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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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brannen in Kingston is doing 27 things including…

kill every mosquito that has the temerity to land on me

12 cheers


brannen has written 8 entries about this goal

They are back!

Had a respite from the blood-sucking creatures, but they are back. Smaller than before but as annoying as ever. So scarce had they been for a while that I lost some of my dexterity with the swatter. I feel it coming back though! Oh yes, I do!

"Intensive fogging will take place this week."

After 50 years of being certified malaria-free, we are having an outbreak! Eighteen people diagnosed and counting. So now they are going to be fogging – intensively they assure us – and cleaning blocked drains!

All of a sudden the swatter seems … puny. But surely the practice puts me in good stead?

Today's assault is fierce.

I am begining to wonder if I am not rearing a new strain of mosquito under my desk: one that needs an abundance of wires to breed instead of stagnant water.

The best is...

doing a precautionary sweep under my desk with a swatter and zapping a mosquito. A preemptive strike, you might say. Actually, that is not the best. Pretty darn good, but not the best. The best is still zapping one while it feeds without adminstering a mild shock to self.

There is some skill in ...

not zapping yourself with the electronic swatter while going after a mosquito that is actively sucking your blood.

They are on the warpath today and

are doing a war dance under my desk. Luckily, the swatter is here!

A favourite in my quest

The electronic swatter.
Very satisfying to hear them go “Pop!”

I am sure mosquitos have a purpose on this planet...

but I am also quite certain that sucking my blood is not it!

brannen has gotten 12 cheers on this goal.


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