September 8, 2009

A Life in Numbers

The musical Rent reminded us that a year breaks down into 525,600 minutes. (It’s longer in a leap year.)

Now a researcher at Microsoft is trying to convert his life into numbers. According to this article from Wired magazine, Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell “has been compulsively scanning, capturing, and logging each and every bit of personal data he generates in his daily life.”

For example, Bell knows precisely how many websites he has visited (221,173), as well as how many emails he has sent and received (156,041).

Wakefield staff take data very seriously, but we aren’t keeping a running tally of all of the emails we send and receive. Hope I haven’t disappointed anyone with that revelation.