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shanaqui's Beeminder Journal: 2021

Derailments:

  • None!

New goals:

  • /walls - A Project Bookminder goal, meaning it’s flat forever and just hanging out to prod me into reading Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick by David Frye.
  • /thewholepicture - Also Project Bookminder, reminding me to pick up The Whole Picture: The Colonial Story of Art in Our Museums & Why We Need to Talk About It by Alice Procter.
  • /wag5_bloodline Project Bookminder! This one is for the next book in Jordan L. Hawk’s Whyborne & Griffin series.
  • /comfortmewithapples - Project Bookminder again! This one is an ARC of Cat Valente’s new book, Comfort Me With Apples. If these goals can make me read my ARCs sort of on time, that’d be huge…
  • /cheltenhammurder - This is a standard reading goal (rate 5/day, autoratchet to one day) for reading The Cheltenham Square Murder by John Bude.
  • /fruit - I haven’t been eating enough fruit/veg, and I definitely haven’t been making sure I get full proper servings of them. I have no idea where I stand, so this conservative goal (5 servings/week) will let me get a handle on my fruit consumption as it stands now, and hopefully then I can increase it until it’s a nice healthy amount. The goal counts servings, so this is in theory fall-off-a-log easy right now… but my diet kinda got a bit messed up due to both me and my wife dealing with depression and anxiety for quiiiite a while. No judging me allowed!
  • /veggies - Same deal here.

Changes to existing goals:

  • /historyoftaste - Has become a regular reading goal (rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety) already. Not sure if this is a triumph of the “make goals for books you want to read someday” scheme or just a reflection of the fact that it’s new to my collection and thus very memorable anyway.
  • /phoenixextravagant - Also became a regular reading goal! I think this whole plan is a success, because I’d meant to pick this up for ages, but somehow it never became a priority… and yet now, here I am.
  • /somebodyatthedoor - Finished and archived. Somebody at the Door (Raymond Postgate) was okay, but it didn’t quite hang together as a continuous narrative.
  • /wag4_necropolis - Finished and archived! A fun book, and yaaay, set in Egypt.
  • /lshtm_statsprogress - Finished and archived again, because I’ve covered all the modules I need to cover. The exam approacheth; wish me luck.

Notes:

  • Maybe I need a section for just Project Bookminder goals, the ins and outs thereof…
  • Exam on Monday-Tuesday. Seriously, wish me luck… I’m in the unusual-for-me state of feeling pretty confident about the math, and pretty concerned about the epidemiology. Blech.
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Good luck, you can do it! :raised_hands:

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As a newbee, it’s interesting to me how people organize things in beeminder. So these are just some thoughts of mine related to your book projects.

I see you have beeminder place holders for reading books. One way I might do this is have one beeminder to read X pages per day of "My current book at http://docs.google.com/URLTOBOOKLIST." Then I’d just place the list of all of the books there. Something like that.

Or if one liked seeing completion of book reading beeminder projects, I’d put in the fine details of the current book that the last thing I’d do is create a new project from http://docs.google.com/URLTOBOOKLIST. And copy this paragraph to the new project.

On the other hand, I could see that having a placeholder beeminder could also be motivating to anticipate the next book or two.

Thanks for your ideas! You can read my reasoning for doing these placeholder goals in this earlier entry, under the explanation of the /phoenixextravagant goal – but basically it’s an idea of @dreev’s (beemind everything you buy) combined with something I was doing to help with the fact that things slide out of my mind if they’re not visible to me. For a while I was just putting books I’d recently acquired somewhere inconvenient so I had to interact with them regularly (e.g. on my armchair), but obviously that didn’t work for ebooks! Buuut, I interact with all my Beeminder goals every day, so having them visible to me in my goal list serves that function for me.

The other thing my reading goals do is ensure I finish the books I start (or make a conscious decision to stop reading – that’s OK too). So that’s why there’s a goal for each, instead of one single reading goal. The 5 pages/day goal is not what I want to read each day (I usually read at least 100 pages a day) but how much I figure is a) small enough that I’ll do it even on a day where I reaaaally don’t want to read a particular book (because I’m a mood-reader) and b) big enough to have the potential to hook me back into whatever narrative I’m reading.

