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Month: January 2018

Lévy flight

Assignment 1 based on Daniel Shiffman’s Lévy flight example, with further experiment in generating depth without z value. It resets itself when is clicked, and starts random-walk from the location of a cursor.

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Quant Self Project Review

Assignment 01: Quant Self Project Review

Find 3-5 examples of projects that relate to self-tracking and the quantified self and write a 1. short summary description of the project, 2. the project’s broader significance, and 3. why it is interesting to you. When possible, speak to the project implementation as a way to catalog useful methodologies.

Nicholas Feltron Annual Report

  1. Feltron Annual Report from 2005 to 2014 contains Nicholas’s personal data, such as location data, categories and amounts of physical activity, sleep, weight, continuous hear-rate, blood-alcohol levels, driving habits and computer usage.
  2. The project’s broader significance comes from the various data categories and merging of them in a format that reveals connections – provides context and suggests correlations.
  3. It is interesting to me because his usage of typography and color is consistent and beautiful. Not only that, but also the fact that he repeated this process of making annual report about himself for ten years is impressive as well.

What’s In My Bag?

  1. Not exactly “self-tracking” project, but more of archive about what refugees carry around. The International Rescue Committee asked a mother, a child, a teenager, a pharmacist, an artist, and a family of 31 to share the contents of their bags and show us what they managed to hold on to from their homes.
  2. The project’s broader significance comes from presenting more individual life of each refugee than as mere numbers. Observing their bags and possessions allow the audience to see what life they’ve been living.
  3. This project doesn’t perfectly fit into the category of self-tracking because it’s collected by many people. Also, its format is often used in many organizations, and my favorite is this one. However, I still thought tracking what’s in someone’s bag tells a lot of information and stories, and has potential to be used as self-tracking.

40 Days of Dating

  1. 40 Days of Dating is an experiment by Jessica Walsh to date with her long-time friend Timothy Goodman, since they found themselves single at the same time. They agreed to date each other for 40 days, record their experiences in questionnaires, photographs, videos, texts, and artworks.
  2. The project’s broader significance comes from their closer observation towards the topic of relationship and love. It’s been said that it takes 40 days to change a bad habit, so they went through “the motions of a relationship” for 40 days: the commitment, time, companionship, joys and frustrations.
  3. It’s interesting to me because it’s unlike any other self-tracking that I’ve seen. It’s unusual in a way that people usually start tracking to confirm their new habit, while Jessica Walsh artificially created a new habit(relationship) in order to record it.



Assignment 01: Reflection

Write a short reflection about what your current relationship with self-tracking (e.g. hopes, dreams, perceptions), questions you have about self-tracking and how it could help or harm you, and how you hope the course will help facilitate your interests. Write about which questions you’ve identified to track, how you plan to track those variables of interest, and what challenges you expect to encounter as well as what you hope to learn.

When I hear about self-tracking, it immediately reminds me of a class I took during my undergraduate year, called Relational Design. It was a class focus on collecting massive amount of data from survey, documentation, and archive and transforming it into a meaningful graphic design form. One project that is specifically about self-tracking is the untitled project I took photos of every meal I ate.

It was fun as much as it was bothering, and made me realize certain diet patterns I wasn’t aware of. However, it wasn’t the most interesting projects I’ve done – and it’s proven by the fact that I have no proper documentation of it. When I took photos of the food I ate, it didn’t only contain information about ingredients. Those images contained all different sorts of information such as brands, location/background, and time/brightness. Also, I wasn’t quite clear what can be “meal” to me, while I’m the type of person who eats heavy snacks quite often. The project taught me that solid rules and restrictions of collecting data, will give more regular and simpler outcome – which is easier to pull pattern out of it. For example, if I only collected the geographical sources of ingredients – it might have created a much meaningful project. On another hand, the action of collecting data will be harder, because not all types of food have clear origins of ingredients (or there can be “unknown” category).

Sometimes, that’s not what people always want from archiving and documentation. Archive without rules is exciting as well, and I love all my meaningless photos and Instagram posts. The part that majority of people feel creepy about is that even from those meaningless photo uploads and clicks, companies are still available to quantify something from you. Maybe every component about myself can be quantified, and I just don’t have enough tools to do so. As I’ve mentioned in my previous project, my goal for the next self-tracking is being less arbitrary as much as possible, while keeping interesting topic to track. Ultimately, I hope I learn something unknown about myself through this tracking.