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Lifeloggers: Watch the documentary today

The documentary about the pioneers, thought leaders and entrepreneurs behind the lifelogging and self-tracking movement is out! Visit http://lifeloggersmovie.com/ to see the 25 minute film. Shot last summer, the film looks at the roots of the movement, talks to the people who have introduced lifelogging to the world and explores the implications self-tracking may have on our lives. Let us know what you think!

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More on Lifelogging

Also check out the guest blog posts from some of the experts featured in the film as well as the filmmakers themselves:

Interview with Steve Mann

What’s Gordon Bell betting on?

Interview with Lifeloggers reporter, Amanda Alm

Biohacking with the Bulletproof Executive, Dave Asprey

A chat with Lifeloggers man behind the camera, Victor Bloom

Lifeloggers film editor, Julian Antell

Dave Asprey: How self-tracking can upgrade your brain and body

A guest blog post by Dave Asprey. Dave is a biohacker and founder of The Bulletproof Executive Blog and Upgraded Self online store. He appears in the in the upcoming documentary, Lifeloggers and can be found on Bulletproofexec.comUpgradedSelf.com, Facebook: The Bulletproof Executive & Twitter: @bulletproofexec

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21st Century science, technology, and social networking are here to save the day!! Right?! How could we possibly manage to live fulfilling lives without iPhones, apps, cameras, Wi-Fi, reminders, trackers, spreadsheets, algorithms, food logs, live journals, synced devices, pedometers, GPS, and finally, the “sharing” abilities of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flicker, Google+, and Instagram???

You may already assume that I’m just being an old-school cynic who is simply afraid of technology ruining “the good ol’ days,” BUT please hold off on those assumptions as I am sincere in saying: Science, technology, and lifelogging lie at the heart of what saved my life.

Lifelogging Methods Can Change Lives

Lifelogging methods such as self-tracking and self-experimentation allowed me to take control of my failing brain and increasing weight to transform myself into a high performing successful Silicon Valley investor, computer security expert, and senior executive. I spent 15 years and $250,000 to hack my own biology. I upgraded my brain more than 20 IQ points, lowered my biological age, and lost 100 lbs without using calories or exercise.

No, this isn’t about opportunities to boast about myself, nor is this about trying to sell you anything. My transformation is real and perfectly replicable for anyone who has the right information, tools, and guidance. Through the Bulletproof Executive Blog I have made it my quest to share as much science and expert guidance as possible with all of those yearning to better their personal performance and become “Bulletproof.”

[Bulletproof (adj.): The state of high performance where you take control of and improve your body, and your mind so they work in unison. In order to help you out perform without burning out, getting sick, or just acting like a stressed-out jerk.

One of the primary tools in being Bulletproof is the ability to self-experiment and track changes so you can see what works for you. Self-experimentation is key to fine-tuning your performance, optimizing your nutrition and sharpening your mind. Being able to measure, track, and organize the data from your self-experimentations is imperative for your own success and extremely helpful for sharing your experiences with others.

5 Self-tracking Tips

Whether your intentions are to quit a bad habit, lose weight, or simply reflect on life experiences, here are a few things to consider when self-tracking:

  • In gathering and analyzing a lot of data, always remember that how you are feeling is the most important data point to consider at the end of the day.
  • The act of logging data, actions, behaviors, etc. can in and of itself be powerful enough to change behaviors.
  • Make sure you are consistently logging the data for a predetermined amount of time before you jump into analyzing what is or isn’t working and too hastily changing your strategies or plan. Give your plan some time to accumulate a decent amount of data before deciding to either kick it to the curb or deem it your golden ticket to heaven.
  • What good is data if you don’t use it?! If you’re going through the efforts to self-track and log every meal you ate or every picture you took, then at least do yourself the favor of looking back on the data to identify notable patterns, pitfalls, or successes to improve or build upon.
  • Beware of self-tracking tools that require a lot of time and effort. Avoid falling into a trap of tracking more than you’re living.

Recommended Self-tracking Tools

The Memoto lifelogging camera is a top-notch self-tracking tool in terms of being effortless for cataloging and sharing photos. To increase performance and health, the following self-tracking tools are highly recommended:

  • HeartMath EmWave2 – An innovative biofeedback device that trains you to change your heart rhythm pattern (HRV training) to improve communication between the heart and the brain. This creates a state of “coherence,” also known as being “in the zone.”
  • HeartMath Inner Balance Sensor for IOS - A highly innovative biofeedback app that allows you to easily self-monitor yourself into “the zone” of heart, breath, and brain coherence. Studies show this method reducing the negative effects of stress, improving relaxation, and build resilience against depression, anxiety, and hypertension
  • Upgraded focus Brain Trainer – A newly released biofeedback tool that teaches your brain to focus better. This is a shockingly easy to use, high speed, commercially available, near infrared, hemoencephalogography device (nIR HEG for short) feedback system. It uses a headband to measure the flow of blood in your brain so you can use real time feedback to quickly increase blood flow to the most evolved part of your brain that handles executive functions such as focused attention, organization/planning, decision making, working memory, emotional regulation, control of mood, behavior, inhibition and motivation.

