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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Faustus in Seattle is doing 35 things including…

Never stop learning

74 cheers


Faustus has written 3 entries about this goal

Books vs. articles!

I have been focusing for the past year or two mainly on reading articles for my work. Reading articles does help to stay tune with the most recent developments, but it has its own disadvantages too. The collected information is, in the end, a little “patchy,” and the interconnection of different aspects are not always clear.

I think I should give a larger share to books (technical books, I mean), at least for a while. To get the more established view, follow a more systematic trend, and find a more comprehensive account of what has been done and why.

Only if they would set up my library account sooner!


myself again getting around actually learning the subject by using other ways to get things done. I’ve taken a random course, just for fun of it, but once again with other tasks pushing their way into my schedule, I don’t have enough time to spend on it. So, instead of taking the time to fully comprehend the subject (I need to organize the pieces and form a solid logical flow for it), I’m using all the shortcuts to reach the same results. I kind of like it that I can do that, but bypassing the basic understanding step is doomed to fail in long-term :).


I’ve been lazy lately to look up things in a dictionary. It happens a lot that one can “guess” what something means and move on (you know, the engineering way to do things; if it works, it’s enough) but I figure it’s usually not the best way to go. I find myself more often than not lacking the right word, and needless to say, those words are usually the ones that I have failed to learn when I had the chance to.

I’ll try writing down the new words and looking them up (and possibly using them). Just a tad more aggressive in learning, perhaps.

Faustus has gotten 74 cheers on this goal.


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