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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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Thomas Blomseth Christiansen: Over-Instrumented Running

September 29, 2017

After hitting the wall midway through a marathon, Thomas Blomseth Christiansen turned to instrumentation. Along with coding his own negative split plan generator, his project evolved to include an olympic swimming coach, many new devices, a metronome – and ultimately mastery of the art of pacing.

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Mark Moschel: Blood Ketones During Regular Fasting

September 26, 2017

Mark Moschel shares his experience with the ketogenic diet, including his insights into the correlation between perceived energy levels to blood ketone levels, the inverse relationship between ketones and glucose, and the ceiling effect of too-high ketones.

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Jakob Eg Larsen: Tracking Sleep and Resting Heart Rate

September 6, 2017

Jakob Eg Larsen has tracked his sleep and resting heart rate (RHR) for the past four years. His 7 minute talk is far better watched than read about: it’s a great illustration of data validation, longitudinal tracking, and data assisted self-awareness. Briefly, by tracking his RHR over a long period of time, Jakob has developed…

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Cantor Soule-Reeves: Fight For Your Right to Recess

September 5, 2017

It rains a lot in Portland, Oregon. And if you’re 8 years old like Cantor, recess gets cancelled a lot. But unlike most 8-year-olds, Cantor is doing something about that. By tracking his steps, he’s able to show that every cancelled recess takes about 600 steps out of his day. Compared to his average of…

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QS17 Highlight: Taking on my Osteoporosis

July 16, 2017

A persistent theme at QS17 was how self-tracking can help those with chronic conditions spot associations between symptoms and lifestyle that a clinician might not have time to uncover. In this Show & Tell, Justin Lawler talks about his experience with early onset osteoporosis and the several metrics he tracks to help manage and understand his condition.

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QS17 Highlight: Body Temperature and Ovulatory Cycles

July 12, 2017

I was thrilled to have the chance to do a Show&Tell talk about tracking my ovulatory cycle via minute-by-minute body temperature during the final plenary session at QS17 Conference. It’s an ongoing project that explores what high-temporal-resolution body temperature can help us learn about our reproductive state. Daily body temperature readings are already used to…

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QS17 Program Updates

June 16, 2017

QS17 is here! We can’t wait to see old friends and meet new people who have never been to a QS conference before. If you are reading this because you are attending QS17, you are in for something special. Our program is filled with engaging talks, fascinating discussions, and informative workshops. Here is a PDF…

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QS17 Preview: Externalizing Health Rewards

May 31, 2017

Kyrill Potapov wanted to design a system that didn’t just track his productivity, but motivated him through personal growth. This led him to design a project that appealed to his altruism while incentivizing productive and satisfying behavior. At QS17, Kyrill’s talk will explain how he uses the productivity output of RescueTime to power the light bulb keeping his house plant “Pip” alive.

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QS17 Preview: Mental & Metabolic Dashboard

May 30, 2017

While the terms ”dashboard” and ”machinery” may bring to mind the tidy and separable systems operating within a car, it’s the crossed wires of human neurophysiology that will be the subject of this conference preview. Dr. Tara Thiagarajan, founder of Sapien Labs, brings demonstrates how she has captured her ‘human music‘ by looking at interactions between her sleep, diet, water intake, and brain activity.

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QS17 Conference Program!

March 21, 2017

We aren’t ready yet. But we can’t resist giving an advance look. This year’s QS conference will be in Amsterdam on June 17/18, 2017. QS17 is a “carefully curated unconference,” which means his means that all of the sessions are proposed by our attendees. We spend about six months before the conference starts getting in touch…

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Shannon Conners: A Lifetime of Personal Data

May 24, 2016

The emergence of self-tracking tools that came with the advent of the smartphone was a boon for people like Shannon Conners, who have long been recording their personal data with pen and paper. Her lifelong collection of personal data has lead to the creation of insightful visualizations.

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Shelly Jang: Can You See That I Was Falling In Love?

March 16, 2016

When someone comes into your life and takes up a special place in your heart, do they also occupy a similar place in your data? Shelly used GMvault to look through 5 years of Google Chat logs to “hunt for signals that I loved my husband and not somebody else.”

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Stephen Cartwright: 17 Years of Location Tracking

March 4, 2016

In this talk from QS15, Steven Cartwright, associate director at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, shows how seventeen years of location tracking has given him a wealth of data to explore in the form of three-dimensional data visualization sculptures.

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Paul LaFontaine: Using Heart Rate Variability to Analyze Stress in Conversation

March 2, 2016

Paul LaFontaine, organizer for the Denver QS meetup, shares his experience tracking heart rate variability (HRV) to understand “vapor lock,” his term for the inability to recall information that can occur during a stressful conversation. His analysis revealed a likely cause for this “lock up,” but the unexpected results led him to change his approach to meetings and conversations at work.

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Ilyse Magy: Know Thy Cycle, Know Thyself

February 29, 2016

“My luteal phase went from 10 days to 16, which is a frickin’ Quantified Self miracle.” In this great talk, Ilyse Magy describes how tracking her menstrual cycle with the Fertility Awareness Method and Kindara worked for more than birth control. Tracking her cycle helped her understand how it affects her emotional state, and led her to find…

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Jon Cousins: Why I Weighed My Whiskers

February 23, 2016

Jon Cousins has given wonderful show&tell talks on mood tracking. Like most methods for measuring mood, his process involves a subjective assessment of his well being. But what if there was a physical measurement related to mood that doesn’t involve blood work? Inspired by an anecdote about a man’s beard growth while working on a…