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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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Richard Sansom is doing 15 things including…

learn to play bass guitar


 

Richard Sansom has written 2 entries about this goal

loved that beatle bass as a kid

I discovered bass guitar as a kid, growing up in Austin, listening to the Beatles. Even though their early recordings had terrible bass response, I could still hear the solid, dotted quarter note riffs from Paul’s Hofner “Beatle” bass guitar. I loved it when George Martin started using a bass speaker as a microphone to get some real bottom end on their stuff – I think that was about the same time that Paul started using the Rick in the studio (Rubber Soul/Revolver/Paperback Writer period). Anyway, I found a pig of a Hofner knock-off in a pawn shop when I was 18 – I pawned my beloved MacGregor split-level golf clubs to get it. I was totally ripped off, but very happy. I recently sold that bass in a garage sale and have regretted it every day since. I’m not much of a bass player – the guitar is my main instrument – but I still love to pick it up, from time to time. Oh, and I still love Paul’s bass playing – especially his stuff with the Beatles between ‘66 and ‘69. Really nice stuff, that…



loved that beatle bass as a kid

I discovered bass guitar as a kid, growing up in Austin, listening to the Beatles. Even though their early recordings had terrible bass response, I could still hear the solid, dotted quarter note riffs from Paul’s Hofner “Beatle” bass guitar. I loved it when George Martin started using a bass speaker as a microphone to get some real bottom end on their stuff – I think that was about the same time that Paul started using the Rick in the studio (Rubber Soul/Revolver/Paperback Writer period). Anyway, I found a pig of a Hofner knock-off in a pawn shop when I was 18 – I pawned my beloved MacGregor split-level golf clubs to get it. I was totally ripped off, but very happy. I recently sold that bass in a garage sale and have regretted it every day since. I’m not much of a bass player – the guitar is my main instrument – but I still love to pick it up, from time to time. Oh, and I still love Paul’s bass playing – especially his stuff with the Beatles between ‘66 and ‘69. Really nice stuff, that…



 

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