shanaqui's Beeminder Journal: 2022

If anyone’s curious about my current bookspin list, this is me! (And has my handwriting in it. Um. Sorry.)

Derailments:

  • /seaisnotmadeofwater - This book isn’t entirely grabbing my attention – the sciency bits are good, the musings on the beauty of nature less so. So I let it derail to get a break from it.
  • /hench - I just didn’t want to read that day, IIRC!
  • /thelastremnant - I lost my week of buffer, and felt like I was constantly struggling to play enough to keep the goal happy. For some reason, it having a week of buffer feels very psychologically important for me. So I even ratcheted this to make it derail sooner, so I could take the derailment and get back to having buffer.

New goals:

  • N/a

Changes to existing goals:

  • /earnings - Got ratcheted since I got paid!
  • /bsupport - I lowered the goal to 28 hours/week temporarily while I’m catching up with my studies a bit. I’ll probably exceed 28, but I struggled to hit 30.
  • /dailyweight - The pledge is no longer capped at $0, because I feel I’ve got the hang of things and my buffer is appropriate. I’ve actually hit a weight plateau, so I might lower my goal a bit in future, but it’s still ready to have an actual pledge.
  • /pileminding - The problem with this having a lot of buffer and having its rate automatically adjusted by @narthur’s autodialler is that it’s getting dialled really, really low when I have a couple of weeks of not reading much. Which is what I want, really – I want it to be able to respond in time to me not being in the mood to read – but I had so much buffer that the goal would simply never have teeth. I’m experimenting with ratcheting/autoratcheting here.

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. 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!

  • /theblindbarber - Started this one up, since it’s the DoubleSpin pick for the Litsy challenge I’m doing.
  • /feverseason - Replacing the book I just started up, this one’s a new flat-forever goal! This book is a history of a particular outbreak of yellow fever, so I’m keen to get to it soon.
  • /hench - All finished. Mostly fun, except for the body horror in the last 50 pages.
  • /hellionswaltz - All finished! Fun, but focuses more on the con than the romance, I think.
  • /crossedskis - Finished! Very much what you would expect of a Golden Age crime novel, but that’s exactly what I wanted, so very satisfying.

Notes:

  • Oof, survived another week. No other thoughts… I think?
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Yes, I think @mary mentioned auto-ratcheting being a great match with autodialing! Eager to hear your experience with that!

Derailments:

  • N/a

New goals:

  • /2022reading - It’s been a while since I tried to have an overall reading goal for the year, but StoryGraph tempted me to it… and I’m struggling to keep up, so I thought I’d give having a Beeminder goal for it a little try. I’m starting with plenty of buffer, but it’s going to require I read about a book a day, so, meep. We’ll see if it keeps feeling OK, this time.

Changes to existing goals:

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. 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!

  • /te4_cibolaburn - Now I’m onto the new-to-me books of the Expanse series! I ideally need to finish this before the end of the month to win a challenge, oops. So today I tweaked the settings to try and get me on track for that.
  • /built - This is a flat-forever goal to replace the one for Cibola Burn, for reading Built by Roma Agrawal. Looks like a fascinating discussion of how various buildings/structures work.
  • /gildedwolves - This one hasn’t been set up as a standard reading goal, but instead with an end-date and end-total, because I want to finish it before the Habitica challenge for it ends. I know it’s got magic, banter and a heist story. Sooo in.
  • /theblindbarber - Finished and archived. It continued my neverending streak of not liking John Dickson Carr’s books, ahaha. I keep hoping…
  • /wf2_commonorbit - This is for rereading the second book in Becky Chambers’ Wayfarer series. I need to finish by the end of the month to have a chance at getting a bingo in my Litsy reading challenge, so it’s a steep slope.

Notes:

  • Nothing else comes to mind! Technically I need another book to get a bingo on the Litsy challenge, but the book is Ancillary Justice which I can probably inhale in a single day.

