Week Twenty-four! Another rather uneventful week. I’ve been working with Python frameworks like Flask and Django recently, and I’m starting to piece together a plan to start an independent project, probably with something like Stripe integration for a simple way to become self-sufficient. It’s crazy to me how many prerequisites come with using any sort of framework. It reminds me of a quote from Carl Sagan:

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.

Anyways, back to Beeminder. Once thing I’ve noticed whenever I try to explain the entire concept to people (maybe ‘pitch’ is a better word), their first question is to ask where the money goes–and they’re usually displeased by the answer–Beeminder itself.

Of course, this is absurd if you think about it carefully. I’m not sure why people would approach systems or goal-setting with the generalized or personal notion of failure-by-default. Obviously, it should be the complete opposite! I’m trying to give the least amount of money to Beeminder by successfully completing the promises I’m making to myself (excluding the subscription I have, due to being a superuser).

Just a small tangent rant I thought I’d share. I don’t really use Beeminder for the punishment consequence anyways, I just like the pretty graphs that are slowly built–like plants in a garden. There are a couple of things (bugabees?) I noticed this week:

  • /photos kept derailing before, and I thought it was due to delayed updates from IFTTT. Not the case! It actually doesn’t track multi-photos (posting multiple photos as one “entry”, sort to speak). So if I uploaded photosets, nothing happened. I’m not sure if this is a bug or a feature, since IFTTT doesn’t have any options regarding multi-photos, just single photos and videos.
  • /github sometimes goes up a wild amount. I realized this is because it tracks all commits, not just ones on the main branch. It even tracks commits from deleted branches or repositories, so I assume they’re cached somewhere?

I don’t think either of these are explicitly bugs, just points of interest that you notice when you’ve had your head stuck in the honey too long. (Too many bee puns?)