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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ian finity

I'm doing 19 things

ian finity's Life List

  1. 1. learn to swim
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    3,442 people
  2. 2. graduate from graduate school
    1 entry
    35 people
  3. 3. learn photography
    1 entry
    2,906 people
  4. 4. visit new york city
    1 entry
    931 people
  5. 5. Read Modern Library's 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century
    1 entry
    574 people
  6. 6. see the northern lights
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    19,115 people
  7. 7. blog
    51,713 people
  8. 8. Visit Alaska
    839 people
  9. 9. Learn to drive a stick shift
    1 cheer
    746 people
  10. 10. go hang gliding
    468 people
  11. 11. see a NASA shuttle launch
    4 people
  12. 12. go to March Madness!
    4 people
  13. 13. Learn to tango
    1,155 people
  14. 14. Learn to moonwalk
    248 people
  15. 15. go to the winter x-games
    8 people
  16. 16. go to the Santa Monica Pier
    1 person
  17. 17. go bob-sledding
    12 people
  18. 18. learn a second language
    663 people
  19. 19. Tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue
    126 people

How I did it
How to learn the thriller dance
It took me
3 months
It made me

How to go zip-lining
It took me
1 month
It made me
Pee my pants.

Recent entries
learn to swim (read all 2 entries…)
Swim Buddy

I randomly bumped into an old high school friend. As we were catching up, she was telling me about her impending rip to Tofino.

I asked her if she could surf, and she admitted she cannot swim to which I admitted the same.

We both agreed that we aren’t afraid of water… we’re afraid of drowning.

All jest aside, she asked if I wanted to take swimming lessons together, to share the struggle.

I think I just might. If she drowns, I can use her a flotation device. (just kidding).

I am so glad to now have a partner in crime… in the water.

see the northern lights
"Seeing the Northern Lights"

I currently reside in the northern most major city in North America. It’s gets cold in the winter. In return, you do get “to see” the Northern Lights (more so in the rural areas).

So, I’ve actually seen the Northern Lights.

However, there is a difference in being in the bleacher and actually playing in the game.

I want to see the Northern Lights where it was meant to be seen… the North.

So be it in the Northern Territories of Canada or Alaska, this is where I want to view the Northern Lights.

Tentatively, I’m considering Whitehorse. At earliest, I’ll aim for February 2011 – I’ll make a 3-day weekend out of it.

learn photography
Hidden Talents of Friends

My cousin was having her baby shower today, and I brought out my DLSR. I was expecting much – take a few picture, and post them on Facebook.

While I was shooting, my friend Gene asked me what type of camera I was using.

I started telling him about my intent to try photography, in the angst a newbie would.

Gene was more than empathetic to the cause. He’s lived it.

Unknowing to me, Gene does wedding and engagement photography.

He shared some really practical techniques about framing, aperture, and ISO – things that I read about, but he really made sense of them.

I still have a lot to learn, but having photography friends being able to share their wisdom, and demonstrate technique in invaluable.

Thank you Gene.

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