Aug 19, 2014
@ 4:20 pm
The 2013 Feltron Annual Report examines a year of Nicholas Felton’s communication data. It aspires to uncover patterns and insights within the data and metadata of a large and personal data set. Sources include conversations, SMS, telephone calls, email, Facebook messages and physical mail.
Now I understand why it took so long for this one to come out. The 9th and penultimate year of the report has reached “holy @#%$” status. All communications—written AND spoken—for the year?!
Vice’s Motherboard has a great, in-depth interview with Felton:
It must take a tremendous amount of discipline to do this.
I don’t know how publicly it’s being performed, but there is a performance art aspect to it. I’ve committed to this thing, it’s a marathon, I’m pretty sure I can do it for the rest of the year—but I remember vividly many times, being in the shower, calculating how far through the year I am, “I’m three months into the year, I only have to do this three more times, and it’ll be over…”
I think the thing that’s kept me going is just knowing that this is something that really no one else has access to, this is something that’s uniquely interesting. I’m only going to do it for a year, and it’ll be this incredible record of what was happening in that time.
Just the book I made of all my conversations—this 400-page book, almost like a bible, that encapsulates the year—just looking at that, not even reading it, but just lookingat it, and realizing that I could go to any day of the year and basically relive it through my conversations, it’s really powerful.
I’m sure a lot of people dismiss these “personal analytics” and the idea of the “quantified self” as crazy or obsessive-compulsive, or a sad preface to our robot futures, but I see this data—and especially Felton’s beautifully constructed infographical reports—as anthropological science, worthy of study and enlightening, in some way, to everyone. He’s doing us all a service.
Aug 18, 2014
@ 5:40 pm
First Listen: Taylor Swift - “Shake It Off”
Weird. I think I like this song.