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A Step is (Not) a Step – But Does it Matter?

by Bob • September 1, 2017
in Data / Analytics, Tech

While assembling some of my data for another self-tracking experiment, I grabbed the number of daily “steps” recorded by both Moves and my Basis B1 and whipped up the following chart: I wanted to see if there was a statistically significant relationship between daily steps reported by Moves vs. Basis, even though their values are clearly different. To do so, ... [ Read more ]
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Quantifying My Personality Type

by Bob • September 3, 2017
in Experiments, Mind, Tech

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) seeks to quantify a person’s personality type through a psychometric questionnaire. (source: Wikipedia) They classify an individual into one of 16 possible personality types, based on the following parameters: As they explain: “The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to ... [ Read more ]
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What “Moves” Me – Visualizing 2 weeks of Passive Location Tracking

by Bob • September 3, 2017
in Data / Analytics, Tech

I’ve recently started incorporating an application called Moves into my self-tracking arsenal. As an app, Moves only does just one thing, but does it well – it runs in the background on your smartphone and passively tracks your location 24/7. It has no social sharing functionality, gamification, or bloated features. You can look at a timeline of your day and ... [ Read more ]
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Quantifying the Thrill of Gambling – My Day at the Belmont Stakes

by Bob • September 3, 2017
in Data / Analytics, Experiments, Lifestyle

Each year on a Saturday in early summer I dust off my seersucker suit and attend the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. This year, while having my Sunday morning Bulletproof Coffee and exporting data off my Basis B1, I realized I had unintentionally captured a data points that could quantify my day of gambling at ... [ Read more ]
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Liberating Your Data from the Basis B1 Band

by Bob • September 3, 2017
in Data / Analytics, Tech

UPDATE: Basis was acquired by Intel in 2014 and was eventually shut down and discontinued in 2017. 😡 Click here for my Basis data export script on GitHub I’ve been using it non-stop for the past few weeks and in a nutshell, while it’s still very much “beta”, it’s a great device with a very promising future, and I’m looking ... [ Read more ]
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Bulletproof Diet and Intermittent Fasting – My 30-Day Results

by Bob • September 3, 2017
in Body, Data / Analytics, Experiments

Approximately 3 months ago, I decided to try out the “Bulletproof” diet and document my experience adapting to a high (healthy) fat, low carb diet. For those of you who haven’t read my previous post, basically the Bulletproof Diet could be called an “upgraded” Paleo diet. The premise is simple – eat a high (healthy!)-fat, low carb diet, getting 50-60% ... [ Read more ]