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Meetups This Week

Four Quantified Self groups are having Show&Tell meetings this week. The wonderful Paul LaFontaine will be revitalizing the Denver scene with new meetups and will be giving a preview of his QS15 talk. In Indianopolis, Brad Pillow will share the results of his recent experimentation on the impact of resistant starch on blood glucose levels.

In Porto, in addition to their Show&Tells, they’re going to livestream a session called, “Making Apps Context Aware” from Google I/O. Singapore will have a laid-back get-together where the attendees will bring devices and give everyone a chance to try them out.

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!

Wednesday, May 27
Denver, Colorado

Thursday, May 28
Porto, Portugal

Friday, May 29
Singapore, Singapore

Saturday, May 30
Indianopolis, Indiana

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Meetups This Week

Four Quantified Self meetup groups are getting together this week. Nashville will be having their very first meetup and we are very excited for them. It’s a great group out there in “Music City.”

There will also be another first meeting, though it is not technically a Quantified Self Show & Tell group. At QS Labs, we’ve been interested to see the impacts of Apple entering the wearables arena, so we created the Bay Area Apple Watch Users Group to share stories of what people are learning about themselves with this device. Definitely check it out if you live by the bay.

Groningen has a fantastic slate of speakers for their event. Dr. Jan Jaap Reinders will discuss how self-tracking improved his life. Peter Joosten will speak about his diet experiments which included trying the paleo diet and Dave Asprey’s diet for a month each. Enna van Duinen embedded an RFID chip in her hand and will discuss how she uses it. And Adri Mathlener will speak on what he found out about his sleep using Sleepbot.

Not to be outdone, Berlin has a fine group of speakers as well. Chris Hardaker will give a toolmaker talk on his MyQS cloud service. Marina Schmidt will discuss how she tracked her activity to better understand her “flow” states. And Simon Eichenauer will speak on the thorny question of how long to track something.

Tuesday, May 19
Bay Area, CA (Apple Watch Users Group)

Wednesday, May 20
Nashville, Tennessee

Thursday, May 21
Cambridge, England
Groningen, Netherlands
Berlin, Germany

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Meetups This Week

Five Quantified Self groups are getting together this week. Singapore will focus on the future of “smart health.” Zürich will discus the use of accountability groups for reaching goals. Budapest will have a couple talks on using personal data for making decisions in a collaborative environment: Anna Naszádi of Misto will show how their tool can help to share the task load in a household and Tamás Varga will talk about keeping a shared budget.

I would also like to welcome the new groups in Princeton, Nashville, and Denver! If you live in the area, sign up!

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, just like Princeton, Nashville and Denver!

Monday, May 11
Singapore, Singapore
Oslo, Norway

Tuesday, May 12
Zürich, Switzerland

Thursday, May 14
Budapest, Hungary

Saturday, May 16
Denton, Texas

Photos From Last Week’s Meetups

Below are photos from Vienna, which wins the prize for “most picturesque views from a show&tell venue.” Photos courtesy of Anna Riedl.

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

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Meetups This Week

Across the world, six Quantified Self meetups are getting together this week.

Vienna will have two special guests. Friend of QS, Chris Dancy, will speak about what he’s learned from collecting personal data from 700 sensors and services. Christoph Fabienek will speak about data privacy and the internet. The QSXX group in San Francisco (more on QSXX) is keeping things casual with a happy hour meetup at a brewery, a format you may want to consider for your group to keep the conversation going.

Monday, May 4
Oxford, England

Tuesday, May 5
Reno, Nevada

Wednesday, May 6
Toronto, Canada

Thursday, May 7
Geneva, Switzerland
Vienna, Austria

Friday, May 8
QSXX – San Francisco, California

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Meetups This Week

Five exciting Quantified Self meetups are occurring this week. The second oldest QS group will be convening in New York. Be sure not to miss it if you live in the Big Apple.

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!

Wednesday, April 29
Madrid, Spain
New York City, New York
Atlanta, Georgia
Brussels, Belgium

Saturday, May 2
Denton, Texas

Photos from Meetups Last Week

Below are photos from last week’s meetups in Copenhagen, Austin and Boston. If you attend a QS meetup, please post pictures of your event to the Meetup website. We love seeing them.