I’m probably not interested in changing that up at the moment; it’s working out for me! The reading goals are multiplying, buuut lots of books on the go at once was always my thing as a kid and it’s kind of more natural for me now still.

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Derailments:

  • N/a

New goals:

  • See Project Bookminder section!

Changes to existing goals:

  • /lshtm_biostatistics - In a final epic burst, I’m done. The exam’s handed in, and I think I probably did okay or even quite well, though I’m not sure.

Project Bookminder:

Definitions: flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety.

  • Overall note: as of June 3rd, I’m trying to remember to add notes about where I’m at with each book as I add my daily entry, and I’m making the data public! So now if you’re interested how I’m getting along with a book, you can take a gander and not just see how fast I’m reading, but any comments I’m making. I’m also deliberately entering something on each flat-forever goal each day, just to ensure that each one is coming to my notice as they begin to multiply…
  • /cheltenhammurder - Finished the book and archived the goal! Not bad, but not exceptional – if you’re looking for a relatively typical Golden Age crime novel, this is one of them. Bit police-procedural-y. Sketchy on any kind of detail outside the mystery.
  • /comfortmewithapples - Got a rate, then got finished that same day. Archived now! It took me a few pages to figure out exactly what was going on; I feel like I’m missing some of the cleverness somehow, so I might give it another skim.
  • /behave - Went to standard reading goal mode.
  • /kd2_magicburns - Finished and archived! I forget how slowly these books actually move on the main romance. I mean, it’s obvious from the genre where it’s going, but you can’t see how it’s going to work yet. Meanwhile, Kate’s history slowly becomes clear… but very slowly.
  • /kd3_magicstrikes - New flat-forever goal, to get me to read the next book in the series sometime soon but not immediately.
  • /twowaymurder - Standard reading goal, starting immediately, for reading E.C.R. Lorac’s Two-Way Murder. I felt like I needed something like a Golden Age crime story to let my brain chill out after my exam. Criminy.
  • /beatingbackthedevil - Standard reading goal, starting immediately, for Maryn McKenna’s book on the Epidemic Intelligence Service. I know this doesn’t sound restful after my biostats & epidemiology exam, but it’s the sort of thing that will remind me what I’m doing it for in the first place.
  • /plainbadheroines - Finished and archived! It didn’t really work out for me, I think, though I’m going to let it sit before I write a review.
  • /thewholepicture - Has changed into a standard reading goal, because I’m underway!

Notes:

  • I got a bunch of new books this week, so I’m about to set up the flat goals for those… so I thought I’d post this week’s busy bookishness first!
  • Thanks for wishing me luck in my exam; all done, and I suspect I’ve done reasonably well, though I had to really get my head down and work hard.
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Derailments:

  • N/a

New goals:

  • /ehlyah - Some people might remember a discussion on the forum about whether it’s okay to have a Beeminder goal to remind you to do stuff for a spouse, instead of just remembering to do it. I strongly advocated for using Beeminder for that kind of thing, and did not agree that’s less considerate than just magically remembering somehow. I’ve never had a goal for it before (though I do have a goal to remind me to touch base with friends), but it’s something I want to work on, so now I have a goal for that – with the full knowledge and blessing of my wife, who believes exactly as I expected them to about this idea. :slight_smile:

Changes to existing goals:

  • /slackoffmore - This goal has been completely empty of interaction because just having it seems to be enough to stop me spending too much time on Slack! Since that’s the case, I could easily build up a ton of buffer on it and then get into bad habits, so I’ve added an autoratchet so I can only have +1 available at any time.
  • /veggies - I was overachieving on this goal (which was set very low, at 5/week), so I’ve doubled the requirements starting a week from now.
  • /fruit - I’m not upping this one as steeply, since I do want to tilt the scales so I’m getting my five a day more from veggies than from sugary fruit, so I want to scale up the veggies goal faster/more steeply… but I have upped it to 1/day, starting a week from now.

Project Bookminder:

Definitions: flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with comments describing how I’m getting along with the book!

