Home Automation with Belkin Wemo, Twilio, and Siri
December 31, 2013 – 2:57 am | No Comment

Ultimate Hack Mashup – Belkin Wemo + Twilio + Siri
 

A quick note: For another home automation trick and those interested in finding out about the earlier Twillio callbox+TV popup/notification hack check out STEM (https://github.com/ericblue/STEM).  Certain …

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Increasing number of articles dealing with philosophy and psychology. Topics include Integral philosophy, consciousness, and age old advice on how to live “the good life”.

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Put mind mapping to use in your personal and professional life. Learn tips and techniques on enhancing creativity, accelerating learning, and increasing productivity.

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My latest discoveries on personal knowledge management. Discover what PKM is all about, learn about the Semantic Web, and find out how to use Wikis to help track all of your important information.

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Quantified Self is a collaboration of users and tool makers who share an interest in self knowledge through self-tracking. There are number of posts on my device “hacking”, open source development, and my own quantified experiments.

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The Creative Breakthrough: Lessers Give Up, Masters are Stronger
August 2, 2013 – 5:25 pm | One Comment
The Creative Breakthrough: Lessers Give Up, Masters are Stronger

I’m currently working my way through the excellent book Mastery by Robert Greene.  Actually, I’m listening to it as an audio book through Audible.com.  I’ve never been a fan of audio books, but I’ve found that it’s …

Quantified Strength
May 26, 2013 – 12:15 am | No Comment
Quantified Strength

 

Background
For the past 6 months I’ve been obsessed with the idea of strength.  Actually, obsessed is probably  a strong word but let’s just say *very* focused on being functionally strong and balanced. This is a …

Jawbone UP API Discovery
November 28, 2011 – 9:42 am | 14 Comments
Jawbone UP API Discovery

On Saturday I stopped by the Apple store and picked up an UP device by Jawbone. The UP is a wristband and iPhone app that will track your fitness and sleep activity and help encourage you to live a more active life style. As with most of my Quantified Self gadets (Fitbit, Zeo, Withings, Neurosky, etc.) my first reaction was to “free my data”. Similar to my initial journey with the Fitbit, I was inspired to find an “unofficial” way to get access to the data.

MindStream – NeuroSky EEG Data Streamer
July 24, 2011 – 11:33 am | 31 Comments
MindStream – NeuroSky EEG Data Streamer

Since I last posted on the NeuroSky Brainwave Visualizer, I decided to write a simple app to “stream” brainwave/EEG data from NeuroSky devices (the MindWave & MindSet).  I couldn’t find any apps to save the …

Neurosky Brainwave Visualizer
July 13, 2011 – 8:36 am | 19 Comments
Neurosky Brainwave Visualizer

I recently purchased a Neurosky Windwave EEG device ($100 model).  The Mindwave measures your brain’s electrical activity, and can detect your level of focus (attention vs. mediation) and measure typical brainwave patterns (beta, alpha, theta, …

TRAQS.me – Tools for Reporting & Analysis of the Quantified Self
June 26, 2011 – 8:40 pm | No Comment
TRAQS.me – Tools for Reporting & Analysis of the Quantified Self

A month ago around this time I was anxiously awaiting the first annual Quantified Self conference in Mountain View, CA. This was a fantastic conference on many levels and, although a little late, deserves a …

Zeo Personal Sleep Coach – Hacking Your Way To A Better Night’s Sleep
January 2, 2011 – 11:53 am | 9 Comments
Zeo Personal Sleep Coach – Hacking Your Way To A Better Night’s Sleep

What’s a better way to kick off the New Year than by giving tips on how to improve your overall quality of sleep? I decided to write this post as a mini-review of the Zeo …

20+ New Philosophical Posts
April 3, 2010 – 1:16 pm | No Comment
20+ New Philosophical Posts

Earlier this week gaia.com (formerly Zaadz) closed it’s doors.  Since I joined a few years ago I would occasionally post some ‘philosophically-inclined’ articles. Actually, article is probably a strong word… most of my posts were …

How To Create Your Own Personal Document Viewer (Like Scribd or Google Books)
January 3, 2010 – 12:35 am | 25 Comments
How To Create Your Own Personal Document Viewer (Like Scribd or Google Books)

Like most people, I have a large number of personal documents in a variety of formats (PDF, Excel, Word, RTF, PowerPoint, etc.). For the typical user, organizing these documents in a ‘My Documents’ folder and having MS Office/Open Office/Adobe Acrobat installed simply gets the job done. However, I’ve been looking for some sort of “Web 2.0″ solution to view my documents while I’m on the go. And, since my knowledge manager is web-based, I’d like a way to browse and embed personal documents directly in my wiki without needing any special software.

Knowledge To Go: Put Your Wiki On Your IPhone
December 13, 2009 – 10:39 pm | 8 Comments
Knowledge To Go: Put Your Wiki On Your IPhone

Building my own personal knowlege manager has been quite a journey. Over the last couple years I’ve taken a “piece meal” approach and slowly built up the features of my system one component at a time. One major feature that has always been on my mind is data portability. Last week I wrote an article on how to sync your digial scrapbook between multiple computers and even sync to your wiki. This feature had me thinking about how I could take portability to the next level.