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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Deus_Ex_Machina is doing 3 things including…

Take one picture a day as a way to document my life

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Deus_Ex_Machina has written 8 entries about this goal




My desktop’s wallpaper. Look familiar? ;-D

From Base Metal to Pure Gold

The Alchemists of old sought to transform objects into gold. Now today, when I buy a diet coke, it contains an alchemical talisman under the cap. Using that coded reference I can create purchasing power. Modern alchemy indeed!

Hence this shot I call Alchemy of the Fizz.

eye am.

Eye see.

Tripod and SD reader.

I have an interest in taking tight shots of items in extreme close-up. I like the augmentation of perspective. An ant is an annoyance at worst unless its 20 times your size. Then its a fierce monster. Matter of perspective.

A difficulty with taking these kinds of shots is shake. Being so close and tight shake becomes noticeable. To remedy that I have sought out a tripod. I’m posting this info because it seems to be a good deal and it’s the right size for the work I want to use it for. Perhaps others could benefit from this discovery. I have yet to actually test the unit however as I am waiting on its delivery.

Mini Tripod

The same company also sell a USB SD card reader that is small and fits my need.

Both items plus the shipping ran me a total that is under $23. I like that.

I've begun.

I got my new camera yesterday (a Canon A410) and I have begun taking pictures. I have taken a self portrait just as I have woken. I have taken several self portraits. It is fascinating to see how the camera sees me. jesstheex wrote somewhere on 43 that she trusts cameras more than mirrors. I sense a truth in this perception.

I have a theory that we can be more objective with a photo than with a mirror. I wonder what the mental mechanism is that colors the perception of reflection. Perhaps we see more with a reflection or live view, sensing a soul; “seeing” not just with eyes but with our spirit. Perhaps we color what we see in a mirror to shelter ourselves.

Today’s pic is “Cluttered”.

I will be posting here from time to time photos that may or may not be of interest to others. I may just post to post. But I will be posting. I will be keeping my own photo journal. I will be learning as I go how to take a good picture; how best to utilize the features of my camera.

As this is an ongoing process I’m going to mark this as done.

Almost there.

I have purchased a camera via the Web and am awaiting its arrival. Once I have it I can obsessively document the various minutiae of my life. Why? Because I have a new camera! Boys and their toys as the adage says. :-)

This is the reason...

...I’m buying a digital camera in the first place. I think it will be a motivational thing that will have me thinking of and doing things worth taking a picture. Also, it will be a means by which I can quickly review and get a gestalt of what I’m doing, where I’ve been and where I’m likely going.

Deus_Ex_Machina has gotten 1 cheer on this goal.

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