  • /elephantsonacid - For reading the book of that name by Alex Boese, a popular science book about weird experiments. I started this as soon as I created the goal, so it’s a standard reading goal.
  • /le3_afatalwaltz - I managed to get hold of a paperback of this, which moved it up my reading list a bit, and turned it into a standard reading goal. I do think the flat-forever format is really helping me get round to books in time, and also keep in my face how many books I already have and long to read.
  • /queerprinciples - For reading Cat Sebastian’s The Queer Principles of Kit Webb. I started this as soon as I got it (on release day!), so it’s a standard reading goal – and I’m eating it up. Nobleman in precarious position, gruff former highwayman, plans to do crime together… and of course they’re falling in love. Exactly the kind of fluff I wanted right now.
  • wag5_bloodline - Has become a standard reading goal, because I’ve started on it! Even if I am feeling bogged down now because of the characters stupidly lying to each other. Gah.
  • /gastrophysics - Started as a flat-forever goal earlier this week, but picked up once I’d finished Food: A History of Taste. This is by Professor Charles Spence, and it’s too chatty, badly sourced and based on anecdote to treat as science, but it’s a fun read.
  • /explodingteeth - New flat-forever goal for reading The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth and Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine by Thomas Morris. The title pretty much says it all!
  • /ancestors - New flat-forever goal for eventually reading Ancestors, by Alice Roberts. It’s all about seven prehistoric burials and what they can tell us – right up my street.
  • /historyoftaste - All finished and archived! Rather an academic and dry book; wasn’t ever quite sure I wanted to finish it, but each essay was by a different person, so some were better than others.
  • /darkmatteranddinos - Argh, this one annoyed me. Finished and archived. The dinosaurs are mentioned in maybe half a chapter near the very end of the book – the book is 99% about dark matter, with the dinosaurs roped in because the author wants dark matter to explain the alleged periodicity of comet-strikes.
  • /phoenixextravagant - Finished! Not what I expected, but there was much to enjoy.
  • /twowaymurder - All finished! Not E.C.R. Lorac’s best – though it may have been better if she’d edited it for publication – but enjoyable as always, and she definitely successfully distracted me from the real culprit.
  • …I should make a couple more flat-forever goals for the other books purchased last week, but this seems like a long enough post already. Yikes.
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Have you considered naming all your book projects prefixed with “b-”?

/b-elephantsonacid
/b-le3_afatalwaltz
/b-queerprinciples
etc.

Or is there some other way that beeminder can help organize goals to collect similar ones together? I’m prefixing all my exercise goals with “ex-”.

I could, but it’s not super important to me, so I don’t. Tagging is one thing that can do that if it’s something you’re interested in, though!

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Thanks! As someone who has ADHD/ADD, even a little bit of complexity can overwhelm me. I’d like to be able to focus in on certain kinds of goals at one time, and having to find my goals scattered about using Beeminder’s hard-coded sort order is unsettling at times. I would value a more robust variety of views of my goals. Other than tags (and my own homegrown prefix naming standard), Beeminder seems to lack this kind of feature at the present time.

So yes, I’ll be checking out tags, which @matti described in more detail here: Tags + Beeminder = <3 - Is anybody else using this?

I’ll also be checking out this browser extension (by @zzq), not sure if it still works but it looks interesting: My Beeminder browser extension

And I’ll be looking at this alternative web interface (also by @zzq): Altbee — the alternative Beeminder web interface

It should still work. If you have any trouble with it, let me know and I’ll see what I can do to help.

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Derailments:

  • N/a – is this a record for me yet?!

New goals:

  • /tody - Got a new app, Tody, for tracking chores and figuring out when cleaning is due. They show you what’s due each day, so this goal will help me keep that all in order.

Changes to existing goals:

  • /slackoff - I upped the rate on this goal from 6/week to 6.5 due to lots of extra buffer!

Project Bookminder:

Definitions: flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever!

