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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I'm doing 13 things

atmosphear's Life List

  1. 1. Learn to surf
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    8,132 people
  2. 2. Build a Theremin.
    4 cheers
    115 people
  3. 3. Graduate
    3 entries . 2 cheers
    2,329 people
  4. 4. make a smaller ecological footprint
    39 team members . 10 entries . 7 cheers
    992 people
  5. 5. design my own tattoo
    1 cheer
    5,055 people
  6. 6. Read more books
    5 cheers
    11,828 people
  7. 7. Learn how to whistle really loud with my fingers
    979 people
  8. 8. meditate daily
    2 entries
    4,819 people
  9. 9. Be a better atheist.
    2 entries
    68 people
  10. 10. spread atheism
    13 people
  11. 11. remember to communicate
    1 person
  12. 12. be vegan
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    192 people
  13. 13. promote atheism
    7 people

How I did it
How to become a vegan
It took me
3 months
It made me
Hippy and trippy

How to learn PHP
It took me
2 years
It made me

How to be a black belt in karate
It took me
13 years
It made me
Feel strange

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Recent entries
be vegan (read all 2 entries…)

I’ve been having drawbacks and not being consistent enough. I haven’t bought any animal-based food for a long time, but I have been dumpster-diving a lot lately and haven’t been able to resist the urge to eat some cakes and such that were made with eggs or milk.

I think that for consistent diet I should stay away from even carbon zero foods from the bin. It reduces also the urge of slipping when the food hasn’t yet been thrown away.

Learn to SCUBA
Today was the first time under water

I mean, of course I have been diving a great deal without the gear and could dive over 35 metres (or 100 feet) just by holding my breath.

Today was finally one part of my long-lived dream coming true as I held the regulator in my mouth and placed my face in water. All the sudden I was breathing under the surface. What a great way to be!

Everything was new. All the noises breathing out made, the beautiful taste of dry air entering my lungs, while everything around was perfectly still.

Our first class of SCUBA diving (a course of PADI) was done in a swimming hall. We had a nice, controlled environment to learn the safety cautions, like what to do if you are diving with someone and you run out of air and such.

I can’t wait to get into the wild. At the moment sea is frozen in here and thus also way too cold to dive in without proper equipment, but in two or three months we will dive into the Baltic Sea.

Be a better atheist. (read all 2 entries…)
Letting myself down

I was talking today with a friend; a woman I met after my spouse took a step into Nichiren Buddhism. My friend left the shallowness of some of the Nichiren Buddhists to join a group of Tibetan Buddhists, which she now left to join (again) the Catholic church.

Only in the end, after she had been telling in length this and that about her returning to Catholism I spitted it out that “according to my religiousless atheistic morals I am a vegan and will skip these natural products, since they have milk in them”.

I had a great chance to try to convert her the (probably) fifth time during the last 10 years. I chickened out, but then again – if she hasn’t stuck with one religion for more than average of 2 years, would she keep up with atheism either, as it is mentally less challenging than having imaginary friends to talk with.

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