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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attend at least one non-music event per month (read all 6 entries…)

I think I’m forgetting one…but in any case, I hit up one and a half non-music events during March.

  1. Salon of Shame. This is a monthly gathering where grown adults volunteer to read the angsty, dramatic, wince-inducing biographic prose they wrote in their teens. Or at least, it’s supposed to be a gathering. This time there were all of two readers and a handful of audience members. But a) they were calling for a snow storm that night, which might have scared some peeps away b) one of the two readers spoke twice, making it like three readers (if you squinted during the first one’s encore performance) c) what was presented was very entertaining and d) they gave full refunds to the audience. I have to check this out again sometime, maybe even read if I can find some old stuff. This quarter I have a conflicting photo class, so it might be a while, alas.
  2. Cuckoo Crow. This only counts as a half since as a multimedia piece it was musical as well as everything else. I can’t say I gleaned anything from it except entertainment, but it was fantastic entertainment, especially when Haruko crawled throughout the entire center section of the Moore Theater solely on the backs of the (occupied) theater chairs.


Salon of Shame

I’m so, well, aSHAMEd that your first (and thus far only) Salon of Shame was such a dud. I wish you could make it to one in a couple weeks—we’ve got 10 readers lined up and it promises to be a doozy.

Damn, I really wish I could make it. Photo class won’t be a Wednesday conflict forever…I hope.


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