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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Harmless Dilettante What I should have said was nothing.

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The 4400, the Series

Tremendously good framing concept for a TV show: 4400 abductees inexplicably displayed in time and place spontaneously return in a ball of light. Sadly, in four seasons, there was only one really outstanding episode: “Tiny Machines” in 2007. Great progression in which everyone gradually and compulsively gets sucked into building a mysterious machine.

Sadly, this series was a victim of generally lazy writing, often indifferent acting, and ultimately the Writer’s strike. A shame because there was just enough good plots and characters to make you really notice the missed opportunities for drama and conflict. Stole pretty liberally from The X-Files, but The 4400 did create a more coherent central mythology.


gottawonder Loves her tortoise!

I saw the premiere for that,

and thought it was a really amazing premise. Too bad it fell apart.

Harmless Dilettante What I should have said was nothing.

I totally agree with you!

Though, I always feel a little bad criticizing TV writers, as they do a pretty good job considering it’s production practically by committee on what is often a two week schedule. Then again, they probably don’t weep too copiously over random internet comments while they’re cashing their massive paychecks.

I am trying to learn from their mistakes as I try to improve my own writing. Hopefully, while I spout abuse, some of the mistakes-to-avoid are registering in my brain.

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