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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Samuel Wang

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Learn to knit (read all 5 entries…)
Knitting as meditation

I was feeling a little bit stressed yesterday, so I decided to put down everything I was doing and pick up my knitting needles. After about half an hour, I was so focused on knitting that I completely forgot what I’d been so stressed about in the first place.

Watch a space shuttle launch (read all 2 entries…)
2D versus 3D

It’s one thing to watch a shuttle launch on TV or YouTube, but it’s got to be something entirely different to witness one on-site. Hopefully the opportunity to do so will come one day.

Take more photos (read all 6 entries…)
Capturing life's essence

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed, and is, thereby, a true manifestation of what one feels about life in its entirety.”—Ansel Adams (1902-1984)

Read more books (read all 11 entries…)
Reading list additions (Part IV)

1. A Long Way Gone (Ishmael Beah)
2. Freakonomics (Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner)
3. The Traitor (Stephen Coonts)

Sleep more (read all 4 entries…)
Lazy Sundays

I woke up today at about 11:00am and proceeded to slowly roll out of bed. By 11:45, I was eating brunch in front of the TV, and any residual fatigue had diminished. I don’t usually get up so late, but there’s certainly no better time than Sunday morning to catch up on sleep!

Get organized (read all 5 entries…)
Staying organized, cognitively

I often focus a lot on organizing possessions – such as books, documents, and financial statements. In doing so, however, I sometimes neglect the importance of organizing less visible but equally important things – such as my thoughts, sentiments and emotions.

Write more (read all 6 entries…)
Writing without ink

It’s amazing how little writing – as opposed to typing – I do nowadays (apart from maintaining a handwritten journal). As the keyboard has gradually taken over as my primary instrument for recording information, corresponding with others, etc., it seems that my printing and handwriting have gradually degraded from a relatively legible form to a far less discernible scrawl.

Finish what I start (read all 5 entries…)
Vacuuming in motion

I vacuumed a few rooms this morning… but had to go out before finishing the remainder. Five more minutes of labour this evening, and I’ll be able to cross this item off my “To Finish” list.

Make my parents proud (read all 2 entries…)
Unspoken but not unheard

My parents aren’t ones to candidly or otherwise vocalize their being “proud of me” per se. Nonetheless, they do have their own special way of communicating it—subtly yet perceptibly.

Get organized (read all 5 entries…)
Office resuscitation

It’s amazing how easily and quickly my desk manages to get cluttered. But it’s perhaps equally amazing how easy and quick it is to revive it back into an orderly and usable state.

Learn Ruby (read all 2 entries…)
Eating the elephant... one "byte" at a time

I recently acquired a second-hand copy of a book called “Programming Ruby”. With the additional help of a few online tutorials, I’ve been able to get through some of the basics of this language.

Be an extra in a movie (read all 3 entries…)
Waiting patiently

So far, I haven’t received any call-backs from the agencies with which I registered. But then again, it’s only been about a month and a half since I signed up…

Have fun (read all 2 entries…)
Have fun, be healthy

“An apple a day” may keep the doctor away, but having fun and enjoying life are likely to achieve the same result.

Start running (read all 3 entries…)
Treading pavement

After over a week of literally freezing temperatures, the forecast (despite being less accurate than a crystal ball) indicates that conditions in the next few days will improve enough to melt away at least some of the ice/snow lining Toronto’s suburban streets. It’d be great to do some outdoor jogging this weekend.

Learn to cook (read all 9 entries…)
Dumplings for dinner

I’m an avid eater of dumplings (chicken, pork, beef, and so on). Tonight, for only the third time, I’m going to try making them. I just hope that the shells don’t come apart when I boil them (as has happened before), causing the stuffing to fall out prematurely.

Learn to knit (read all 5 entries…)
One step at a time

I successfully completed my first knitted item—a small dishcloth. I’d like to knit a sweater one of these days, but that probably won’t occur any time soon.

Study more (read all 3 entries…)
Lifelong learning

Subjects I’d like to study (eventually):

- Astronomy
- Sociology
- Anthropology
- Paleontology
- Archaeology

Swim with dolphins (read all 3 entries…)
Another day, another dolphin

Along with taking surfing lessons, going swimming with dolphins (or at least one dolphin) will be a priority on my upcoming trip to Cali.

Get organized (read all 5 entries…)
Digitally organized

This afternoon’s “To organize” list:

- Digital photos
- MP3 and WMA files
- E-mail inboxes
- Firefox bookmarks
- Back-up files

Learn to surf (read all 3 entries…)
Surf Time

I’m going to try to go down to California for 3-4 days in either April or May. Taking a few surfing lessons will be my first priority once I’m there.

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