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Over-the-top quantified self

Chris Dancy likes to track facets of his life. A lot. Above is a bunch of automatically logged data to Google Calendar. At the moment, he tracks everything he can,…

A fill-in-the-blank book to journal your life in graphs

My friends just got this for me, and it's pretty much the perfect gift, especially since my dissertation is about journaling and personal data collection. My Life in Graphs: A…

Man takes picture of himself every day for 12 years

Remember photographer Noah Kalina? He took a picture of himself every day for six years and made a time-lapse video with the photos. The Simpsons even did a spoof that…

Urban datasexual

Dominic Basulto parallels the urban metrosexual to those who collect personal data. The same cultural zeitgeist that gave us the metrosexual - the urban male obsessive about grooming and personal…

Missing Pieces

Leave it to Robert Krulwich to bring us back to life in the world of personal data. In reference to Stephen Wolfram's dive into emails, keystrokes, meetings, and phone calls:…

Personal map of 2.5m GPS data points, 3.5 years in the making

Aaron Parecki, co-creator of location platform Geoloqi, has collected his location every few seconds for over three years. He put his data on a map. Approximately one GPS point was…

The personal analytics of Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram examines his archive of personal data from emails to keystrokes to phone calls, going all the way back to 1990. Above shows the hourly distribution of his activities.…

Keeping track of yourself

The quantified self movement continues: This may sound creepy, but tens of thousands of patients around the world are already sharing information about symptoms and treatments for hundreds of conditions…

Feltron Report 2010/2011 is out

When Nicholas Felton headed over to Facebook last year, I thought we'd seen the last of what's become an annual tradition, but it seems to be alive and well and…

Basketball net will rate the force of dunks during Slam Dunk Contest

Sometimes power dunks don't get much credit, because it's hard to see on television how hard the ball was thrown down. The MIT Media Lab created a net to fix…

Own and securely store your location with OpenPaths

There are a lot of ways to collect your location, whether it's for journaling and personal reflection or for sharing with others, but it can be tricky making use of…

Record your movements with AntiMap

AntiMap is an open source toolset that lets you record movements with your iPhone or Android phone. Originally developed as a way for snowboarders to record their movements and play…

Dynamic run paintings with Nike+

Personal data collection can be a tough sell at times, but with the Nike+, which lets you record your runs, thousands have taken part in measuring their performance and digitally…

A year of food consumption visualized

My pending thesis is on personal data collection (i.e. quantified self, personal informatics, self-surveillance, or whatever you wanna call it), so there's a special place in my heart for projects…

One man’s travel patterns – Atlas of the Habitual

FInding himself in a new town, with a new job, Tim Clark started tracking his location on August 24, 2010, and ended 200 days later on March 13, 2011. Every…

Life captured in data, charts, and graphs

Nice piece from NYT on seeing your life in data: “There’s going to continue to be innovation with new, powerful data around the plumbing of the human body,” [Jason] Jacobs…

Track your daily stress and health levels with Basis

With the success of FitBit and the current wave of self-tracking, it was only a matter of time before something like Basis came out (currently for pre-order). It's the same…

Mapping and documenting a year of travels

Cartographer Andy Woodruff documents all the places he goes, resulting in the pretty map above.…

What you do online is data

Zachary Seward for the Wall Street Journal gives some thought to what he does online via applications like Twitter and Foursquare. He notes, "[I just] ended up with this wealth…

Gary Wolf on the quantified self

In his five-minute TED talk (below), Gary Wolf describes the quantified self and why it matters: The self isn't the only thing. It's not even most things. The self is…

Graph and explore your Gmail inbox

Your email says a lot about who you are, who you interact with, and what you're up to at any given time. Maybe it's receipts from that online travel site…

A house that knows when you’re happy and sad

Auger Loizeau, in collaboration with Reyer Zwiggelaar and Bashar Al-Rjoub, describe their smart-home project Happylife. It monitors facial expressions and movements to estimate a family's mood, displayed via four glowing…