Derailments:

  • /ir1_ancillaryjustice - In the wild race to finish a bingo on Litsy, I set this to a super steep slope and missed it on one day. I made the final goal, though!
  • /gildedwolves - Same here…
  • /dailyweight - Some health problems in the past couple of weeks led to this (any further detail is off-limits; this is one of the rare occasions where I’m not willing to talk about it).

New goals:

  • N/a, except reading goals.

Changes to existing goals:

  • /focusmate - I took a bit of a break from Focusmate this week because of camera issues, so I’ve added a bit of a break for next week.

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. 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!

  • /janesmith - This book bacome a regular reading goal! I had to guess at which book might be picked off my BookSpin list from the Litsy challenge I do, and this was the nearest book… It wasn’t the right number, but ah well – I’ve already finished it and got a headstart on a bingo for this month’s challenge!
  • /aesopsanimals - This is the backlog book that replaces The Astonishing Adventure of Jane Smith on the list, a book by a zoologist which takes a look at how good Aesop’s fables were at observing animal natures.
  • /ir1_ancillaryjustice - Finished my reread! And I did it just in time to finish off a bingo in the Litsy challenge I do. Still love this trilogy a lot. I’m not making a new goal for the second book yet, since I have an overwhelming number of books already and I already have it on my Litsy BookSpin list – that’ll serve as my commitment device for now!
  • /te4_cibolaburn - Same here, I’ve put Nemesis Games on my BookSpin list. I hear it’s explosive (whereas this book felt a bit… self-contained), so I’m intrigued. But also scared.
  • /gildedwolves - I finished this in time! I enjoyed it okay, but I’m not sold on the series and I’m not looking to read the second one yet.
  • wf2_commonorbit - And another speed-read for the sake of Litsy, but I barely needed it: I adore this book. It was a reread.
  • /wf3_spacebornfew - The third book of the Wayfarers series promptly came up as my BookSpin book for this month, so I’ve thrown myself into it gladly. Not my favourite of the series, but enjoyable.

Notes:

  • I’m finding /pileminding a little bit challenging now I have an auto-ratchet and the autodialer! Which is probably what I want. Feels a bit precarious, though; I dropped quite close to the line last week while busy trying to meet my BookSpinBingo challenge. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though.
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Derailments:

  • N/a

New goals:

  • N/a

Changes to existing goals:

  • /feedback_backlog - I want to have a bit more time for other tasks next week, so I’ve added a break to this goal. Since I beemind the total number of uncategorised feedback emails, I do still have to keep up with the number that come in to avoid derailment, but it should reduce the amount of time I have to spend on feedback emails.
  • /bsupport - I’ve reduced the rate for a week on this, since I’m rejuggling my time a little.
  • /test_anki - Archived, because I just don’t like how the Anki add-on works, and also, I’m running out of cards to review.

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. 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!

  • /ace - The local library bought a copy of Angela Chen’s Ace for me, so I rewarded them by reading it really fast. I made a graph for it, but it’s already finished and archived.
  • /exhalation - Finally reading Ted Chiang’s Exhalation, for a book club! Also a square on my Litsy bingo card, actually. This is a standard reading goal for now, since I have plenty of time left.
  • /wf3_spacebornfew - Reread finished! Still not my favourite of the series, but it has its good points.
  • /seaisnotmadeofwater - Finally finished! I was not a fan. There were some interesting sciency bits, but a lot of rambling and stuff that is meant to sound deep.
  • /amarvellouslight - Freya Marske’s A Marvellous Light is the “DoubleSpin” number in my bingo card on Litsy, so I’ve got stuck in and turned this into a standard reading goal.
  • /whisperingdoor - A new flat-forever goal made to read T.J. Klune’s Under the Whispering Door. This goal replaces the one for A Marvellous Light on the flat-forever list!
  • /virusplaguehistory - A standard reading goal for reading Viruses, Plagues & History by Michael B. Oldstone, since the library kindly bought that as well. I’ve got started, but am mostly in the virology 101 stuff… which I do not need, but I read anyway because it gives me a good idea of the level of the book and how to review the author’s ability to explain things.