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Austin, courtesy of J.C. Adams.
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Boston, courtesy of Josh Kotfila.
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Meetups This Week

Six Quantified Self groups are getting together this week for show&tell talks. Copenhagen, in particular, has a jam-packed program with four talks on walking while working, food tracking, heart rate visualization and stress monitoring.

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, April 20
Copenhagen, Denmark
Austin, Texas

Tuesday, April 21
Boston, Massachusetts
QSXX – New York City, New York

Wednesday, April 22
Cambridge, England

Thursday, April 23
Lille, France

Last week, Turin had their very first show&tell meetup. It looks like it was a fantastic event in a fun venue, judging from the photos. If you organize a QS meetup, please post pictures of your event to the Meetup website. We love seeing them and will post them here. Photo credit: Luca De Marco and Livio Torrero.

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Meetups This Week

We have a great collection of eight Quantified Self meetups getting together this week.

Turin will be having their first ever meetup and will feature toolmaker/researcher talks by Alessandro Marcengo on specch.io, a personal data analysis tool and Massimo Zedda on Lifepitch, an emotional history tracker. They will also have talks by Amon Rapp on the current state of QS tools and by Luana Donetti on user interfaces for QS tools.

In Zürich, they will have a discussion on ethics, using Stefan Selke’s Lifelogging and Dave Eggers’ The Circle as starting points. Belfast will have a researcher talk from Dr. Brian Murphy on language and the brain and toolmaker talks from Jawbone and AppAttic. Lastly, Auckland will have a researcher talk from Dr. Karen Day on health informatics.

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, April 14
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Lansing, Michigan
London, England
Zürich, Switzerland

Wednesday, April 15
Auckland, New Zealand
Denton, Texas

Thursday, April 16
Geneva, Switzerland
Torino, Italy

Plus, here are a couple photos from last week’s meeting in Seattle courtesy of Eric Jain.

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What We Are Reading

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I’m filling in for Ernesto. I hope you enjoy this week’s list of articles and visualizations!

Articles

Don’t Relax: Uncomfortability Is The New Convenience by Adele Peters. This article looks at some products where a tolerable level of inconvenience is built into the design that prompts healthy actions or occasions for reflection.

Using Biometric Data to Make Simple Objects Come to Life by Liz Stinson. A whimsical project on display at Dublin Science Gallery’s Life Logging exhibition uses household objects to reflect and amplify the signals from your body.

The High Price of Precision Healthcare by Joseph Guinto. This is a fairly in-depth article on the relationship between drug and insurance companies and what happens when drug companies are given incentives for developing medicine for smaller populations. Not a breezy read by any means, but important for understanding the unintended consequences of changes made to the American healthcare system.

If Algorithms Know All, How Much Should Humans Help? by Steve Lohr. An exploration of a quandary that arises from machine learning methods. At what point do the automatic, self-learning processes mature to the point where any human intervention for correction is seen as injecting sullying “human bias.”

Show&Tell

Networking the Coffee Maker by David Taylor. A fun, little project using an ElectricImp micro-controller to track when the office coffee pot was brewing. The author helpfully includes his code.

Using 750words.com and self-quantification by Morris Villarroel. Morris has been using 750words.com for the past three months and reflects on his previous attempts to use the service consistently and how he uses it now.

Visualizations

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My brain on electricity: a 130 day tDCS experiment. This is a fascinating self-experiment where the author tries different tDCS montages while doing thirty minutes of dual n-back training.
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My Path to Sobriety by ERAU. From Reddit, the poster shares the data from an effort to reduce one’s alcohol consumption.

Access Links

Open Humans Aims to Be the Social Network for Science Volunteerism
Los Angeles Unveils Dashboard to Measure Sustainability Efforts
Who Owns Your Data?

From the Forum

Hardware Startup: Tracking Your Hydration
Five years of weight tracking
QS Research – 5 minute survey!
Zeo Sleep Monitor
Google Fit

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Meetups This Week

There will be three Quantified Self groups getting together this week. If one of these are in your city, be sure not to miss it!

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, April 6
Oxford, England

Tuesday, April 7
Reno, Nevada

Wednesday, April 8
Seattle, Washington

Plus, here are some photos from last week’s meetup in Cologne! Thanks to Andreas Schreiber for uploading these.

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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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