Category Archives: how-to

BLIPLE: The App that Makes Reflex Tests Fun

blipple app reviewThere have been many studies since the emergence of mobile phones that have aimed to show the extents to which using our phones can distract the brain, as well as how they can be detrimental to the cognitive development of children, but just as there are these studies, there are also many developers who have aimed to turn mobile phones into tools that we can use to train our brains.

Quantifying Thermal Comfort of Your Clothes

quantified self tracking clothes insulation metricsDid you know that there is a standard measurement unit called “clo” that is used to quantify the thermal comfort/insulation of the clothing? Its values ranges from 0 (naked person) to 1 (insulating value of clothing needed to maintain a person in comfort sitting at rest in a room at 21 ℃, or 70 ℉). This interesting article provides a simple calculator that you can use to get the total clo-score for your clothes. You can get a more specific breakdown for various items here.

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Testing the Finger Tap Test

testing finger tap test cns tap test by measured meFor the past several months I have been testing the CNS Tap Test, a mobile phone adaptation of the Finger Tap test often used by neuropsychologists and fitness professionals to measure the status of the central nervous system. The objective of this measurement experiment was to see if I could use this app to measure more objectively my physical and psychological health (I currently use subjective scales). The results were interesting but not sufficiently conclusive to include this test in my self-tracking inventory.

My Talk at the 2013 Quantified Self Conference

my QS conference presentation picAs promised, posting today the slides of my “100 Days of Summer” talk that I presented at the 2013 Quantified Self conference in San Francisco last Thursday (October 10). In this presentation, I shared most important and interesting results of the first phase of Measured Me project.

Talking 20: After Lots of Talking, Not So Much To Tell

talking 20 blood test reviewTalking 20 is a young biotechnology start-up in California that aims at making low-cost, at home blood tests that could be used to track twenty essential amino acids (hence the name). In October 2012, I responded to their call for support on Twitter and purchased “T20 Starter Pack” home kit for ten dollars. I paid 12 dollars (2 dollars to cover shipping), and a couple of weeks later received the kit, which I mailed back to them in December. After waiting patiently for ten months, I can finally share with you what I learned from my blood test. Drumroll, please…

Three Temporal Patterns That May Affect Your Quantified Self Insights

temporal trends in quantified self dataIn this post, I will discuss three invisible temporal patterns that are likely to be present in your self-tracking data and which, if ignored during analysis, may lead to erroneous conclusions and interpretations. I am talking about trends, social rhythms and intra-day variability.

Just Some Fun Stats from My Gmail Meter Report

Just received my July report from Gmail Meter (check out my post about awesome hacks you can do with Gmail data). As you can see, I am not a big fan of long email responses.
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Quantifying Situational and Environmental Context

how to measure situations and situational contextIn this post, I would like to share some preliminary findings of my attempts at quantifying and tracking everyday situational and environmental context. Specifically, I will explain how I have been logging everyday situations and environment, and will talk about some interesting patterns that I found in my data.

My Lifestream Dashboard is Now Up!

My Quantified Summer lifestream is now up! I plan to update it every 7-10 days. Check it out here or by clicking MY LIFESTREAM on the main menu of my blog.

Tracking Willpower and Self-Control: Updated with Charts

how to measure and track willpower self-restraint and self-control(This is an updated version of previous post about tracking willpower, with interactive charts). Winslow Strong of Biohack Yourself (check out his awesome blog, by the way!) recently posted a great question on Quantified Self Facebook page, asking about ways to quantify restraint. This is when I remembered about my attempt to track willpower in March that was partially inspired by our conversation with Hiren Patel of Becoming the Best (another awesome blog!).  My method for tracking willpower (self-restraint/self-control) was rather simple and straightforward.