Forgive me if this post makes no sense -- it's technical and I'm too new to this to be able to simplify it intelligently. I hope the gist of it comes across at least a bit and primes some interesting thinking in you.
I was introduced to Graph Databases yesterday by a really smart and expansive-thinking attendee of Kai's salon in Las Vegas --
My mind is on fire. I couldn't sleep last night. I'm really, really excited about this.
I track and capture a lot of data -- spend, calories, adherence to habits (I'm currently on Week 77 of tracking my habits on the Lights Spreadsheet, with only maybe 3-5 weeks disrupted in that timeframe), and lots more.
So how can I convert this all to a single thing, and then Zapier or IFTTT all the data together to look for correlations, to automatically notify colleagues when it makes sense to, etc?
I'm thinking text file + standard format of recording data, then Zapping or IFT'ing things into all the relevant other places.
This might be a good place for me to learn programming.
My first crack at thinking about this --
"TAGS -- FIRST GUESS
# — an activity. #journal, #fitness, #walk, #meditate, #admin, #speak, #network, #plan, etc.
! — emphatics. Recentering. Self-motivating. Etc.
@ — a significant thing. @goal, @project, @people
$ — success/win
% — current percentile health score, other status
& — environment-related effects"
And this morning so far --
!recenter 05:38 started to get distracted
@goal set — eat only these foods for all of October: Oatmeal, Fruit, Tuna, Vegetables, Chicken, Eggs, Cheese, Oils, butter, spices, similar
#fitness — bodyweight exercises
&music “Electro Dutch Party Bangers 7” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWKORSFl4h4 — great
%email 39 + 22
%email 28 + 4
#packing 06:24 — completed 06:33
#writing 06:34 — blogging"
Ok, if this post makes no sense -- umm, sorry! It's a really big deal though. I'm not sure I'm doing this right -- it seems too complicated, but maybe this is just the level of complexity of the world? Adherence is key, usability is key, consistency is key...
... anyway, it's still very much a work in progress, but this feels like a really big deal to me. Unification and correlation of everything. Get projects, contacts, results in there too. And then? Oh my. I'm maximally excited here.
I share your enthusiasm! I have not been trained or even really studied discrete mathematics but I have never been more excited as when I came up with a graph to uncover a problem or discover patterns. I want to learn much more about this. If anyone recommends a particular starting point: book, publication or something..I would be grateful. Can't wait to see where this takes you!
I think the gist of it came across - but a lot of it still seems kind of unclear. I'd be excited to read about this once you thought it through.I guess the biggest question I have is this:
What exactly are your goals with this? So far I only really see uncovering correlations to further improve yourself / your processes etc. I could definitely see that happening, given the amount of data you generate about yourself. What's the "automatically notify colleagues when it makes sense to" thing?
I'm interested in hearing more when you flesh out the idea at a high-level. Also, what advantage do you see getting from a graph database that you wouldn't get from a relational database? I'm asking that question more for you than for me.
In my experience, NoSQL stores are really exciting because they're new and shiny, but once you use them in a large project you realize why we've been using relational databases for the last 30 years. The lesson to take there is to go with the tried-and-true unless there's an extremely good, PRAGMATIC reason you have to go with the NoSQL store.
What Joshua said. Tracking all that stuff is really cool, and can change the world. Graph databases turn out not to be a big deal by themselves :-)
But that's only because you're generally at least as well off with a relational database, and all that information you're talking about just isn't enough to make *any* modern datastore sweat.
INTERNAL SCORECARD #10
This is the tenth internal scorecard I've published. I started it as a bit of an experiment -- I thought it'd be interesting to share and show my thoughts on production and productivity, and it would be valuable for readers here to see ups and downs that come with building a nonprofit organization while maintaining a solo consulting practice, and then mixed with personal interests in creativity, health/fitness, etc.
So far, it's been pretty good and people seem to love these. This one covers 21 July to 27 July.
A STUDY IN CONTRAST
I remember reading a book as a young boy, maybe eight years old. One of the characters was described as square-jawed, confident, rough-and-tumble, and of bold nature. I thought to myself, "I want to be like that!"
I have certain habits of behavior and ways of functioning that I would like to eradicate. Don't get me wrong, there are lots of great things about me--I am empathetic, hardworking, flexible and really, really tolerant. But, man, I have some habits I would like to change.
Today's zenhabits was all about changing habits and it is very timely. The new habits that I started the year with--sleeping earlier, eating fruits and veg, and doing yoga daily--are all suffering. I haven't done yoga in three days. My eating continues to be better, but my sleeping is worse. Why am I failing at changing these things?
When I read the post, a few things stuck out for me. I have had disruptions--a cold, some early work days, etc. My triggers were disrupted. I maybe tried to take too much stuff on at once. And it has been a while since I have thought about my motivations, which is key to making lasting change. I want to be the healthiest me I can be. I want to be in alignment--strong and flexible with joints that are going to last me into my nineties.
For sleeping, I want to be more efficient with my time so I can devote some energy to my family and my daily fitness practice. So it makes more sense to have more daytime. It is important to me. One of the things that has derailed my yoga is the lack of sleep and tiredness in the morning. Why am I continuing to stay up late? My computer is a crutch for me. I turn it on at night and waste time, scrolling sites. This is a habit that I want to eradicate. The trigger for this bad habit is going to bed. I need to find an alternate way or time to keep in touch with the world. I also need to watch when the urge the turn on my computer comes up, and then let it fade away. It is like my mind begins spinning at 11, so some kind of calming ritual may help me too. Basically I need a new trigger to help me turn out my lights at 11:00 and go to sleep.
Anyhow, I feel quite determined. I know I can't change everything at once, but if I can adjust bedtimes, I think it will open the doors for me.