Notes:

  • Still struggling with some health problems, mostly anxiety-related. The medical advice is basically to chill out a bit, so I’ll try…
  • For my LSHTM goals (/lshtm_control and /lshtm_biohazard), I’ve stopped carrying 14 days of leeway on both and am letting my leeway decrease a bit down to 7 days. It was giving me plenty of plan-ahead time, but it’s not proven too necessary, and letting myself eat up the leeway a bit also helps with taking it a bit easier for a couple of weeks.

Derailments:

New goals:

  • N/a

Changes to existing goals:

  • /bsupport - Got a bit of a break since I’m not super well at the moment. The rate’s at 18 hours/week for a week… for now, though I’m pretty sure I’ll extend that by a week on Monday, per doctor’s orders. Ratcheted down for the new pay period.
  • /earning - Got an increase in rate due to an increase in earnings and outgoings (darn that pension). Ratcheted down for this pay period.

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. 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!

  • /exhalation - Finished and archived. I didn’t love this as much as I hoped; it just didn’t quite click for me, I guess.

Notes:

  • Yeaahhhh, let’s hope next week goes better (and more restfully) than this week.
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How do you beemind the books you review? Is this a separate beeminder goal from “I do a goal for every book I read. This is so I finish the books I start.” Do you beemind writing a review and post it somewhere?

Your journal is so interesting.

I had to search this forum for where @dreev talked about “beeminding using everything you buy” which led me to @k1rsty 's Beeminding Value which led me to @bee 's beemind sports equipment and I saw your comment in there.

Then I searched the blog and found the post Beemind What You Buy | Beeminder Blog

I have so many ideas to beemind things I bought.

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It is! It’s a very simple do-more goal, where I add +1 if I’ve written reviews for all the books I’ve recently finished (and can’t add anything if I have any reviews outstanding). The goal is /writethosereviews.

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Derailments:

  • /amarvellouslight - Briefly derailed on this, but it was just a data entry problem, so it was cancelled.

New goals:

  • N/a

Changes to existing goals:

  • /earning - Realised I hadn’t taken into account one other factor of my outgoings changed, so cranked the rate up again. Ouch!

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. 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!

  • /kc1_witchmark - Was a flat-forever goal for C.L. Polk’s Witchmark, also needed to get a bingo in the Litsy challenge I do. The end date is set for 31st March, instead of setting it at my usual 5 pages/day, to make me finish in time.
  • /thestoryofsilence - Also a flat-forever goal for Alex Myers’ The Story of Silence, also needed for that Litsy challenge and with an end date of 31st March.
  • /wd2_sugaredgame - A new goal for reading K.J. Charles’ The Sugared Game, and again, needed for the Litsy challenge so that’s the end date set.
  • /ps1_hitherpage - For rereading Cat Sebastian’s Hither, Page in time for my Litsy challenge. Already finished and archived!
  • /ps2_missingpage - Replacing one of the flat-forever goals I’ve now started, and starting a goal for the next book in the series, here’s a goal for reading the sequel to Hither, Page.
  • /wag7_maelstrom - This was a flat-forever goal for reading Jordan L. Hawk’s Maelstrom for my Litsy challenge, and it was such a quick read I was done in a day. Love it.
  • /wag8_fallow - Replaces the flat-forever goal I started! This the next book in Jordan L. Hawk’s Whyborne & Griffin series.
  • /phantomatlas - And another new goal from my backlog of new books, for reading Edward Brooke-Hitching’s The Phantom Atlas.

