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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bigboehmboy in Fairfax is doing 12 things including…

Have cybernetic implants

3 cheers


bigboehmboy has written 1 entry about this goal

Can you say awesome?

While the idea of surgery scares me a little, especially for such trivial untested things, the idea of improving one’s senses sounds so cool to me. I’ve heard of people who got a gold plated neodymium magnet implanted in their finger next to their nerves, and now they can feel electrical fields and tell you if a wire is hot. Also, I’ve been following up on people who implanted RFID tags in their arm and then programmed everything in their house (and in some cases their cars) to work by waving an arm over a sensor. While this isn’t exactly enhancing a sense, it is still pretty cool (albeit unsecured, RFID tags are easily hacked.) My number one goal, however is to have a near perfect memory with the aid of technology. I hope to accomplish this by having a POV camera capture what I see and hear in real time, and have the audio translated to time-tagged text using “Dragon Naturally Speaking 9” software. This way I could recall anything, and would have perfect evidence in any conflict of what actually happened. I have found one company which does this at last! Starnex sells products that do this, but it is still relatively new, and while not absurdly expensiove ($300-$400) it is still too much for my humble means.

bigboehmboy has gotten 3 cheers on this goal.


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