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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take digital photographs that don't suck (read all 22 entries…)
keep your camera with you

I find that I use the 2 megapixel camera on my phone more than I use the point and shoot I purchased in 2004. I think that if I did go forward and purchase a DSLR I may not end up taking more or better pictures. The camera phone gets used a lot more because it is almost always with me and usually has a charged battery.

List my fears (read all 43 entries…)
28 - being alone during tragedy

An acquaintance recently had an event at his place of work and went to the hospital. He was doing much better when I spoke to him yesterday. It may be a while before he’s able to go home. I am thankful that the people around him where able to get medical assistance.

I am afraid that I’ll be alone if I have a tragedy.

List my fears (read all 43 entries…)
27 - misplacing mail

I’m afraid that I’ll misplace the mail and by the time I get back to it I’ll have past due bills.

visit my sister (read all 4 entries…)
time off requested

I requested some time off from work. I should be okay with getting my shift covered. Now I just need to get an affordable ticket.

visit my sister (read all 4 entries…)
date tentatively scheduled

I need to request time off from work and purchase airline tickets.

List my fears (read all 43 entries…)
26 - NaCl

All the sodium that I ingest through my sad excuse of a diet needs to go somewhere. I’m afraid that it is paving a path for hypertension and heart failure.

take digital photographs that don't suck (read all 22 entries…)
selective blindness

Recently I was at the eye doctor’s office. I had my contact lenses out and the doctor had just given me some drops to dilate my eyes. I thought that it was the perfect moment to play around with my camera phone.

What I noticed from some of my pictures was that I choose a subject and become completely oblivious to the background. I didn’t realize that the cords for the eye exam equipment were in the field of view. To improve my photography I need to overcome this selective blindness. I need to consider everything that the camera will capture and not just what I would like it to capture.

get my car stereo fixed (read all 6 entries…)
Done.... eventually

I had no stereo in my car for about 17 days. I was sent a replacement head unit and face plate from Pioneer. It took them an additional 16 days to send me the CD that I couldn’t eject from the defective unit.

Pioneer support wasn’t good with supplying me with update information and it did take some time. But things are working now and I got everything back that I should have received. Overall I can’t complain.

stop procrastinating (read all 11 entries…)
putting limits on time sinks

I need to spend less time on facebook. But a lot of my friends from massage school post stuff there.

List my fears (read all 43 entries…)
25 - damaging my hands

I’m currently a massage therapist. My fear is that I’ll do something to hurt my hands and I won’t be able to work.

List my fears (read all 43 entries…)
24 - Family

For the past several days I have been worried about family. I’m not going to describe details. I am just hoping for positive outcomes.

get my car stereo fixed (read all 6 entries…)
more waiting

I called Pioneer customer support on Tuesday. They were able to confirm that the stereo was broken. They didn’t have any replacements in stock so I’m back to waiting.patiently.

get my car stereo fixed (read all 6 entries…)
it's in the mail

The head unit has been extracted. The stereo with faceplate has been sent to Pioneer.

consider akoha (read all 3 entries…)

I got starter decks in the mail today. I was surprised that they took so long to get here but then I realized that the cards were sent from Canada and that I should have expected the longer delivery time.

List my fears (read all 43 entries…)
23 - being a bad pet owner

I currently do not own any pets but I want to get a dog.

I’m afraid that I won’t be a good owner and that the dog (or dogs) may be unhappy with living with me. And that the moment I leave the house the dog will start barking and driving the neighbors nuts.

I am also afraid of losing a pet. Zoe (link expired) recently passed. Her humans run a pinball place up in Lyons. She wasn’t even my dog but I’m struggling with her not being around.

List my fears (read all 43 entries…)
22 - Taxes

2008 income taxes will be due in less than 2 weeks and I haven’t figured out how much I owe.

List my fears (read all 43 entries…)
21 - Sleeping through my alarm clock

It doesn’t happen often but sleeping through the alarm clock really screws with my ability to be punctual.

get my car stereo fixed (read all 6 entries…)
Best Buy

I have an appointment on Saturday at the local Best Buy. The car installation guy told me that they normally don’t return the extraction keys to customers because the customers might void the warranty.

The stereo will be out this weekend and shipped to Pioneer on Monday. Hopefully Pioneer will be good about returning the fixed unit or a replacement product. I strongly dislike not having a stereo in my car.

Learn to cook (read all 9 entries…)
bone in pork chops

... are currently in the oven. I sure hope they aren’t burning.

Go Paperless (read all 7 entries…)
ADF misbehaving

The automatic document feeder is acting up again. I just had the darned thing repaired. It doesn’t like scanning documents with a perforated payment coupon. It’ll scan the first part of the document then tear at the perforation and then error out with a paper jam.

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