Category: QS17


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…


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.


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.


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…


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…


QS17 Highlight: My Scars by Ellis Bartholomeus

August 4, 2017

Ellis Bartholomeus gave a talk at QS17 that is a definite “must watch.” We all accumulate physical scars throughout our lives. My own history consists of scrapes from trees, kitchen burns and a misadventure with liquid nitrogen. Ellis has taken a quantitative and thoughtful look at the form and meaning of her scars. At left, is…


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.


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…


QS17 Amsterdam Highlight: Tracking Crying

July 6, 2017

At QS17 Amsterdam, Robin Weis presented the opening Show & Tell on her self-tracking project examining a very personal metric in her life: crying. Robin uses the data-driven spirit of QS to navigate her emotions and piece together insights on personal discovery.


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…


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…


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.


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.


QS17 Preview: Counting Scars

May 27, 2017

At QS17, “game alchemist” Ellis Bartholomeus will share her quantification of one of the inevitable and unpredictable outcomes of her study of play: scars. Her talk will explore the narrative scars tell us about our bodies and our activities—from fun childhood games to recovery from car accidents.


QS17 Preview: Overthinking Everything I Own

May 21, 2017

For Matt Manhattan, what started as an effort to keep track of his electronics turned into a practice spanning his entire material life. Taking inventory of his all possessions ultimately changed the way he thought about his purchases and ended up saving him a substantial amount of money. At QS17, Matt will share what he learned by framing decisions to make new purchases in the context of his past purchases.


QS17 Preview: Dashboard of My Life

May 16, 2017

David de Souza is tracking 35 metrics on what he considers the most important areas of his life. His streamlined workflow allows him to record everything from sleep, weight and food intake to productivity, yoga and meditation. At QS17, David will share his dashboard and the correlations he’s drawn between diverse aspects of his behavior.