Author: Gary Wolf

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Help us test the new QS Website

March 28, 2019

Thank you for exploring the new website for the QS community. You are part of a “work in progress” and all comment is welcome and useful.  We have a list of small things to fix and a list of bigger improvements to make in the months ahead, but even if you think we already know about the issues you notice, go ahead and mention them anyway. You might have seen something new!

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An N-of-1 experiment helps a physician identify the trigger of painful swallowing.

March 25, 2019

Dr. Alexander Smith found the trigger of his throat pain by eliminating a likely culprit from his diet: dairy. He noted that the pain disappeared, and then reintroducing the offending food and noticing that the pain came back. This simple protocol substituted for a much more difficult process that is typically recommended, saving him a lot of time, stress, and money.

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The Human Right to Science

March 20, 2019

Over the last year, we’ve been working on the launch of a new nonprofit organization called Article 27, whose mission is to advance the human right to participate in science. Inspired by the achievements of the Quantified Self community, we want to do what we can to help everybody trying to learn about themselves using empirical methods.

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Announcing QS18: The Quantified Self Conference

May 29, 2018

We’re thrilled to share the news that, along with our normal wide range of show&tell talks, breakout discussions, and toolmaker demos, this year’s QS conference is going to have a special focus on self-collected data in formal and informal learning. Over the coming months we’ll be developing the program in close collaboration with a wide range of self-trackers and toolmakers. If you’re a student, an educator, or both, we’re especially eager to find out what you’ve been working on.

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QS Self-Trackers Conduct the First High Frequency Blood Cholesterol Tests

May 29, 2018

Azure Grant introduces the QS Blood Testers project, showing data that suggests a single point measure may be inadequate for understanding cardiovascular risk. Every participant crossed a CVD risk category by time of day in at least one lipid output, and 80% of participants crossed a risk category based on time of day when only fasting measurements were considered.

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QS Symposium on Cardiovascular Health

December 15, 2017

We are organizing a QS symposium on cardiovascular health for scholars and researchers and participants in the QS Community. The goal of our meeting is to support new discoveries about cardiovascular health grounded in accurate self-observation and community collaboration. This one-day symposium will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the University of California, San Diego.

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Stay Tuned for QS Conference Talks and Slides

June 28, 2017

We’ve just returned from the latest Quantified Self Conference in Amsterdam and we’re working on the slides and videos of talks to share with everybody. It always takes a few weeks of work to get them ready for posting, so be patient. If you are already nostalgic (or wishing you’d been there) you can check…

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Doing Meetings Differently

May 15, 2017

Today we’re publishing the program for QS17: The Quantified Self Conference, which will be held this year at Casa 400 in Amsterdam on June 17 and 18. Looking over the 60+ sessions, I’m struck again by how different our meetings are. We do some things that are contrary to common sense, and we keep doing…

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Making Time: Lillian Moller Gilbreth

March 8, 2017

A review of Making Time: Lillian Moller Gilbreth — A Life Beyond “Cheaper by the Dozen,” a biography of one of the greatest early biometricians written by Jane Lancaster.

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N-of-1- Our Call for Papers

September 14, 2016

We recently announced that we’re collaborating several other editors to edit a special “focus theme” on N-of-1 experiments for the established informatics journal, Methods of Information in Medicine. N-of-1 Call For Papers (PDF) Here’s an extract from our justification for the call: Scientific progress in medicine and public health during the last century has been…

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A Public Infrastructure For Data Access

March 8, 2016

An interview with physicist Larry Smarr about his idea for a large scale, non-commercial, broadly accessible infrastructure for improving access to self-collected data for both personal and public benefit.

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Explaining Nightscout by Lane Desborough

February 23, 2016

Today the New York Times published a fantastic story by Peter Andrey Smith about the Nightscout and OpenAPS projects: A Do-It-Yourself Revolution in Diabetes Care. People with diabetes and parents of kids with diabetes are self-tracking by necessity, and we’ve learned a lot from their talks about their projects at QS meetings and conferences. Their impact is…

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Tuning My Brain With Music For Reading, Programming, and Archery by Rocio Chongtay

February 2, 2016

In this fascinating talk Rocio Chongtay shares her novel and thoughtfully designed experiments in using music to adjust her concentration and relaxation depending on what she’s doing. Using a consumer EEG device from Neurosky, Rocio tried different types of music while tracking the relaxation and concentration dimensions identified by the Neurosky algorithm. She had experience…

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Finding My Optimum Reading Speed by Kyrill Potapov

January 21, 2016

As an English teacher Kyrill Potapov spends a lot of time working with 12 year old kids who are trying to improve their reading, writing, comprehension, and analytical skills. In this talk, he explores a remarkable method of speed reading, called Spritz, that promises to let you “read Harry Potter in three hours” with full…

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Re-Living My Life with Mood Tracking by Kouris Kalligas

January 8, 2016

Kouris Kalligas, a long time participant and contributor at Quantified Self meetings, is the creator of the very easy to use data aggregation service AddApp. AddApp is an iPhone app that makes it simple to gain insights from data gathered on dozens of different devices. While running his startup, Kouris has also been doing ongoing self-tracking experiments….

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Daniel Reeves on Frictionless Tracking with Beeminder

January 7, 2016

It’s  been an honor to have Beeminder founders Daniel Reeves and Bethany Soule participating in Quantified Self meetings, giving us a chance to watch the evolution of their very useful tool for setting and achieving personal goals. These days they are working on the forefront of device and service integration. In this talk Daniel gives…