I vaguely recall that I listened to an episode of @talkpython or Podcast.__init__ or something where the guest had some sort of elaborate system for documenting everything about their life. Might be some sort of quantified self thing. Anyone else remember this and can track down the link?

The reason I’m looking for this is that I’d really like to set up a system where I can easily capture small snippets of information about my day, like a journal with a bit more structure.

There are a bunch of numerical things that I track in sort of haphazard and idiosyncratic ways — I measure my weight and body fat % and track it in Google Calendar, I have a “Track and Plot” app on Android for my Uric Acid levels, and I use paper and pen to track my weight lifting.

I’d love to be able to have a free-form journal that can include voice/audio or text, plus numerical, boolean or structured data entries at specific points. Ideally something that uses an open format and can easily be synced between an app on my phone and something on my computer.

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@liaizon @talkpython Obsidian looks sort of promising, but it’s a bit too free-form, and I’d like something a bit more multi-media (e.g. sometimes I have something to record but don’t want to stop and type it out because I’m walking from place to place, I’d prefer to just do a voice note and hopefully transcribe it later).

@pganssle Wolfram has something like this about his personal life

@pganssle @talkpython Not sure if it's the one you're thinking of or not, but makes me think of the Podcast.__init__ episode about Contextualise with Brett Kromkamp:

@aj @talkpython Hmm.. That could have been, but I think the focus was much more about this person quantifying their own life. I am not sure what the Python angle was.

@pganssle @talkpython Gotcha. Separate from Python-specific stuff, your question reminded me of this Hanselminutes episode:

On the off chance that we run in similar podcast circles and mix/match topics at recall time.

Transcript at in case it's worth a quick browse.

@pganssle @talkpython Any chance this was an episode about Dogsheep and /or Datasette from @simon?

@simon @jonafato @talkpython I don’t think so. I remember the person on the podcast had a story where they were trying to remember something they had done or learned, and they were able to figure out what it was because they remembered that they had learned it while riding a specific train or something, so they were able to cross-reference their location data to see when they were at that train and then check their notes taken around that time (details here might be all wrong, but I don’t think there’s anything like that in Simon’s podcast).

I also sort of think that I listened to this pre-pandemic.

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