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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.

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Cameron La Rue

send postcards to people who don't expect them (read all 3 entries…)
Sent out the postcards on Wednesday

So the biggest obstacle with this goal was actually getting people’s addresses. I got the mailing addresses for seven of my friends and sent the postcards off on a wednesday. Friday night I got a text message from my friend Aaron saying he’d received the postcard and it was cool. So yeah, definitely worth it. And in the future I can do this again very easily. As long as my friends don’t all move…

send postcards to people who don't expect them (read all 3 entries…)
Postcards purchased, addressed and written

I’ve got postcards filled out and ready to send. I just need to buy some stamps. I plan to do it tomorrow morning. Once I drop them in a box, I can mark this goal as done, and then mark it as something I want to do again in a month or two.

read the classics (read all 4 entries…)
Got my first classic off my list

So last night, before I went to the bar with my friends, I stopped at the new and used book store. I brought a list with 3 of the “classics” I randomly selected. The one I was really hoping for, Gravity’s Rainbow, wasn’t there. But that same author has another book on the list, The Crying of Lot 49, and that WAS there. And honestly, the cover says “A bizarre, saturnalian plunge into the underground. A streamlined doomsday machine.” How can anyone resist that blurb? I had to look up saturnalian. It means “Of unrestrained and intemperate jollity; riotously merry”. Jeez, I learned something just reading the blurb on the cover. Already, I’m a more knowledgeable person.
I also happened to see a book called Glimmer, about an 18 year old girl who lost her mom, and is in her first year of college and has a kind of nervous breakdown. Just from the little bit I skimmed through at the store, I knew I’d love it. So I grabbed that too. Next step… start reading.

send postcards to people who don't expect them (read all 3 entries…)
Step 1, buy postcards...

I bought a 30 pack of Edward Hopper postcards… I wish there was a way I could get addresses without asking for them directly. Oh well, It’s a small price to pay. And people will love this. What a great idea!

read the classics (read all 4 entries…)
On my way to the bookstore

Yes, it’s Saturday night. I don’t care. I have a fresh burst of inspiration, and I’m going to act on it. I picked 3 titles off the list, and I’m going to see if I can pick up at least one of them at the new & used book store. I’m hoping they have Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. I have no idea what it’s about, but I dig the title. To the bookstore!

Make my own t-shirts
I've done one, and I plan on doing more.

A friend of mine sent me a link to a live journal page with instructions on how to do this. Then we went shopping for the materials (fabric, etc.) and I made an awesome donkey shirt. Everyone who sees it really likes the shirt, so it worked out really well for me. I’m totally going to do more.

Take more pictures
I'm already doing this (sort of)

OK, I don’t mean I want to take more artsy photorpahs, like a professional photographer. What I mean is that I want to be able to look back in 2 or 3 years and see photos of the people and places that I care about. Three things make this much easier for me than it would have been even two years ago.

1) I have a digital camera that’s so small I can actually bring it with me wherever I go.

2) If I forget my digital camera, my phone camera has a flash and takes pictures that are at least good enough, if not great.

3) Yahoo photo lets me upload unlimited photos for free. Flippin’ sweet! So I never have to worry about my harddrive crashing and losing all my photos from the previous X years.

So basically, given all this, I try and take pictures of my friends, places we go, or just whatever, at least once a week. And so far, I’ve been doing a pretty good job.

read the classics (read all 4 entries…)
Slow and painful progress

Maybe it’s because of school and all the associated homework, or maybe it’s because I’m lazy, but I just haven’t found the time to build my list. Time to hit google.
Interesting find: has some classics that you can read online. Copyright must have expired or whatever. But not quite what I’m looking for. I want a list. I prefer to read books made on the backs of dead trees. I’m sick that way.

OK, Here’s my list, taken straight from Time Magazine. I don’t feel super happy having the biggest media conglomerate on earth tell me what I should read, but it’s still a start. Without further ado:
The Adventures of Augie March
Saul Bellow

All the King’s Men
Robert Penn Warren

American Pastoral
Philip Roth

An American Tragedy
Theodore Dreiser

Animal Farm
George Orwell

Appointment in Samarra
John O’Hara

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
Judy Blume

The Assistant
Bernard Malamud

At Swim-Two-Birds
Flann O’Brien

Ian McEwan

Toni Morrison

The Berlin Stories
Christopher Isherwood

The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler

The Blind Assassin
Margaret Atwood

Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy

Brideshead Revisited
Evelyn Waugh

The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Thornton Wilder

Call It Sleep
Henry Roth

Joseph Heller

The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger

A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess

The Confessions of Nat Turner
William Styron
The Corrections
Jonathan Franzen

The Crying of Lot 49
Thomas Pynchon

A Dance to the Music of Time
Anthony Powell

The Day of the Locust
Nathanael West

Death Comes for the Archbishop
Willa Cather

A Death in the Family
James Agee

The Death of the Heart
Elizabeth Bowen

James Dickey

Dog Soldiers
Robert Stone

John Cheever

The French Lieutenant’s Woman
John Fowles

The Golden Notebook
Doris Lessing

Go Tell it on the Mountain
James Baldwin

Gone With the Wind
Margaret Mitchell

The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck

Gravity’s Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Handful of Dust
Evelyn Waugh

