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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billydeeuk's Life List

  1. 1. Complete my "Presentation Skills" course
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    1 person
  2. 2. get certified in Prince2
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    4 people
  3. 3. Complete my social media marketing course
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    1 person
  4. 4. re-start my Italian studies
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  5. 5. become fluent in French
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    1,664 people
  6. 6. Learn Japanese
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    10,794 people
  7. 7. Write a book
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    31,381 people
  8. 8. Learn to rollerblade
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    337 people
  9. 9. learn to iceskate
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  10. 10. go to a drive-in movie theatre
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    29 people
  11. 11. see the northern lights
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  12. 12. learn my favourite poem off by heart
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  13. 13. get to know my parents
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    12 people
  14. 14. blow glass
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    174 people
  15. 15. Kiss in the rain
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  16. 16. Experience a Nordic winter
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  17. 17. go to Lapland for Christmas
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    4 people
  18. 18. Send postcards to 20 strangers via
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    0 people
  19. 19. Buy a chess set
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    1 person
  20. 20. buy a new mobile phone
    32 people
  21. 21. try Kendo
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  22. 22. Roast marshmallows
    17 people
  23. 23. go skinny dipping
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  24. 24. visit Finland
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    164 people
  25. 25. stop biting my nails
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  26. 26. Send a message in a bottle
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    4,120 people
  27. 27. manage my time better
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  28. 28. Go to more gigs/concerts
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  29. 29. reach and maintain my goal weight
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  30. 30. watch all x files episodes
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    37 people
  31. 31. make baked alaska
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  32. 32. Read all of the books on my Kindle before buying anymore.
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How I did it
How to see stonehenge
It took me
1 day
It made me

How to print my own business cards
It took me
1 day
It made me
Ticked the box

How to visit Japan
It took me
11 days
It made me

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Send a message in a bottle (read all 2 entries…)
Proof this works...

I’ve found a series of inspirational examples from newspapers about messages in bottles being found – sometimes decades after they were sent – with people responding to the sender.

“British schoolkids’ message in a bottle found by Czech boy who learns English to send them a reply”

“Facebook user replies to message in a bottle – 30 years after it was sent”

“Message in a bottle found after 97 years sets new world record”

“Message in a bottle returned to owners family after 76-years”

And, finally, my personal favourite:
“Ashes-in-a-bottle widow grants husband’s wish to see the world”

Read all of the books on my Kindle before buying anymore. (read all 3 entries…)
"Wrong About Japan" by Peter Carey

This book tells the tale of Careys’ experiences traveling around Japan with his twelve-year-old son Charley, a fan of manga and anime. During this trip, Carey meets, together with his son, and interviews Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hayao Miyazaki. The main theme of the book is the contrast between the son, mostly interested in manga, anime, and technology, and the father, interested in Japanese history and traditional culture.

Although this book was bought for me by my partner to read whilst I was in Japan, I did not read it until I got back from my holidays. In retrospect, I am glad I decided to do this, as it brought back so many wonderful memories of my recent vacation to Japan – having experienced the same mix of awe and confusion about various aspects of Japan and Japanese culture (rice and tofu for breakfast, anyone?)

I also particularly enjoyed the father-son dynamic that played out during the book. As someone who also has very differing interests from his father, the more tender moments in the book about Peter’s relationship with Charley, and trying to understand him, really struck a chord with me – yes, it can be difficult getting to know someone (even if you are related), but the genuinely touching moments, particularly that at the book’s conclusion, really moved me.

Read all of the books on my Kindle before buying anymore. (read all 3 entries…)
"The Magic of Reality: How we know what's really true" by Richard Dawkins

“The Magic of Reality” takes on the creation myths of primitive cultures, modern religions and folk/fairy tales of old and debunks them with facts and the Scientific Method. Dawkins’ love of science, and using observations and facts to prove – or disprove – different theories and models in order to find the “true” or “most likely” scenario is something that shines throughout the text.

Dawkins is also very good at explaining complicated scientific principals such as evolutionary biology, atomic theory, optics, planetary motion, gravitation, stellar evolution, spectroscopy, and plate tectonics. Having stopped studying science since my GCSE’s (some 15 years ago), this book was very easy to pick up, and easily explained these concepts to a layman audience.

Where Dawkins looses me, however, is when he starts to revert to his oft-trodden path of attacking religion and religious people. This was particularly so at the end of the second chapter, when he argues that the world is sufficiently amazing on itself . Whilst such rhetoric is not unexpected in a Dawkins thesis, this jars somewhat with other occasions in the novel, where he admits to taking a certain delight in the colourful and fanciful nature of the aboriginal and ancient culture’s religions and myths (even acknowledging that these more primitive cultures could have “no way of knowing or observing” the data or phenomenon that modern science now allows us to observe). As an atheist myself, I do share Dawkins’ theological viewpoint – what I lack, or indeed what comes across very strongly in this text, is Dawkins’ need to prove religious people wrong (or at least, the need to prove himself right).

That minor point aside, Dawkins’ thesis is lucid and well-argued. It is a great introduction both to broader scientific principles, the Scientific Method and acts as a great introduction to some of Dawkins’ stronger atheistic thesis such as “The God Delusion”.

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