draft of today's emergency blog post on beeminding outside the box

We’re trying to collect all the outside-the-box ways people use Beeminder:

http://expost.padm.us/beebox

Could you help us think of more?

I should probably mention in the post how my $270 Must-Do for today is
to send a draft of the post to Akratics Anonymous by noon, in hopes of
avoiding spoiling our Friday night scrambling to get it out the door.

Bethany ended up saving my butt and writing most of it.


http://dreev.es – search://"Daniel Reeves"
Goal tracking + Commitment contracts == http://beeminder.com

My weight-gaining goal was called “cassius” <
https://www.beeminder.com/kubla/goals/cassius> in reference to Shakespear’s
Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene ii:

Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o’ nights.
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.

but I was just goofing off. Looking at my graph you can see that:

  • at first I couldn’t figure out a reliable way to gain weight that I liked
  • then I did
  • the gain was fairly linear after that towards my goal
  • then having proved the method to myself, I got bored with it, maintained
    the weight until my original goal date, and then just let it drop

Certainly weird, maybe not helpful for your blog post.

I advised a married couple who wanted to add more thrill to their lives
feel to use Beeminder to commit to having sex in unusual places more often,
using codewords for the goal, and I was told recently that it totally
worked, but I’m certain they would not agree to being linked to in aq blog
post :wink:

On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 2:57 PM, Daniel Reeves dreeves@beeminder.comwrote:

We’re trying to collect all the outside-the-box ways people use Beeminder:

Beeminding Outside the Box

Could you help us think of more?

I should probably mention in the post how my $270 Must-Do for today is
to send a draft of the post to Akratics Anonymous by noon, in hopes of
avoiding spoiling our Friday night scrambling to get it out the door.

Bethany ended up saving my butt and writing most of it.


http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
Goal tracking + Commitment contracts == http://beeminder.com


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Wait, I can beemind the number of safe days on my beeminder?
I’d like more links to see other peoples beeminders!

-Jolly

From: akratics@googlegroups.com [mailto:akratics@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Michael J.J. Tiffany
Sent: Friday, March 15, 2013 3:37 PM
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Subject: Re: draft of today’s emergency blog post on beeminding outside the box

My weight-gaining goal was called “cassius” https://www.beeminder.com/kubla/goals/cassius in reference to Shakespear’s Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene ii:

Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o’ nights.
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.

but I was just goofing off. Looking at my graph you can see that:

  • at first I couldn’t figure out a reliable way to gain weight that I liked
  • then I did
  • the gain was fairly linear after that towards my goal
  • then having proved the method to myself, I got bored with it, maintained the weight until my original goal date, and then just let it drop

Certainly weird, maybe not helpful for your blog post.

I advised a married couple who wanted to add more thrill to their lives feel to use Beeminder to commit to having sex in unusual places more often, using codewords for the goal, and I was told recently that it totally worked, but I’m certain they would not agree to being linked to in aq blog post :wink:

On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 2:57 PM, Daniel Reeves <dreeves@beeminder.commailto:dreeves@beeminder.com> wrote:
We’re trying to collect all the outside-the-box ways people use Beeminder:

http://expost.padm.us/beebox

Could you help us think of more?

I should probably mention in the post how my $270 Must-Do for today is
to send a draft of the post to Akratics Anonymous by noon, in hopes of
avoiding spoiling our Friday night scrambling to get it out the door.

Bethany ended up saving my butt and writing most of it.


http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
Goal tracking + Commitment contracts == http://beeminder.com


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There’s this – beeminder.com/featured – which is so old it’s from
the days when most Beeminder graphs were our own. :slight_smile:
I don’t remember who tried beeminding their safety buffers, but I
suspect it was … too meta.
Though now that I think about it I wonder if it isn’t in fact
ingenious, as long as it were automated…

On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM, Apneet Jolly jolly@ajollylife.com wrote:

Wait, I can beemind the number of safe days on my beeminder?

I’d like more links to see other peoples beeminders!

