Felton Report...woah

First of all, I just want to say that I was very impressed by the amount of time and dedication that Felton has given to doing these annual reports is outstanding.  He mapped out areas of his life that most people go through without even giving it a second thought. From travel to what his most listened to song was that year, Felton has thought of it all. Once I was requried to map and record my water usage for 24 hours and even that was ridiculously tedious. I cant even imagine thinking and recording at all hours of the day. Imagine what his notes must look like!

A few of his reports stood out to me as particularly interesting or informative. The first year that I chose is 2013, not necessarily because I found it informative, but rather because I found it confusing. The types of graphs and visuals that he used were cluttered, confusing, and dark. Im sure they appropriately matched their aimed facts and numbers, but I found the way he organized it interesting.

Next, I chose 2005. Looking at 2005 the charts are much more basic, easy to read, and straight forward. I found the part about restaurants most interesting. Did he chose specific restaurants over others for a reason? does he really like sushi the best or is it just closest to his home? I also found it interesting to compare the first year to the last year. He started with the basic things and worked his way up to complex and detailed things.

If i were to set up an experiment where I tracked something in my life, similar to Falton, I would like to measure my Netflix time. I mean, it doesn't seem like I watch it too much, but if I measured it for even just a month, how would it compare to how many hours I work, or spend studying (I probably don't want to know the answer to that one...). It would be interesting to see.

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2 years ago

It would be interesting to hear more about your responses to his presentation of the data -- your word choices for 2013 of "cluttered, confusing and dark" and the comparison with the more basic format of 2005 was intriguing. It suggests that a journey into density and ever-increasing scope might provide a quantitative "personscape" that is a formidable edifice, one that becomes increasingly off-putting to others (even if it perhaps develops more sophisticated possibilities for self-analysis). The audiences to the data (self and others) might respond quite differently to the quantitative rendering...I wonder if they would do so if the presentation was textual....