Data logging is fun… but who are you sharing with?

I spend a lot of time reading BoingBoing ( http://boingboing.net/ ) because it points me at interesting/quirky/important/insane stuff and enough of it is interesting enough that there are generally two or three tabs open in my browser that I plan to explore.

Such as this one – http://boingboing.net/2012/11/21/expereal-iphone-app-to-ratea.html – a post by Jonathan Cohen about what looks like a really interesting iPhone app called Expereal that will ‘let you rate/analyze your life via data visualization’ I’m interested in lifelogging, but have only gone as far as getting a Fitbit (http://www.fitbit.com/uk/product).

This afternoon I finally got around to clicking the link in the BoingBoing piece, thinking I’d install Expereal and try it out. But I won’t – the page at http://expereal.com/ tells me all the cool stuff it will do, and then notes that I have to:

Login with Facebook (Required & only means of login)

and that I can

Share individual ratings to Facebook (Optional)

Thanks, but no thanks. I don’t want a system that forces me to share with Facebook. I have no reason to trust Expereal with my data, and certainly no reason to believe that the boundary between it and Facebook will end up being anything but porous. The app is free, so data sharing is the price to pay, it seems. I’d rather have paid £1.99 for something to try out, and be a customer instead of a data feed.

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Instagram Synchronicity

At #3dprintshow I pulled up Instagram to take a Makie pic and it was ‘already there’ – @jaggeree had taken the same shot! Weird. Synchronous.

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What have we done…. :-)

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From: Royal Opera House <no-response@roh.org.uk>
Subject: Reminder for The Royal Opera’s Ring cycle
Date: 9 October 2012 16:03:33 GMT+01:00

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD
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Dear Mr Thompson

I am writing to you as someone who has booked for The Royal Opera’s Ring cycle next week.

The cycle begins soon, please be aware of the different start times for the four parts of the cycle. 

Das Rheingold

When: 16 October at 7.30pm
Where
: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD

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Approximate performance timings: About 2 hours 30 minutes with no interval

Approximate end time: 10pm


Die Walküre

When: 18 October at 5pm
Where
: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD

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Approximate performance timings: About 5 hours 50 minutes including two intervals

Approximate end time: 10.50pm

Please be aware that Act III of Die Walküre on 18 October is being filmed by the Royal Opera House. The cameras will not impact on the audience in any way and there will be no restrictions of view other than those already stated at time of ticket purchase.

Siegfried

When: 21 October at 3pm
Where
: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD

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Approximate performance timings: About 6 hours 5 minutes including two intervals

Approximate end time: 9.05pm

Götterdämmerung

When: 24 October at 4pm
Where
: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD

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Approximate performance timings: About 6 hours 30 minutes including two intervals.

Approximate end time: 10.30pm

Please Note: If you are collecting your tickets from our Box Office, then please would you arrive at least 30 minutes before the performance to allow for this, and remember to bring the credit or debit card used for booking these tickets for clarification purposes.

If you already have your tickets, then why not arrive in plenty of time to take full advantage of our bars and restaurants, which will be open at least 30 minutes before the performance.

Unfortunately, latecomers will not be admitted to the auditorium until the interval. (Please note that there is no interval in Das Rheingold).

We do hope you enjoy this special production of one of Wagner’s greatest masterpieces.

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD | Box Office: +44 (0)20 7304 4000
Registered in England No. 480523 | Charity Registered No. 211775

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at Europe House for @bodydataspace Robots+Avatars launch and @LJRICH is about to play :-)

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I have two of the Booker short list beside my bed. Can’t remember the last time that happened

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and @AnthonyBarnett takes the stage with Judith at their anniversary celebration :-)

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finally get to meet @pigsonthewing – and share a pint at @theparcelyard Fine end to the working week

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trying on wedding outfits with Maxim is a good way to start a day- now off tom #thatlondon as @bbcbillt

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on the bus to Bcasting House to make #bbcclickradio with @garethm and added @timberners_lee – 7000 steps so far today

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at the @britishlibrary – 7 hours before @rolykeating takes over as CEO.

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