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
Carson McCullers

The Heart of the Matter
Graham Greene

Saul Bellow

Marilynne Robinson

A House for Mr. Biswas
V.S. Naipaul

I, Claudius
Robert Graves

Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace

Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison

Light in August
William Faulkner

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
C.S. Lewis

Vladimir Nabokov

Lord of the Flies
William Golding

The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien

Henry Green

Lucky Jim
Kingsley Amis

The Man Who Loved Children
Christina Stead

Midnight’s Children
Salman Rushdie

Martin Amis

The Moviegoer
Walker Percy

Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf

Naked Lunch
William Burroughs

Native Son
Richard Wright

William Gibson

Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

George Orwell

On the Road
Jack Kerouac

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Ken Kesey

The Painted Bird
Jerzy Kosinski

Pale Fire
Vladimir Nabokov

A Passage to India
E.M. Forster

Play It As It Lays
Joan Didion

Portnoy’s Complaint
Philip Roth

A.S. Byatt

The Power and the Glory
Graham Greene

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Muriel Spark

Rabbit, Run
John Updike

E.L. Doctorow

The Recognitions
William Gaddis

Red Harvest
Dashiell Hammett

Revolutionary Road
Richard Yates

The Sheltering Sky
Paul Bowles

Kurt Vonnegut

Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson

The Sot-Weed Factor
John Barth

The Sound and the Fury
William Faulkner

The Sportswriter
Richard Ford

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
John le Carre

The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston

Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf

Tropic of Cancer
Henry Miller

Philip K. Dick

Under the Net
Iris Murdoch

Under the Volcano
Malcolm Lowry

Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

White Noise
Don DeLillo

White Teeth
Zadie Smith

Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys

get a degree
working on it as we speak

So I’ve been going to school off and on (school being college) since 1998 I think. I took a physics class in 2001, and then took every semester off until fall 2005. What’s up with that? I’m a slacker. So now I’m back in school, taking assembly language and intro to programming languages. Next semester I might be taking three classes, so I’m making progress. Degree, here I come!

solve a crime
Encyclopedia Brown, watch out!

Wikipedia Cameron is on the case! Pink polo shirts on men are a crime against humanity. I should figure out why people keep wearing them. And put a stop to it.

read the classics (read all 4 entries…)
Some Classics I've read

What are “the classics”? For me, it’s stuff like Great Expectations, Of Mice and Men, Robinson Crusoe, A Tale of Two Cities, 1984, Animal Farm, The Great Gatsby, and others. I’ve read a bunch of the books just named, but I can do better. I go to Bookman’s almost every week, so that’s where I’ll buy “The classics”. I just have to create a very precise definition before I can tell if I’m making progress. This weekends I shall begin compiling my list of classics!

Kiss in the rain
Oh my god, it's worth it.

It was a Friday night and I was at a club with some friends of mine. I’d met this girl the week before, and we’d hung out a few times, but weren’t officially dating. The club was hot and smoky, and we went to the patio outside so we could get some fresh air. She stood there looking up at me in the rain, spots forming on her glasses. I was holding her really close, and she smiled and I couldn’t stop smiling. We were talking, but there was an undercurrent of tension. Then it happened. We kissed. It was everything I could have hoped for. It was beautiful and perfect and sweet.

Quit Smoking
It's possible

Everyone is different, and what works for one person won’t work for someone else. For me, I smoked two packs of Camel filters in one day. The next day, I woke up and could barely breathe. But by noon, I’d smoked 5 or 6 cigarettes again. That was too much. I went to Walgreens and got the patch. Threw out my cigarettes, put on the patch, and I haven’t looked back. Also, I smoked a lot in my car, so I spent like $50 getting the interior cleaned and deodorized so I wouldn’t have to smell cigarettes every time I drove somewhere. Also, throw away all your ash trays, lighters, everything! Wash all your clothes to get rid of the smell. And stay as busy as possible. Whenever it got really bad, I rode an exercise bike until I was so exhausted I wasn’t thinking about smoking anymore. Anyway, it’s possible, you just really have to want it. For me, the big motivatgor was money. I spent so much money on cigarettes… and it just wasn’t worth it. So yes, you can and SHOULD do it. It’s absolutely worth it in the end. Good Luck!



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