmas dinner and never any... »

Motivational Archetypes

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
Motivational Archetypes

Which motivational archetype do you most identify with: Philosopher — better understand the universe, live the life of the mind Hedonist — go on adventures, have wild romances Caregiver — have meaningful relationships, raise children Creator — make beautiful things, make enduring things Politician — lead and influence people, improve the world I would call myself a Philosopher, then Creator/Politician, followed... »

Add Datapoints From the Notifications Bar (Even While Your Phone Is Locked!)

Friday, August 23rd, 2019
Add Datapoints From the Notifications Bar (Even While Your Phone Is Locked!)

We’re delighted to have a guest post today by Thomas Kahn (who we were also fortunate enough to meet last month at the Frankfurt Beeminder meetup). Thomas is trained as a lawyer... »

The Pareto Dominance Principle for Apps and Websites

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
The Pareto Dominance Principle for Apps and Websites

This is part 2 in a 3-part series. Part 1 defined Pareto dominance and Pareto-efficient software.   I have some advice that now feels (to me, subjectively) too... »

Pareto Dominance

Friday, June 21st, 2019
Pareto Dominance

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... »

How You Talk Yourself Out Of Reporting A Bug

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
How You Talk Yourself Out Of Reporting A Bug

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 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... »

Beeminder, With The Power Of Reading!

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
Beeminder, With The Power Of Reading!

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... »