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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.

- The Robots.

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Brian Alexander

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Participate in the JET Program (read all 2 entries…)
Still dreaming of ALThood

I went to an information session regarding JET programme today, and my fears that the program would be shut down have been mostly put to rest. However, it does look like the program is rapidly becoming more and more competitive as the economic recession drones on. I am considering doing my study abroad in Japan now, as I want any possible advantage I can get for my application. I’m still a couple years away from that, however, but I’m still excited about it.

Lose 30 pounds (read all 2 entries…)
8 lbs to go... maybe.

I am down to 198, but I am not as close to looking like what I thought I would at this weight. Based on measurements of my bodyfat and BMI, I am considering losing an additional 10 lbs.

It is important to note, however, that the weight itself was not a HUGE deal, though I would like to be in a lower weight class for Judo tournaments. Really, the issue was that I wanted lower body fat.

Up until now, my exercises have been almost entirely cardiovascular. Next week, I will begin to dedicate much more of my workout time to weight training, now that I will have someone to go to the gym with and spot me. While this will increase my BMR, my weight is likely to go up as well. I’ve have no idea how much muscle I will end up adding, though I have no plans to get super ripped or anything like that.

For now the goal stands, but it may or may not need to change in the coming weeks.

run an 8 minute mile (read all 2 entries…)
Newest Record

I’m definitely making progress! As of today, my time was 9’17”! Two minutes off my original time! I can even run longer (3 miles is my distance record) though I have to pace myself a bit more.

I’m very excited about this one, though I am sure that the progress from here will be in smaller increments.

move out (read all 2 entries…)
Moved out... Twice!

I agreed to move in with a classmate of mine… Though there were some ulterior motives there. (She is Mega-cute)

A week later, as I was slowly migrating to her apartment, I talked to an old roommate of mine, who also happens to be an old (and current!) co-worker, who was also moving out. I’ll be sharing an apartment with him and another ex-coworker soon, which I think will be more healthy than fawning over a sexy Venezuelan girl who wants nothing from me but half a month’s worth of rent. I am sure my girlfriend will agree.

Get a new job (read all 2 entries…)
Got it!

A couple of weeks ago I landed a job doing the work that I used to do pre-recession… Better pay and a much better work environment. It was a good thing too, as I was let go from my old job just weeks before.

bench press 200 lbs.
Getting closer...

I’m losing weight, which is not really how I wanted to achieve this goal… That being said, I’d like to clarify that I will consider this a success once I can bench press whatever my current body weight is TWO times, at which point I will then change this goal to “Bench press 220 lbs,” my original body weight.

Learn to cook
Multiple benefits!

Not only will I have better control over what I eat… It’s sexy when a guy can cook, right?

You've not earned the right to complain until you've voted!

Don’t tell anyone I know, but… I’ve never actually voted. I considered myself well-enough informed on this last presidential election to make a decision. Candidate decided, I was ready to cast my vote when I found out that I’d never updated my voter registration to reflect my new district! My mistake of course, and really sort of a lame excuse anyway… (Though legitimate, as to have voted anyway by going across district lines is technically illegal.) Next time, however, I’ll be counted!

finish Final Fantasy VII
Many beginnings but no endings...

I’ve started this game several times over the years since this game was releaseed, but something happens that always prevents me from completing it. I’m starting to wonder if there isn’t some great cosmic force at work here… I’ve got a few months worth of 360 games to finish up, but I’m thinking I should be able to beat this game (without cheating) by winter.

A vacation just waiting to happen.

Skied once when I was 10… Didn’t go very well, but it was fun. Now that I am older and a little more coordinated/patient, I’d like to give snowboarding a try. Unfortunately, most of my friends find the idea of a vacation NOT spent at the beach to be approaching blasphemy.

Participate in the JET Program (read all 2 entries…)
Go go go!

Time is limited on this goal, as they only accept people with a BA who are under a certain age. Even meeting those requirements doesn’t guarantee acceptance, but I feel like I’d really be missing out if I’m unable to enter this program. Time’s ticking, but I am making progress!

learn to drive a manual
Getting rediculous...

I know the basics… but a lack of practice resulting from fear of crashing has kept me from mastering this. I actually find it quite embarrassing that I don’t drive manual, so I’ll try to get this goal done with before the end of the year.

pass JLPT Level 3
Three to go!

Passed Level 4, if only just barely… Three levels to go, but there aren’t any classes past Japanese 2002 at my university! I’m not sure if I have the time/patience/willpower/intelligence to study [effectively] on my own… Maybe I can audit or stand in on a few classes… I think really mastering the basics would help a lot. Any recommendations?

make a new friend

Finding a new best friend is harder than getting a girlfriend… Maybe because I have a little more motivation for the latter, but I wonder if my priorities are backwards on that? Anyway… Wish me luck!

win a judo tournament

I’ve come in second before… Maybe I shouldn’t mention that I was one of only three in that weight class. I’ve since moved down a weight class and hope to move down a couple more. There will be more people to fight, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

get motorcycle license
Full of awesome.

Signing up for classes later this month, then off to get my license. Then, I’ll be just that much cooler and environmentally-friendly!

learn to dance
Dancing is for cool people.

Ballroom dancing, break dancing… Even just moving-rhythmically-at-a-club-so-I-don’t-look-so-out-of-place would be an improvement. While this isn’t an incredibly pressing goal at the moment, it definitely has some importance to me, and as such I take it seriously!

Visit the UK
First the UK, then... The WORLD!

There are so many places I’d like to visit that I could easily make a separate list aside from my goals here. (As a matter of fact, I have! Just visit 43Places!) As with many of my goals, I hope that this will be the first of many similar ones!

hike the appalachian trail
In the semi-distant future...

This is a goal a friend of mine and I have always wanted to do, but the time and money it will take mean I may have to wait a few years. I’m determined to do it though, so wish me luck!

get my green belt in judo

I’m not active in Judo at the moment, but I am planning to start up again soon. When I left, I’d only earned a yellow belt, but I hope that this will be the first of many rank-up goals as I continue to practice Judo!

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