One Human Heartbeat


I've put my heartbeat on the internet.

It's March 25, 2014 and the best technology I've found to save my heartrate is the Basis watch. It saves an average heartrate for each minute. It fails to record any heartrate for ~17.5% of minutes. When there is no data for a minute, you'll see the heartrate from the previous minute.

Basis doesn't provide an open API, so I access the data using a variation of this code. The heartrate you see is from 24 hours ago. This is because the data can only be accessed via usb connection. Twice a day I connect the watch and upload my latest heartrates to the database. I've been doing this for 33 days now.


It's March 25, 2014, and statistics say I have about 16452 days left.

Gotta go.

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives... Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern.

Annie Dillard The Writing Life

See also...

Roy Scranton's Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene

Cheryl Strayed's Rumpus Advice Column #64: Tiny Beautiful Things