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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Read 36 Books in 2012 (read all 10 entries…)
15 - Hardcore Zen

Biography of a buddhist priest and an intro to how zen buddhism works. Not bad.

Next up is a kids’ version of Arabian Nights…



Read 36 Books in 2012 (read all 10 entries…)
14

Third foundation book was good. Starting to get interesting. I’ll have to do the next one.



Read 36 Books in 2012 (read all 10 entries…)
13

Behind schedule, read a shaggy dog story of a Star Trek novel. Good TOS references, good use of Troi and Shelby, little else good.



Read 36 Books in 2012 (read all 10 entries…)
12

Red Mars was meh. I’m not sure whether I want to read the next two or not.

So I’ve officially reached the third point of my little journey. Apparently this is day 149 of the year and 217 days remain. It took me about 40% of the year to read 36 books. That’s ok. I had a lot of upheavals.

To reach my goal by the end of the year, I need to read one book every nine days. If I can just manage a book a week I’ll finish ahead of schedule.

I know I can get the next two Mars books from the library near my work, and I’m sure I can find something at the two local libraries. I may be able to get cards at other libraries, and I have a lot of books I still haven’t finished in the house, like Childhood’s End. I’d go looking, but I’m manning the rummage right now.

I can do this.



exercise every other day
Day 1: roughly 40 minutes

Sore as hell. Trying again Thursday if I can sneak in besides Grandma’s birthday celebrations. I think I’ll call it if I can go a whole calendar month and whatever in between. So, if I can get at least 3 in a week for all of May and June, I’ll call it at July.



Create a well-organized filing system.
The Plan

I’d like to create a filing cabinet that I can take to any future house. Still, it needs to fit in the space I have now. It also needs to not be fugly.

The solution: Martha Stewart’s Office in a Chest

I measured my mother’s hanging folders for her cabinet. 13” from hook to hook. That means the interior of the chest needs to be at least 14” and the exterior would thus need to be at least 16” wide.

Due to the size and shape of the room I’m in, 30” is the maximum length of the chest.

Ideally, it would be at least high enough to sit on. Ideally, it would have cushion on top, one I could upholster to match my stuff. And most importantly of all, I’d need to be able to install a padlock, somewhere out of the way so it still looks nice.

Have to obtain the chest first, then worry about creating the filing system within later.



Read 36 Books in 2012 (read all 10 entries…)
11

Thief of Always: Meh.

Q, Squared: Epic. Not as good as I, Q, but very good.

The Left Hand of Darkness: OK. Not as good as I expected. Going to be looking for Earthsea novels soon.

Next on deck: Red Mars.



Read 36 Books in 2012 (read all 10 entries…)
8

Wind in the Door wasn’t as good as Wrinkle in Time. Read another one, too. Picked up the Thief of Always and another Trek novel at the library.



abstain from visiting the vending machines at work
Pop machine? Check. Snacks...

So I’ve managed to get myself off the pop machine by having a pop with my breakfast.

I can’t stop going for a snack. Obviously I need to start packing something. Will do that for tomorrow.



clean out my car (read all 2 entries…)
Almost there

All there is left to do is:

1) vaccuum/scrub
2) find some way of organizing the things I keep in there (specifically my class stuff and books)
3) Move a few things in once I have air-tight storage in the house for them.

At 2, I’m going to mark this off.



Read 36 Books in 2012 (read all 10 entries…)
6

Ready Hyperion by Dan Simmons. what was the point of that?

Also read Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. Not bad.

Picked up a few other books from the library, including The Wind in the Door.



Read 36 Books in 2012 (read all 10 entries…)
Just read four

Need to get more from a library.. and turn the ones I have in. Due tomorrow!

I still have a few books of my own…



hook up my Wii and N64 (read all 2 entries…)
I need more than just a splitter.

So the splitter I got is broken, but worse yet, none of my plugs will stay in the wall. So the wall needs to be fixed, then a splitter obtained. I can probably start to hook it up to the TV, though.



Read 36 Books in 2012 (read all 10 entries…)
Up to 3

Shoulda posted this a week ago

I have at least two more books stocked, and another one in the mail…



clean out my car (read all 2 entries…)
Mostly done

There’s still some garbage to sort out, and a few items that need to be repacked and replaced. However, it’s mostly done.



Read 36 Books in 2012 (read all 10 entries…)
Two down

Gotta love RTC.



hook up my Wii and N64 (read all 2 entries…)
One of Two

The Wii, being in the front room and attractive to guests, is now set up. I can plug and unplug it at will.

The N64 in my bedroom is not yet set up, and I need to procure a plug splitter before it can be.

However, given how much work I have to do this week, I do not see myself completing it until sometime after Friday.



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