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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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littleamerica in Santa Fe is doing 0 things including…

do my taxes


littleamerica has written 4 entries about this goal


Man am I glad to have this behind me.

For some reason TurboTax wouldn’t let me file my taxes online, so I still had to staple my forms, fold and mail them. Once that was done I had to go to the New Mexico state tax website and go through their online forms, which turned out be something of an adventure since it first told me I needed to pay money, then on a second visit told me I had a refund due me. Chumps.

So man am I glad to have this done.

almost done

I spent almost four hours doing my taxes last night with the help of TurboTax and ItsDeductible. I only ran into two snags: capital gains and non-cash charitable giving.

Capital gains for stocks are a nightmare because while e.g Ameritrade certainly tracks tax gains and losses it doesn’t report them on the 1099 or on any accompanying paperwork. I have no idea why this is true.

Non-cash charitable giving is unpleasant because ItsDeductible only tracks a few hundred items, and doesn’t have a category for new items, only for used items, so I repeatedly had to type in custom items to get the names and prices right. Still it was better than tracking that stuff by hand.

I still need to print out my forms, sign them and mail them, so I’m not done yet. For some reason TurboTax wouldn’t let me file electronically. And I still need to do my state taxes, but in New Mexico that’s just a matter of copying a few numbers from my 1040 onto a webform and clicking on Send.

Yip yah.

  1. Last year’s tax return, for the ever-present capital loss carry-forward.
  2. Software. The paper-to-software move is kind of a trapdoor; once you go through the government in its wisdom stops sending the full-blown 1040

Man. I think that’s it. I should get this wrapped this weekend.

two weeks, five days, and counting

I’m leaving the country for three weeks in less than three weeks, and I won’t be back until after tax day. I think I’ve got all my paperwork together. I just need to get software, sit down, and put er, pencil to paper, or something.


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