I've been keeping track of my morale for a while now. But I still feel I didn't have a good grasp on my morale's trends. What makes it go up, and what keeps it down? Is there any way to relate sleep patterns, alcohol consumption, or caffiene intake with my mood? What about hours worked, food eaten, money in the bank, blood pressure, movies watched, purchases made, etc? If I had all of the data in the world, would I understand myself any better?
Well, I still don't know how I'm going to figure that stuff out, but I had an hour or so to reacquaint myself with the GD::Graph perl module and play around with my data model. Hah, what a Saturday night... but I guess I treated every other day of the week as if it were Saturday night, so it's only fitting that I stay in tonight. Daniel, sorry that I was too lazy to make it to your synth club (this is the first time that being in Belltown has prevented me from going out... I know I would've gone if I were still in Capitol Hill). Bah. Can't let yuppie town breaka my stride.
So, anyway, now at the top of my blog (in case you're reading this in an RSS reader), there's a little graphic that condenses the last 30 or so days of morale, coffee, alcohol, and sleep data.
I actually maintain that in a little app I built using Ruby on Rails which runs on my powerbook but which updates a remote database. That way I don't have to worry about password protecting it, and I can update it even when I'm not online (which is increasing rare). It's a cinch (and even a guilty pleasure) to update my data... people get a little creeped out when I tell them what I keep track of... but don't worry, I'm not keeping track of how many times I go to the bathroom and in what capacity.
Now that I've broken out the GD::Graph module, I wonder what other quick little graphics I might like to make. The more useless the better. Maybe I should plot the correllation between the direction I am facing when I wake up and the mood of John in the Morning's annoying baby.