Julie Price: 30lbs of Family Visits, Races, and Games

Julie Price has been tracking her weight consistently for the last four years. Like many of us, she found that her weight goes up and down depending on various life events. In this talk, presented at the Bay Area QS meetup group, Julie discussed what she’s learned about her weight and what correlates with weight gain and weight loss. Specifically, she focuses on the role of family gatherings, exercise and running races, and how different food and dieting methods either helped of hindered her progress.

We’re excited to have Julie joining us at our 2015 QS Global Conference and Exposition on June 18-20th. Early bird tickets are now available, and we hope you can join us for a great three days of learning, sharing, and experiencing the latest in QS techniques and tools. Register now.

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Mike Brown: Learning from Experimentation

A few years ago Mike Brown was searching for inspiration while working at his first post-collegiate job. He decided to start a personal blog to document a series of monthly projects that would challenge his current way of living and help him learn about himself. In this talk, presented at the Boston QS meetup group, Mike talks about a few of his experiments, including tracking his garbage and possessions, understanding his social life through random photo taking, and learning about his optimal exercise.

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Meetups This Week

This is a very exciting week as two new QS groups, Göteberg and Ljubljana, will have their very first meetup. In Berlin, they will look at how to “biohack the holidays,” sharing techniques on preventing weight gain and avoiding hangovers during the year-end festivities, as well as a show&tell on what one person found when he tested the antioxidant content of his coffee. Looks like a fun event!

If you attend any of these events, please upload your photos to Meetup!

Monday, December 15
Göteborg, Sweden
Miami, Florida

Wednesday, December 17
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

Thursday, December 18
Berlin, Germany
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Also, here are a couple pictures from the recent QS Bay Area meetup. It was a great group and a great night.

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What We Are Reading

We hope you enjoy this week’s list!

Articles
The Global Open Data Index by The Open Knowledge Foundation. This isn’t an article, but rather an really nice portal to explore open data sets from around the world.

Eight things we learned about HealthKit from Duke, Oschner by Jonah Comstock. An interesting piece here detailing how two large healthcare systems are using Apple’s Healthkit.

Connected Health: Improving Patients’ Engagement and Activation for Cancer-Related Health Outcomes by the President’s Cancer Panel. Very short publication here that outlines how the President’s Cancer Panel is thinking about new changes in the health system and health technology.

Deep Neural Networks are Easily Fooled: High Confidence Predictions for Unrecognizable Images by Anh Nguyen, Jason Yosinksi, and Jeff Clune. This in not a typical entry into our weekly What We’re Reading as it doesn’t appear to be directly related to self-tracking or Quantified Self. However, I found it fascinating and a great reminder that algorithms are not infallible.

Show&Tell
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Visualizing HR, HRV, and GSR While Watching ‘Interstellar’ by Bob Troia. Inspired by a Reddit user who tracked his HR while viewing Interstellar, Bob Troia set out explore his full physiological response by tracking heart rate, heart rate variability, and galvanic skin response. Some great data in here!

Visualizations
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Stress Snail by Pavel Zakharov. Pavel uploaded this unique visualization to our QS Forum earlier this week. This visualization represents his heart rate, activity, and stress during a particularly stressful day when he was completing a driving test. If you have ideas or thoughts on the visualization make sure to share them in our forum!

From the Forum
Get feedback and advice back
Basis Peak
Multi-API services for health/fitness data
Mobile Health and Fitness Apps Privacy Study

This Week on QuantifiedSelf.com
Greg Schwartz: Quantified Dating
David Joerg: Building My Personal Operating System

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David Joerg: Building My Personal Operating System

David Joerg is a software developer in New York City and had some interest in personal data. Inspired by attending his first QS meetup in late 2013, he decided to take a deeper dive into the data he was collecting, add some new systems, and see if he could build something to help him better understand himself. What he ended up building was his own data dashboard, a personal operating system, that allowed him to see how he was doing across the various metrics he was interested in including, sleep, exercise, weight, unread emails, and more. In this talk, presented at the New York QS meetup group, David explains his process and what he learned from developing and using this system.

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Greg Schwartz: Quantified Dating

Greg Schwartz has spent a lot of time thinking about his dating life. In this entertaining and interesting talk, presented at the Bay Area QS meetup group, Greg walked through a deep dive into the data he’s been able to collect about his dating interactions and online dating experience. This includes a thorough analysis of his messaging history, where he found out that messages between 200-300 characters tend to work best. Not satisfied with only exploring his own data, he also embarked on an interesting exercise where he was able to see and interact with his sister’s online dating profile.

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Meetups This Week

We have a great group of meetups occurring this week in three different countries. Be sure to check them out if you are in the area!

To see when the next meetup in your area is, check the full list of the over 100 QS meetup groups in the right sidebar. Don’t see one near you? Why not start your own!

