Quantified Self: Week two

This week I continued with with my sleeping baselines, hopefully resolved the heart monitor issue, and started work on one of the deliverables of my residency: the interactive visualisation. I have upgraded my heart monitor, hopefully to a model that actually can give the detailed logging I’m after; I’ll find out for sure tomorrow when …

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Quantified Self: The installation

I would like to get the interactive visualisation of my collected data up as quickly as possible. So it has to be quick and easy to put together, yet eye catching. The installation also be able to grow as the project does. I really want the installation to be up for as long as possible …

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Quantified Self: week one

I’m writing this on a plane to Perth after a complimentary wine, so this might blather on a bit. This week I got to grips with a few storage issues and started getting baselines for some of the data I wanted to track. I managed to muck up purchasing of two of my gadgets and …

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Gadget: Sleep Monitor

A lot of products use accellerometers as a proxy for sleep it’s cheap and can provide good data. For me though, I wanted to monitor my brain and the Zeo sleep tracker is basically the only one of its kind. The Zeo is a headband with three pads on it. These pads are woven with …

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Gadgets: Heart Monitors

The heart monitors I’m looking at are the same used by gym junkies and elite sports folks. There’s a strap around the chest and often a wrist band. The basic idea is that there’s an optimum heart rate band for the person using them, mostly that heart rate band is targetting fat burning, but elite …

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Gadgets: Pedometer

The basic job of the pedometer is to measure the amount and intensity of your walking or running; there are many on the market. Older style pedometers had a little metal ball bearing that bounced up and down with your hip movement, every time the ball bearing was forced upwards it would hit a couple …

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Gadgets: Scales

The not-so-humble scales. Time used to be where a scale measured your weight, and that was it. Now, you can get scales that will approximate your bodies fat percentage as well, it’s enough to make you want twice as much comfort food. To get even fancier, the FitBit Aria scale I went with even uploads …

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Gadget: Tape Measure

Probably the most important, and yet the lowest tech gadget that I’ve got is the humble tape measure. The obvious things to measure is my girth, particularly my pot belly, but I’ll also be taking some measurements of my chest, hips, legs and arms for completeness. Intra-organ fat kills, and on males, that fat concentrates …

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Introducing Clinton and the Quantified Self project

I figured it would be useful for people to know where I’m coming from so that it’s easier to see what I’m trying to get out of this project. I am a thirty four year old software engineer. I sit in front of a computer for many hours of the day and make it do …

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Micropropagation of African Violets

Now that the Basement lab is set up and we finally have a handle on the contamination issue that set my plant cultures back in the early stages of cultivation, I have made up a new batch of media. (I have to say that preparing media and sterilising jars is not one of my favourite …

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