Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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A sea otter...

..on my back.


sea otter hmm?

argh! i want to get one as well—i’m working on a design that encorporates both my UK and eastern european heritage… needs to be a good fit for the small of my back.


I’d like to see that. I was thinking of a cartoony otter like this:

but I’m not sure how well that would come out as a tattoo.

The other thing stopping me is that I’m only going to do it if I’ve got someone to hold my hand while its done. I took some video of three sea otters in Seattle aquarium, all holding hands, floating in the sunshine. Its just the cutest….

oh my gosh...

you sound like such a west coaster… the cartoon otter is definitely unique as well as your muse for that idea!!

I am a west coaster!

I live in LA. But that’s the postal code for Lancashire. I can see the sea as I get to work – its just past the nuclear power station.

Found the pic of the friendly otters:

There is no debate that this is the cutest thing on the planet. Furry animals cute. Furry animals holding hands double cute. Are there any other animals, apart from homo sapiens that hold hands?

The reason they do it is because they have no fur on their hands, so by placing their hands together they can conserve warmth. Although when on their own they sometimes adopt a ‘prayer’ position with their hands, in close groups they seem to enjoy contact with other animals.

triple cute

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A friend of mine suggested this as a tattoo design:


Nice quote from that site:

“When otter appears in your life it is asking you to let go of worry and pain, lighten up and enjoy what life has to offer. Trust your inner knowing , develop trust for others and embrace the world with excitement and enthusiasm.”

- which for some reason has reduced me to tears. Soppy sod I am :)

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