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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get a credit card
I cheated

Well, I got my name on my wife’s card so I didn’t have to bother signing up for my own. Useful for buying stuff on the internet, but gotta remember to pay the bill before you get stung with interest!

keep chickens (read all 2 entries…)

Gladys, Berryl, Mildred and Vanessa… lots of fun, lots of eggs. Am still trying to get around to building a new coop for our new backyard so we can enjoy feathery clucking again.

get my moles checked by a doctor (read all 2 entries…)

I heard an add for a mole doctor in the city while I was out shopping for tools… reminded me to chase this up again. I did ask my sister about a doctor she knew about, but she couldn’t remember the details. I don’t want to entrust myself to a GP because they seem tremendously unreliable (some good some bad), so I am pretty keen to find a specialist mole guy/gal.

keep chickens (read all 2 entries…)
what to get

I’m still not sure what kind of chickens to get, I think bantams might be the ticket because then we can have more in the space, but maybe bigger is better. Also, should we raise our own chicks or buy ready to lay birds? I will ponder on these things, but first I’d better build a coop or they will all run away anyway!

build a chicken coop
getting started

Today I collected a broken up set of drawers from the curb, I think it looks like a pretty good starting point for making the nests and roosts for the chickens, and will provide some basic shelter. I will add some proper roofing and tidy it all up a bit, but it should save me from buying some wood, plus I like the idea of recycling used stuff.

Learn Dvorak (read all 2 entries…)
I have started

I am typing this in Dvorak although I still need the visual keyboard for a lot of letters. It is very slow! Still, I couldn’t even do 1 word 2 hours ago…

watch Christmas on Mars
I can't hold on any longer

I have long believed that this will be simultaneously the best and worst movie going experience of my life. I really hope that this film will come out this Christmas, if it is released in Australian cinemas then I think I will probably wet myself, but I know I will probably have to just get the DVD. :o(

get my moles checked by a doctor (read all 2 entries…)
the time is now

This is starting to get silly, I know it’ll only take a couple of hours out of the week to get this done but I keep putting it off because I am too lazy. What if I am unknowingly developing a skin cancer? I have emailed my sister to find out about this mole doctor she mentioned once.

learn to sing
I joined a choir

There is a new choir at my church and I have been going along, I think it will improve my singing a lot. The people there are very friendly and encouraging which is great. I am singing tenor although I don’t know if I would be better as a bass because sometimes I have a lot of trouble with the higher notes. It’s good fun anyway.

go to bed earlier (read all 3 entries…)

Now that I am working quite hard throughout the week I can hardly stay up past 12 anyway. Also I have given up watching TV which makes this a lot easier. I feel a lot better during the day when I’ve gone to bed early enough to wake up naturally (no alarm).

learn to use XMLHttpRequest
not that exciting

well, I did this, although I definitely prefer using rails magic to do ajaxy things, at least I have done it once so I can if I need to. Parsing XML in javascript is awkward though.

Keep a journal (read all 2 entries…)
I sucked

I wrote in my journal one day and then never again, it’s not that I didn’t enjoy it, it’s just that the day seems to get full of other things and I can’t really be bothered to relive things just for the sake of recording them. It would be cool to look back on in a few years but I just can’t seem to get motivated.

learn ruby on rails
Good for lazy programmers

RoR is a great development framework for me because it helps me write good code even though I am a bit lazy… the helper methods are fantastic (esp the AJAX ones) and it seems like everything works without too much effort, just how it should be. The only thing I wonder about is the strong coupling between the controller and views, it means sometimes I get a bit messy.

be more articulated
dem bones dem bones

I’ve always loved that song about how all the bones are connected to each other. I wish I had more joints so that the song went for longer!

learn JSP (read all 3 entries…)
freedom from Java

Huzzah! I’ve chatted wiht my project team and we are no longer pursuing the JPS line of things which is a great relief. We will be using ruby on rails to develop the website instead which I think is much groovier and much less work for me.

clean out my inbox (read all 3 entries…)
going away

Well, I’m leaving my house (and therefore my computer) tomorrow, so I am cleaning up my inbox, I’ve got it down to 132 emails with 54 unread/needing response… so I’m almost there.

Haha, I just created a “Laura” folder for my girlfriend’s emails and now I’m down to 78 and 43 unread, so this goal is officially complete. huzzah! Now to tidy my desk and physic inbox…

speak like a robot
robot funk

well, I’ve decided to start a Robot Funk band, so now I need to find out how to speak/sing like a robot. I would like to find a machine that makes your voice sound robotic…

celebrate movember (read all 3 entries…)
only partial success

well, I shaved me beard, and grew a mo for most of the month, but I didn’t really raise any money, and I didn’t shave my chin towards the end of the month because I got a bit lazy. So I guess this is a bit of a failure, but I’m still up for it next year, and I think I did raise some awareness for prostate cancer by talking to people about it.

start another band (read all 4 entries…)
robot funk

Well, the Rock Christmas band didn’t happen, the gig was a bit too hard to organise. Oh well.

I did come up with a new band concept the other night (and the beginings of a song) the concept is to play funk music dressed as robots, and maybe have the singing go through a synthesiser to make it sound robotic. The song I started on is called “Robobot is programmed to love you” which I’m surprised no one has written yet because it’s a pretty good song topic. Maybe someone has written it and I just haven’t heard it.

Now to track down some funk playing robots… and make up a good band name, at the moment it’s RoboFunk, but that’s possibly a bit boring and obvious. The other funk band I wanted to be in was called the Funking Key Changers, and all we were going to do was play funk and the only lyrics were about the key you were in, or what key you wanted to change to. That band never happened, but maybe there’s some scope for it in the new one.

Learn Biblical Hebrew (read all 3 entries…)
modern hebrew

I’ve started taking Hebrew courses at the CAE, it’s been lots of fun and is really helping my Hebrew be more natural and intuitive instead of so analytical. It’s much more fun having conversations than parsing grammatical forms! And this week we did the Hokey Pokey. haha.

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