Notes:

  • I’m actually very close to being done with adding goals for newly purchased books to Beeminder! As a recap, over Christmas I got so many new books that my number of goals was blooming out of control, and I found it too overwhelming. I then decided I’d adopt a different approach. I have a goal making me pick up books from the backlog that have been added to Beeminder (/pileminding, which is carefully calibrated using a combination of auto-ratcheting and auto-dialling), and each time I start one of those books, I have to make a new flat-forever goal for another of the books from my Christmas pile. I have just three books left unadded, as far as I can tell! There might be a book or two on my ereader unaccounted for, but after that, it’s back to trying to whittle down the total number of goals, and occasionally adding ones for not-new books I’d like to start sometime soon.

Derailments:

  • /wd2_sugaredgame - Technically this was non-legit, as it happened due to goal setup weirdness of a buggy nature. However, I let it stand because it gave me a bit of leeway on the goal that I wanted.
  • /thestoryofsilence - Let this derail because I wanted a day off reading it.
  • /feedback-backlog - One day, I’ll learn my lesson about isolating the backlog instead of letting new emails add to it. This was not that day.

New goals:

  • N/a

Changes to existing goals:

  • /bsupport - Scheduled a one-day break for my next day off, just to help this get back into sync with my working days.
  • /dailyweight - Since my weight seems to have plateaued a bit, I’ve scheduled a two-week flat spot while I try to figure out what will work to get things moving again.
  • /thelastremnant - I’ve been getting behind in playing because I have other priorities, so I’ve added a break to next week to help me get back some safety buffer if I can stay on track till then.

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. 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!

  • /virusplaguehistory - This book’s had to go back to the library before I was done with it, so I’ve put it on hold for after they’ve got it and put a break in this goal to cover the time until I (hopefully) get it back. On the day before it was due I read enough ahead of the line that I’d be safe until the break. Here’s hoping I’m the first in the holds queue, though! [Note: Right now I actually still seem to have access… as long as I don’t close the app. But I’m not removing the safety in case Android kills the app or something!]
  • /thestoryofsilence - Finished! Interesting retelling of the old ballad about Silence; I was worried how the ending would go, but I think Myers stuck the landing.
  • /kc1_witchmark - Finished as well. I liked it more on a reread, but I’m in two minds about continuing the series since I hate the character who becomes the main character of the next book. She redeems herself a little at the end… but not much.
  • /wd2_sugaredgame - Finished! Loved it, and very curious where the developments in Will and Kim’s relationship will go.
  • /amarvellouslight - Also finished. A little long/slow, but that helps build the relationship. Enjoyed it.

Notes:

  • Nothing of note this week!

Derailments:

  • /dailyweight - The flat spot I added last week didn’t come soon enough, and off the rails I went. Sigh!

New goals:

  • N/a; seems to be a season for consolidation and such rather than new plans.

Changes to existing goals:

  • N/a, I think?

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. 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!

  • /ir2_ancillarysword - This was a goal for rereading the second of the Imperial Radch trilogy (again), which I have duly already finished because I love this book.
  • /ps2_missingpage - This got started up… and finished within the day. It was great, a lovely sequel.
  • /curry - A backlog goal which has been started up! I expect to spend much of my reading time craving curry; the book does include recipes, so maybe we’ll try something… I started it as a regular reading goal, but I actually need it for the Litsy challenge I do, so now I’ve changed it to have an end date near the end of the month (but not quite at the end of the month, in case I slip and need to extend it a bit).
  • /theonlygoodindians - A book club goal! This one got a mid-month finish date just to avoid reading right up to the line, and it’s working out well so far.
  • /murderersmakemistakes - A backlog goal which I started up and gave a mid-month finish date because it’s part of the Litsy challenge I do. All finished now!
  • /honeycomb - A backlog goal that got started up, again with a mid-month goal to push me to read it faster.
  • /beforewedisappear - A new backlog goal to replace one of the ones above! So right now it’s flat-forever. This one’s for reading Before We Disappear by Shaun David Hutchinson.
  • /thehandsoftheemperor - Another new backlog goal! This one for reading The Hands of the Emperor, by Victoria Goddard. It’s a huge book, I’m a little daunted…
  • /folksonginengland - And another one! This for reading Steve Roud’s Folk Song in England.
  • /laboursofstone - And another! For reading Emma Mort Harding’s The Labours of Stone, a book I won in a giveaway.