  • New flat-forever goals: /afterthedragons, /blackwatersister, /brunanburh, /burningthebooks, /fabricofcivilization, /howemotionsaremade, /pandorasjar, /theabsolutebook, /thejasminethrone, /velvetwasthenight
  • /elephantsonacid - Finished and due to archive! Not a great book; I was familiar with most of the experiments, and a little nonplussed by the amoral reporting of some of the cruel animal experiments.
  • /walls - This goal reading Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick by David Frye got turned into a standard reading goal today when I picked it up… basically out of guilt for it being one of the older reading goals! I guess this is the goal working as intended, heh.
  • /seashakenhouses - I picked up Seashaken Houses by Tom Nancollas on a total whim, so I decided to harness the whim and start on this book right away – hence it beginning right away as a standard reading goal, instead of starting as a flat-forever one.
  • /explodingteeth - I kept saying I’d start on this one once I finished Elephants on Acid, so here goes – this is now a standard reading goal! So far it’s very bitty and focused on grossing out the reader. Weird object insertion, etc, etc. Looking forward to some actual medical mysteries, rather than the mysteries of the human pysche…
  • /thewholepicture - This book by Alice Procter is about a hard look at museums and galleries to see how they have been shaped by (and in some few cases, comment on) colonialism. I enjoyed it.
  • /queerprinciples - This was for reading Cat Sebastian’s new book, The Queer Principles of Kit Webb, and I finished it last night. Cute, though I called the big surprise twist.

Notes

  • You can see I had a bit of a spree with new books and ARCs this week. Actually, some of the new goals were me catching up on making goals, so it’s more accurate to say I had a spree this fortnight. I’ll admit that the idea of having to make a Beeminder goal for every book I buy is a bit daunting and almost made me put some of these back on the shelf – it’s proving a nice barrier to impulse purchases.
  • I do need to think about the fact that I have a lot of non-book goals, and that can lead to burnout for me. I should keep an eye on which goals are still serving their purpose and which just feel like a chore, and evaluate how things are working out. I admit, I can’t immediately see any I’m dying to ditch.

Derailments:

  • N/a! Which I’m surprised by given I’m anaemic again and feeling rather washed out.

New goals:

  • /earning - Technically this is a restarted goal. My work circumstances have changed – there’ll be more Nicky in Beeminder than ever before! But that means I need to check in on whether my earnings are currently working out for me, whether that stays stable during the transition, whether I should up my pension contributions, etc. As before, I worked out how much I need to earn per day to cover my expenses and savings goals, and set that as my daily rate (or actually, I worked out how much I need to earn per week and set that as the goal, since I now have one day off each week). I’m confident everything will be fine… but this goal will help me gauge how things are evolving.

Changes to existing goals:

  • /veggies - I was in absolutely no danger of derailing, so I upped the rate a little again.
  • /fruit - Same here! Again, more conservative here, as I’m still trying to tilt the ratio toward more veggies than fruit (but more of both than I used to eat).

Project Bookminder:

Definitions: flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever!

  • /wag5_bloodline - I bogged down a bit in the middle because of a trope I dislike, but once I got past that part I raced through the book. And yay! A lovely happy ending.
  • /wag6_hoarfrost - For the next book in the Whyborne & Griffin series! I’ll need a break from the series for a bit before I read this one, but I don’t want to leave it too long.
  • /kd3_magicstrikes - Time to start on this! It’s now a standard reading goal.
  • /explodingteeth - Finished and archived. Pretty meh; lots of hoaxes rather than real “medical curiosities”.
  • /ancestors - This is now a standard reading goal, because I felt like reading about some archaeology!
  • /le3_afatalwaltz - Finished and archived! I think I’ll read something different for a bit, but I don’t want to neglect this series sooo…
  • /le4_tearsofpearl - Here’s a flat-forever goal all set up for the 4th Lady Emily book! In which she and Colin Hargreaves are finally married, and of course they’ll have a busman’s honeymoon.
  • /amanfallsfromthesky - For reading Lesley Nneka Arimah’s What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, a short story collection. It’s a book club read and I’ve left it a bit late, so this goal is not a standard reading goal, and is instead set up to reach 230 pages by Jun 30th.
  • New books, new flat-forever goals: /amarvellouslight, /braidingsweetgrass, /deadsilence, /honeycomb, /ironwidow

Notes:

  • Q: How do I get so many books each week? A: 1) Preorders I forgot about, 2) advance reading copies from publishers, 3) sometimes I just go on a spree.
  • I’m starting to get a lot of reading goals. I’m also reading a lot, as ever, but I’m worried this is going to get overwhelming and stressful. I’m kinda hoping keeping that in mind will remind me to be very choosy about the books I acquire!
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Derailments:

  • /wychfordpoisoning - I decided to give up on this book thanks to some deeply weird spanking scenes (and no, it wasn’t a BDSM story or something – this is a normal mainstream mystery, considered a classic, in which an adult male decides to spank his teenage female cousin for her attitude, not once but twice).

