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Choosing to Invest In Beeminder

April 1, 2013


Last week I received an email from the folks over at Beeminder announcing the launch of a subscription membership.  As a long time user of Beeminder and a vocal fan they asked me if I was interested in signing up. Free isn’t sustainable The short history of the web is littered with examples of companies […]

Quantified Self Meetup: Show & Tell Talk Outline

November 12, 2012


This coming Thursday I will be attending my first Quantified Self Meetup and have signed up to give a Show & Tell talk.  This is the part of the program where people describe projects or self-experiments they have done.  In order to give some structure and continuity to the talks the QS moderators have provided […]

200 Hours of Deliberate Practice on Guitar

October 22, 2012


Some time last week I quietly crossed over the 200 hour milestone.  I suppose some people might celebrate or make a  big deal out of it but it didn’t feel like a special day.  I sat down and practiced my 35 minutes like I do most nights.  I logged my time in Beeminder and I […]

Achieve More with Beeminder

July 11, 2012


I don’t know if you have noticed, but all my blog posts go live on Tuesday night.  Why Tuesday night you may wonder? It just so happens that my Beeminder blog post graph will crash if I don’t tend to it by midnight on Tuesday.   In other words, if I don’t write a blog post […]

Optimize Your Sleep with a Simple Experiment

May 9, 2012


Sleeping is one of the most important things we do everyday.  You could even argue it is more important than food since you can survive up to a month without food but I doubt you could go even half that long without sleep. For such an important aspect of life how come we spend so […]

100 Hours of Deliberate Practice on Guitar

April 25, 2012



No Fun Tracking, If You Aren’t Improving

March 21, 2012


I recently read this interview of Stephen Wolfram which was inspired by his recent blog post about some of the personal data he has collected over the years. He reveals that he has been tracking every email he has written, every phone call he has made and every keystroke he has entered on his computer […]

Beeminder – Holding me accountable

February 20, 2012


I just got back from vacation and I was welcomed by this screen: I had failed to meet my goal to write one blog post a week.  I had gone off the road.  In order to reactivate my graph and data I will need to pledge $10.  Next time I miss my goal Beeminder will […]

How To Practice Deliberately on Guitar

February 10, 2012


Corbett Barr recently outlined some of the characteristics of deliberate practice over at Expert Enough. It inspired me to take the framework he laid out and describe how I use those principles to practice guitar deliberately. 1) You must be motivated to attend to the task and exert effort to improve your performance. It goes […]

Tonic – Motivation, Tracking and Mindfulness

January 7, 2012


Two months ago I wrote a review on the Tonic tracking app. I have continued to use Tonic daily ever since and I have found it to be a very effective tool for motivation, tracking and increasing mindfulness. Before I get into my experience let me show you what items I am tracking and how […]