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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Saafir's 48 goals tagged music
  1. Learn to play the guitar 13737 people
  2. learn to dance 7160 people
  3. make beautiful music 30 people
  4. become a musician 160 people
  5. organize my iTunes 221 people
  6. rip all of my CDs to my hard drive 2 people
  7. build my jazz collection by buying a dozen or more top-flight CDs in 2006 0 people
  8. listen to 40 jazz albums in 1 year 0 people
  9. get at least one person to understand why the Abbey Lincoln songs "Left Alone" and "Throw It Away" make me cry almost every time I listen to them 0 people
  10. learn to easily distinguish jazz drummers; start with Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins, Tony Williams, Paul Motian, Max Roach, and Roy Haynes 0 people
  11. CREATE BEAUTY. Become a steward of music, art, literature, and architecture. Create a life that is a net gain for beauty in the world. 3 people
  12. tune my guitar 3 people
  13. list all of my jazz collection on All Consuming 0 people
  14. learn to easily distinguish jazz drummers; start with Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins, Tony Williams, Paul Motian, Art Blakey, Max Roach, and Roy Haynes 1 person
  15. listen to one-hundred jazz albums in one year 0 people
  16. go to a Confusatron concert and get a free CD 0 people
  17. make three months worth of mp3 jazz cds 0 people
  18. see branford marsalis live in concert 0 people
  19. cultivate my skill at listening attentively to jazz recordings 0 people
  20. vocally transcribe two songs from Sarah Vaughn's Swingin' Easy album 0 people
  21. vocally transcribe two of Sarah Vaughn's songs from her "Swingin' Easy" album 0 people
  22. read the Encyclopedia Britannica article on jazz 0 people
  23. learn about 1920s jazz 2 people
  24. learn all the members of the Wu-Tang clan by voice 0 people
  25. listen to all of Radiohead's recordings 0 people
  26. learn all the members of the Wu-Tang clan 0 people
  27. memorize all of the vocal parts on the Sarah Vaughan "Swingin' Easy" album 0 people
  28. listen to 43 rock albums that are new to me 0 people
  29. learn more about Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, and Duke Ellington 0 people
  30. work out a new arrangement of "Night & Day" 0 people
  31. learn "All of You" as written 0 people
  32. practice like Coltrane 1 person
  33. learn the melody of "Angel Eyes" 0 people
  34. transcribe the Miles Davis 1955 'Round About Midnight version of "All of You" 0 people
  35. learn three of Ray Charles' songs 0 people
  36. finish the "Set Your Voice Free" voice training program 0 people
  37. learn five topics well enough that I can teach them at the college level: philosophy, music theory, evolutionary biology, the history of jazz, and biological psychology 0 people
  38. practice my music two hours a day, three days a week, during the month of June 0 people
  39. make a funkier, sweeter batch of Funk Muffins 0 people
  40. import my CDs onto my hard drive and sell half of them 0 people
  41. practice singing and guitar for two hours a day, six days a week, for one week 0 people
  42. finish the 600 hour challenge 0 people
  43. collect 100 definitive funk albums 0 people
  44. practice for seventeen hours this week 0 people
  45. make beautiful music: as infectious as Micheal Jackson with Quincy Jones, as elegiac as Eric Dolphy, as quirky and funky as Prince, as ebullient as Ella, as doggedly passionate as Coltrane; 0 people
  46. collect 20,000 excellent songs (Jazz, Funk, Soul, Electronica, Avant-Garde, Folk, Blues, and Rock) 0 people
  47. finish the entire Hal Leonard Guitar Method: learn 80% of the songs and 96% of the chords 0 people
  48. create a jazz, soul, and blues show based on Alice Walker's short story "Roselily." Perform it with at least a quartet of other musicians by August 30, 2010 0 people

 

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