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Cors Brinkman: Lifelog as Self-Portrait

Cors Brinkman is a media artist and student. In June of 2013, he started a project to keep track of himself. He decided to start with LifeSlice, a tool to have your computer keep track of your behavior by taking a picture, screenshot, and location data every hour. After experimenting with that system Cors added in mood tracking to round out his data collection. In this talk, presented at the 2014 Quantified Self Europe Conference, Cors describes his process and some of the interesting ways he visualized and analyzed his thousands of self-portraits.

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QS Gallery: John Caddell

Today’s QS Gallery image comes to use from John Caddell who states,

This is a simple graph showing the trend in the ratio of work accomplishments to setbacks, month over month. According to the book “The Progress Principle” by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer, to feel as if you’re making overall progress at work, you need a ratio of 2 or 3 to 1 in accomplishments to setbacks. Less than that will result in a feeling of stagnation or even regression. This chart shows that I keep above that level for the most part, with the exception of July, which was a lousy month for sure. This graph helps me make sense of my feelings about work – am I happy? Headed in the right direction? If the trend shows me dipping below 70% for several months in a row, it’s a sign I need to change up what I’m doing.

This was put together with a web tool that I worked on with my friend Dave Kaylor called 3Minute Journal. It captures a daily text journal entry (answering “what happened today that you’ll remember most?”) and several questions about the entry. One of the questions classifies the entry – two responses are “accomplishment” and “setback” – and these are used for the visualization.

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