-Jolly

From: akratics@googlegroups.com [mailto:akratics@googlegroups.com] On Behalf
Of Michael J.J. Tiffany
Sent: Friday, March 15, 2013 3:37 PM
To: akratics@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: draft of today’s emergency blog post on beeminding outside the
box

My weight-gaining goal was called “cassius”
https://www.beeminder.com/kubla/goals/cassius in reference to Shakespear’s
Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene ii:

Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o’ nights.
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.

but I was just goofing off. Looking at my graph you can see that:

  • at first I couldn’t figure out a reliable way to gain weight that I liked

  • then I did

  • the gain was fairly linear after that towards my goal

  • then having proved the method to myself, I got bored with it, maintained
    the weight until my original goal date, and then just let it drop

Certainly weird, maybe not helpful for your blog post.

I advised a married couple who wanted to add more thrill to their lives feel
to use Beeminder to commit to having sex in unusual places more often, using
codewords for the goal, and I was told recently that it totally worked, but
I’m certain they would not agree to being linked to in aq blog post :wink:

On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 2:57 PM, Daniel Reeves dreeves@beeminder.com
wrote:

We’re trying to collect all the outside-the-box ways people use Beeminder:

Beeminding Outside the Box

Could you help us think of more?

I should probably mention in the post how my $270 Must-Do for today is
to send a draft of the post to Akratics Anonymous by noon, in hopes of
avoiding spoiling our Friday night scrambling to get it out the door.

Bethany ended up saving my butt and writing most of it.


http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
Goal tracking + Commitment contracts == http://beeminder.com


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http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
Goal tracking + Commitment contracts == http://beeminder.com

Something I’ve been considering, but not implemented yet, is using
HabitRPG (https://habitrpg.com/ ) to build up gold (which it gives you
when you complete chores, daily routines, one-off small tasks - things
that can be difficult to track in Beeminder) and then setting up a
“reward” in HabitRPG that “spends” say 10 gold pieces which I then
manually add as a datapoint to a Beeminder graph. It’s a kind of
double commitment device - I have to accomplish chores to stop my
HabitRPG character dying AND to stop my Beeminder goal failing. :slight_smile: But
it’s probably overkill because I’m finding HabitRPG good by itself for
chores. And since it’s not implemented, it might not count for your
blog post.

Alys

On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 2:57 PM, Daniel Reeves dreeves@beeminder.com wrote:

We’re trying to collect all the outside-the-box ways people use Beeminder:

Beeminding Outside the Box

Could you help us think of more?

Ha, Alys, if you implement that we’ll definitely add it to the post!
We love the HabitRPG folks and absolutely encourage people to use it
for whatever habits you can sustain that way. For the habits you’re
really incorrigible about, there’s Beeminder. We’re kind of the
nuclear option. Or the emergency backup when things like HabitRPG
fail.

Anyway, here’s the final version of the blog post:
http://blog.beeminder.com/box/

If you could make (or repeat) comments there, we’d be grateful. It’s
the kind of post were it’s maybe embarrassing if our call for more
examples is met with cricket chirps. :slight_smile:

Thanks again, everyone!

On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM, Alys lady_alys@oldgods.net wrote:

Something I’ve been considering, but not implemented yet, is using
HabitRPG (https://habitrpg.com/ ) to build up gold (which it gives you
when you complete chores, daily routines, one-off small tasks - things
that can be difficult to track in Beeminder) and then setting up a
“reward” in HabitRPG that “spends” say 10 gold pieces which I then
manually add as a datapoint to a Beeminder graph. It’s a kind of
double commitment device - I have to accomplish chores to stop my
HabitRPG character dying AND to stop my Beeminder goal failing. :slight_smile: But
it’s probably overkill because I’m finding HabitRPG good by itself for
chores. And since it’s not implemented, it might not count for your
blog post.

Alys

On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 2:57 PM, Daniel Reeves dreeves@beeminder.com wrote:

We’re trying to collect all the outside-the-box ways people use Beeminder:

Beeminding Outside the Box

Could you help us think of more?


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http://dreev.es – search://“Daniel Reeves”
Goal tracking + Commitment contracts == http://beeminder.com

"I’d like more links to see other peoples beeminders!"
Agreed. I love the ideas; they’re great inspiration.

We do have beeminder.com/featured which we’ve let stagnate. Let us
know if you want to be added to that page and if enough people get on
it that it’s not mostly goals of mine and Bethany’s then we may show
it off more publicly again. :slight_smile:

On Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 9:12 PM, Essentiae mary.d.renaud@gmail.com wrote:

“I’d like more links to see other peoples beeminders!”
Agreed. I love the ideas; they’re great inspiration.


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