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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.

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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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Resolve the current gigantic mess I am in (read all 7 entries…)
it goes on

Is there no end? Their correspondence has a semi-hysterical ring to it, and their plans make no sense. If I just do what they ask, it will not actually solve their problems or help them or assure me the situation is moving towards closure. The situation remains volatile, and an exercise in pure misery.

I am currently planning to never work in this field again, and certainly never as a self-employed person where I have to deal with the legal and accounting aspects. This project lasted 7 years, which is an eternity in software. It is surely and definitely time for me to seek any new opportunities in any field as far from this as I can get.

I have 1.5 months left at the part-time maternity leave position I currently hold – another gig involving statistical programming, data mush. I am fantasizing about a basic landscaping job. I think I could use a sabbatical away from desks, computers, etc. A summer mowing lawns sounds positively therapeutic, as long as someone else owns the business.


Greenleaves shining & glowing

Oh dear.

I missed these posts till just now – sorry I haven’t been around to offer my heartfelt solidarity! This sounds like a HORRID nightmare.

From my observation, one of the inherent problems with tech work is that often the people hiring you do not know how to do the work and therefore don’t know how to tell you what they want, set realistic goals and timelines, or evaluate what you’ve done.

In this case that seems mixed with overall miserable mismanagement.

I’m SO sorry. Hugs.

you have nailed it

they really have no idea of what has been involved in the project, or what was at stake at a number of crucial decision points where they rejected my advice and dismissed my concerns. I believe they are just starting to “get” what I began warning them about over a year ago.

They chose a completely non-technical person to manage the project, and he listened to some other advice he received over mine, from someone else with very limited technical knowledge but who apparently had much greater credibility with him.

I was chatting with an excellent q.a. person I had brought in as a contractor at one point to vet my work when I was working too quickly to trust my own testing. He recalled the system as one he disliked working on, because it was unusually sound, had an easily understood user interface, was reliable and he couldn’t break it and had very little to report. “A tester’s nightmare,” he called it. I was greatly cheered and soothed by his complaints.

Zanna Campanula of the revolutionary trousers

i continue to

fantasize about getting a job in my friends’ spätzle eatery and spending the whole day replenishing the drinks fridge. i can see great satisfaction in filling up the rows of beer and coke. and i’d be glad to join you in the mowing lawns business.

as to this job: yes, there will be an end. you will get out of dodge city.

thanks for the reminder

that of course this is finite, and it will eventually draw to a conclusion. I walked off the project September 30th, and thought it was over any number of times since then, so I had lost sight of that.

An orderly, nicely kept drinks fridge sounds like an excellent work objective. I would like to put that at the top of my resume as my career objective.

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thanks for the grin, Hawk

I am counting on doing more with my stilted language skills this summer.

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Oh my!

Sending you strength to deal with the mess!

Is there no way for your lawyer to stop their demands?

we're working on it

currently, the ball is in their court, and we’re waiting to hear back from them.

Todd Schoonover will miss all his 43T friends

Best Wishes

I know about projects from hell, having been through a few of them during my days with Adelphia. One of those projects actually got me extended for another 14 months because the contracted agency was having that much trouble delivering a useable data interface. It’s a large part of why I didn’t look for computer jobs and changed careers to be a paramedic. At least now the projects are short-term and turned over to someone else when I’ve completed my requirements.

I look forward to hearing what new field you tackle once this is over.

I often think of the change you made, Todd,

as an inspiring one of someone who got out of this business to take up work in a conspicuously useful field instead.

Right now, my ideas are all over the map. I have three major matters all about to wind up at the same time, and I expect to have a lot more mental space to figure this out at that time. I’m still very much in the phase of “one foot in front of the other, as each step is treacherous and requires a lot of work and mental focus”. I’m seeing something that might be light ahead.

It is just barely possible that two matters – including the one this thread is about – will be resolved by or during this coming weekend. If I could hold my breath until then, I probably would.

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