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Self Tracking Without A Written Record

This is a guest post from MIT’s Ian Eslick, including his discussion-provoking video from the most recent Bay Area QS Show&Tell meetup. Thanks Ian!

Tracking my lifestyle changes and related symptoms on an ongoing basis has proved to be challenging.  The severity of my symptoms have never been such that I’ve made detailed note-taking a priority.  Instead, I slowly evolved a mental methodology for keeping track of my experiences by focusing on one hypothesis at a time and slowly accumulating what I consider to be informative observations and conclusions.

In practice, I mentally maintain two mental ‘records’:

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George Lawton on Cultivating Happiness

George Lawton studies happiness, and how to have more of it. In the video below, he talks about emotional feedback tools, his research on how to incrementally increase happiness, and how he tried to change his mood by changing his facial expressions. George also discusses mirror meditation as a way to increase emotional well-being, engages the audience with healthy laughter, and mentions his next project, on love. (Filmed at the Bay Area Quantified Self meetup held at Adaptive Path).

George Lawton – Cultivating Happiness from Gary Wolf on Vimeo.

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Joe Betts-LaCroix Compares Dodge Ball and Lindy Hop

Joe Betts-LaCroix had a question. Which of the two exercises he was doing – dodge ball and lindy hop – was giving him a greater intensity workout? He used Fitbit to count his steps for every 5 minutes he performed these two activities. Watch his entertaining video below to see which exercise came out on top. (Filmed at the Bay Area Quantified Self meetup held at Adaptive Path).

Joe Betts-LaCroix from Gary Wolf on Vimeo.

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Bay Area QS Show&Tell #17 – Recap

With so many exciting developments in the QS world, the air at Adaptive Path was full of energy for the 17th Bay Area QS Show&Tell last week. The theme this time was health and medicine.

I watched on the livestream (big thanks to Robin Barooah and Justine Lam for setting this up!), so I missed all the cool projects displayed during the “science fair” hour, but here’s my recap of the five fascinating talks. Videos will also be posted soon.
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First Livestream of a QS Show&Tell – Tomorrow!

Here’s some good news for those of you who live outside the San Francisco Bay Area or who weren’t able to RSVP in time for tomorrow’s QS Show&Tell meetup.

This will be the first time that we will be livestreaming the event. The theme for this meetup is health and medicine, and details to catch the livestream are below.

Time: 7:30-9 pm PST, Tuesday Jan 11
URL: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sf-quantified-self-meetup

See you there! (and huge thanks to Justine Lam and Robin Barooah for making this happen!)

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Sastry Nanduri on Hacking 4 Health

This is a guest post by Sastry Nanduri, co-founder of one of our annual sponsors, HealthTap. Please comment below if you’d like to be part of the “personal data hackathon” Sastry is suggesting:

HealthTap is an avid supporter and sponsor of Quantified Self. We share Quantified Self’s belief that quantification and measurement can lead to insightful learning and impactful improvement. HealthTap’s vision is based on exactly this philosophy. Our mission is to improve people’s health by helping them make better health decisions using data. We are working to unleash the power of data – facts and numbers – to make it personal, and use it to help bring about measurable improvements to people’s health and well-being. Continue reading

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Dirk Aguilar on Personal Energy Consumption

From the Bay Area QS Show&Tell group: Dirk Aguilar shows charts of his energy consumption – electricity, gas, driving, and flying. He annotated his graphs with trips and life changes, and was surprised to learn that while his gas usage dropped during periods of travel, his electricity usage remained high from all of his appliances passively consuming energy. Dirk explains in the video below how he and his wife are using this data to make decisions about how to be green consumers without breaking the bank.

Dirk Aguilar – Personal Energy Consumption from Gary Wolf on Vimeo.

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Andrew Hessel’s Flight Log

From the Bay Area QS Show&Tell meetup group: Andrew Hessel from Singularity University talks about his 2010 flight log. He has traveled 79,922 miles this year – 57 flights, 22 airports, 16 percent of his days in the air. Andrew tracks his flights for the sake of tracking them, with no goal to minimize consumption. Watch the video below and see what you think – exciting lifestyle or excessive environmental impact?

Andrew Hessel – FlightLog from Gary Wolf on Vimeo.

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Matt Haughey on Sharing Gas Mileage Data

From the Bay Area QS Show&Tell group: Matt Haughey from Fuelly talks about tracking, sharing, and comparing gas mileage data. He tells the story of his efforts to move from 18 to 20 mpg – it required a great amount of concentration, and only ended up saving him $6. Watch the video below to hear what Matt has learned from running Fuelly. He has good advice for entrepreneurs and gas guzzlers alike.

Matt Haughey – Fuelly from Gary Wolf on Vimeo.

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Indhira Rojas on Managing Consumption

From the Bay Area QS Show&Tell group: Indhira Rojas explains Indexer, a database she is building for tracking consumption and managing waste. She wants to help people answer two questions: How much do I throw away? and, How do I recycle properly? In the video below, Indhira explains her project. See what she learned from studying seven households and photographing all of their waste.

Indhira Rojas – Indexer from Gary Wolf on Vimeo.

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