Notes:

  • Aaand that’s the last of my Christmas books added! I think I still have some ebooks and ARCs that escaped being added up to now, so my next project would be rounding up any of those since, say, December. After that, I’ll go back to adding older books based more on whim… though first I might focus on getting the number of goals overall down a bit, to reduce the pressure (and allow my daily check-ins with each goal to be a bit more involved – e.g. actually trying to guess when I’ll have time for a given book – which I’ve missed with the sheer volume of them).

Derailments:

  • /wd3_subtleblood - I chose dinner with my parents over this goal, and I don’t regret it.

New goals:

  • N/a

Changes to existing goals:

  • /feedback-backlog - Added a couple of breaks just to help me keep up with this – I set up the rate not thinking about the rate that new feedback might come in, so I’m having to run a bit too fast just to stay in place. I’m loath to tweak the rate, though, because I’d like to get this done soon so I can report on the feedback and the changes since the last time I looked it over.
  • /focusmate - I added a tiny break because I couldn’t do Focusmate because my studying sessions were actual live Zoom calls.
  • /bsupport & /earning - Got ratcheted and changed the x-min for the new pay period!

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. 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!

  • /be2_theobeliskgate - This one’s finally started up from a flat-forever goal, though I had to check a précis of the first book at this point. I’ve set an arbitrary mid-month end-date, to try and finish it in plenty of time for my Litsy bingo card.
  • /wd3_subtleblood - Started a new goal for this, with an arbitrary end date, to finally finish K.J. Charles’ Will Darling trilogy!
  • /laboursofstone - It didn’t stay a flat-forever goal for long, clearly! I read it in an evening. It was OK, with a twist that didn’t entirely work for me.
  • /griefofstones - A new flat-forever goal for reading Katherine Addison’s The Grief of Stones. It comes out in June, so I might even manage to read it while it’s still an advance copy!
  • /justlikehome - A new flat-forever goal for reading Sarah Gailey’s Just Like Home. It’s due out in July; maybe I should make a note on these goals to help me remember…
  • /strangeandstubborn - For reading Foz Meadows’ A Strange and Stubborn Endurance. Also due out in July, and now I’ve added a note to each goal’s description.

Notes:

  • Nothing much to report this week! It feels kinda odd that I haven’t made a new Beeminder goal for anything except reading in quite a while, but I guess I’ve found a bit of a balance for now.

Derailments:

  • /curry - I decided I’d rather fulfil my /stopbyseven goal than this one, so I let it derail.

New goals:

  • N/a

Changes to existing goals:

  • /earning - This goal has been switched up to have a higher daily rate, with weekends off. Same rate overall, but less chance of me having to work over the weekend to keep up, now I have set things up to have two days off per week.
  • /bsupport - Same!

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. 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!

  • /virusplaguehistory - Ratcheted to get it back on track now the book has worked its way back through the holds queue to me!
  • /curry - Finished Lizzie Collingham’s history of curry! In many ways it’s a history of Britain’s colonial days, after the first couple of chapters – at least from Collingham’s standpoint.
  • /subtleblood - Finished the whole Will Darling trilogy! And read the bonus story on KJ Charles’ website. :blue_heart:
  • /s1_restlessspirits - A new goal for reading Jordan L. Hawk’s Restless Spirits, which I devoured in less than 1.5 hours. Almost all in one go, too – aside from one stop to create the goal!
  • /s2_dangerousspirits - For reading the sequel to that, Dangerous Spirits. I’m starting right away, to try and finish the whole trilogy for a reading challenge before the end of April…
  • /theboneorchard - Started up from a flat-forever goal. In the search for more bingos in my Litsy challenge, this has an end date set for the end of the month.
  • /wf4_galaxyground - A new flat-forever goal for reading Becky Chambers’ The Galaxy, and the Ground Within. I don’t expect this to stay flat for long…

