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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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Guitaronin in Los Angeles is doing 37 things including…

Solve a Rubiks Cube in under 2 minutes


Guitaronin has written 2 entries about this goal

Checking in

For a while I forgot all about 43Things. The other day I was thinking that my life goals aren’t clear enough. Then I remembered 43Things and realized that I should check back in. First on my list was this goal with the Rubik’s. My best recorded time was 2:13 (although I seldom record, so this was not likely my BEST time).

I haven’t been playing with the Rubik’s lately, so I feared that I’d be set way back on this goal. I just checked (without any warm up), and I got 2:43. So, I’d say I should still be able to conquer this within the next few months with only a little effort.

First and second steps down

I got a Rubik’s for Christmas (‘07). Promptly used a Youtube tutorial to learn how to solve in the most basic way, with just a few algorithms. This took a little practice to memorize, but it’s not a monumental acheivement.

I arbitrarily selected two minutes as the time to beat. Now I realize that for it to be a really satisfying accomplishment it’ll have to be under one minute. Regardless, I’m still focusing on two for now.

I’ve changed my method from layer by layer to solving the first two layers simultaneously. This seems a little more efficient, and I’m using my understanding of the movement of the cubies rather than blindly plugging in algorithms. Last night I hit 2 minutes 55 seconds – pretty good!

As for the next step, I think I need to memorize about 43 algorithms to handle every possible configuration of the last layer. Then I should be able to consistently solve in under 70 moves. From there it’s just a matter of getting quicker at turning the thing. :)


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