Self-surveillance

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GitHub is meant to track code

Jen Luker noted, “As amazing as @github is, it is a tool designed to track code, not people. I’m sharing my annotated GitHub history to show you what it can’t tell you about a developer.” As amazing as @github is, it is a tool designed to track code, not people. I'm sharing my annotated GitHub history to show you what it can't tell you about a developer. pic.twitter.com/b94kYqQHaZ — Jen...

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A long distance relationship between a temperature difference

Everyone’s story is a little different. Alyssa Fowers tracked her long-distance relationship in the context of the temperature between two locations and the travel to and from. Tags: relationships, temperature

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Texting history after the first swipe

Speaking of relationship timelines, Chris Lewis used texting history with his girlfriend after the first swipe on Bumble as the backdrop of their own story. A few 21k messages later, they’re engaged and live together. [Thanks, Chris] Tags: relationships, texting

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Create your own visual journal of data

Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec continue on their path of Dear Data with a book that you draw in: Observe, Collect, Draw! The first section describes some of the basics of journaling with data and how you can use various visual encodings. However, the main part of the book is a journal that guides you through collection and the visual encodings that Lupi and Posavec used with their postcards. First,...

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Heart rate during layoff

Add another chart to the genre of heart rate during a significant event. Reddit user failian had an Apple Watch on when he was laid off, so he exported his heart rate data for the day and made this graph. See also heart rates for a marriage proposal and during sex. Tags: heart

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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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