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
After a few months absence from my blog….here is a short story about what I learned after weighing myself for a year using a Withings WS-50 smart body analyzer. I say “a” Withings and not “my” Withings since it was not really mine… it was my Wife’s Wandering Withings (WWW). I bought it for her… Read More An affair with my wife’s wandering Withings
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 was recently re-reading one of Chekhov’s short stories, The Lady with the Dog, and found two paragraphs I’d missed the first time I read it, about this time last year. Dmitri Dmitritch Gurov (Mitya) and Anna Sergeyevna meet in a small coastal town and have an affair. She owns a Pomeranian dog. The… Read More Chekhov, moments and privacy
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
Every morning for the past month I made a time-lapse video of my life-logging photos . It’s become a habit, like watching an X-ray of the day before. To do that I used Time-lapse Tool, a free program. You just open a new project, point it to the folder you want and decide how long… Read More Time-lapsing the day away
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”