New goals:

  • /reviewbacklog - Technically a restarted goal! I have a backlog of 16 reviews to write, enumerated in a Habitica to-do.
  • writethosereviews - And this goal also returns! The first goal isolates my backlog, and this one is trying to make me write reviews on time going forward.

Changes to existing goals:

  • N/a, as far as I can think!

Project Bookminder:

Definitions: flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever!

  • /walls - Finished and archived! Not a bad book, though I think it overgeneralised about non-wall building societies.
  • /afterthedragons - Finished and archived! This was a book I received to review, after requesting it on a whim, and it was lovely.
  • /amanfallsfromthesky - Aaand also finished and archived. Still chewing on this one; not quite sure how to rate it in the end. Some enjoyable stories, though I mostly expected the turns they took.
  • /seashakenhouses - Finished! A very good impulse choice on my part, whatever prompted me to make it.
  • /pandorasjar - Changed to a standard reading goal! A book discussing the textual histories of women of Greek mythology, which has so far proved fascinating. I’d forgotten really why I’d picked it up and wasn’t really feeling it, and then this goal prompted me to give it a try anyway. Yay for these goals working as intended!
  • /ironwidow - Changed to standard reading goal! A book I received as an eARC. Brutal already, since it’s based in an analogue of China and features lotus feet in vivid detail.
  • /braidingsweetgrass - And moved to standard reading goal as well, since this book is a book club choice for this month! So far, wish it were a bit more rooted in traditional ecology as well; it’s hard to connect to American plants I’ve never seen in the way that the author clearly would love you to.

Notes:

  • I have my second COVID shot this week! Booked it within the akrasia horizon, so I haven’t added breaks. I may need to beg support for help, but for now, I’m going to assume I’ll be perfectly well (which seems to be the reaction all my family are having, apart from some sore arms).

Derailments:

  • N/a! I don’t feel like I’m playing it overly safe at the moment, and in fact some of my reading goals keep slipping into the red because I don’t read during my buffer day (running out of time rather than not wanting to), but here we are. I’m guessing things will ramp up once my MSc classes start up again, though.

New goals:

  • /hands - My hands badly need moisturising… and I keep forgetting. It’s an ideal task to beemind for me because it’s easy to do (I can see it’s due, and just immediately do it) and yet I’m not doing it without the prompt.

Changes to existing goals:

  • I turned weekends-off on for a couple of goals temporarily to gain back some buffer I lost the day after my vaccine. No huge side effects, just the usual sort of stuff you get when your immune system surges into action, so not really anything caused by the contents of the vaccine itself. (People get easily confused about this, but most of why you feel awful is your body’s response: your innate immune system pumping out inflammatory chemicals and preparing to repel the invader.)

Project Bookminder:

Definitions: flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever!

  • /ancestors - The only book I finished this week! Not quite “a history of prehistoric Britain in six burials”, as the subtitle says… there’s a lot more context and discussion and yes, burials, than that… but you can’t get too mad about the poor subtitle when the content is good, and here it is. Enjoyable!
  • /brunanburh - Now a standard reading goal! It discusses the historical context of the poem ‘The Battle of Brunanburh’, which I’ve studied (and translated!) as a literary text. Given how far I am from my literature degrees now, it’s all rose-tinted nostalgia.
  • /braidingsweetgrass - This is now a non-standard reading goal: I’ve upped the daily rate to 15 pages, because it’s a book club book for this month, and I’d like to finish it this month. It still has an auto-ratchet at the moment, meaning I’m probably going to finish it early. That’s OK, but maybe I don’t want that, since I’m not loving the book, and not eager to eat it up? Hmmm.
  • New flat-forever goals: /thedarknessoutsideus, /moneytruestory, /indexahistoryofthe, /thebonewars

Notes:

  • The problem with making a goal for all the books I acquire is that I acquire a lot of books, and my number of goals is ballooning. I’d kind of like to do a supplementary goal for reading more, but where do I fit in the time?! Especially as I’d like to start adding some more exercise goals again, too… Partly it will help to be less busy (the biggest boost in my reading time was having a strict clocking-off time!) which is coming once my job transition stuff ends… I should maybe wait for that before I start making biiiiig decisions.

