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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now I sleep in in Seattle is doing 32 things including…

Attend a biomimicry workshop

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now I sleep in has written 2 entries about this goal

CHIMAERA - this is it, the word we've been searching for

|kīˈmi(ə)rə; kə-|
variant spelling of chimera

ORIGIN late Middle English : via Latin from Greek khimaira ‘she-goat or chimera.’

1 In Greek mythology, Chimera (Greek Χίμαιρα (Chímaira); Latin Chimaera) is a monstrous creature of Lycia in Asia Minor, which was made of the parts of multiple animals. A fire-breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail.
• any mythical animal with parts taken from various animals.
2 a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve : the economic sovereignty you claim to defend is a chimera.
3 Biology an organism containing a mixture of genetically different tissues, formed by processes such as fusion of early embryos, grafting, or mutation : the sheeplike goat chimera.
• a DNA molecule with sequences derived from two or more different organisms, formed by laboratory manipulation.
4 (usu. chimaera) a cartilaginous marine fish with a long tail, an erect spine before the first dorsal fin, and typically a forward projection from the snout. • Subclass Hoplocephali: three families, in particular Chimaeridae. See also rabbitfish , ratfish.

Also used to describe gargoyles. Chimaera and grotesque are similes.

Photo here taken from Wikipedia. Chimera on a red-figure Apulian plate, ca 350-340 BCE (Musée du Louvre).

Biomimicry vs biotechnology

Aaron sent me this quote from an article Amory wrote about Janine Benyus in Time:

“Biomimicry isn’t biotechnology. Biomimicry learns and emulates how spiders make silk; biotechnology transplants spiders’ silk-making genes into goats, then sorts silk from milk and hopes the genes don’t get loose. Biotechnology is smart kids in an oil depot with matches; biomimicry is wise adults in a rain forest with flashlights. Biotechnology is pure hubris; biomimicry is luminous humility—treating nature as model and mentor, cherished not as a mine to be stripped of its resources but as a teacher.”

I like the phrase luminous humility!

Christian and I have had some great conversations about the balance of intuition and counter-intuition. The first is necessary for bravery in taking risk, but the latter leads to a different kind of discovery. Humility can be luminous. It reveals what is rather than what appears to be.

I picture the reality I perceive as what is seen looking down on a rocky river bank. The surfaces exposed are true and real, but any one can be flipped over to reveal a new microcosim – an unknown underworld.

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