Monthly Archives: May 2012

5 top blogs on lifelogging

We try our best in making this blog an interesting centre for lifelogging. In doing so, we obviously follow and read a lot of blogs on the topics of lifelogging, quantified self and personal analytics and thought it would be a good idea to share some of our top-reads. So here’s the list: 5 blogs on lifelogging you shouldn’t miss!

1. Feltron.com

Image of Feltron 2010/2011 Biennial Report

The king of lifelogging, Nicholas Felton, publishes his “Annual Report” which “weaves numerous measurements into a tapestry of graphs, maps and statistics that reflect the year’s activities.” His activities, that is. And believe us, the data is extensive! The reports are a must-read for lifeloggers and so is his homepage. Did we mention that Mr. Felton is also the founder of lifelogging startup Daytum as well as a product designer at Facebook?

2. Lifestreamblog.com

Lifestreamblog.com serves you a nice dish of collected updates on lifelogging news, apps and services. Follow the blog to stay on top of the lifelogging world!

3. Quantifiedself.com

The beacon no. 1 for the quantified self-part of lifelogging. Quantifiedself.com is a blog and a community for researchers and entrepreneurs to gather and share knowledge and experiences of the fine art of creating “self knowledge through numbers”. The people behind the site also arrange, and help others arranging, quantified self meetings around the world. Once a year, they throw the Quantified Self Conference in Palo Alto, where users, innovators, scientists and media gather.

4. The Bulletproof Executive

Dave Asprey takes lifelogging to its furthest extent. Instead of simply logging his life, Mr. Asprey uses his personal analytics to “biohack” himself. He claims to have increased his life length with 20 years and increased his IQ with 40. Believe it or not, follow his continued pursuit of being “bulletproof” on his homepage and blog.

5. Steve Mann

Last but most definitely not least, anyone interested in learning more about the history and future of lifelogging and lifelogging devices must not miss the founding father of the entire lifelogging field: Steve Mann. Mr. Mann was a true pioneer in developing wearable cameras for logging his life in pictures. He’s done this to the extent that he refers to himself as “the world’s first cyborg”, which we are inclined to agree on… His webpage won’t win any design prizes but is nonetheless well worth to dig deeper in to.

What do you think? Is there anyone that we’ve missed?

Making data fun

At Memoto, we believe in fun. We also believe in data and the power of having a lot of good, visualized data. The more you know (of, for instance, your own life) the more in control you are and the better prepared you are for changes – initialized by yourself or not. Not to mention all the (fun!) things you can do with that data.

But collecting this amount of data can be, and historically has been, tedious and cumbersome. That’s why we think the key is in “making data fun”. And why we get happy when we find other apparently brilliant people elaborate on this.

In the interview, Tim Chung at Mayfield Fund gives his thoughts on the notion of quantified self after a series of articles on Techcrunch. It is interesting and it is, we think, really important for anyone trying to “throw data at people” (as Tim Chung puts it).

What do you think? How can we make the collecting of data fun?