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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.

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markov in San Jose is doing 42 things including…

let the crowbar fly

7 cheers


markov has written 7 entries about this goal

Suppose you had a cunning plan

to use towels as ground cloths while removing some wallpaper (the towels soak up the water so the hardwood floors remain undamaged). Now you have three towels with thousands of tiny pieces of wallpaper stuck to them, and the plan is looking less cunning. How would you clean the towels?

Last wall

in the living room is now wallpaper free. I now need to prep the walls for painting.

There is a section of wall which consists of a bunch of rustic looking doors (made the from same paneling I have been removing elsewhere). The doors open to the back of the sink and dishwasher – I like the concept, but not the execution. It is going to be a big deal to put something nice there.

This is just part of the wood

I have taken out. I removed the nails from these boards today, there is still another pile or thin paneling with nails to deal with.

Two walls done

and one to go. I have two more rooms with wood paneling, and one with wallpaper, but I’m going to see if I can finish with this room before touching any others.

I’m feeling a little less antagonistic about wallpaperers now.

Secret message

from my tormentor.

A pox on anybody

who has ever installed wallpaper. An extra pox for each additional layer of wallpaper.

In the time it took to defeat Gamera

I depopulated a full-wall sized bookshelf, and removed the shelves. All sorts of wood trim come out now (that is what the crowbar is for) and then the wallpaper must go.

markov has gotten 7 cheers on this goal.


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