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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huw's Life List

  1. 1. find a mentor
    3 cheers
    171 people
  2. 2. learn how to meditate
    279 people
  3. 3. own a canon ds1 mark3 within 3 months
    1 entry
    1 person
  4. 4. own a 17" macbook pro within 6 months
    1 entry
    1 person
  5. 5. speak up when people make racist remarks
    4 cheers
    5 people
  6. 6. keep my promises
    1 cheer
    125 people
  7. 7. become an expert
    50 people
  8. 8. learn how to do astonishing magic tricks
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  9. 9. gather postal addresses of friends and family, and hand write at least 1 letter a week for a year
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    1 person
  10. 10. skydive
    1 cheer
    11,428 people
  11. 11. improve my guitar playing ability
    2 people
  12. 12. go for singing lessons
    2 people
  13. 13. be able to touch my toes without bending my knees
    3 cheers
    4 people
  14. 14. learn how to make 20 amazing meals
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  15. 15. read a book at least every fortnight
    1 person
  16. 16. commit an astounding-random act of kindness
    1 entry
    1 person
  17. 17. participate in a triathlon
    1 cheer
    49 people
  18. 18. learn how to heal
    2 people
  19. 19. not spend money on anything besides food for a calendar month
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  20. 20. learn how to type quickly and accurately without looking at the keyboard
    1 person
  21. 21. become more aware of my desire for perfection
    1 person
  22. 22. throw a dart into a map and travel to where it lands
    4 cheers
    633 people
  23. 23. travel overland from the north to the south of africa
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  24. 24. take a road trip with no predetermined destination
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    178 people
  25. 25. learn to draw
    2,398 people
  26. 26. learn to sew
    1 cheer
    4,064 people
  27. 27. discover an absolute truth
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  28. 28. adopt a child
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    1,777 people
  29. 29. plant ten thousand trees before i die
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    1 person
  30. 30. start making money from my photographs
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  31. 31. sing in front of 10 000 people
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    1 person
  32. 32. circumnavigate the globe
    1 entry
    45 people
  33. 33. have my own cat
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    19 people
  34. 34. found a non-profit organisation
    1 person
  35. 35. own a penthouse loft apartment in cape town within one year
    1 person
  36. 36. watch 10 of my favourite bands in ten different countries
    1 person
  37. 37. learn to play 10 songs excellently by heart
    1 person
  38. 38. develop a photographic memory
    9 people
  39. 39. become padi certified
    2 people
  40. 40. take a graphic design course
    3 people
  41. 41. take a photography course
    320 people
  42. 42. own a taylor 514ce acoustic electric guitar within 3 months
    1 entry
    1 person

How I did it
How to find a beautiful apartment to rent in boston
It took me
4 days
It made me

How to run every day for one month
It took me
30 days
It made me

How to register to be a bone marrow donor
It took me
1 day
It made me

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Recent entries
commit an astounding-random act of kindness
the ball is rolling

i had a wonderful opportunity to do this today and i failed to take advantage of it.

own a taylor 514ce acoustic electric guitar within 3 months

i’ve always dreamed about owning one of these guitars. time to make it reality.

own a 17" macbook pro within 6 months

Size and weight
Height:2.59 cm (1.0 inch)
Width:39.2 cm (15.4 inches)
Depth:26.5 cm (10.4 inches)
Weight:3.08 kg (6.6 pounds)

Connections and expansion
One FireWire 400 port at up to 400 Mbps
One FireWire 800 port at up to 800 Mbps
Three 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports
ExpressCard/34 slot
Kensington security slot


Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking2 (based on IEEE 802.11n draft specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible

Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)

Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)

Built-in stereo speakers
Built-in omnidirectional microphone (located under left speaker grille)
Combined optical digital input/analog line in (mini-jack)
Combined optical digital output/analog line out (mini-jack)


Built-in full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement)
Backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor for automatic adjustment of keyboard illumination and screen brightness
Solid-state trackpad with Multi-Touch gesture support for precise cursor control; supports two-finger scrolling, pinch, rotate, three-and four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap and drag capabilities


17-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colours; optional antiglare widescreen display

Supported resolutions: 1920 by 1200 (native), 1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640 and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 pixels at 5:4 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 pixels at 5:4 aspect ratio stretched; 1600 by 1200, 1024 by 768, 800 by 600 and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1600 by 1200, 1024 by 768, 800 by 600 and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched

Graphics and video support

NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor with dual-link DVI support and 512MB of GDDR3 memory

Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors
DVI output port
VGA output using included DVI to VGA adapter
Built-in iSight camera
Environmental status
Arsenic-free glass
Majority of circuit board laminates are free of brominated flame retardants
Majority of internal cables are PVC-free
Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
Received a Gold rating from EPEAT

Processor and memory

2.5GHz or 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed
800MHz frontside bus
4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 memory

320GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive; optional 320GB 7200-rpm hard drive; optional 128GB solid-state drive3
8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

Maximum write: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW; 6x DVD-RW; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer); 24x CD-R; 16x CD-RW

Maximum read: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW; 24x CD

Battery and power4

68-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery

85W MagSafe Power Adapter with cable management system
MagSafe power port

Electrical and operating requirements
Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
DC input: 18.5 Vdc, 4.6A maximum
Operating temperature: 10° to 35° C (50° to 95° F)
Storage temperature: -24° to 45° C (-13° to 113° F)
Relative humidity: 0% to 90% non-condensing
Maximum operating altitude: 3,000 m (10,000 feet)
Maximum storage altitude: 4,500 m (15,000 feet)
Maximum shipping altitude: 10,500 m (35,000 feet)
Installed software
Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Xcode Developer Tools)
iLife ’08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
What’s in the box
MacBook Pro
Display cleaning cloth
85W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug and power cord
Lithium-polymer battery
DVI to VGA adapter
Install/restore DVDs
Printed and electronic documentation

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