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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.

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Painting living/dining room apple green and tangarine. Just so!

I'm doing 34 things

Almog's Life List

  1. 1. overcome financial difficulties
    16 entries . 32 cheers
    0 people
  2. 2. Get out more
    27 entries . 37 cheers
    950 people
  3. 3. be more politically active
    19 entries . 27 cheers
    222 people
  4. 4. Run 10 KM in less than 60 minutes
    3 entries . 18 cheers
    2 people
  5. 5. Run a half-marathon
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    301 people
  6. 6. accept myself
    22 entries . 56 cheers
    652 people
  7. 7. make a smaller ecological footprint
    39 team members . 1 entry . 16 cheers
    992 people
  8. 8. make a list of books I want to read
    3 entries . 17 cheers
    7 people
  9. 9. finish reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo
    3 entries . 11 cheers
    1 person
  10. 10. reorganize my life
    27 entries . 20 cheers
    18 people
  11. 11. convince people not to circumsize their sons
    3 entries . 26 cheers
    1 person
  12. 12. know more classic music
    3 entries . 22 cheers
    2 people
  13. 13. Maintain in my children their natural authenticity, happiness and sense of freedom
    16 entries . 41 cheers
    1 person
  14. 14. Write a book
    7 entries . 30 cheers
    31,381 people
  15. 15. Learn Carpentry
    1 entry . 37 cheers
    152 people
  16. 16. find work I'm passionate about
    6 entries . 24 cheers
    913 people
  17. 17. support small businesses
    3 entries . 13 cheers
    12 people
  18. 18. start to play the piano again
    1 entry . 33 cheers
    74 people
  19. 19. learn Latin
    5 entries . 21 cheers
    2,009 people
  20. 20. know Hebrew diacritics well
    1 entry . 8 cheers
    1 person
  21. 21. Read all the books in my "must read" pile
    7 entries . 15 cheers
    1,081 people
  22. 22. be nicer to my kids
    11 entries . 30 cheers
    23 people
  23. 23. Infect others with my passion for classical music
    3 entries . 23 cheers
    2 people
  24. 24. Learn several new languages
    1 entry . 19 cheers
    25 people
  25. 25. Stop hurting myself
    32 entries . 48 cheers
    121 people
  26. 26. figure it out
    13 entries . 4 cheers
    59 people
  27. 27. List my achievements
    9 entries . 7 cheers
    1 person
  28. 28. compile a "Which Bone Character Are You" Quiz
    1 entry
    1 person
  29. 29. Enjoy being single
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    219 people
  30. 30. face my fears once a week
    4 entries . 4 cheers
    1 person
  31. 31. be good at my new job
    4 entries . 6 cheers
    3 people
  32. 32. find out what makes me feel good, and do it
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    1 person
  33. 33. new year resolutions
    9 entries . 5 cheers
    1 person
  34. 34. control myself
    5 entries . 1 cheer
    63 people

How I did it
How to create a sourdough starter
It took me
7 days
It made me

How to make sourdough bread
It took me
2 days
It made me

Recent entries
be more politically active (read all 19 entries…)
Have you heard? There really is NO Israely occupation!

The settlements are thought illegal according to international law, because it is illegal for an occupier to settle its citizens in occupied territory. On top of that, most settlments are built on private property of Palestinians. Some of the land was officially appropriated, some was evacuated on a military pretext (“it’s a fire zone!”, and later suddenly there’s a settlement on it), some is said to be bought but when you look into it, it turns out it was “bought” from someone who’s dead or five years old, etc.. And many times they get away with this, because the previous owners can’t even get to their lands anyway, and because the Israely law was never applied to the territories. The law that applies there is the military law, and the military is more concerned with safety and short-term stability than with justice.
Sometimes a case of apprehended land does come before the Israely court. Then the court avoids the international law question, and simply rules that the land belongs to the Palestinians, and that the settlers should be driven out. And then usually the government just doesn’t do it. The ministry of security, which is responsible, asks for a postponement, and the court grants them, and then they ask for another postponement… until at some point the court gets really angry and tells them off properly, and then grants them another postponement. And all the while the Palestinians don’t get their land back, and this is percieved as a conflict between the court an the settlers/government, the Palestinians who have lost their land and their living don’t even count.
The settlers argue, and in a way they are right, that they have settled there with the approval and support and encouragement of the government, and so it is unfair to drive them out. So the current government, which is the biggest supporter of the settlers, started thinking what can be done for them (that does not inculde giving them alternative land within the internationally-accepted boundaries of Israel, because where is the fun in that?). So, Prime-Minister Netanyahu apointed a commitee to compile a legal opinion about the status of the settlements. The appointed chairmen was a retired judge of the supreme court, an orthodox, known to be right-winged, but still, a respected and appreciated figure. And the commitee came up with the legal opinion, that the territories are NOT occupied.
Ah really? Then why the military law? And why don’t all inhabitants get Israely ids and vote for parliament?
I’d like to see them officially accept this opinion. I’d like to see them deal with the implications.
Another example of how things go in the not-at-all-occupied teritories:
The biggest settlement got acknoledged as a city, although it is really too small. This, of course, means bigger budgets and more priviledges. They even have a city college. That college wanted to become a proper university, which of course means bigger budgets etc.. But does a small state like Israel, with 7 universities already starving for funding, need another full university? Well, there is the council for academic aducation to determine that. But the council would not discuss institutions beyond the Green Line. So they appointed a LOCAL council (unlike any other locality) for academic education in the territories. Who appointed? Why, of course, the authority. And who is the authority in the territories? The military. So the chief commander of the military in the territories appointed the commitee, and the commitee, surprisingly, decided that the college becomes a university. It’s just pending the approval of, no, not the general commitee, not the minister of education. The authority – the cheif commander.
No occupation. No – none whatsoever.
I’ll just go band my head on a wall.

overcome financial difficulties (read all 16 entries…)
This month is so-so.

It’s difficult. Ugh. I should marry a rich man. No, I shouldn’t really.

Enjoy being single
In reality, I've never enjoyed being in a relationship

except maybe at the very beginnings. I’m either not that good at it, or I find the wrong men, or I attract intense emotions that are short-lived, or whatever. It may not be very important why, because I don’t plan to be in this distressing and painful situation anymore.
In contrast, I am very happy by myself. It’s been less than 3 weeks since we’ve finalised, or formalised, our breakup, and while I’ve been indescribably miserable at first (you have no idea), I’m already feeling almost happy now. Three weeks. After seven and a half years. With a man that I adore (still do, I’m afraid, but I’m almost over him by now).

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