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Anna Nicanorova: My Year in Numbers

April 14, 2015

Anna Nicanorova is a data scientist. Starting in 2013 she started making an annual report, but what stuck by how difficult it was to access her own data she was collecting through different apps and services. Early this year she put together her 2014 annual report based on a few different tools and using If…

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David Joerg: Building My Personal Operating System

December 10, 2014

David Joerg is a software developer in New York City and had some interest in personal data. Inspired by attending his first QS meetup in late 2013, he decided to take a deeper dive into the data he was collecting, add some new systems, and see if he could build something to help him better…

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Akshay Patil: Better Relationships Through Technology

November 6, 2014

“There was nothing in my life pushing me to to have these more intimate relationships, the few people I actually care about.” When Akshay Patil was putting together the guest list for his wedding he realized that it had been a long time since he’d spoken with some of the the people he was inviting….

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Shawn Dimantha: My Face, My Health

October 20, 2014

Shawn Dimantha is always looking for easier ways to track his health. He uses a variety of self-tracking tools, but a few months ago he became interested in exploring what he could do given his engineering and health IT background. He was inspired by immersion, an MIT-developed email analysis tool, which helped him understand who…

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Cliff Atkinson: Storyboarding the Psyche

October 10, 2014

Cliff Atkinson is a consultant who helps people tell their stories and showcase their data in clear and understandable ways. It’s no surprise that when he became interested in understanding himself he turned to his experiences with visual storytelling. In 2012, at a New York QS meetup, Cliff spoke about how he’s embarked on a…

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QS NYC Meetup Recap

October 29, 2013

This guest post comes to us from Konstantin Augemberg who covers many interesting Quantified Self topics and his personal tracking experience on the wonderful MeasuredMe blog.   On Monday, September 30, Quantified NYC group has held its 23th meetup. The event was graciously hosted by Projective Space which offers collaborative community space to over 60 startups. With…

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David Sweet on Fist-Sized Volume and Weight Control

October 23, 2013

It seems that food tracking can have an enormous impact on weight loss and weight control, but counting calories can be difficult. David Sweet was looking to lose weight and wanted to use a system that kept him engaged for a long period of time. He devised a unique system to track his food –…

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Robert Carlsen on Tracking Weight

June 5, 2013

“I was starting to feel a little bit out of control.” Robert Carlsen used to be an amateur bike racer. When he moved to New York and stopped racing he found that his weight was slowly creeping up. He was still leading an active lifestyle, but he soon realized that most of daily food choices…

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Doug Kanter on Data, Diabetes, and Marathon Training

May 23, 2013

Doug Kanter has been a Type 1 diabetic for 26 years. Through this time he’s come to learn more about his disease by using many data-gathering tools and his own work in visual analysis at the NYU ITP program. We’ve featured Doug’s compelling work here on the blog before and we were excited to hear him…

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Self Expression From Performance Data

April 23, 2013

Typically when we think about Quantified Self and the associated collection and visualization of personal data we’re left struggling in the world of charts, graphs, and other well-worn visualizations. That’s not to disparage those of you who love spending some time tinkering in Excel. Those are valuable tools for understanding and there is a good…

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The New York QS Meetup Survey

March 26, 2013

Today’s post comes to us from Andrew Paulus, a member of the New York QS Meetup group. QS Meetups are a great time to see demos, hear interesting show & tells, and talk to a few people after. With hundreds of members just in the local New York group it is impossible to meet everyone…

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New York QS Show and Tell #18 Recap

December 6, 2012

We had a great turnout at our last meetup in New York hosted at startup accelerator program Blueprint Health in Soho. Thank you to my co-organizers, Patrick Whitaker and Andrew Paulus , who helped pull together this recap. And thank you to the rest of my co-organizers Brian Gallegos, Mark Brooks and Konstantin Augemberg for…

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Cristian Monterroza: My Autobiography Through Quantification

November 17, 2012

Cristian Monterroza felt like his life was slipping in a direction that he didn’t like, and was inspired to start tracking by the amazing lifelogging project of artist On Kawara. Cristian started out using several different apps, then created his own app to passively record his daily activities, called wrkstrm. In the video below, Cristian shares the insights…

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Sharla Sava on Shooting Herself: 365 Days of Self-Portraits

November 8, 2012

Sharla Sava decided to take a daily picture of herself for a year, without missing a day. She was inspired by this Flickr self-portrait group. While it was a surprisingly grueling commitment, Sharla learned that self-portraits can be an outlet for public dialog, a powerful mirror, and a creative way to explore the expression of different states…

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New York QS Show&Tell #17 Recap

August 14, 2012

At our last meetup in New York, we had a packed house at NYU’s ITP, one of our great supporters of QS here in NY. Thank you to my co-organizers, Ben Ahrens and Brian Gallegos, who helped pull together this recap for the blog. DEMO HOUR Brad Hammonds and Stan Berkow gave a large-scale, real…

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Alastair Tse on Walking All of Manhattan

July 28, 2012

Alastair Tse recently moved to New York, and wanted to walk all of the streets of Manhattan! He tried a few different approaches to tracking this that didn’t work, so he decided to make his own app that doesn’t use GPS or drain his phone battery. In the video below, Alastair talks about his adventures in…

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Stefan Heeke on Using Analytics for Personal Improvement

June 19, 2012

Stefean Heeke wondered why only large companies were using “big data” and analytics, and then he decided to do something similar. In this talk Stefan describes a few different self-tracking and personal analytics projects that gave him unique insights into his own life. Not satisfied with only understanding and improving himself, he also applied his…

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New York QS Show&Tell #16 Recap

May 14, 2012

Last week we had over a 100 folks attend our 16th NY Show&Tell with a Demo Hour held on Tuesday, May 8th at an incredible space that was generously provided by Digitas, a digital brand agency that has watched and supported QS closely over the years. Thank you to my co-organizers, Ben Ahrens and Brian…

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Richard Ryan: Notes From a Year of Biohacking

April 14, 2012

Richard Ryan was inspired by the first QS conference to spend a year hacking his life. He most wanted to solve his problems with insomnia, obesity, Ambien dependence, hypertension, and drinking alcohol – what he calls “classic New Yorker problems.” In the video below, Richard talks about the changes he made to his lifestyle, rules…

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Ben Ahrens: Cultivating Intuition Through Meticulous Self-Tracking

March 18, 2012

Ben Ahrens got his start in self-tracking as a personal trainer for six years. He was then diagnosed with Lyme disease and spent two years in bed. In the video below, he talks about his tracking failures, the importance of intuition and simplicity, and what he learned about controlling his symptoms by tweaking his mental state. A…