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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see "The Walworth Farce"

Not that I see a lot of theatre, I’m sad to report, but I find it hard to imagine how I could ever see a play as superbly written and performed as this.

Four days on, I’m still processing it.

contemplate my next project (read all 13 entries…)
'Tis Done.

Time will tell if I’m any good at it, but screenwriting it is. I’ll be working with my former business partner on this, which is pretty cool on its own, but even more so that we’re doing something like this.

Wish PurpleFiberMom a Focused and Healthy Birthday August 18th
Happy Birthday!

I hope you have a fantastic day, and here’s to a year full of wonder, love, focus and good health.

contemplate my next project (read all 13 entries…)
Blag Blag Blag

Ha! I managed to get into the Introduction to Screenwriting class.

It was pretty fun, and we had to break into groups of three (or in my case, two, since there wasn’t quite enough people) and devise a 15 minute short in just 30 minutes, then pitch it to everyone else in the room. It was fun trying to devise a story to tell – though I got the feeling some of the other people already had a specific idea beforehand, because it was just too polished when they did their pitch.

Anyway, we came up with a story of two comedians competing to win a prize of their own show at the Edinburgh Fringe. They have different styles, but backstage they overhear each other rehearsing the same punchline. They take an instant dislike to each other, and hilarity ensues (we were a bit vague on this bit!). At the end, they hear the audience cheering wildly, and it turns out they ended up on stage and have won the contest as a double act.

Turns out that the “backstage sabotage” device has been used in a fairly successful play called Noises Off, but I hadn’t heard of it until afterwards.

Anyway, good fun, and I’m glad I managed to get in. Next thing to blag: free entry (via a press pass) to the Edinburgh International TV Festival. :-)

find some stories

All I have so far are some ideas for biopics on famous creative people who I think might make interesting subjects (I haven’t done any research to see what might have already been made about them, though).

That’s all well and good, but I need to figure out some original story ideas too.

contemplate my next project (read all 13 entries…)
Introduction to Screenwriting

I’m going to try and get a ticket for this tomorrow.

watch studio 60 on the sunset strip

I’m watching this on what I like to call dwltv1, and I’m enjoying it. Watching it (as with other well-written shows and movies) makes me feel all inspired to actually write creatively.

1Actually, I just made that up.

make the slides

I’m supposed to be doing something on day two of this, but it doesn’t seem to be listed, so perhaps I’m not. I’ve made some slides anyway, and I should figure out what I’ll actually say at some point.

I’m having fun experimenting with Keynote, though.

do my exercises (read all 47 entries…)
3-Aug to 9-Aug

4-Aug: Done + run
5-Aug: Done
6-Aug: Done + run
7-Aug: Done + weights
8-Aug: Done + football
9-Aug: Done + ill-advised run

I got some ankle weights at the weekend, so I’ve added them to my regime.

Too Much Stuff

From Stuff by Paul Graham:

And unless you’re extremely organized, a house full of stuff can be very depressing. A cluttered room saps one’s spirits. One reason, obviously, is that there’s less room for people in a room full of stuff. But there’s more going on than that. I think humans constantly scan their environment to build a mental model of what’s around them. And the harder a scene is to parse, the less energy you have left for conscious thoughts. A cluttered room is literally exhausting.

Wish Flashgirl a Relaxing Birthday August 5th
Happy Super Birthday!

I’m having a cake flown in specially by one of the lesser superheroes – hope you’re having a great weekend, and that you have a wonderful year to come.

Fund 43 microloans through (read all 4 entries…)
Kiva Maps Now Available

Now available by the same method as the counter:


If you notice anything weird on your map, such as the sea turning green, please let me know. :-)

Fund 43 microloans through (read all 4 entries…)

I have map generation working now, which you can see in the attached image – it even handles the many islands of Indonesia properly! Samoa is very difficult to see, since it’s only about 4 pixels on the map. Still, it is there.

What do people think about the size of the image? 43T makes it a bit smaller than I’m generating it, so click on the image to see the actual size.

I’ll update once I have the real service up and running.

Fund 43 microloans through (read all 4 entries…)
It Works!

So how do you use it? To get the image file, you just use the following:

Replace the “david4234” bit with your Kiva lender name so you can get your image, of course. :-)

To use it within 43T as I have above, use the following:


The image will only update at most once per day, so bear that in mind if you think the count is wrong. Also, I’ve just noticed a bug, where it counts refunded loans (I didn’t know that could happen), so right now it’s actually one too high for me.

Wish HazelnutNut an Awesome yet In-Transition Birthday August 3rd
Hope You're Having A Great Day!

Happy Birthday! Hope the year to come is kind and generous to you.

Fund 43 microloans through (read all 4 entries…)
Giving Back

I found a site that had a little logo detailing how many loans he had via Kiva, but there was no detail on where it came from. So, I’ve spent a couple of hours making my own (see attached sample).

Unfortunately, some arcane incantations need to be spoken unto the server by my ISP before I can make this available to you all to use. All you’ll need to know is your Kiva profile name from your lender page (when you log in, go to My Portfolio, and then My Lender Page).

Once the service is actually available and working, I will of course post again letting you know how to access it.

Now, does anyone know where I can find free images of a political map of the world? I want to generate Kiva maps.

take the Burnout Self-Test

Burnout Self-Test

You may be at very severe risk of burnout – do something about this urgently.


read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (read all 2 entries…)

Not quite how I would have ended it (although my prediction before reading the last six books was spectacularly close), but then I didn’t sell 20 million books in 2 days.

And I really don’t like epilogues.

Read Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince (read all 2 entries…)

Just a few hundred more pages to go…

Wish PioneerSpirit an Outstanding 40th Birthday July 30, 2007
Happy Birthday!

I hope you’re having an outstanding day, and that the coming year works out a whole lot better for you than the last one.

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