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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SICP exercises are hard

Whine, whine, whine.

SICP exercises are hard! I think they’re a little too hard. Or maybe it’s that they don’t give you enough practice and then they hit you over the head with a really tough one. And then there’s exercise 1.14, the purpose of which seems to be to make the reader get a repetitive stress injury. I was trying to think of a way to write a program to print out the exercise answer for me but I don’t know enough Scheme to do that yet.

Maybe I should just admit that SICP has the better of me and I’m just stupid. But I’m not stupid! I have a Bachelor’s degree. OK, I have a Bachelor of Arts degree but still…

One thing I notice, the problem sets and quizzes that MIT gives its own students are a lot easier than the exercises in the SICP book. That indicates something. Maybe the SICP book exercises are too hard.

But I’m not giving up. I’m gonna keep banging my head against the wall until Scheme comes out.



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