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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Have fun writing checks

It amazes me how pretty well in the 21st century, the American financial system is still littered with such antiquated systems as hand-written checks.

Checks annoy me for a number of reasons:
  1. when I get checks, I have to physically “endorse” them, go to an ATM and cash them in, or mail them in. What a waste of time (and paper). All this when my banking account doesn’t physically exist; all that it is, is a bunch of bits in a bank’s electronic storage
  2. some people, especially old folks, prefer to use checks, because debit/credit cards are more difficult to use! I mean, think about the numerous steps to use a credit card at Safeway:
    • Find card
    • swipe card wrong way
    • realize it was wrong, turn it around,
    • keep turning till you finally get it right
    • enter pin
    • realize you’ve just entered the wrong pin
    • try re-entering
    • watch as the cashier sighs/rolls their eyes because you’re paying for a newspaper, pack of cigarettes and some gum on a debit card
    • select no cash back
    • validate purchase
    • realize you forgot something and cancel the whole transaction, further pissing off the cashier
    • add your new item
    • re swipe card
    • ......

Finally, when I write checks, there’s place to put in all sorts of silly and redundant information.

For the last reason, I will take my revenge on checks. Here’s my first entry, a check to pay the garbage. Click the picture :)


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I paid my lawyer with a check that had “flying pigs” on it. I figured he’d be the last person to withhold payment from.

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