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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Rowan Lipkovits

I'm doing 35 things

Rowan Lipkovits's Life List

  1. 1. Discover secret coves of wholesome fun in Vancouver (and area).
    1 entry . 16 cheers
    24 people
  2. 2. Read more books
    2 entries . 8 cheers
    11,828 people
  3. 3. write a book
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    31,381 people
  4. 4. learn bookbinding
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    76 people
  5. 5. be self-published
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    2 people
  6. 6. publish something every month
    5 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  7. 7. survive as a freelancer
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    49 people
  8. 8. write interactive fiction
    4 entries . 3 cheers
    25 people
  9. 9. write more letters
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    1,879 people
  10. 10. compose
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    26 people
  11. 11. become synonymous with accordion use in Vancouver
    6 entries . 7 cheers
    1 person
  12. 12. record a demo
    91 people
  13. 13. Save money
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    16,491 people
  14. 14. Develop a new economic model for myself
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    5 people
  15. 15. live simply
    5 cheers
    3,222 people
  16. 16. live off the grid
    3 cheers
    422 people
  17. 17. live a minimalist lifestyle
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    312 people
  18. 18. expand my cooking repertoire
    2 cheers
    9 people
  19. 19. eat organically, locally, and seasonally
    8 cheers
    13 people
  20. 20. Pickle something
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    9 people
  21. 21. brew my own beer
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    643 people
  22. 22. make wine
    1 cheer
    171 people
  23. 23. learn to bartend
    1 cheer
    634 people
  24. 24. setup a compost toilet
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    2 people
  25. 25. install a greywater system in my house
    1 cheer
    5 people
  26. 26. spend time with my nephew
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    3 people
  27. 27. join the IWW
    2 people
  28. 28. learn basic sewing and mending
    5 people
  29. 29. learn carpentry
    2 cheers
    152 people
  30. 30. Learn How to Fix my Bike
    1 cheer
    36 people
  31. 31. obtain wilderness first aid certification
    2 cheers
    1 person
  32. 32. become first aid certified
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    68 people
  33. 33. make a pair of sandals from an old automobile tire
    1 cheer
    1 person
  34. 34. make perogies from scratch
    2 people
  35. 35. visit portland in the spring
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    2 people
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become synonymous with accordion use in Vancouver (read all 6 entries…)
It certainly is everyday now

The 2000 MySpace friends of the radio show blossomed to 5000, then we started collecting them on Facebook. The monthly circle moved to Spartacus, and got a website. My band was invited to play at the 20th annual installment of a prestigious accordion festival in California, and I singlehandedly pulled off programming 8 days of squeeze here in town for our 3rd annual Accordion Noir fest. Last month we celebrated the 4th anniversary of the weekly radio show ’s establishment, and every episode is (eventually) downloaded as a podcast thousands of times.

We have just organized as a society, and I have just organized as an accordion teacher. I don’t know if the instrument is experiencing a renaissance, but I certainly am experiencing a burst of its revival around myself!

write interactive fiction (read all 4 entries…)
And now's your chance!

Share step-by-step deadlines with your friends and ultimately perhaps even meet other local IF enthusiasts!

Feb 15th – March 15th

Read more books (read all 2 entries…)

This dovetails well with my “go on tour” goal pretty well. During my 2002 cross-country trip I picked out the largest, most inpenetrable books in my shelf that I would never read otherwise, because Canada is a large country and small books would barely be a drop in the bucket that is the vastness of the prairies. That got me through Gravity’s Rainbow and Moby Dick.

Fortunately I’m blessed with a constitution allowing me to read while in a moving vehicle, so I hope to take my upcoming two-month spell on the highway as an opportunity to finish off Don Quixote and maybe some Dostoevsky. What’s this? A collected anthology of Mark Twain’s writings? Okay, I’ll stow it next to Augustine’s City of God. Big books for big trips.

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