Notes:

  • I’m currently thinking of getting a new fitness tracker and beeminding using it. Maybe it doesn’t even matter exactly what I’m beeminding, as long as I beemind one of its metrics… maybe I can commit to that? (As I’ve mentioned in a thread about the akrasia horizon, I’m very bad at staying committed to exercise-for-the-sake-of-exercise, so I’m not sure how well this will go.)
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How did you set up a beeminder goal/graph to look like this for your clockoff goal? This is kinda new to me. I’d like to be able to do this (but it’s just the time I stopped working)

Here’s a quick screenshot of all the custom settings:

As a warning, it doesn’t behave sensibly on derail, and support don’t fix it because it’s a non-standard graph and Beeminder doesn’t really support non-cumulative goals – I fix it myself.

(It basically jumps up to that datapoint and stays flat there, so if I work 10 hours in a day, it derails and puts the graph at ten hours. You can’t immediately straighten it out the next day because of the “red yesterday” derail condition, so you either have to wait a day or put a step in the graph. I tend to put a step in the graph initially so I get back on the hook, and then remove it a couple of days later. You can tell my “authorised” long workdays are the ones which have the big steps up on the graph, and then derails I leave as red datapoints floating above the line. Really helps visualise what’s going on with me.)

From memory, I think the most important setting there is just the unchecked “cumulative”; for that particular graph, the “plot all” is irrelevant and so is “min” (because there’s only one datapoint per day). “Below” sounds like the setting you need. Because the line isn’t going anywhere, I don’t think “up”/“down” matters a ton, but I’d set “down” to ensure the graph doesn’t trip up on itself.

Despite my caveats, it’s probably my most important goal. Though a goal for a time I stopped working might also be in order now I work M-F; corralling my necessary hours into a sensible working day sounds like a good plan, as I’ve already found myself working past six when I oughtn’t…

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Derailments:

  • /clockoff - I’ve changed my schedule and gone back to being bad at mentally calculating my time. Gah. I’ll get used to it again; this sting is a reminder that I need to do so, and can’t make excuses about it. I’m thinking about letting the penalty go up to $90 soon, given my current daily earnings. $30 may not be enough of a sting anymore!
  • /te5_nemesisgames - It was this or lose buffer on my goal to stop doing Beeminder stuff by 7pm, so I let this derail.
  • /s2_dangerousspirits - Ditto!
  • /le5_dangeroustoknow - And again…
  • /theboneorchard - And this one too.

New goals:

  • N/a

Changes to existing goals:

  • /stopbyseven - Added a break to help me regain buffer after a couple of days where external stuff prevented me from completing my Beeminder goals before 7.

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. 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!

  • /s2_dangerousspirits - Book all finished! It had a trope I don’t love, so it was good the Beeminder goal propelled me through it; I overall liked it in the end.
  • /s3_guardianspirits - To push me to finish the series before the end of the month, for a reading challenge!
  • /be2_obeliskgate - Finished! Wow. That’s all I can say.

Notes:

  • Health stuff continues to be happening, so still no new goals, really.
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Derailments:

  • /dailyweight - Despite the flat spot I entered, I couldn’t get enough safety in time before I had a predictable but unstoppable weight fluctuation. My weight will probably drop quite quickly in a couple days, but I’ll keep the buffer gained by the derailment while I struggle to get out of this plateau.

New goals:

  • N/a (except Project Bookminder goals)

Changes to existing goals:

  • /feedback-backlog - Done! I forgot to isolate the backlog when creating this, so a lot of this was not actually the original backlog, but the new stuff that came in while I was handling the backlog. Oof. I need to have a think about the best way to beemind handling the user feedback emails, going forward. I know that Make (formerly Integromat) have an integration with our email manager, so I wonder if I can create something with autodata.
  • /clockoff - Changed to have a slightly higher threshold per day, now that all my work hours are concentrating M-F.

