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Meetups This Week

There will be two Quantified Self meetups getting together this week. Pittsburgh will have a couple show&tell talks from Matt Tornowske and Randy Sargent on the “Qualified Self” and tracking sleep apnea symptoms, respectively.

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! If you organize a QS meetup, please post pictures of your event to the Meetup website. We love seeing them.

Tuesday, March 31
Cologne, Germany

Wednesday, April 1
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Last week was busy for QS meetups and we’re happy to show pictures from Cambridge, Stockholm, Berlin and QSXX-San Francisco! Photos courtesy of Rasmus Peterson, Sune Kaae, Florian Schumacher, and Kate Farnady.

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Meetups This Week

This week will see 8 Quantified Self meetups with jam-packed agendas.

The QS family of meetup groups continues to expand with Bucharest having their very first Show&Tell meeting.

There will be two meetups occurring in San Francisco this week. QSXX will have a show&tell talk from Valerie Lanard on quitting TV. QSXX meetups are for women or those who identify as women. You can find out more here. QS San Francisco‘s meeting will have a stress-management and calming theme.

Cambridge will have talks on home blood test based analytics by Hemavault, anxiety monitoring via sensors in clothes, and a person’s experience tracking activities for 2 years. Stockholm will have Mattias Ribbing and Jonas Bergqvist as guests to speak about memory training, nutrition and fitness. Houston will have researchers Susan Schembre and Troy Gilchrist present their recent research on the gut biome and continuous glucose monitoring.

Berlin will feature a show&tell talk from Maximilian Gotzler on tracking high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP), a general indicator for inflammation, in his blood over time to find out which food or lifestyle factors influence inflammation in his body. They will also have a toolmaker talk by Josephine Worseck of Kenkodo, a blood test for measuring metabolites.

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, March 23
Cambridge, England

Tuesday, March 24
Houston, Texas
Stockholm, Sweden

Wednesday, March 25
Berlin, Germany
QSXX – San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California

Friday, March 27
Bucharest, Romania

Saturday, March 28
Denton, Texas

Lastly, some photos from last week’s meetup in Washington D.C.:

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Meetups This Week

There will be five Quantified Self meetups this week. If you live in the south of England, you won’t want to miss the meetup in London. They are always excellent.

St. Louis will feature a discussion with Dr. James McCarter on fasting. McCarter will explain the science of ketosis and how to take a citizen-science approach to measuring the biological effects of fasting.

Washington, DC will have a jam-packed schedule, starting with Patrick McKnight showing his exercise and hypoxic training data from his preparation to ascend Mt. Everest. Josh Touyz and Dmitri Adler of Data Society will show the group how to get their data from the Fitbit API and analyze it. There will also be a talk from an analytical chemist on how to use blood tests to address nutritional deficiencies.

In addition to the show&tell talks in Thessaloníki­, the group will have a discussion about the possibilities of Apple’s new ResearchKit, inspired by #WhatIfResearchKit on Twitter. Background on this hashtag can be found here.

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! If you organize a QS meetup, please post pictures of your event to the Meetup website. We love seeing them.

 

Tuesday, March 17
St. Louis, Illinois

Wednesdy, March 18
Denton, Texas
London, England

Thursday, March 19
Washington, DC

Friday, March 20
Thessaloníki­, Greece

Lastly, St. Louis gets the top prize for monumental creativity with the injection of the cityscape into their logo:

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What We Are Reading

Ernesto is in sunny Austin for SXSW, so I’m filling in to gather this week’s articles and links for your reading pleasure.

Articles

Apple ResearchKit concerns, potential, analysis by MobiHealthNews. ResearchKit was a big surprise coming out of Apple’s Special Event this week. It was quite difficult to select just one representative article about the ensuing conversation, so this round-up serves nicely.

#WhatIfResearchKit: What if Research Kit actually, truly, worked… by Christopher Snider. Okay, I failed to keep to one article on ResearchKit. This post chronicles a series of Twitter conversations on the question: if ResearchKit does work, what are the possibilities?

The Electric Mood-Control Acid Test by Kevin Bullis. Thync is a sort of evolved version of a transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) device. A technology with a lot of potential and controversy, this article explores why the brain-enhancing effects of the TDCS only work for some people. By the way, if you are a fan of Philip K. Dick, Thync may remind you of the mood organ that was in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Automated Learning by Nichole Dobo. Some school classrooms are experimenting with ”Blended learning”, a method of combining classroom teachers and computer-assisted lessons. A detail that stuck with me is the description of three large displays that show where each student is supposed to go that day, based on the results of the previous day’s lesson.

The Mouse Trap: Can One Lab Animal Cure Every Disease? by Daniel Engber. An in-depth how science’s predominant use of lab mice could be limiting our knowledge of disease. Of relevance to self-trackers because many models of optimal health are in part based on mouse studies.

Show&Tell

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Analyzing a Year of My Sleep Tracking Data by Bob Troia. This is a superb exploration of Bob’s sleep data from 2014 as collected by his Basis watch.

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Notes on 416 Days of Treadmill Desk Usage by Neal Stephenson. The author of Snow Crash and The Cryptonomicon is a long time user of a treadmill desk, but when he began having pain in his left leg, he had to reevaluate how he used his favored tool.

Visualizations

 

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Qualities of #QuantifiedSelf by Christina Lidwin. A fascinating analysis of the #quantifiedself hashtag.

Access Links
First medical apps built with Apple’s ResearchKit won’t share data for commercial gain by Fred O’Connor
Talking Next-Gen Diabetes Tools with Dexcom Leaders by Mike Hoskins

From the Forum
Mood Tracking Methods?
Howto track laptop uptime
CCD or CCR conversion tools?
What gets measured, gets managed – Quantified Self in the workplace
Best ECG/EKG Tool for Exercise
Best iOS app to track water/coffee/alcohol intake?

