Author: Erica Tanamachi


Erica Forzani: Understanding My Pregnancy

August 17, 2018

Following closely behind Whitney’s pregnancy project, it is fitting to share Erica Forzani’s pregnancy tracking project that can inspire any human who has carried a human in her belly. In addition to just being pregnant and dealing with the work involved with growing a human, Erica tracked her blood glucose levels, physical dimensions, weight, resting metabolic…


Whitney E. Boesel: Cholesterol Variability: Hours, Days, And My Ovulatory Cycle (Part II)

August 15, 2018

After conceiving a beautiful baby girl, Whitney E. Boesel participated in the Bloodtester’s Project – a group of self-trackers conducting their own experiments to better understand their cholesterol together. After having her baby, Whitney learned that her cholesterol was unusually high and she became curious to understand what the cause was. She presented her findings, Cholesterol Variability: Hours, Days,…


Whitney E. Boesel: My Numbers Sucked, But I Made This Baby Anyway (Part 1)

August 13, 2018

Despite the fact that our human existence relies on pregnant women and birth, there is surprisingly very little understood when a woman doesn’t fall within the “averages” and the “knowns.” We are all so different, and any woman knows that her body at some point will most likely not fall within the “average” range and…


Vivienne Ming: Tracking My Son's Diabetes

August 10, 2018

Vivienne Ming is an accomplished neuroscientist and an entrepreneur, however this project is not about her kick-ass professional work, instead, it’s deeply personal about how she manages her son’s diabetes. Vivienne presented her project, Tracking My Son’s Diabetes at the 2013 QS Global Conference. When Vivienne’s not conducting research or working on new ideas she’s…


Ilyse Magy: Know Thy Cycle, Know Thyself

August 8, 2018

Women are increasingly (albeit slowly) taking more control in work, politics, life and society. However, unfortunately, being a woman means one has to consistently work extra hard to understand and know her own body to stay in control, because, unfortunately according to the laws of many governments and society-at-large, her body isn’t truly hers.  At…


Tracking Our Senses: Elliot Hedman

August 6, 2018

Another thoughtful project that studies the human’s physiological response to music is one by Elliott Hedman who studied himself and others’ physiological measurements during a classical concert. In addition to tracking himself and others with EDA sensors, Elliott also videotaped the sensors to track where in the music, people’s sensors were triggered and shifted. He learned…


Tracking and The Brain: Joost Plattel

August 1, 2018

Joost Plattel studies chemistry and loves experiments. He discovered while running experiments on himself that the simple act of tracking had a profound affect on how his brain functions. In this talk, Fitting Mental Models, Joost shares some of those discoveries. During the last three years of tracking his food, activity, and productivity, Joost noticed his…


Tracking Life: Mark Krynsky

July 30, 2018

Following Dana Greenfield’s post about her project Leaning Into Grief, it feels fitting to share Mark Krynsky‘s project that contemplates our own mortality digitally. How will our digital lives be archived after we die? (Spoil alert: we are all going to die).Mark Krynsky started a blog about five years ago and began live-streaming. Having his data in…


Tracking Grief: Dana Greenfield

July 27, 2018

As we’ve been thinking about mood lately–tracking it, nudging it and even reversing it, here’s a project that contemplates one experience that accumulates all moods – mourning. For anyone who has experienced grief and mourning, grab your tissues; and if you haven’t yet had the profound experience, grab a pen and take notes. I wish had this project…


Tracking Mood To Understand Others: Alan Greene

July 25, 2018

Many of us track our moods to gain insight into what we are feeling or going through. Dr. Alan Greene developed a way to use his mood to gain insight into what others are feeling or going through. Alan calls it Reverse Mood Tracking and he uses it in his work as a pediatrician. Here’s how…


Beeminder Scholar at QS18

July 23, 2018

As we gear up for QS18, we understand that the cost of a conference ticket can be challenging for scholars. So, for students who really want to attend, but don’t have the cash–this post is for you. Our good friends and QS18 Exhibitor, Beeminder, wants to offer five lucky students a chance to attend the…


Tracking Mood: Jon Cousins

July 20, 2018

When talking about tracking mood and happiness at Quantified Self, we have to mention Jon Cousins, an active QS member and long-time mood tracker. In 2010, Jon created Moodscope to track is own mood, and left in 2013 to begin Moodnudges, where he writes short messages to help nudge one’s mood in a positive direction. He released a book on the topic called Nudge Your…


Tracking Happiness: Ellis Bartholomeus

July 16, 2018

Sharing Ellis Bartholomeus, again–not only because she’s awesome–but, the project she presented at 2015 QS Europe Conference in Amsterdam, Draw a Face a Day relates to a recent post on Tracking Happiness.  Like Ashish’s project, Ellis tracks her mood with 1 simple task at the end of the day–but, instead of using a number (at least…


Announcing InsideTracker Give-Away for QS18 Attendees

July 13, 2018

We are excited to announce InsideTracker as a QS18 Exhibitor. Gil Blander, President and Initial Founder, gave a great talk introducing InsideTracker at the QS15 Conference + EXPO. InsideTracker puts the power of personalized nutrition into your hands, using your blood, DNA, and habits. They create evidence-based solutions that are simple, actionable, and personalized –…


Tracking Happiness: Ashish Mukharji

July 11, 2018

Another conceptually simple idea, but still just as profound, comes from a project by Ashish Mukharji called Tracking Happiness, presented at a Bay Area Meetup in 2013. It’s another great example of the timelessness of QS projects. QS’ers are constantly asking ageless questions where the answers are often in flux as our bodies and minds…


Tracking Gratitude: Dan Armstrong

July 6, 2018

Dan Armstrong kept a gratitude list for two years and shared his project Learning from Gratitude at a New York Meetup in 2015. Armstrong is a writer and in this talk, he shares how keeping a gratitude list every day for the past two year has changed his habits, actions and outlook. Every morning Armstrong…


Tracking Our Past: Ellis Bartholomeus

July 4, 2018

Ellis Bartholemeus is a big fan of quantifying and at QS17 she presented her project My Health Scars that shares her “quantified body” from tracking and measuring her physical scars. Scars represent memories from the past that are often derived from traumatic events. However, there can be deep learnings lived through each “representative” scar and…


Music Habits Analyzed Through Tracking: Steven Jonas

July 2, 2018

Steven Jonas presented his interesting project, Spaced Listening to the Bay Area Meetup Group at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley in 2017. In this project, Steven takes a very active role in his music engagement to increase his listening palate. Steven knows that he needs to listen to an album a few times…


Music Habits Analyzed Through Tracking: Rocio Chongtay

June 29, 2018

Listening to music is often a passive past-time; we listen to what we like, while enjoying the lyrics and beats. Even without much thought, music can be a tool to help motivate a work-out, stimulate a drive, or simply aid relaxation in a spa. However, when we take an active role in our listening, we…


Kids and QS at Quantified Self Conferences: Cantor Soule-Reeves

June 27, 2018

Cantor Soule-Reeves presented his inspiring project, Fight for your Right to Recess  at QS17 in Amsterdam last year. With this project, Cantor proves how empowering data can actually be when analyzed. Cantor is an 8 year old who goes to Richmond Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. The students of Richmond Elementary get 20 minutes of recess…