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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own a top of the line espresso machine (read all 5 entries…)

Arriving Monday!!!

have more sex (read all 6 entries…)

Today twice; last Saturday once; last Sunday once. None tomorrow, Friday maybe, hopefully. Getting there. :-)

watch more old science fiction movies (read all 39 entries…)
Been forgetting to now: 87!

Here are the most recent. 87! Running out of things to rent!

  1. The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936)
  2. Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
  3. Kronos (1957)
  4. Teenage Monster (1957)
  5. Fiend Without a Face (1958)
  6. The Cosmic Man (1959)
  7. The Crawling Hand (1963)
  8. Night Caller from Outer Space (1966)

Slowly closing on 100. Been off on a Noir tangent lately, especially Otto Preminger.

make art (read all 3 entries…)

One painting this week so far. Another half constructed. One of these days I will get the colors to work as I expect.

Wish Jess_ A Worry-Free Birthday August 14th

Happy Birthday!

Hope you have a great year!!

Improve my sleeping habits (read all 2 entries…)

I am thinking of trying to stay up all night, one night per week. This was tried as a cure for depression some time ago, and though it fell short, it might help me to recalibrate my internal clock. I can try this over summer, as my schedule is flexible enough to allow me to be goofy the following day.

The only problem is I might get a headache.

learn more about statistics (read all 18 entries…)

Huge list of ones and zeros describing an individual unit. About 100 individual units being observed/measured, perhaps 100,000 ones and zeros per unit. Need a soft modeling approach to use these 100,000 ones and zeros and 100 individual units to predict a set of measured (i.e. real) numbers (also from the 100 individuals).

Now that is a problem.

own a top of the line espresso machine (read all 5 entries…)
Almost Done

Coming via UPS: a Rancilio Rocky (doserless) coffee grinder and an Expobar Office Lever. It is very expensive, but worth it. My kitchen will be as well equipped as some cafes. :-)

learn to draw (read all 2 entries…)
Working with paint... leading me to spend more time drawing. I think drawing really is the basis. I have got to get into the habit of drawing at least one thing every day. Or at least doing some exercises. The Natural Way to Draw is a good workbook though lacking the goal of “making drawings” and focusing on technique so exclusively is hard for me. I want recognizable pictures now! :-)

make art (read all 3 entries…)

I made my first acrylic painting today. It sucks. But I like the medium, actually. I had originally gotten put off of working with paint because of bad watercolor experiences, but acrylic is nice. I like the fast drying aspect. I need to work with the gloss to cut the paint and make it more luminous as well as to improve the mixing, but it is a nice medium.

All the water and washing drys my hands out, though. :-)

Finish my PhD (read all 15 entries…)

This is a complex topic. My boss may decide to take a sabbatical in one year, starting at the beginning of next summer. If he does, it will be about 16 straight months before he returns. This is of great concern to me. I don’t feel that I can really be completely done by the beginning of next summer, but I do have to be out completely (that is out of school completely) by June 2010.

Now, if my boss splits at the beginning of summer 2008 and comes back just before Fall of the following year (late September/early October 2009) that will kind of leave me in a strange situation. While I am well on my way and don’t need a lot from him for specifics of research, it is unsafe to be in graduate school without someone who is looking out for you. (even small technical points like who do I go to in order to sign up for thesis credits? Who defends me at the department discussions of grad students? Who keeps the money flowing and the floorspace available?)

More concerning than that is how will the laboratory be managed during his absence? I am not technically the senior grad student in the lab, although I am usually treated as such. I have no authority to run things, nor does anyone else. To make matters worse, other people need to use our laboratory resources periodically. Who handles that?


have more sex (read all 6 entries…)
Too many people visiting from out of town!

What is weird here is that both my wife and I want to do this and yet it still does not happen as much as we’d like. Gotta figure that out.

wake up when my alarm clock goes off (read all 10 entries…)

Man this is hard. I have got to try something new here!

make great espresso at home (read all 16 entries…)

Gotta start with the Golden Rule and go from there.

own a top of the line espresso machine (read all 5 entries…)
Serious Equipment Only

My goal is a commercial or semi-commercial machine. Not one that is fully plumbed in, but one that passes the NSF standards for use in a restaurant. Looking at 1.8 litre boiler with heat exchanger and a grinder that handles it—Rancillo Rocky or MDF, possibly a Mazzer.

own an espresso machine
One down

I have an old machine that is made for home use. I worked the hell out of it to get a good cup and finally did it! Now I am putting it on the shelf…I gotta get a more powerful machine!

learn more about statistics (read all 18 entries…)

Well, I guess I now understand some of the basics of PLS (partial least-squares regression) but I am not sure if there is a point in learning all the details. I had a theory about how it related to other methods, but now it seems that the work is done or wrong. :-(

Need to look for something else or see something I am not seeing yet.

turn off the computer before midnight (read all 9 entries…)
Oh ho!

This is going to be harder than I thought!

Teach an online course

Having done both online and in person teaching I truly believe that the former is just not working. At least not with present technology. We need to put it on the shelf for a while, until we get things sorted.

be more creative (read all 2 entries…)
Two things...

Today I bought some acrylics. I have done drawing, tried photography (not too bad at that!), and watercolors before. I want to try them, I like opaque better than transparent as a way to work.

I am also learning the basics of playing a kid’s accordion! :-)

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