These self-tracking tools can be found at UpgradeSelf.com. To learn more about how to supercharge your body, upgrade your brain, and be Bulletproof visit Bulletproofexec.com.

Interested in learning more about Lifelogging? Visit http://lifeloggersmovie.com for more information.

This week in Lifelogging: Biohacking, wearable tech and an app that dreams big

Interested in Biohacking?

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Dave Asprey, who appears in the upcoming Lifeloggers documentary, was interviewed by Business Insider about his involvement in the quantified self movement. “Through biohacking, Asprey says he’s learned how to “turn on happy” and turn off stress with just one breath. He’s even increased his IQ by more than by 20 points, but won’t say exactly how much.”

Read more: This Investor Spent ~$300,000 Hacking His Own Biology — And You Won’t Believe What He Learned About Orgasms

QS and Technology

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The article mentions several different variables that are being tracked with ease by the currently available technology: Mood, eating habits, fitness goals, sleep, brainwave activity, life’s moments. “In today’s world, each individual is a mini-corporation gathering data, measuring inputs and outputs, and looking for insights to better lead their life.” What are you tracking about yourself? What do you use to track them?

Read more: How Technology is Driving the New Age of the Quantified Self

Future Tech

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From wearable sensors to driverless cars, the coming technology looks interesting and is rapidly progressing. “You can bet there will be plenty of inventions in the realm of wearable computing, we’re just hitting the tip of the iceberg now.” What kind of tech have you been waiting to see?

Read more: More (and Better) Gadgets Are Coming: Tech Matters

Wearable technology and driving

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An interesting thing about this disruptive technology, especially wearables since they are so personal, is the uncertainty and interest in how it will transform current norms. People are already wondering how they will effect everything from activities like driving to socially constructed concepts like privacy. It will be interesting to see what other issues and concerns emerge as more devices are released. One thing we’re sure of is that wearing a Memoto camera while driving will certainly be legal, and maybe even preferable in the eyes of your insurance company:)

Read more: Is It Legal To Drive While Wearing Google Glass?

An App to help you achieve your dreams

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Everest is an app that will help you identify, plan and motivate your way to realizing your dreams. The creators of the app claim it “helps you tackle goals by combining inspiration, organization and social support.” Read more about the app and let us know your opinion. Do you think an app like this would help you reach your big goals? Are you already using something like it? Do you see the Memoto camera complementing an app like this?

Read more: Everest, An Epic App For Achieving Your Dreams

Homer Simpson is a lifelogger

A photograph every day – Homer Simpson

Happy Friday!

Canada part 2

US-custom, a quantified dog and Queen Elisabeth

So transitting is not always as smooth as one would wish.

Next destination was Victoria but to get there we had to leave Canada, go through Chicago and Seattle and then enter Canada again. Messy? Even the US customs were confused. And what is the root to all of our airport problems?

The damn Carnet (the paper of our camera equipment with we have to show in every custom when we enter/leave a new country)

Well, after a lot of questions/explanations, running, more explanations and more running – we made it through customs and to the gate. – And the flight is delayed, there were really no need for the running.

So Dave Asprey invited us to his home, and what a beautiful home! We got to meet his kids, his swedish wife (so weird to hear swedish again) and their quantified dog. Apparently he used to be overweight but thanks to QS and raw meet he’s all better. Probably the first QS-dog I’ve ever met but he seemed like a happy dog. We drank some Bulletproof coffee, I enhanced my concentration level, increased my IQ (at least I’d like to think those few minutes with Dave’s devices made some improvement) and I got a good vibrating work-out. Busy day at Dave’s. Infact, that’s how every day is for him. But he wouldn’t call it busy, he would say efficient. Even if he has a full-time job and all theese sideprojects, he stil have time to hang out with his family and just relax. I wonder if his favourite quote is Carpe Diem?

We had a day off in Victoria (wich usaly equals time for emailing, research and logging) so this day we decided to pretend to be tourists and went to the Royal BC Museum. They had an exhibition on Queen Elisabeth and you could read and see photos from her life up until today. The exhibit continued into the next room with items typical of each decade from the 20th century. Is not this also a form of lifelogging? Does it count if your logging someone elses life?

/Amanda

P.s Ville is asleep and can not be reached for comments

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