I’ve put together a program for measurement and logging, based on the personal tools I’ve been using. It contains explanation texts, a measurement target to help with finding the edge of blur, an input form for logging, and some basic plotting of the results.
It is designed for two main goals:
- Making logs more precise and meaningful, to help with finding cause and effect
- Creating a standard for sharing logs, comparing results, and statistical analysis
The target audience are people who are serious about improving, so as usual here, there is “some assembly required.” I hope that the explanations cover things well enough to get you going; please tell me if something is unclear or too difficult.
Since this DIY approach doesn’t satisfy the cultural ADHD of today’s Youtube or Facebook, I’m only sharing it with people of the proper mindset so far – like the kittehs of Le Meow.
This is a test release, so please don’t expect the program to be in a complete and polished state. There are things missing, and some parts aren’t very user friendly. I’m looking for enthusiasts who like trying something new and want to give input on how to improve this. I’d be happy if I could convince you to learn this measurement method and collect data, so we can test how it goes.
The download also includes a fairly recent version of my personal log.
This is a portable program, packed into a zip file. You only need to unpack it to any folder and start it. I haven’t included any installation, so it should leave your computer’s settings untouched. But check the disclaimer; for all legal concerns, please consider it “AS IS” software, where I don’t guarantee suitability for any purpose.
Keep backups of your logs! When switching to a new version, it’s a good idea to just keep the old log version around, to avoid any error breaking your data.
Old version’s log formats will eventually become unsupported.