At the beginning of 2013 Kendra Albert set herself a very ambitious goal of reading five books a week. After tracking her reading by using Goodreads and writing short book reviews she realized that what she was reading wasn’t matching up to what she wanted to read. Watch her short talk with and the Q&A that follows to see how she used her tracking data to help her break out of her typical consumption pattern and include a more diverse set of authors. (Filmed at the Boston QS meetup group.)
Enjoy this collection of stories, websites, and links we’ve been reading.
Food and Mood: Just In Time Support for Emotional Eating. Seeking to build a system to track emotional distress, the University of Rochester and Microsoft Research experimented with embedded wearable tracking systems.
Writing & Tracking. Dutch novelist Arnon Grunberg is writing a new book all while tracking his EEG (brain activity), GSR (skin conductivity) and ECG (heart rate).
The Quantified Breakup. A fascinating look at how one individual is using data and reflection to tackle divorce. So far posts include visualizations and analysis of sleep, music, movement, shopping, and emotional data.
How Would You Like Your Data Today? Internet Geologist Susannah Fox recounts her year of great releasing insightful reports at the Pew Research Center.
Tiny Salespeople [pdf]. In his latest essay, legal scholar Ryan Calo describes how tracking technologies increase the human “attack surface” and can be used to harm us.
Download Your Gmail & Google Calendar Data. Google recently announced the ability to download data from both your Gmail and Calendar accounts.
From our Forums.
Keeping Track of Time. A great new thread about an ope-source time tracking solution.
Zeo Mega-Thread. If you own a Zeo sleep tracker then this is the thread for you.
SenseView. An great explanation of a interesting new Android-based sensor and visualization application.
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“Papa, what should I read?”
Sometimes a simple question can lead someone down an interesting path towards self-tracking and understanding. In the case of Rajiv Mehta, his daughter’s interest in reading led him to start tracking his own reading behavior. In this wonderful talk, Rajiv walks us through his method for tracking his reading as well as what he’s found out about his habits over the last four years.
This talk was filmed at our 2013 Quantified Self European Conference. We hope that you’ll join us this year for our 2013 Global Conference where we’ll have great talks, sessions, and discussions that cover the wide range of Quantified Self topics. Registration is now open so make sure to get your ticket today!