[Edited 16:47 to add three forgotten things!]

Derailments:

  • N/a!

New goals:

  • /dailyweight - I’ve never beeminded my weight on a daily basis, as I usually find my weight fluctuates too much. But I thought I’d give it a try since it’s something that some workerbees recommend, and it’ll be interesting to see the fluctuations. I plan on keeping plenty of buffer – and swiftly boosting it if need be – but also trying my best to give it a real shot and keep my moving average going in the right direction. I currently have a pretty clear defended weight, but it’s 10lbs lighter than my set point a year ago, so I’m interested to see what happens.

Changes to existing goals:

  • /weighingin - This goal is obviously getting big boosts with daily weigh-ins! I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do with this one; if I keep the dailyweight goal, then this one should go to a rate of 1/day, probably.

Project Bookminder:

Definitions: flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever!

  • /ironwidow - Full disclosure: I received this book to review. It surprised me a few times; in some ways it’s typical YA, but it has a polyamorous relationship (rather than a love triangle), and the main character is truly ruthless.
  • /kd3_magicstrikes - Some of the things I remember most about this book actually take up surprisingly little of the time, though they are central to the plot. Anyway, lots of fun.
  • /kd4_magicbleeds - I’ve set this up ready to read soon, though I won’t be starting it yet!
  • /brunanburh - I finished Never Greater Slaughter! It’s great; I enjoyed it a lot. Livingston writes engagingly about the historical context of the poem, and then tries to place the real battle.
  • /fabricofcivilization - Has become a standard reading goal, and I’m loving it. It picks apart the threads (ha) of fabric history in themed sections: fabrics, thread, dye, selling, etc.
  • /blackwatersister - Also became a standard reading goal! Set in Malaysia, the protagonist has to figure out why she’s being haunted by the voice of her dead, estranged grandmother.
  • /theparadisewar - I’m late on making a goal for this reread, so I’ve ratcheted it to the right place, of course. This trilogy is one I read several times as a teen and loved – I hope the suck fairy hasn’t visited, though I expect it has.
  • New flat-forever goals: /strangebeastsofchina

Notes:

  • I want to start adding some older books as flat-forever goals, so I can shelve them instead of doing the “physically in my way” thing. But there’s a lot of them, so I’m trying to figure out how to do it in a way that isn’t overwhelming. Maybe “one out, one in”!

Derailments:

  • /dailyweight - Good thing I capped this at $0 to begin with – I want to figure out how things fluctuate for a bit first, because yeesh, they fluctuate.

New goals:

  • /myfitnesspal - I’m still pretty strongly in favour of the beeminding the inputs idea, and I remember finding MFP a bit more helpful in the past than Fitbit (Fitbit was too generous with giving me extra calories for exercise done).

Changes to existing goals:

  • N/a, as far as I can remember.

Project Bookminder:

Definitions: flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever!

  • New flat-forever goals from the book backlog: /vs6_unexpectedperil, /elatsoe
  • /seapeople - Picked from the backlog, this is a book about the history of the Polynesian peoples.
  • /fabricofcivilization - I really enjoyed this, though I wish I was a more visual person so I could’ve followed the descriptions of how weaving works.
  • Notes: The two new flat-forever goals and the other new goal were all on my physical stack of books, so the two flat-forever ones have been shelved now, and I just kinda felt like starting on Sea People, so I capitalised on that urge.