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. 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!

  • /te5_nemesisgames - Finished and archived! If I complained about the status quo being restored at the end of the previous book, this book was my punishment. :scream: Whoa. (This isn’t a bad thing.)
  • /wf4_galaxyground - Started this up and finished it within a day, to meet my Litsy goals. Liked it a lot, but surprisingly, one of the few Becky Chambers books that did not make me cry.
  • /theboneorchard - Finished and archived! It was hard work at first, but worth it.
  • /s3_guardianspirits - Also finished in time, and archived. A good conclusion to the series!
  • /com1_magpielord - A goal to reread K.J. Charles’ The Magpie Lord. Not a standard reading goal – I gave it a fairly brisk rate so I’d finish it quickly, since I needed to finish it for the Litsy challenge I do… and indeed, I’m already done rereading it. Lots of fun.
  • /dgh2_dreadfulcompany - A goal to reread Vivian Shaw’s Dreadful Company! It’s not a standard reading goal, but has a slightly lower rate than The Magpie Lord, since it’s a bit denser. Not finished yet.
  • /woodforthetrees - For reading Richard Fortey’s The Wood for the Trees. I’ve got it set up so I have to read a chapter a day, because the chapters are almost all around 25 pages.
  • /lazinessdoesnotexist - A new flat-forever goal to replace the one I started up, this one for reading Devon Price’s Laziness Does Not Exist – which is more or less homework, recommended for me due to my burnout. I’ll probably start it soon.

Notes:

  • I’m getting tempted to make some new goals… but not quite yet.

Derailments:

  • /bitter - Didn’t feel like reading due to anxiety, and decided to take the hit.
  • /dgh2_dreadfulcompany - I love this book, but I just wasn’t in the mood to read.

New goals:

  • N/a (except Project Bookminder goals)
  • /catalogue - A Trello-linked goal for cataloguing the unread books on my shelves.
  • /ukrainian - There’s a challenge on Habitica at the moment about learning Ukrainian on Duolingo, since Duolingo are donating their ad revenue from people studying Ukrainian to relief. Obviously I’ve made direct donations, but the challenge piqued my interest and now I’m kinda having fun.
  • /frenchagain - Since I’m on Duolingo every day anyway, I started a new French goal for Duolingo. Again. let’s see if I remember anything (I did an A Level in French, so you’d think I should).

Changes to existing goals:

  • N/a, I think

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. 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!

  • /virusplaguehistory - Finished and archived. This was okay, but I didn’t learn much new. It was mostly non-technical and then would suddenly throw out a couple of pages of quite detailed stuff; I don’t know how well a layperson would get on with it.
  • /built - Finished and archived! I really got into it around the point where she started talking about the cathedral in Mexico City that needed to be levelled.
  • /bitter - Started reading Akwaeke Emezi’s Bitter for a challenge. Finished already! It wasn’t as good as Pet (the sequel) for me.
  • /lazinessdoesnotexist - I started this up because it was all my brain was willing to grab onto, and have finished it already. I thought it leaned too heavily on anecdote, despite making good points.
  • /portablemagic - Started up as a flat-forever goal, to replace the one I made for Laziness Does Not Exist. This is for reading Emma Smith’s Portable Magic, a book about reading.
  • /hiddenhands - I started this up! It’s not quite a standard reading goal; the slope is a bit steeper, since I want to finish it for a Litsy challenge.
  • /cahokia - Flat-forever goal to replace the one for Hidden Hands, for reading Timothy R. Pauketat’s Cahokia.

Cataloguing with actual index cards? Cool! :slight_smile: As you most probably know, on LibraryThing, people who’ve already catalogued their library and have an itch to scratch, do cataloguing flashmobs or catalogue “Legacy Libraries”.

Your goal gave me the idea to someday start a catalogue “freshening” goal, to check and fill out entries to my latest standards. Most of my books are in boxes, however, so that’s not a project for right now…