This Week on QuantifiedSelf.com
QS15 Sponsor Highlight: RescueTime
Quantified Self and Apple’s ResearchKit
Better by Default: An Access Conversation with John Wilbanks
QS15 Conference Preview: Jamie Williams on Tracking My Days
Quantified Self Styles

Lastly, I’ll leave you with a lovely little comic with a message that many self-trackers can relate to.

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The Secret by Grant Snider

 

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Quantified Self Styles

Tokyo Quantified Self, November 2014

Tokyo Quantified Self, November 2014

Last year, over 320 Quantified Self events occurred across the globe. If spread evenly, six out of seven days of the week saw a QS meetup. This is a truly incredible amount of knowledge sharing occurring in our community.

Although many QS meetings follow our typical “show&tell” format, with three to four talks about personal tracking projects and plenty of social time, you don’t have 320 meetups occurring in a calendar year without some variation. Our organizers are a creative bunch, and they’ve tried many different formats. From informal chats and small work groups to unconference sessions and group experiments, there are meetup formats that suit the size and personality of every local Quantified Self community.

Because we are inspired by the creativity of QS organizers around the world, we’ve put together a partial catalog of Quantified Self event formats. The purpose of this list is to be a resource for meetup organizers and members, to spark new experiments and interactions. If you don’t have a Quantified Self group in your area, all is not lost. You can always start your own!

Catalog of Quantified Self formats.

How to start your own Quantified Self Show&Tell.

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Meetups This Week

We have eight great meetups occurring this week. In what must be a record, six will happen on Tuesday.

Vienna will have talk from from Gregor Žavcer on cognitive science and experience sampling. At Munich’s meetup, they will have talks from Christian Margolus on how he used blood sugar readings to help him understand his hunger cravings and afternoon sleepiness and from Michael Reuter on how he automized much of his self-tracking and analysis. In Austin, QS Labs’ Ernesto Ramirez and Chris Dancy, in town for SXSW, will be special guests.

Zürich will also experiment with using their community to form an accountability group to help each other with goals that they have. And a new toolmaker Kenkodo, will be making the rounds at Munich,  Zürich and Vienna to discuss a kit they are developing for tracking metabolic patterns.

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! If you organize a QS meetup, please post pictures of your event to the Meetup website. We love seeing them.

Tuesday, March 10
Budapest, Hungary
Lansing, Michigan
Munich, Germany
Reno, Nevada
Vienna, Austria
Zürich, Switzerland

Thursday, March 12
Austin, Texas

Saturday, March 14
Indianapolis, Indiana

Plus, here are some great photos from last week’s meetups in Stockholm and Lille!

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Meetups This Week

There will be eight great Quantified Self meetups happening all over the world this week. The group in Stockholm will have show&tell talks on sleep tracking, using the Scanadu Scout and using personal data to identify cause and effect in one’s life. Our exemplary QSXX Boston group will be getting together as well. To learn more on how the QSXX meetup groups create a safe space for discussing women-centric self-tracking topics, click here.

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! If you organize a QS meetup, please post pictures of your event to the Meetup website. We love seeing them.

Monday, March 2
Manchester, England
Oxford, England
Stockholm, Sweden

Tuesday, March 3
Reno, Nevada

Wednesday, March 4
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thursday, March 5
Lille, France
Toronto, Canada
QSXX Boston, Massachusetts

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Meetups This Week

This week will bring four fascinating Quantified Self meetups. St. Louis will have a “quantified romance”-themed meetup including a toolmaker talk with the creator of a service that helps with romantic decisions.  In Ashland, they will be getting together to discuss n=1 study designs. This is the same group that started the Individual Metabolic Research Group (iMeRG) that we featured a couple of days ago.

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! If you organize a QS meetup, please post pictures of your event to the Meetup website. We love seeing them.

Tuesday, February 24
St. Louis, Missouri

Wednesday, February 25
Cincinnati, Ohio

Thursday, February 26
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Saturday, February 28
Ashland, Oregon

Also, enjoy these photos from last week’s meetup in New York, as well as, last month’s meetup in Vienna.
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Meetups This Week

There will be six Quantified Self meetups occurring in two countries this week. Thessaloníki­ in Greece will be having their very first meetup. New York is a must attend event for they always have excellent talks. Chicago will have a toolmaker talk from the maker of an under-desk elliptical trainer that tracks usage, while southern Florida will have two meetups in Miami and Naples.

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! If you organize a QS meetup, please post pictures of your event to the Meetup website. We love seeing them.

Tuesday, February 17
Chicago, Illinois

Wednesday, February 18
Denton, Texas
New York City, New York

Thursday, February 19
Miami, Florida
Thessaloníki­, Greece

Friday, February 20
Naples, Florida

Also, here are some photos from Cambridge‘s meet up last week:
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Meetups This Week

This week will bring six Quantified Self meetups in four countries! In Cambridge, they will have a toolmaker talk for Emotion Sense, a mood app developed by the University of Cambridge. Zürich will have a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) session, where everyone will have some hands-on time with the QS tools in use by their community.

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! If you organize a QS meetup, please post pictures of your event to the Meetup website. We will feature them here.

Tuesday, February 10
Cambridge, England
Lansing, Michigan
Zürich, Switzerland

Wednesday, February 11
Lausanne, Switzerland
London, England

Thursday, February 12
Groningen, Netherlands

Here are some photos from last week’s meetup in San Francisco, including avuncular, lifelogging pioneer, Gordon Bell!

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