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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Eric Hodel




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Eric Hodel's Life List

  1. 1. Be "Ripped"
    13 entries . 12 cheers
    62 people
  2. 2. witness the destruction of mysql
    2 team members . 3 entries . 5 cheers
    11 people
  3. 3. Write a technical book
    3 entries . 8 cheers
    44 people
  4. 4. Install a decent OS on my HP-UX box
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    1 person
  5. 5. decorate office or apartment stairwell with framed source code.
    1 entry . 9 cheers
    7 people
  6. 6. Build a zeppelin
    4 entries . 11 cheers
    51 people
  7. 7. Learn POV-Ray
    9 entries . 1 cheer
    16 people
  8. 8. Watch a space shuttle launch
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    918 people
  9. 9. Have an Entertainment Center
    4 entries . 3 cheers
    4 people
  10. 10. Drive across the USA
    8 cheers
    2,142 people
  11. 11. Learn to clean, load, and shoot several types of guns
    2 entries . 7 cheers
    38 people
  12. 12. Go to graduate school
    1 entry . 7 cheers
    1,148 people
  13. 13. progress in Halo2 at the Legendary difficulty
    3 entries . 5 cheers
    6 people
  14. 14. Switch to Perforce
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  15. 15. Finish reading Godel, Escher, Bach
    13 cheers
    26 people
  16. 16. see the northern lights
    8 cheers
    19,115 people
  17. 17. Summit Mt. Rainier
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    190 people
  18. 18. Master an editor
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    3 people
  19. 19. Go to the Sapporo Snow Festival
    4 cheers
    9 people
  20. 20. go bowling
    2 team members . 1 entry . 9 cheers
    71 people
  21. 21. help build local Ruby Brigades
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    15 people
  22. 22. Fan the conspiracy flames
    4 entries . 6 cheers
    1 person
  23. 23. Ban pants in bars and restaurants in Washington State
    3 team members . 1 entry . 3 cheers
    27 people
  24. 24. hike in the dark
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    2 people
  25. 25. organize a "What's Your Best Idea" event
    2 team members . 2 cheers
    6 people
  26. 26. geotag my pictures
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    3 people
  27. 27. Balloon Bounce
    2 team members . 1 entry . 1 cheer
    2 people
  28. 28. Make my turning lights work
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  29. 29. Get and use a safety-deposit box
    1 cheer
    25 people
  30. 30. Learn Jujutsu
    11 entries . 4 cheers
    14 people
  31. 31. save 6 months of living expenses
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    63 people
  32. 32. maintain a sex-worthy home
    3 entries . 7 cheers
    11 people
  33. 33. track everything I spend for a week
    4 team members . 2 cheers
    29 people
  34. 34. attempt to fix up the old soda machine for McLeod
    2 team members . 1 cheer
    5 people
Recent entries
Build a zeppelin (read all 4 entries…)
Ribs

I’ve built two ribs, so my hands are now thoroughly covered in superglue. I laminated three layers of 3/32” x 3/8” balsa in a spiral. Each rib is about 20” in diameter.

While building the spiral I used pins to hold the balsa in place while the glue set. The first rib was a bit more difficult as I pinned down the strips in too many places. The second I only pinned the ends down and glued longer sections. This gave fewer voids in the lamination, too.



Build a zeppelin (read all 4 entries…)
New Tools!

Today I went out and got some balsa wood and various tools to begin construction of my zeppelin. I started by cutting a piece 3” by 6” by 1/32” sheet of balsa into 3/8” strips using this method, then I put some nails in a 4’ x 4’ sheet of plywood in a circle. I stopped after seven because it seemed too loud.

With 36” strips this thin, I won’t need to soak the balsa to get it to bend, which means I won’t need to clean my tub for soaking.

I’ve already sustained an injury, which can only be a good omen, as almost every other time I’ve built something awesome I’ve drawn blood. This time it was from hitting my elbow on my counter as I retrieved my x-acto knife.



save 6 months of living expenses
High Burn

I figure that if I have six months of savings and need to use it, I’ll probably burn through it at double the typical rate. I won’t be working, I’ll be having fun, so I’ll have all the typical expenses plus the vacation-like activities I’ll be enjoying.

So far I’ve got two months regular expenses covered. By the end of 2007 I should have 6 months covered. I’m making 20% more than my previous job and I’m directing most of that right into 401k, but the remainder has been chewed up by more conference travel.

The higher 401k deferment should also keep the cash/investment balance decent. Right now I have 1/4 liquid and 3/4 in investments.

Also, having 6 months of double the minimum I need to get by gives me plenty of money to draw on for something like a down payment.



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