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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go out of the house once a day (read all 4 entries…)

My garden is full of birds – everything from tiny to large. They make sure that the two bird feeders get emptied, and so need filled up daily. My lunchtime task on the days I’m home, which I guess qualifies as getting out of the house…

Nail jelly to a tree (read all 3 entries…)
Or not...

Has ‘I give up’ been removed? I haven’t done this, I’m not going to do this, I give up on this, it’s not going to happen.

Note something about each day (read all 13 entries…)
27 Feb 2008

The bad: Saw the doctor this morning: yes, I have managed to get myself a perforated eardrum. Should heal in a month or two. Don’t immerse in water, and no headphones. The first is easy, the second less so (see 7 Feb).

The good: I just had positive feedback from a tester “that’s amazing, I love the way _ is set up” (actual component name omitted)

Note something about each day (read all 13 entries…)
22 Feb 2008

When something gets mentioned twice, in completely unrelated places, is something trying to draw your attention to it?

Note something about each day (read all 13 entries…)
15 Feb 2008

My bonsai started singing at me today. Well, more humming really. What happened? I was watering it, the usual way – put it in the sink, pour small amounts of water onto the top surface, fill sink up just enough for the bottom of the pot to be sitting in water. A couple of minutes later, I heard a noise. Turned the radio off – still there. Went over to the sink – yup, the noise was coming from the bonsai. I must have let it get too dry – I think the noise is caused by the water being ‘sucked up’ into the soil and the tree.

Note something about each day (read all 13 entries…)
12 Feb 2008

Had to demo the current state of my code to day. Thought it was going to be to the whole team, plus a business guy. Turned out to be just to my project leader. Went mostly OK, one minor problem caused by a bug introduced while fixing a bug. I hate those.

play my guitar more (read all 4 entries…)
Picked it up

Well, I haven’t even touched it in ages. But I pickled it up today, just for a couple of minutes. Ouch! My fingers have got soft, and I’ve practically forgotten what little I did know. Oh well.

Note something about each day (read all 13 entries…)
9 Feb 2008

I not only managed to get into the Bird posture in yoga today, I actually held it for a bit – well, a count of 10.

Note something about each day (read all 13 entries…)
7 Feb 2008

I had a wonderful surprise today. A while ago. I added an mp3 player I was thinking about buying to my Amazon wishlist – nothing too expensive just a fairly basic one.
Today, it arrived. D had bought it for me. He really shouldn’t be buying me things, but it did make me smile.
I must remember to put things I’m only thinking about onto a private wishlist.

Note something about each day (read all 13 entries…)
Scaling expectations

I seem to be having trouble with the goal as it currently stands – “try to find something positive each day”. Maybe I’m expecting too much? Let’s scale back the expectation, and change the goal to ‘note something about each day’.

Update my Java skills (read all 3 entries…)
Goal change

I’m not aiming for certification, so I’ve changed the goal to reflect my real aim of updating my Java skills. This means studying the latest SE and EE tutorials, and them maybe playing with some of the other APIs out there.

believe compliments (read all 4 entries…)

I might believe new ones. Old ones repeated are no longer compliments, but routine statements. And generalisations aren’t really compliments. Compliments need to be specific.

post random thoughts (read all 9 entries…)
No thoughts

I have nothing interesting enough to post here.

Participate in Photo Friday (read all 23 entries…)
I did it, kind of

I did put up some pictures on Photo Friday, but I haven’t done it for a while. It was interesting and challenging trying to find an interpretation of the themes, but I guess the creativity I needed just wasn’t there.

Note something about each day (read all 13 entries…)
22 Jan 2008

I made a suggestion in a meeting (something about using making field names public static in the domain object, and using them from there rather than the mega FieldNames file), and although I couldn’t seem to get across that they’re not just used for setting data and there are other times we might want to use the name (e.g naming fields in forms), I wasn’t completely dismissed.
Although one of the guys did seem to take it as his cue to start on his seemingly pet topic of changing the persistence layer…

Note something about each day (read all 13 entries…)
15 Jan 2008

The demo I had to give went a lot better than expected, considering the sudden and unexpected inclusion of the department head in the audience (well, 4 people). I had assistance on awkward questions from my team lead, so while I did get flustered and nervous, things didn’t go as badly as they could have.

Note something about each day (read all 13 entries…)
10 Jan 2008

D. was home very late,which was A Bad Thing, but it did let me get a very very small dent made in the ironing.

Note something about each day (read all 13 entries…)
9 Jan 2008

Skimmed through a couple of sections of the Java tutorial. Now know about the ‘enhanced for loop’ construct.

Note something about each day (read all 13 entries…)
7 Jan 2008

There weren’t as many work emails as I was expecting waiting for me. The ones that were there didn’t contain too many nasty surprises.
I’ve taken a positive step towards refreshing my Java skills, downloading the latest JDK and tutorial to work through.

Note something about each day (read all 13 entries…)

OK, I’ll accept a positive spin on something which could be a negative…

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