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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tikini wikini in In The Clouds is doing 13 things including…

post random questions daily and see if anyone plays with me and answers them :)

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tikini wikini has written 153 entries about this goal

who else uses a Macbook?

I am wondering about whether to take this thing in for repairs and cleaning or if I should simply retire it.

I’ve had this computer for 3 or 4 years. I use it for everything, most days for hours. Mainly I edit photos.

Today I downloaded the 400 pictures from yesterday’s wedding. iPhoto has been crashing so often, I deleted a lot of photos just last week. A lot is thousands.

But today, during the initial download, it crashed. Then it repaired the library. Then it only downloaded 16 photos, after telling me it had downloaded the full batch.

Since the entire experience was so erratic, I did not delete the photos as I usually do, so was able to go back and down load a second time. Still a failure. I picked up another 4 photos.

At this point, I am going to use the PC but the photo editing program is not nearly as versatile, so this means a quick edit of most of the photos, then emailing to myself so I can transfer to iPhoto for the editing I want on probably 60 or more of them.

Clearly I cannot do this anymore.

What I am wondering is whether others have had similar problems with iPhoto and what has been the fix?



music and dancing

What is the most danceable music ever?

Please post link. :)



The Elliot Rodger incident

On Friday, a student in Santa Barbara California went on a killing spree widely described in the media as a shooting incident, although his first three victims were stabbed to death.

Do you think the media has a responsibility to use truth rather than half truth in headlines?

Do you think public awareness is more influenced by headline or by the body of the news?

The young man published a video to YouTube where he promised to kill those who had disappointed him. His parents called the police and they went out and interviewed the boy, and despite several prior calls involving this same young man, determined there was no cause for alarm. Elliot was under the care of two psychiatrists. Most likely in his short life he was treated with a variety of pharmaceuticals designed to “correct” his perceptions and dampen his anger. He probaby was switched from medication to medication, and chances are in the end he was not taking them as directed.

This is a lot of supposing.

We know the guns were legally obtained. My next questions are these:

Do you think it would have made any difference if someone under psychiatric care (not seeing a psychologist, but seeing a doctor who prescribes mood altering medications) could not legally purchase firearms?

Do you think the police should have an obligation to bring in for psychiatric hold and assessment any person who is already under psychiatric care who makes public threats that are taken so seriously his own parents make the call?

Is there any solution for people who are like Elliot? What direction could we possible take that is compassionate and safe?



Lies and the liars who lie to you

Hi there. Does anyone like liars? Do you appreciate a good lie?

Might there be such a thing as a good lie?

Today in the shower I remembered a lie someone told at a deposition. Lots of lies are told at depos but this one was said by the freshly showered lawyer who claimed to have been stuck in traffic and so late to the afternoon depo.

Who lies to you and why do you think they do it? Are they lazy? Are they protecting their privacy?



Let's have a virtual party, a fancy one

We need a theme to begin. Pick one, or suggest one:
Vintage ~ a few seasons back this might have meant Mad Men but lately it seems to be Gatsby.
Masquerade ~ Mardi Gras or Halloween style, or masqued ball
Wine country ~ long tables on a terrace overlooking the vineyards, wine of course, fruit and cheese and artisan meats and olives, crusty bread, stringed music/guitar
Tropical beach ~ infinity pool overlooking the ocean, mai tais and other umbrella drinks, reggae or Hawaiian or other island music, food on skewers, fire dancers or hula or …
Moroccan ~ Casablanca theme, bring your parrot, eat couscous, drink peppermint tea and really good champagne, mourn your lost love who has just walked in to of all the gin joints in all the world, the one you happen to be in
Big City Bash ~ penthouse or restaurant at top of a skyscraper, jazz band, caviar and oysters on ice, vodka on ice, an ice bar

OK, time for ideas from somewhere else.

Who are you hoping will come? How many people? What will you serve? What sort of decor will you add?

And… what part of your party are you going to design your own self – tell! And what part will you leave to the venue to come up with?

Oh – your budget: $50,000 US



Did you celebrate Pi Day?

What did you do? or eat?



What would you like to see on the menu?

OK I know I live in the middle of the ocean, and some foods are not here for some reason. Some foods are just hard to find.

What particular food item or plate or dish would you like to see at your local hang out eatery that simply isn’t to be found?

My list:

for lunch: Sandwich of the day – every day something new, along these lines

for breakfast: the french omelette It looks like this. The egg is swirled in the pan after it hits the hot pan. It is poured thinly and beaten enough to be well mixed but not so thoroughly as to be full of air bubbles. It is lightly filled with a cheese like manchego, and liberally dusted with fresh herbs. A little sliced seeded tomato inside is also good.

for anytime: crispy taco It looks like this one, and never like this one



Do you use Craigslist?

I use it. There are a lot of scams on there, some of which at least are pretty transparent.

So, here I am to share one with you.

There is a “beach house” for rent on my island for $1100. The “location” isn’t spelled right, but then the ad doesn’t seem to be written by the home owner, as that person is referred to in third person. OK, yes, there are some with conceits like that. That does raise a question as to who did write the ad. Here’s how to find out.

You may have noticed there is a small box in the upper left corner labeled “contact”. This box has a first name & phone number, not otherwise visible in the ad itself.

I ran the phone number through Google and discovered this:

Email Marketing Lists – Buy Email Addresses – Response Marketing
www.myresponsemarketing.com/lists.php‎
Contact Us At: (530) 539-4878. Follow Us. HOME · SERVICES · FEATURES · PRICING · PORTFOLIO … Call for a List (530) 539-4878. Or Fill Out The Form …

So what this ad is doing is looking for email responses to add to a list of emails for sale.

Should this be illegal? Is it not false advertising? Is it in fact illegal and does this shady company deserve to be fined and taken down?



What do you long for?

what do you yearn for?



dance of the media

Maybe because of the lingering effects of the flu, the so called news this holiday season is particularly dis-spiriting. A young girl in Oakland California or thereabouts is brain dead, and her lawyer has the media spotlight upon them as they search for someplace that will keep a corpse hooked up to life support.

My question is not, what do you think of this event, as clearly it is horrfying no matter how you look at it.

My question is, why is it not possible to adjust one’s news settings to hide stories like this? Why isn’t there a button you can push that will block all further updates on this story? I end up blocking the entire news source. Pretty soon, I will receive no news whatsoever.



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