During my recent vacation I read “An attempt at exhausting a place in Paris” by Georges Perec, a short little book (I have time for those, between changing diapers), first published in 1975, translated from the French by Marc Lowenthal in 2010. It’s like a semi-quantified meditation. Perec describes life in a square in Paris… Read More Infraordinary vacations: quantifying Perec
Hello all. Just a short note to let you know that we (Alberto Frigo and myself) just published a book entitled “Self trackers: eight personal tales of journeys in life-logging“. It’s a collaboration among eight authors, most of whom participated with Alberto in a show he set up at the last Quantified Self conference (Amsterdam,… Read More New book launched!
I read less this year (19 books), compared to last year (40 books). But I think 2015 was a bit hectic, a bit of a race to see how many I could actually read. This year the books were a bit longer, on average 372 pp compared to 295 pp in 2015. So, if the… Read More My best books of 2016
In his book The Anthologist, Nicholson Baker (who also wrote The Mezzanine, which I’ve mentioned before), creates Paul Chowder, a poet who is compiling an anthology. Near the beginning there is a brilliant sequence of how Paul goes about choosing his favorite poems. He realizes that the good poems really have only one excellent part,… Read More “Baker-blog-breakdown”
(This is a guest post from Alberto, a brother in arms, a stoic quantifier with an inspiring 36 year quantifying project) by Alberto Frigo In this essay I present what I believe to be the 10 Stoic precepts. These precepts are recurrent topics found in the letters that Seneca wrote to his friends. These precepts… Read More Guest post: The 10 Stoic Precepts
A while back, at the beginning of 2015, I was flipping through a Nature magazine and ran into a paper entitled, “A global strategy for road building”*. It was one of those papers that sounds interesting, so I ripped it out of the magazine, filed it, and then promptly forgot about it. Determined not to… Read More New pathways: building memories with life-logging photos
A life logging camera narrates quite little. It’s more about fragments. No clear story, no narrator to create a narrative fallacy, just pieces that ask to be collated. I bumped into this after scanning some images from my morning commute. A glimpse of all the things our ego tunnels ignore.