Self-surveillance

18 posts
Gyroscope to automatically track your health data

I’m surprised I’m just now hearing about Gyroscope. It’s an app that automatically tracks your health data and then generates reports, both digitally and in print format. An “OS for the human body” it says. Might give it a go. Tags: app, health

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14 months of sleep and breast feeding

If you’re a parent, you’ll relate to this right away. The wife of reddit user jitney86 tracked when their infant slept and ate from 3 to 17 months. It’s a lot of noise and randomness in the beginning, and then hallelujah the schedule starts to converge to something predictable. The fact that she was able to collect data for that long is impressive. When my first kid was born, I...

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Love in the age of data, without data

We live in a time when personal data leaves digital traces of what we do, what we like, and who we care about. Quinn Norton makes a concerted effort to not leave behind such traces using layers of security and encryption, which ironically makes for an old-fashioned love story. My love affair has taught me that the age of data makes time solid in a way that it didn’t used...

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Charting one’s friend demographics over time

We tend to think of demographics on a large scale. Countries, counties, and cities. Then we look at trends over time for thousands or millions of people. But it can be equally, if not more, interesting to look at the same trends on more personal level. This is what Dorothy Gambrell did. She charted her ten closest friends in New York. I like how even though the charts are for...

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When she cried

For most, crying isn’t an especially common occurrence over a long period of time, but when it happens, it’s often because something significant occurs in one’s life. Over the course of a couple of years, Robin Weis has 394 such occurrences. She knows this because she tracked when she cried and then later classified each event. Breakups and relationships were the root of 63% of the total cries. The data...

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Life transition seen through music listening

Quantified Selfie is a project to find narratives in an individual’s personal dataset. It’s not about optimization or self-improvement. It’s about facets of the everyday, which is my favorite kind of personal data collection. In the most recent addition, peek into a woman’s rocky move from San Francisco to New York, through the lens of her music listening habits over a year. [via Waxy] Tags: music

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A year of energy usage, by the hour

Michael VanDaniker found that his energy provider, Baltimore Gas and Electric, provides customers with an easy-to-use tool to export their home’s energy usage by the hour. So he downloaded the CSV and had a look back at 2015, through the eyes of heating and cooling. Fun. By the way, is this data availability a normal thing these days? I was surprised that BGE provided an export tool, but then I...

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Food tracker diary timeline

With the availability of weight and food tracking apps these days, there are thousands of people building out their time series every day. Albert Sun for the New York Times visualized the outlier case of Steve Lochner who lost over 100 pounds during a three-year period. Once again, the annotation makes it. As you scroll, the timeline plays out and significant events such as spikes, drops, and milestones are marked...

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Last Feltron Annual Report

Nicholas Felton released his 10th and final annual personal report. It's the end of an era and what I can only imagine as a sense of freedom and completion by Felton. Tags: Nicholas Felton

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A month in the life of personal location and messaging metadata

Data researcher and artist Mimi Onuoha looked at the personal location and messaging data from four groups of people in a project called Pathways. It's less about how much we can find out from a person's traces and more about what the data doesn't capture. The interesting thing about this group was the degree to which their data couldn't capture the reality of what they were experiencing. I was present...

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