Jae Osenbach LOVES chocolate. Unfortunately, her body does too. She decided to go on a calorie-restricted diet of 1200 calories a day for 6 weeks and track her weight loss. In the lively video below, Jae talks about her experiments with nuts vs. no nuts and chocolate vs. no chocolate, and her surprising T-test results. She has also kindly posted her slides and instructions for how to add an analysis toolpak to Excel. Hooray for chocolate! (Filmed by the Seattle QS Show&Tell meetup group.)
Jae Osenbach: Having My Chocolate and Eating It Too (Seattle) from David Reeves on Vimeo.
Amelia Greenhall, of QS Seattle, describes five simple and powerful self-tracking experiments she has been doing over the past few years that feel like getting gold stars. For example, she records everything she has learned, done, read, or accomplished each month. Check out Amelia’s insightful lessons in the video below.
Amelia Greenhall: Gold Star from David Reeves on Vimeo.
Steven Jonas discovered through an EEG assessment that he had a strong “freeze” response to stressful situations. This inspired him to use his emWave to monitor his stress levels, hack it to alert him whenever he got too stressed, and change his patterns at work. Check out Steven’s open, inspiring story in the video below, filmed at Quantified Self Seattle, as well as his slides.
Steven Jonas from David Reeves on Vimeo.
Leigh Honeywell has always had trouble getting herself to go to bed, so she started tracking her sleep to make sure she was getting enough rest. In the video below, filmed at Quantified Self Seattle, Leigh talks about the different ways she measured sleep, how she caught up on her sleep debt, and what she learned about her anxiety and crashing.
Leigh Honeywell from David Reeves on Vimeo.
Gustavo Glusman is a member of Leroy Hood’s group at the Institute for Systems Biology. At a recent Hood group retreat, the main topic of conversation was Quantified Self! In the video below, Gustavo gives a fascinating recap of the retreat, including how the researchers talked about QS, what experiments they did on themselves, and the main challenges they see with QS from a scientific perspective. (Filmed by the Seattle QS Show&Tell meetup group.)
Gustavo Glusman: Introducing QS in the scientific community (Seattle) from David Reeves on Vimeo.
In this talk, Beau Gunderson shares a way to bring all of your disparate data sets, from Facebook to Twitter to Foursquare to Zeo to Fitbit to Runkeeper, together in one collection to be accessed through simple APIs. It’s part of an open source development effort called The Locker Project. The hope is to be able to see new patterns and correlations by bringing these sources of data together. Beau learned some interesting things about himself, and had fun playing with different questions he had about his data. (Filmed by the Seattle QS Show&Tell meetup group.)
Beau Gunderson: Online Activity Aggregation from David Reeves on Vimeo.
Dr. Mark Drangsholt is a long-time self-tracker who also teaches evidence-based medicine at the University of Washington. He has tracked blood pressure and exercise, atrial fibrillation and what triggers it, deep sleep and sex, diet and body fat. In the video below, Mark shares what he learned about his arrhythmia triggers, and how his self-tracking data helped sway his cardiologist to do a less invasive procedure. He also makes a great case that Quantified Self experiments can be more scientifically valid than many of his colleagues would like to admit. (Filmed by the Seattle QS Show&Tell meetup group.)
Mark Dangsholt – QS Tracking; an example using a heart rhythm disorder from David Reeves on Vimeo.
Robby MacDonell from RescueTime tried many different tools to form habits, and didn’t find that any of them worked. After a good deal of frustration, he started to investigate the idea of having goals at all. In this great talk, Robby honestly shows data that isn’t pretty – hooray! He also shares some really interesting insights on how to make the process of behavior change gentler, from personal and system design perspectives. (Filmed by the Seattle QS Show&Tell meetup group.)
Robby MacDonell – Are goals bad for forming habits? from David Reeves on Vimeo.
Adam Loving wanted a very lightweight way to track what he did each day, without tweeting it to the world. He built a simple system where he can tell Siri what he did, and it gets recorded in a database. Some data gets automatically entered through if this then that. Adam found that it has motivated him to continue his pushup/situp routine, and keeping his system simple has helped him uncover some funny problems for future improvement. (Filmed by the Seattle QS Show&Tell meetup group.)
Robby MacDonell doesn’t own a car, so he gets around on public transportation and on foot. He spent one month tracking his use of various modes of transportation, using the app MyTracks. In the video below, Robby talks about how he evaluated the different location-tracking tools, how he built his own custom interactive Google map, what metrics he tracked, and some really interesting, surprising things he learned. Great talk! (Filmed by the Seattle QS Show&Tell meetup group.)