Notes:

  • What a horribly warm and sticky week here in the UK. I’ve been a cranky, cranky Nicky! But mostly managed to stick to my goals… if I don’t let this book goal slide tonight, at least.
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Derailments:

  • /behave - I am finding this book rather tedious, because it is mostly telling me things I already know, at very great length.
  • /indexahistoryofthe - This book wasn’t tedious, I just ran out of time one day because I’d started leaving my goals too late. Oops.

New goals:

  • /netgalleyratio - Ideally, one should have read and reviewed 80% of the books one is approved for on Netgalley. This one was on 63% earlier today (though raised it a bit after creating this goal by finding some older reviews they hadn’t uploaded yet). This is a super slow goal designed to make me move toward that 80%, hopefully with enough slack in it that I can still request new books.

Changes to existing goals:

  • I promised my wife I’d put in breaks for my birthday. I haven’t bothered to do so for reading goals yet, because who knows which books I’ll be reading when that rolls round, but now most of my active goals have breaks for 20th August - 22nd August.
  • A couple of goals got some top-up flat spot to keep plenty of safety buffer, since I am struggling to balance them so far.
  • /pillbox - Archiving this since Lisa pretty much takes care of it at the moment.

Project Bookminder:

Definitions: flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever!

  • New flat-forever goals for books from the backlog: /wd1slipperycreatures, /chasingaphrodite, /hench, /thestoryofsilence, /theappleorchard
  • New flat-forever goal for an ARC: /elderrace
  • /braidingsweetgrass - I must admit to not really being a fan. Very sentimental, and deeply romanticises indigenous teachings. Indigenous people are perfect, almost all white people are greedy and ruin the world. There are many things I agree with the author about, but it’s a very simplistic view.
  • /calamityinkent - Created this week for a backlog book, but already read! Reasonably fun; pretty much just what I’d expect from one of the British Library Crime Classics line.
  • /indexahistoryofthe - Finished and archived! A history of indexes may not sound too exciting, but there were some pretty entertaining factoids in here.

Notes:

  • I think that’s it for the week! I’ve been edge-skating a lot on my reading goals lately; I’ve been feeling kinda overwhelmed, although I think it’s partially because I’ve been sinking a lot of time into Final Fantasy XIV. I don’t want to dictate what I do with my fun time too much, so I’m not unduly worried about it. Just… keeping an eye on it.

Derailments:

  • /dailyweight - As far as I can tell my datapoints so far are basically a scatterplot without rhyme or reason. I’ve tried noting a couple of things to see if they track with increased weight in the following days… as far as I can tell, they don’t. So I think my strategy going forward will be to keep a ton of buffer.

New goals:

  • N/a

Changes to existing goals:

  • /inhaler - Had to have an emergency break put in by support (thank you!) because I ran out of doses and my prescription took time to be filled.
  • /reviewbacklog - Finished and archived! And gradually all my backlogged reviews are getting posted on my blog.

Project Bookminder:

Definitions: flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever!

  • New flat-forever goals for books from the backlog: /persephonestation, /thedarkeningage, /scoff
  • New flat-forever goals for ARCs: /thenecessityofstars
  • /seapeople - Finished and archived! It’s a very Western point of view, rather than being the history of the islands by people from the islands – it’s all about how the West discovered and reacted to the islands, and what primarily Western scientists and archaeologists have discovered. I found it enjoyable, but wished for more of the Polynesian points of view.
  • /blackwatersister - Finished and archived! Very enjoyable, and the setting in Malaysia was pretty new for me, so it was interested to see how that was handled.
  • /elderrace - Started and finished this week! Full disclosure: this was an ARC. I thought it was a clever treatment of the “sufficiently advanced technology looks like magic” idea, along with a clinically depressed protagonist and some interesting ways of handling it.
  • /burningthebooks - Got started on this, so now it’s a standard reading goal! I actually knew nothing about the British army burning the library at the Capitol in the 1800s, so that part was slightly surprising to me. Otherwise most of the events touched on are things I’m somewhat familiar with, but Ovenden writes engagingly so I’m still along for the ride.
  • /thegoblinemperor - Yes, again, I know. Rereading this before getting started on The Witness for the Dead, which Lisa bought me a copy of last week! Not that I need an excuse: I love this book so much.
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Derailments:

  • N/a

Changes to existing goals:

  • /ehlyah - This is my goal for showing affection to my wife through e.g. hugs. I put a chunk of break into it because I was struggling with it; when I’m cranky, I’m extra touch-averse. Turns out that’s a good thing as now she’s sick. (Lateral flow test says not COVID, but we’ve both done PCR tests to be sure. No results yet.)
  • /bsupport - Now I work almost exclusively for Beeminder, I’m upping the rate on this goal! I should be doing 30 hours per week, but I’m setting the goal to 25 while things settle down.

