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Jun. 19th, 2003 | 01:43 pm

I have this temptation to hook myself up to a wearable computer carrying a datalogger alowing me to track brain waves and heart rate.

With that information I should be able to detect the quality of my sleep and how much exercise I get. With some additonal discipline, I might be able to track what foods I eat by cooking for myself. Also just for fun I could also track exposure to light and weather.

Combining that information with some ontology for describing events in my life and my moods I should then be able to empirically determine what kinds of things lead me to be feeling down.

I've always wondered if wanting to do these kinds of things make me seem far too eccentric for people to relate to.

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from: musicwomyn
date: Jun. 19th, 2003 10:02 pm (UTC)
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I think that's a great idea. I wish I had the patience and discipline to do that. Imagine all that you could learn about yourself. I know lots of doctors have told me to pay attention to what I eat and when my anxiety and depression arise. These things are related and I think that if you have the time, energy, and patience, you should do it.

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Nafees

why not...

from: nogbogfrog
date: Jun. 20th, 2003 12:22 am (UTC)
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Why stop at just mere biometrics. How about a full motion capture rig?

-n


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secretslip

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from: secretslip
date: Jun. 20th, 2003 10:27 am (UTC)
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Maybe you'll feel better if you eat some meat.

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from: anonymous
date: Jun. 20th, 2003 11:13 am (UTC)
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Prime rib, medium rare, friggen works like a charm everytime.


Still dont remember my password,

Toadkiller

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 20th, 2003 12:12 pm (UTC)
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Even before being vegetarian, meat didn't taste all that good.

I'm much more fond of cheese.

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Ivan

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from: alphysist
date: Jun. 20th, 2003 12:26 pm (UTC)
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Cheese is great! Depression is bad. Hey, I think it is a joke, about hooking up to a cumputer, wasn't it? :)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 20th, 2003 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Plugging myself into a computer to monitor myself isn't completely a joke. I am moderatly tempted, as I think it's might produce useful data.

One of the first ideas was just to use a heart rate monitor so I could try and track how much exercise I was getting, as a way to motivate myself to be more consistant.

Though adding the monitor to see how well I'm sleeping, then also lets me see if if its the traffic noise waking me up, or if my bed is just getting old.

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Ivan

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from: alphysist
date: Jun. 21st, 2003 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Cool! Actually, when I spoke to some friends years back, we were also enthusiastic about plugging a human to a computer, though for somewhat different purposes. Our goals were abstract, we wanted just to explore the possibility of an interface. In fact, the only possibility MSU provides is the theoretical research on your own account :) I understand, Caltech or MIT provide much greater practical opportunities...

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