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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contemplate my next project (read all 13 entries…)
"The Strangest Thing I Saw Today"

A 30 or 60 second podcast with, you guessed it, the strangest thing I saw (or perhaps overheard) today.

Reflect on at least 5 things for which I'm grateful every day (read all 75 entries…)
13 Jun 2007
  1. Thanks for my heater
  2. Thanks for books
  3. Thanks for toast
  4. Thanks for Japanese rice crackers
  5. Thanks for being multi-talented

Wish Trauma_Junkie a Year-Of-Me Birthday June 13
Happy Birthday!

I hope you’re having a great day, and here’s to a (hopefully!) injury-free year ahead!

patent something
Not Really, But Nearly

I received a mysterious letter this morning, and it seems like I might officially be an inventor in the near future.

Reflect on at least 5 things for which I'm grateful every day (read all 75 entries…)
12 Jun 2007
  1. Thanks for wifi
  2. Thanks for tomato and ginger soup
  3. Thanks for the helpful shopkeeper who takes in unexpected parcels of books to save me travelling across town
  4. Thanks for Yo-Yo Ma
  5. Thanks that I can enjoy listening to the wind and rain

make my company become successful (read all 19 entries…)
Cheap Game

I’m not at liberty to give everyone a free copy, sadly, but what if it was half-price?

share quotes (read all 99 entries…)

Failure is the condiment which gives success its flavor.

Truman Capote

Reflect on at least 5 things for which I'm grateful every day (read all 75 entries…)
11 Jun 2007
  1. Thanks for lemon curd cheesecake
  2. Thanks for tomahtoes
  3. Thanks for peace and quiet on both trains
  4. Thanks for the internet

structure my week

A little late in the evening to be doing this for the week ahead, but I think I want to try structuring my week a little bit more. For example, I think I’ll put “write a book review” for first thing Tuesday and Thursday, and filing for Monday evening.

I’ll give it a bash, anyway.

Reflect on at least 5 things for which I'm grateful every day (read all 75 entries…)
10 Jun 2007
  1. Thanks for hot chocolate
  2. Thanks for pasta
  3. Thanks for the gratitude when I hand things in to the charity store
  4. Thanks for Yo-Yo Ma
  5. Thanks for finding my label printer, and that it still works

share quotes (read all 99 entries…)
More Forwards, Please

A turtle may live for hundreds of years because it is well protected by its shell, but it only moves forward when it sticks out its head.

Ricardo Semler

read some fiction (read all 5 entries…)
Fiction Week Is Over!

I spent 5 hours today reading the second half of One Hundred Years of Solitude. I’m still not sure what to think of it. I can tell it’s well written (I’m sure someone more in-tune with literature would say that was an understatement), but when I look at the quotes from critics on the back and one of them says “exceedingly comic” I think to myself “WTH?”. It had vaguely amusing moments, but it never made me laugh out loud (or even snort). That makes me feel like I missed a lot of in-jokes or something, or that I’m not clever enough to have seen all the really funny bits. I do agree with the quote that it was tragic, though. Anyway, before I go off to find out what I’m supposed to take from the book, here’s what I did take from it:

  • People are doomed to repeat the same mistakes if they don’t learn from the past;
  • Incest is bad.

read some fiction (read all 5 entries…)
One Hundred Years of Solitude

I’m about half-way through this. I’m not really sure what’s going on, but I’m curious to find out.

If anyone else has read this, I’d be curious to know what you think (obviously without spoilers, if that’s possible!).

Reflect on at least 5 things for which I'm grateful every day (read all 75 entries…)
8 Jun 2007
  1. Thanks for ibuprofen
  2. Thanks for Bach
  3. Thanks that people make movies like Magnolia
  4. Thanks for books
  5. Thanks for chocolate

contemplate my next project (read all 13 entries…)

A Masters in Journalism?

give 35,000 cheers

So I guess I’ll have to do this again since I lost 500 cheers given overnight.

Do the Couch to 5k running plan (read all 22 entries…)
Week 6, Run 1

I decided that I’d repeat my 12-3-12 pattern from the other day, rather than the 5-3-8-3-5 pattern recommended in the plan. I really had to force myself to go today, since I hadn’t run since Tuesday (not counting football on Wednesday), and as soon as I started I didn’t feel right. However, I kept on going, right past the third day of a four day food fair that I had no idea was happening 400 yards away from my flat (lots of nice smells) and everything was going pretty well despite my misgivings (although it’s amazing how people can contort themselves to get in your way – if they just stayed where they were I’d run around them). Then, after about 11 minutes, my left leg gave out underneath me and down I went. Ouch.

I’m off to put an ice pack on and read something.

Reflect on at least 5 things for which I'm grateful every day (read all 75 entries…)
8 Jun 2007
  1. Thanks for dividend re-investments
  2. Thanks for Philip Glass
  3. Thanks for more business progress
  4. Thanks for a cafe that not only lets me hang around all day for very little money, but the owner gives up the best laptop seat just for me
  5. Thanks for odd quizzes

do my exercises (read all 47 entries…)
8-Jun to 14-June

8-Jun: Done
14-Jun: Done, but think I set myself back. :-/

Reflect on at least 5 things for which I'm grateful every day (read all 75 entries…)
7 Jun 2007
  1. Thanks for the sun on my back
  2. Thanks for fate conspiring to make me walk home when I was trying to convince myself not to
  3. Thanks for tasty yasai cha han and “raw juice” (carrot, orange, cucumber, orange and apple) with colleagues at lunch today
  4. Thanks for getting through my flat inspection with no fine
  5. Thanks for my brother
  6. Thanks for slight business progress

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