Project Bookminder:

Definitions: flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever!

  • New goals for ARCs: n/a
  • New flat-forever goals for backlog books: /thehistoryofmagic, /wintersorbit
  • New flat-forever goals for new books: /stormblood, /kc1_witchmark
  • /behave - Fiiinally finished and archived! It was OK, and he explains basic biological concepts beautifully clearly, but it mostly felt like a synthesis of a lot of stuff I already know.
  • /burningthebooks - Finished and archived as well! This went into some areas I didn’t know about, despite reading a similar book recently, so that was interesting.
  • /thenecessityofstars - Finished and archived this goal for reading an ARC! It was pretty short, and it took me a while to understand what the narration was doing, but I liked it. Still need to write my review…
  • thegoblinemperor - I should probably have named this goal ge1_goblinemperor, since I now should read the second book, but they’re only loosely related – not as important to group them as a series, I guess.
  • /pw1_paradisewar - I renamed this goal from /theparadisewar, to match the other books in the series. This was a nostalgic reread, and it held up surprisingly well.
  • /pw2_silverhand - For reading the sequel! Won’t pick it up quite yet, but I don’t want to wait too long either.

Notes:

  • My birthday is coming! :tada: My goals are all dialled accordingly except reading goals, which I think I will leave as-is and then turn off the autoratchets 1-2 days before.
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Derailments:

  • /fruit - I don’t know quite why I tripped up here. I guess it didn’t quite feel urgent with a $0 charge, so maybe it’ll be effective now at $5.
  • /thebonewars - Let this derail while archiving so I could get rid of it after I DNFed the book.
  • /velvetwasthenight - Same for this one; this book just didn’t work for me.

New goals:

  • /beerefreshed - This is a quick whittle-down goal for working on a refresh of some of the resources the support team use. It’s only a first pass, and I might restart it once I’m done to go over everything again and sort out moving things around.

Change to existing goals:

  • /clockoff - I’ve dropped the threshold for this from 7 hours to 6.5, since I now work (almost) exclusively for Beeminder and can afford to. I’d kinda like to drop it to 6, buuut that would remove the possibility of working 6 hours on some days for quieter days later in the week, so I think I’ll keep it at 6.5 (6 expected, 0.5 for emergencies).

Project Bookminder:

Definitions: flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever!

  • New goals for ARCs: n/a
  • New flat-forever goals for backlog books: n/a, I’m not adding any while the number of goals I have just for books is so big – I fear I’ll get overwhelmed as it is!
  • New flat-forever goals for new books: /chaucerspeople, thechiantiflask, /theblackcoast, /perfectwives, /murderbythebook, /deaddeadgirls, /curry, /chaucerspeople
  • /thehobbit - I felt like a reread. This went pretty fast, obviously! It was just as warm and wonderful as I remembered – lacking the complexities of LotR, of course, but always enjoyable.
  • /lotr_fellowship - Now I’m rereading the big book. I’ll have a separate goal for each of the volumes, just because that’s the way I own them and it gives you a reasonable pausing point if I want a couple of days off!
  • /thebonewars - I started this and decided it wasn’t going to work out, so I DNFed it. Might be fun for a dinosaur-obsessed teenager, but felt a bit young for me, and veeeery prone to infodumps.
  • /sirensofmars - I got this for my birthday (along with the other new books I added goals for this week) and dove straight in, so it started as a standard reading goal!
  • /thejasminethrone - Not sure if I’d mentioned that I’d got started on this goal, so, yep! I did.

Notes:

  • This is a bit early this week to keep my birthday (tomorrow plus a tiny family party on Saturday) free of Beeminder goals and other obligations!