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Randy Sargent: Unlocking Patterns with Spectrograms

September 12, 2016

In this talk, Randy Sargent shows how he used a spectrogram, a tool mostly used for audio, to better understand his own biometric data. A spectrogram was preferable to a line graph for its ability to visualize a large number of data points. As Randy points out, an eeg sensor can produce 100 million data…

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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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Bethany Soule: Extreme Productivity

February 12, 2016

“That’s insane! I want to try it.” Bethany Soule is the co-found of Beeminder, a commitment tool which she characterizes as “goal-tracking with teeth.” Her and Daniel Reeves, the other founder, have spoken on how they tracked the development of the tool and integrating it with other QS tools. In this talk from QS15, Bethany tells…

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Jacek Smolicki: Self-Tracking As Artistic Practice

February 11, 2016

“I don’t have a concrete goal. I don’t have a concrete aim to advance myself. It’s a way to explore different aspects of my life through data.” Since 2009 Jacek Smolicki has experimented with using personal data as a mode for artistic exploration. In this talk, he presents some of his practices: Making a collage…

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Effects of A Year in Ketosis by Jim McCarter

December 16, 2015

In this fascinating short talk by geneticist Jim McCarter, we see detailed data about the  effects of a ketogenic diet: lower blood pressure, better cholesterol numbers,and vastly improved daily well being.  Jim also describes the mid-course adjustments he made to reduce side effects such as including muscle cramps and increased sensitivity to cold. Jim begins:…

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2015 QS Visualization Gallery: Round 4

August 13, 2015

We’re excited to share another round of personal data visualizations from our QS community. Below you’ll find another five visualizations of different types of personal data. Make sure to check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 as well! Name: Damien Catani Description: This is an overview of how I have been doing today against my daily habit targets….

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QS15: A Review

August 11, 2015

In just little more than a month we’ll be convening in lovely Amsterdam for our 2015 Quantified Self Europe Conference. While some might call us crazy since we just wrapped on our big QS15 Conference in San Francisco, we like to think that we’re on a tour, inviting people from around to world to engage and…

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Why Quantified Self Show&Talks are Amazing

July 30, 2015

I have had the esteemed pleasure for the last couple of years of helping speakers at Quantified Self conferences put together their talks. It’s a lot of work for me, but more so for the speakers. At the QS15 Conference last month in San Francisco, I took the opportunity to not only express my appreciation…

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2015 QS Visualization Gallery: Part 3

July 28, 2015

We’re excited to share another round of personal data visualizations from our QS community. Below you’ll find another five visualizations of different types of personal data. Make sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 as well! Name: Edward Dench Description: All recorded flights I’ve taken. Tools: Manual entry into openflights.org (there is an interface using…

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Damien Catani: Tracking 7,459 Dreams

July 27, 2015

After going through a life crisis during his teenage years, Damien Catani turned to tracking his dreams to help “rebuild his sense of self.” Eighteen years and seven thousand dreams later Damien shared his tracking process and what he’s been learning at the QS15 Conference and Expo. In his data he found patterns for the…

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QS Radio: Episode #3

July 17, 2015

After a bit of a hiatus, mostly due to our planning and production for the QS15 Conference and Expo, we’re back again with another episode of QS Radio. Join us as we discuss last month’s conference, including the great show&tell talks, breakout sessions, and some of the great exhibitors. Download the episode here or subscribe…

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2015 QS Visualization Gallery: Part 2

July 17, 2015

We’re back again with another round of visualizations from our QS15 Conference and Expo attendees. In today’s batch you’ll see a variety of representations of different tracking projects, from tracking biometrics while watching a movie to running distance over nearly 13 years. Enjoy! Name: Bob Troia Description: I tracked my heart rate, HRV, and galvanic…

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Steven Zhang: Concussions, Headaches and the Whole30 Elimination Diet

July 16, 2015

  At every conference, a synchronicity will occur where a few talks cover a similar, but previously unexplored topic. At QS15, we were surprised to see an increased discussion of concussions. It’s hard to know whether this is due to random chance or a glimmer of the zeitgeist, but we like to take note of…

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Mark Moschel: Parasites and Gut Repair

July 14, 2015

While traveling in Ecuador, Mark Moschel ate some ceviche from a street cart that he later found contained a parasite called giardia. Experiencing fatigue, light-headedness, and digestive issues, Mark used the Reporter app to track his symptoms and Ubiome to measure his gut flora to help him understand and combat the parasite. Though a trying experience,…

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2015 QS Visualization Gallery: Part 1

July 9, 2015

In 2013, just prior to our our Quantified Self Global Conference, we asked conference attendees to send us examples of their own personal data visualizations that they found especially meaningful. We were blown away by what everyone shared with us. From visualizations of blood glucose readings to GPS traces and plots of time tracking and…

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QS15: What Happened?

June 22, 2015

Two hundred sessions. Two thousand people. Thirty thousand square feet of exposition space on a San Francisco Pier. Did we really do that? Over the next weeks we’ll be posting videos, photos, interviews and essays inspired by what happened last week at #QS15. But for the next day or two we’re just going to recover…

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An Interface for Your Life: Compass at QS15

June 16, 2015

One June 18-20 we’re hosting our QS15 Conference and Expo and we’re delighted that so many great toolmakers will be joining us to show off their devices, apps, and services. We’ve asked our toolmakers to give us a bit more background information about their company and what they’re excited about. If you’d like to meet these innovative…