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All 14,358 unique entries for the taking · 7 December 04

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

http://robotcoop.com/data/twinkler_goals-12-08-2004.txt (572K)

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


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.

Posted by Erik Benson | Thoughts |

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  1. Goals mentioning robot coop employees:

    1255||10||2164||shake Erik Benson’s hand
    7758||2||25987||form the Erik Benson fan club

    191||48||98||drink with Todd Gehman
    6668||2||37790||drink with Todd Gehman, again

    5265||3||22310||do dirty things to Josh
    7170||2||66993||marry josh [too late!]

    2140||7||4342||achieve Dan grade in JiuJitsu [best I could find for Spills]

    1617||8||3145||Be cooler than Ivan
    1976||7||1614||learn guitar with Ivan Opalka

    679||17||126||say hello to bob
    6985||2||10642||Hunting Bob
    10832||1||94719||BE BOB

    6780||2||16131||love my friend eric secretly and deeply
    10650||1||18969||spend more time with eric
    joe    Dec 13, 9:02am    #
  2. btw:


    Simple search engine for grepping the data file.
    joe    Dec 13, 10:49am    #
  3. er, make that

    joe    Dec 13, 11:08am    #
  4. The data is cool, but is that all the data you collected? I merely mention this because I think the most interesting information to see would be

    1) who created each entry
    2) who then linked to certain entries
    3) a timeline of how certain entries became the most popular

    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.
    edward    Dec 14, 12:58pm    #
  5. looks like someone edited out all the entries about rape
    internet    Dec 15, 11:10am    #
  6. For sure, ‘raping someone’ was at least #5 according to my metrics.
    42foldaz    Dec 15, 11:15am    #
  7. Has there been any discussion of filtering out entries based on choice of verbiage?
    chase    Dec 15, 1:20pm    #

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