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Like many of us, James Norris remembers his first kiss. Unlike many of us, he also knows who it was with, where it was, and his age. How does he know this information? When he was 13, he realized that he forgot some detail about his life that he thought was important. To prevent that from happening again, he decided to carry around sticky notes to record important life events and has been doing it ever since. Fast forward 15 years and James has recorded 1,500 “firsts.” Watch this talk, presented at the Washington DC QS meetup group, to hear James talk about the data he collects, and the lessons he’s learned along the way.
Today’s Tidings dispatch is from Daniel Gartenberg, co-organizer of the Washington DC meetup group. Read below to hear about their recent meetup. It sounds like a great time and we can’t wait to share the videos from these interesting talks.
We had our biggest meetup yet at 1776 – a start-up hub located in the heart of our nations capital. At the meetup there were three great talks, fun socializing over sandwiches, and lively QS Discussions. We had three wonderful talks:
James Norris – serial entrepreneur and avid self-experimenter gave a captivating talk about tracking his “firsts”. This included everything from his first kiss to his first time meditating on a train. One thing that James found was that traveling was one of the key factors that impacted his “firsts” – but only up to a limit – where after some time traveling, there are diminishing returns to “firsts”.
Next, Daniel Gartenberg gave a talk on his new efforts to evaluate and improve sleep. He described a study that he is conducting with the QS community where participants can receive $50 for tracking 2 weeks of their sleep data. Some participants will even have the opportunity to use a Hexoskin, actiwatch, and galaxy gear. However, users must have an iPhone and be willing to take 10 minutes out of their day for cognitive testing. Please contact Daniel Gartenberg at email@example.com if you are interested in participating in the study.
Finally, Daniel Martinez showed off an amazing visualization of more than 1800 days of his sleep data that he calculated using pencil and paper and inputting the data into Mathemetica software. Daniel created a new tool for evaluating sleep, which included categorizing time as “up and at em”, dozing, sleeping, and awake while trying to sleep. Using these categories he presented visualizations of sleep and showed a bimodal distribution in his bedtime and a new way to evaluate his sleep quality.
If you’re in the Washington, DC area we invite you to join this great meetup group!
Matt Velderman wanted to figure out his acne problem. He dove into researching acne treatments, tracking himself and modifying his diet and behavior. His approach was to try every possible thing that could help at once to solve the problem quickly, and then remove one thing at a time to figure out a minimal set of interventions. In the video below, Matt describes everything he tried, odd side effects, and how it’s working, as well as some other QS projects he’s doing, from bodybuilding to home energy usage. There’s a fun discussion at the end about how tracking yourself can impact romantic relationships. (Filmed by the Washington DC QS Show&Tell meetup group.)
Ewart de Visser had a friend who “didn’t like the whole work thing” and started speculating on foreign currencies. When Ewart asked him how much he was losing in his first few months, his friend wasn’t sure, so they set up a spreadsheet to start tracking his trading performance. In the video below, Ewart describes how he used data to modify his friend’s trading strategy to prevent big losses, as well as the interesting benefits of being tracked by someone other than yourself. (Filmed by the Washington DC QS Show&Tell meetup.)
Here’s a quick note from Xaq Rothman for all of you who live in DC:
HacDC, DC’s hackerspace, will be hosting a QS Show & Tell this coming Sunday at 6pm. If you’re in the area, come see self-tracking presentations on topics including quitting cigarettes, GPS logging, and songwriting.
For more about the presentations: http://www.hacdc.org/content/meet-quantified-self-presenters
RSVP for the Meetup event: http://www.meetup.com/DC-Quantified-Self/events/17505733/
Here’s a quick post for today to announce 4 new QS Show&Tell meetup groups that were recently born:
4. Mountain View – Health, organized by me – this is a new experiment to spin off a health sub-group from the popular Bay Area QS group. We will share personal health experiments and health-tracking stories in a cozier group setting.
SF Bay Area‘s 15th QS Show&Tell – August 11 with Gordon Bell as a guest speaker. It looks like we will blow past our previous record of 100 people attending, so we’re in the process of finding a larger location. The new location will be emailed to all members of the meetup group.