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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nots2good in Pittsburgh is doing 19 things including…

Read 100 books in 2008


nots2good has written 66 entries about this goal

#67: War Machine

by Andy Remic

Hardcore military scifi with just a hint of Noir. Some fun characters and some good action.

#66: Ghost in The Shell: Mane Machine Interface

by Shirow Masamune

Four years after the original Ghost in the Shell Manga, this focuses on one of the “children” of Motoko and the AI. Less police procedural and more exploring a strange new world. Good stuff.

#63, #64, #65: The Destroyer 51 : Shock Value; 47: Dying Space; 62: Dying Space

by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapier,

Remo and Chuin in all their goodness. What more can I say?

#62: The Art of Power

by Thich Nhat Hanh

A great book by a Zen Master. A great book on awareness and the importance of love and peace in the world. It sounds rather airy from my description, but still a rather interesting read.

#61: The Ten Roads to Riches

by Ken Fisher

A guide to riches by Ken Fisher. Fisher looks at 10 different ways to make the really big bucks. Your path to millions is probably here. Some of it reads really slimy, but as he says in the introduction, if you don’t like that road, pick another one!

#60: Pragmatic Thinking and Learning

by Andy Hunt

A wonderful book that tied together some ideas that I’ve been reading about. Puts the ideas of learning and thinking into a perspective that make them actionable to me. Very good read, highly recommended!

#59: Too Many Curses

by A. Lee Martinez.

Martinez is my favorite author this year. I keep eating his stuff up like candy! A win every time! This one puts a kobald, a one eyed, one eared flying purple people eater and a castle full of cursed folks against some deeply mysterious trouble. Great fun!

#58: Hiero's Journey

by Sterling E. Lanier

A bit of speculative fiction from the 70’s. Post apocalyptic but some interesting ideas of where things would go. The bits about computers were amusing from the modern perspective.

#57: Organize for Disaster

by Judith Kolberg

A good read and an excellent introduction for preparing your family for an emergency (earthquake, fire, flood,etc). Practical advice on what to do and how to prepare. Very family focused.

#56: Scaling Down : Living Large in a Smaller Space

By Judi Culbertson and Marj Decker

An interesting book on how to help families downsize as they move from larger homes to smaller homes. Some insight into how people collect things, and some ideas on what to do with those things during the downsizing process.


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