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Tracking 10,000 Running Miles Over 10 Years

Julie Price

Julie has been tracking her running mileage for the past 10 years while training for 15 marathons. While training and learning about running she began to pick up new “rules of thumb” to help guide her training and performance, but something was still missing. How did she know that she was sticking to these rules? Was there any evidence that training was working or that she was accomplishing what she wanted to? In this talk, she iterates her planning, tracking and training, and discusses what she learned.


QSEU14 Breakout: Lifelogging with Photos

Ernesto Ramirez

Today’s post comes to us from Cathal Gurrin, Rami Albatal, Dan Berglund, and Daniel Hamngren. Cathal and Rami are researchers at Dublin City University and Daniel and Dan work at Narrative, makers of a small lifelogging camera and application. Together, they led an interesting breakout session at the 2014 Quantified Self Europe Conference on photo lifelogging and how to use analytics and computer vision techniques to make sense of vast amounts of photos.

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Walking the Talk: How to do QS

Richard Ryan

Richard Ryan is a co-organizer and a longtime member of Quantified Self. In this talk, he shares an interesting journey with Quantified Self with self-tracking and self-experimentation over the last couple of years. He shares his experiment with the Fisher Wallace Stimulator, an electronic neuro-stimulation device that has been clinically demonstrated to produce therapeutic effects for a variety of conditions such as insomnia and chronic pain.


Annals of Rationality: Cool heads are not best

Gary Wolf

I want to become more rational. So do many people I know. But shouldn't the quest for more rationality itself be conducted rationally, so that we can avoid damaging mistakes? We probably all know people whose Spock-like anti-emotionalism does not seem to correlate with very good decision making, people who show outward signs of being logical but who seem to miss important factors when calculating the probably outcome of events.


QSEU15 Preview: Putting Physiological Signals into Pictures

Steven Jonas

Media artist Danielle Roberts (check out her Reverse Calendar), found her curiosity piqued by a scientific paper claiming that  the well-known calming benefits of being in nature can be achieved by merely looking at pictures of natural landscapes. At QS Europe 15, Danielle will present her "Virtual View" project, which combines image and sound for immersion in a constructed natural environment - with a twist. Virtual View feeds your physiological signal back into the system, subtly altering based on your response.


Announcing New Talks for QS Europe Conference!

Alexandra Carmichael

The QS Europe 2013 Conference in Amsterdam is one month away! Here are some more of the awesome talks and sessions that will be given by QS community members. Check them out below, and please remember to register soon if you’d like to come – there are only a few tickets left. Hope to see you there! -- New Show&Tells Using Data to Hack My Habits and Whip Up My Willpower (Mark Leavitt) Tracking Puns (J.


Daniel Reeves on Frictionless Tracking with Beeminder

Gary Wolf

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 a brief explanation of how to bring data into Beeminder with minimal hassle.


Neema Moraveji on Perfect Self-Awareness

Steven Dean

--This review was written by Ryan Viglizzo for my class DIY Health at NYU ITP (Tisch School of the Arts). In this class, students design systems of self-care that help people take stock of themselves by exploring ways to measure, reflect and act upon their health and lifestyle. -- Moraveji asks, “What would it be like to have perfect self awareness?” His talk suggests that having perfect self-awareness means having an optimized mind.


Chris Lukic on Smashrun

Bo Adler

Inspired how powerful a connection he developed to the tracking of his runs, Chris Lukic has built a website to display data from a Nike sensor and put it in a social context.  There are badges to reward users for various achievements, and something akin to a leaderboard for seeing how your runs compare to those of your friends -- a little friendly competition to increase motivation.  Chris has also spent a lot of time working on the visualization of correlations, such as grouping runs of a similar length together or looking at how your performance changes by the day of the week.