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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.

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Morrigu is practicing my harmonium!

become better at capoeira (read all 3 entries…)

I am taking a class in capoeira this year at college.

Capoeira is the art of Brazilian martial arts/dancing. It originated in Africa, and was used by slaves when they fought, but in order to disguise the fighting they added music and dance elements.

So when you watch capoeira, it looks a lot like dancing. You are in a circle of people who sing, clap, and play various instruments. You and your opponent ‘play’ capoeira. The goal is not to hurt or beat somebody; it’s a game of sorts. The philosophy is different than most martial arts, i.e. karate, which I took last fall, where you hit the person directly. In capoeira, you are more dancing around your opponent, anticipating their moves and using them to create your next move, than trying to hit the opponent.

Capoeira is very fluid and beautiful. I know I am only a beginner. I don’t want to compare myself to other students and feel bad, and the teacher is a master. But when I see her and others do capoeira, it fascinates me, this art. It is so graceful and beautiful.

I really love the music component in capoeira. You use the music to know how to move, you move with the flow of the music. Also the music is pretty and interesting. The songs are sung in Portuguese. And the instruments are different, too. I think my favorite is the biding-bo. It looks like a bow (like bow and arrows) with a tight string, and you use a rock and a pencil-like stick to play the string.

Anyway, I’ve got to go watch “House” now so…yeah.



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