All 14,358 unique entries for the taking 7

Posted by erik Wed, 08 Dec 2004 10:26:00 GMT

Want to know what ~200,000 people say they want to do with their life?

I said earlier that I’d be happy opening up some of the data if people were interested in playing around with it. I got a few interested replies and since then I’ve been scratching my head about what exactly to give out. Too much data is overwhelming, not enough is restricting. So, I’m just doing the simplest thing and leaving it open for you to tell me what you want.

Double Pipe-delimited file (in the format of):

rank||# of people who have the goal||unique ID||name (572K)

With the unique ID, you can construct a URL to that thing’s page like this:[ID]

Let me (erik at this domain) know if you do anything interesting with this. Also, if there’s different information that you think we have and which you want to do something fun with, let me know and I’ll try my best to give it to you.


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  1. joe Tue, 14 Dec 2004 05:02:36 GMT

    Goals mentioning robot coop employees:<br /> <br /> 1255||10||2164||shake Erik Benson’s hand<br /> 7758||2||25987||form the Erik Benson fan club<br /> <br /> 191||48||98||drink with Todd Gehman<br /> 6668||2||37790||drink with Todd Gehman, again<br /> <br /> 5265||3||22310||do dirty things to Josh<br /> 7170||2||66993||marry josh [too late!]<br /> <br /> 2140||7||4342||achieve Dan grade in JiuJitsu [best I could find for Spills]<br /> <br /> 1617||8||3145||Be cooler than Ivan<br /> 1976||7||1614||learn guitar with Ivan Opalka<br /> <br /> 679||17||126||say hello to bob<br /> 6985||2||10642||Hunting Bob<br /> 10832||1||94719||BE BOB<br /> <br /> 6780||2||16131||love my friend eric secretly and deeply<br /> 10650||1||18969||spend more time with eric

  2. joe Tue, 14 Dec 2004 06:49:13 GMT

    btw:<br /> <br /><;br /> <br /> Simple search engine for grepping the data file.

  3. joe Tue, 14 Dec 2004 07:08:23 GMT

    er, make that<br /> <br />

  4. edward Wed, 15 Dec 2004 08:58:16 GMT

    The data is cool, but is that <strong>all</strong> the data you collected? I merely mention this because I think the most interesting information to see would be <br /> <br /> 1) who created each entry<br /> 2) who then linked to certain entries<br /> 3) a timeline of how certain entries became the most popular<br /> <br /> Naturally, you’d think the older an item, the more popular it would be…but it’d be fun to track. And item #1 would be the coolest to discover.

  5. internet Thu, 16 Dec 2004 07:10:14 GMT

    looks like someone edited out all the entries about rape

  6. 42foldaz Thu, 16 Dec 2004 07:15:17 GMT

    For sure, ‘raping someone’ was at least #5 according to my metrics.

  7. chase Thu, 16 Dec 2004 09:20:22 GMT

    Has there been any discussion of filtering out entries based on choice of verbiage?