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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Sort my divorce out (read all 2 entries…)
Legal Aid! Yay!

So it turns out that although there’s not a lot of legal work to be done, the government will pay for it all! How cool is that? Yes, this is why we pay taxes, everyone in America! Why do you do it, when you don’t even get free healthcare? Sorry, this is getting a bit off-topic :-)

Sort my divorce out (read all 2 entries…)
Well, I'm seeing a solicitor on Tuesday...

...the first half hour is free, but after that I think I’m going to have to learn how to shit money, frankly. Anyone else know how much a UK divorce costs?

Buy a House
This is a 2 year goal, I guess... off debts, start saving, get a mortgage – big whoop. I find the whole process so dull, but the end result will be good – I can have a place for my kids to stay. It’s all so complicated. And solicitors are so crap when it comes to buying a house – what I went through last year was unbelievable.

increase my blog traffic
Right, I'm going to add Google AdSense to my blog today

They might pay me some real money! If anyone clicks the links, that is…I never do!

be a better person
I'm a better person than I was...

...or am I? It’s a very teleological goal, this one, and virtually impossible to measure – am I happier? Do I make other happier? Is happiness, like Aristotle’s ideas about Eudaimonia, how you measure it? Does that make me a better person? I might take this off my list…

set up a wireless network
How important is this, really?

I’m ok with wires – I’d only sit in bed with a laptop if I managed to achieve this goal, and that would make me stay up too late, and probably wake up with QWERTY face as well!

Read V by Thomas Pynchon (read all 3 entries…)
What is it with this book?

Every time I open it, I get confused – has anyone else out there read it? and if so, could they tell me what the hell is going on? I mean, I could just look it up on Wikipedia, but that would be cheating.

give up smoking (read all 2 entries…)

My mate Ollie and I are going to stop smoking in the car on the way to and from work (we carshare – or rather, he drives his and I pay him in cheese). Ok, we’ll smoke before and after the journey (a whole big 25 minutes each way), but it’s a start…

Watch "The Wire" on DVD`
Can anyone lend me a copy?

I’m just too skint to go out and buy it at the moment!

Lower my golf handicap
At least I've started playing again...

...after about 18 months off, courtesy of the tw*t on the M1 who didn’t know what brake lights looked like. Still got the coordination, but my swing has gone to pieces, and I never could putt in the first place :-)

Make wild, crazy, passionate love up a tree
Lazzoo is right...

...this probably is a bit dangerous…unless you had a super-cool treehouse, I guess…but I don’t!

exercise (read all 2 entries…)
My legs hurt!

Owww! I’ve been walking so much that I have shin splints! Good for the heart though – however, I’m f*cked if I’m eating breakfast cereal called things like “Don’t have a heart attack – eat me, I will make you better if you spend your money on me”. An English breakfast is the greatest thing in the world – and I’m not just saying that because I’m English – or am I? Anyway, for those of you have have never tried one – go for it.

start eating breakfast (read all 2 entries…)
I need to!

Now I’ve started work again, I really need the calories – I have to walk two miles to my friend’s house to get a lift to work, so by the time I get to my desk, I’m starving!

Read the entire Bible
Well worth it

Not that I’m religious, but it’s the foundation of Western literature – for example, you can’t really understand “Moby Dick” without having done this, even if you read commentaries and so forth. Plus, although some of it is a little dull, some of it is really great – I recently reread the story of Sampson and Delilah, and it was like an episode of Eastenders! A good way to try and do this is to get a version rewritten as prose – it’s a lot more readable than the New English version, never mind the King James version (which I honestly wouldn’t recommend to anyone attempting this goal).

Non-UK based 43ers – “Eastenders” is a very popular soap opera about working-class people making terrible life choices, and their ensuing misery. Enjoy schadenfreude? You’ll love this!

Go to a rave
Raving rules!

Get your glowsticks and gloves on – hardcore will never die!

become well read enough to say, "On the contrary, while this passage seems allegorical, the reification of values through contrasting imagery is far more complexly symbolic."
I'd probably rephrase this...

...becaue I’m a total pedant! “Symbolically complex” is better. Sorry. Ok, I’m not sorry. In fact, screw it: “Au contraire: the passage appears allegorical, but the value-based reification, vis-a-vis imagerial contrast, is more symbolically complex”.

Oh God. I’m probably going to hell. But I still don’t think “complexly” is a real word.

Learn to juggle
It's great!

I learnt when I was about 13, and went on a theatre tour to Belgium just after my GCSE exams. We learnt loads of other circus skills, like unicycling, stiltwalking and tighrope walking. I daresay my unicycling is a little rusty these days, though…

Visit my brother in Wales (read all 2 entries…)

...have to start on Monday now – looks like this could be put back to Easter.

read The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
It's really good

So are his other books – I just re-read “Misreadings” – very funny.

Visit my brother in Wales (read all 2 entries…)
Could be sooner rather than later

Haven’t got a start date for my new job yet, but will probably be a week on Monday – leaving me next week free to go to Wales!

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