Monday, December 8
Oslo, Norway

Tuesday, December 9
East Lansing, Michigan

Wednesday, December 10
Brussels, Belgium

 

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What We Are Reading

Enjoy this week’s list!

Articles
Flipping Primary Health Care: A Personal Story by Kedar S. Mate and Gilbert Salinas. We’re leading off this week with a fascinating case study that describes what happened when one patient, Gilbert Salinas, “flipped the clinic.” After deciding to accept fellowship that would move him from California to Cambridge, MA he worked with his care team to take control of many of the tasks typically performed in the clinic.

Most importantly, I feel happier and healthier, and I am amazed that I have been able to accomplish my goal of being healthy during this year away from my providers. It has transformed my sense of what is possible and has encouraged me to take further ownership of my health.

A Case for Autonomy & The End of Participatory Medicine by Hugo Campos. I’m constantly in awe of our friend and QS community member, Hugo Campos. As a leader in the fight for access to personal data (see this great NPR piece from 2012) he’s been an inspiration for our own ongoing Access Matters work. In this post, Hugo makes the case for focusing less of patient participation in the medical system, and re-orienting towards improving patient autonomy and self-determination.

Health Data Outside the Doctor’s Office by Jon White, Karen DeSalvo, and Michael Painter. In this short post, the smart folks at RWJF introduce the new JASON group report, Data for Individual Health, which

“[…] lays out recommendations for an infrastructure that could not only achieve interoperability among electronic health records (EHRs), but could also integrate data from all walks of life—including data from personal health devices, patient collaborative networks, social media, environmental and demographic data and genomic and other “omics” data.”

A Systematic Review of Barriers to Data Sharing in Public Health by Willem van Panhuis and colleagues. In this review article, the authors outline twenty specific barriers standing in the way of sharing data that could improve global public health programs. They include numerous examples of the technical, motivational, economic, political, legal, and ethical barriers that prevent more sharing across public health systems.

#WeAreNotWaiting at the Fall 2014 D-Data ExChange: The Stars Are Aligning by Mike H. QS Labs was unfortunately unable to attend the Fall 2014 D-Data ExChange, but were excited to read this great summary of the event.

Show&Tell
The Quantified Self and Humanities Best Friend by Kevin P. Kevin found out that he could track his dog, Lilo, along with himself when he went for walks and runs. In this short post he outlines his process, and the barriers he ran into, for collecting data from his different devices to show his progress on a recent 5k walk.

Follow-up study: on the working time budget of a university teacher. 45 years self-observation pdf hereby Dimitar Todorovsky. Dimitar is a recently retired researcher and professor of Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria. In this journal article he outlines his findings from tracking his time every day over his 45-year career. Most striking to me is that he averaged 10hr of work per calendar day for the entire 45-year period.

Visualizations
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Heart Rate (bpm) during marriage proposal by reddit user sesipikai. Going to Rome to surprise your fiancé to be? Why not record your excitement and nervousness by wearing a heart rate chest strap!


To Big to Fail by Nicholas Felton. In this great video presentation Nicholas Felton describes the process behind building the latest in his series of Annual Reports. You can also check out the full 2013 Annual Report here.

From the Forum
Counterintuitive HRV Measurements
Active, Athletic Folks With Asthma Tracking Their Performance
Mobile Health and Fitness Apps Privacy Study
OP Innovations Sensors
Hexoskin
Timer/logger/tracker–what kind of gadget am I looking for?

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QS15 Global Conference & Exposition: New Date

We want to share some news about the upcoming QS15 Global Conference and Exposition. We are moving the date due to the growth of the conference and the opportunity to add some fantastic public programming to our beautiful Ft. Mason exposition space, in collaboration with our production partner e2k events and collaborating architect David Benjamin/The Living.

The new conference date will be June 18-20, 2014. We hope you can join us in San Francisco at Fort Mason for what is shaping up to be our biggest and best event yet.

Tickets are still on sale and we’ve extended our early bird registration price. Register today and join us for an amazing three days.

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Ian Billett: Tracking My Time, My Life

The days I use my time wisely are the days when I feel most fuliflled and therefore happy.

Ian Billett stumbled upon our Quantified Self website here and instantly became fascinated by our community of individuals who were learning about themselves through different technology. With his interest piqued, he began to investigate how he could understand himself. He started with a self-designed Excel spreadsheet where he manually tracked every five minutes using his own tagging system. He’s since switched to even more fine-grained tracking, tagging every minute of his life to describe what he was doing and who he was with. In this talk, presented at the London QS meetup group, Ian describes his process and some of his recent findings.

Slides are also available here.

Special thank you to Ken Snyder for his valuable work documenting the talks at QS London.

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