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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I survived chemical engineering at Princeton University and emerged with a BSE in 1972, a lifetime ago. Then and for a couple of decades, I was professionally active in environmental issues and fresh water treatment. An area of my expertise.

More recently, I operated a subcontracting company which worked in the residual home industry in Metro Atlanta. It was necessary to become at least aware if not knowledgeable of the various trades and materials involved in the residential home industry. This is also an area of expertise.

With all the energy crisis activity today one would think that private companies and the government would be focused on three accomplishments:

-changing the transportation paradigm in the USA, by this I mean replace the internal combustion engine with a non polluting electric (or some other power alterative) engine. If the internal combustion engine must continue for now, then change the fuel to something which is renewable and non polluting. Let’s bite the bullet now and avoid a future of environment tragedy and non-renewable resource blackmail. Furthermore, let’s stop relying on foreign manufacturers. Although I am pro environment, we must be realistic when trying to compete in the world markets.

-change the power consumption paradigm in the USA, by this I mean stop burning non renewable fuel to produce power. Design power plants to be environmental friendly. Focus on wind, sun, tide and water power. Let’s stop kidding ourselves. Power consumption is going to rise not only with our population but also on a per person basis as technology explodes.

-finally, change the private housing paradigm in the USA. Stop encouraging city living. Stop encouraging home building which does not conserve water and energy.

I obviously have strong views about transportation and power. I do not have any business or technical experience in those fields.
Perhaps I can build eco-friendly houses for various income levels. With some business acumen, I am certain that suppliers would rush to contribute materials free or at favorable pricing if they were featured in the write up of the finished product – an ecology friendly house.


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"Stop encouraging city living"

I’m confused why you say this. Urban living, by its very nature, is more efficient, more sustainable, and more environmentally friendly than dispersed, individuated dwellings with redundant water, power, sewage, roads, etc. Said another way, if you build one apartment building for 100 people the right way, you’ll get vastly greater efficiencies and economies of scale over 50 houses with 2 people each.


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