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Toronto Meetup Recap

A few weeks ago the Toronto QS Meetup group hosted their 22nd show&tell meetup. Check out these great sketchnotes from Sacha Chua then hit the links below to watch videos of the meetup talks.

 

Mike talks about Push Strength, a strength and fitness tracking device.

Duane Hewitt gives an update on his 23&Me data and what he’s started doing since he received his results.

Dmitri Gomon describes how he tracked his way to losing 9kg over four months.

Jim gave a brief overview of how and why he’s tracking his Starbucks intake.

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QS Worldwide

A big part of what we do here at Quantified Self is support and promote our amazing meetup groups around the world. We have a wonderful network of meetups  in over 70 cities in more than 15 countries around the world. We wouldn’t be able to post all the great videos and articles here on the Quantified Self website if it wasn’t for the meetup organizers and attendees coming together to share and learn about self-tracking and self-experimentation in warm and open environments.

Today we just wanted to highlight a few of the most recent meetups from around the world!

QS Berlin 

 

QS Toronto

QS Stockholm

 

 QS Syndey

 

QS Bay Area

 

We have another exciting week of meetups coming up with events in Seattle, Stockholm, Phoenix, and Singapore. If you don’t have a meetup in your community and want to learn more about how to start one just let us know!

 

 

 

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Gareth MacLeod on Holistic Tracking and Correlations

Gareth MacLeod is a developer/entrepreneur interested in making QS techniques easy to incorporate into daily life. He built an app that sends him text messages to ask about his sleep, mood, romantic encounters, tooth brushing, etc. He then looks for correlations among the different data streams, and even spent 100 hours building a correlation heat map. In the video below, Gareth talks about how to engineer the perfect day, and interesting things he has learned, like if he watches TV before bed, he feels grumpy the next day. (Filmed by the Toronto QS Show&Tell meetup group.)

Gareth MacLeod – Holistic Correlational Tracking from Gary Wolf on Vimeo.

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Nicholas Manolakos on Twenty Years of Self-Experiments

Nicholas Manolakos is a programmer and avid reader who has been self-tracking for twenty years. He’s recently been improving his left-right body balance, and can write proficiently with both hands now. In the video below, he talks about many of his experiments, including optimizing cognitive performance, managing anxiety, introducing complexity, dietary experiments and fasting – interestingly, one of the things he discovered is that fasting and giving blood improved his cognitive performance. (Filmed by the Toronto QS Show&Tell meetup group.)

Nicholas Manolakos – Cognitive Performance from Gary Wolf on Vimeo.

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David Phillips on Surveillance and QS

David Philips is a professor at the University of Toronto who studies surveillance. He’s interested in democratizing infrastructures of surveillance and using surveillance data for things other than population control, such as creating senses of self and community. In the video below, he gives an interesting talk about what he has learned about the why and how of Quantified Self through his academic lens, followed by a great discussion. (Filmed by the Toronto QS Show&Tell meetup group.)

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Sacha Chua on Tracking Time

Sacha Chua started tracking time to find out where she was spending time and how she might change her patterns. In the video below, she explains what she learned, including how quickly her interests change, how she chooses to break down her time, and how the tracking helps her focus. Be sure to check out Sacha’s blog too, where she publicly posts weekly detailed lists of things she has accomplished in the past week and her plans for the next week. (Filmed by the Toronto QS Show&Tell meetup group.)

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Rob Della Fortuna on Losing Weight with Social Networks

This is our first video from the lively QS Toronto group! Rob Della Fortuna is a coder who likes to eat donuts. He had tried different diets to try to lose weight, with various hilarious results. After some research, Rob found Fitocracy, a social network that turns fitness into a game, and has found it motivating to improve his health. Watch his story in the video below, followed by an active discussion of different food and fitness tracking tools.

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Meet the Heart Rate Pendant

Eric Boyd, a long-time QS member and now part of the Toronto QS Show&Tell meetup group, has a new project. It’s called HeartSpark, and it’s a heart-shaped pendant which flashes little LED lights in time with your heart beat. HeartSpark and Eric (video below) were featured on Engadget today – congrats!

Thanks to @faisal_q for posting the link.

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Quantified Self Toronto on Dec 1st

Join us for our second meetup. Details here: http://www.meetup.com/quantifiedself-toronto/

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