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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Arete's Life List

  1. 1. learn how to play chess
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  2. 2. write a book
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  3. 3. knit a proper Harry Potter scarf
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  4. 4. lose my virginity
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  5. 5. Visit Japan
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  6. 6. make a FF7:AC costume
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  7. 7. Get a tattoo
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  8. 8. become a Master Knitter
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  9. 9. become ambidextrous
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see Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Finally saw this...

Actually, I saw it about a week after it came out in Japan, just forgot about updating this entry. Was really really cool.

write a book

I’ve always had ideas that followed me in my mind; I constantly tell myself stories to stave away boredom. So writing a book has always been in the back of my mind.

National Novel Writing Month is just the kick to the rear I need to do this. November is the month they choose—I tried to do it myself in September, but it just didn’t work.

I’ve got the main idea, the main characters, and where I want this to go, but it’s going to be hard, I know that. But I want to do this, even if it’s shite, just to say I wrote a novel.

Move to the new apartment with minimal moving drama
Minimal drama was had...

...mostly because I had moved most of what was boxed before my parents showed up to move the furniture. My advice: be willing to move most of the stuff yourself. It goes faster with other people, but seriously, be willing to move what you own. You own it, you take responsibility for it.

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