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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run a marathon (read all 19 entries…)
8 years of running

_Todays run: 10,5K semi-cross. First part trough th park up and down, offroad, second part asphalt.
Weather conditions: In between two thunderstorms. 22 degrees C. Time: 67min40sec._

I’m running for 8 years now, and I still haven’t run a marathon. I ran a total of 5630K, from Utrecht to Tehran. :)

run a marathon (read all 19 entries…)
I set my goal to high

_Today’s run: a calm 5K.
Weather conditions: harsh. Sticky, humid, Thunder in the background. 17 degrees C. Time: 30.07 min._

I think I’ve set my goals to high. I wanted to run a marathon, my first, but not only that, I wanted it to run in 4hours and a bit. So I ran 10k/h and that I can do for 20 kilometres. Once I managed 25. But not further. So now my goals is going to be to run a marathon.
As I have to work one day less, it is easier to maintain some sort of trainingschedule. I printed one and uploaded it into my blackberry.

ride a rollercoaster (read all 2 entries…)
Well well well,

I’ve got my collegues as far to go to a themepark for our anual outing. There is a rollercoaster there, so opportunity arises…

ride a rollercoaster (read all 2 entries…)
Ride a roller coaster

Also a thing I want to do for a long time. I really want to ride an old timber one, but we don’t have them here, so I take what is there I guess.

it sounds quite simple, just go to one and ride. But I do hate noise and crowds and especially amusement parks. I’ve only been to one my entire live and that was when I was five. Way to young to ride a roller coaster offcourse, so instead I rode a donkey.

hold a snake
hold a snake

I want this for a long time. I’ve a strange kind of likeness for animals I guess. I like snakes, and spiders and salamanders. I’m affraid of dogs and horses. :) Well, then again, do like the softness of cats and fluffyness of sheep.

glide (read all 2 entries…)
Let's get into this again.

Firstly, I will investigate where I can glide and how to get there.

change the world (read all 3 entries…)
I did it (well at least for some people)

I met this single mom who was abandoned by her husband who took literally everything. So there was nothing at all, no stove, no beds, no matrasses, no washing machine, no money, really nothing. The kids where placed in a foster home by a judge, till the basic necessities where met.
So I went on the net, visiting all kinds of get stuff for free and second hand websites to get beds, matrasses, a stove and a washing machine, went to the store to buy blankets and stuff, got someone to drive a van and we went on a drive through the country to get all the stuff.
We connected everything, mum and us build the beds. The week after there was a case at the courthouse where the judge verdicted that the children could live with their mother again, first for a trial period, and now it is made permanent.
I will probably never see the family again, but it was nice to do something that changed the world for them.

run a marathon (read all 19 entries…)
It's spring at last!

The winter is till a time I run less, or, shorter distances. 10K’s much. This was a winter with much rain, much wind, a temp just above zero. Not the weather that makes you run, when looking out of the window making a decision what to do this day.
But now spring has arived and this week I ran 50K in total. 14K on sunday, 16 K on wednesday and 18K’s today.

Get a tattoo (read all 2 entries…)
tatoo update

I told everybody I know I want this. Now the next step is to go to a tatooshop and ask how and what and how much money.

Learn Japanese (read all 2 entries…)

The next courses will be this fall (the spring courses have allready started)

I’ve downloaded a Japanese learning course from the internet to learn some words and stuff allready. And to see whether or not I can do this internetcourse on a regular basis. Otherwise a paid course isn’t very usefull.

Dance in the rain (read all 2 entries…)
Done it yesterday!

I came out of the cinema and it was raining cats and dogs outside and storming. The cinema has a large square next to it, so I took the opportunity to dance in the rain.

I got all joyful and vibrant, it gave me energy for the rest of the evening.

Learn Japanese (read all 2 entries…)
Found some courses

The peoples-university gives courses Japanase in my hometown. For beginners, average and average+. I only had the fall-courses calender, so I have to got here to find out when they are this winter and spring.

cook something from all 6 continents (read all 3 entries…)

Tse tofu: a tofu recipe from Nepal.

cook something from all 6 continents (read all 3 entries…)

Ye’atakilt w’et, a vegetable Casserole of Ethiopia.

cook something from all 6 continents (read all 3 entries…)
to make it a bit more interesting

recipes of country’s I haven’t made anything of in my life.

Get a tattoo (read all 2 entries…)
I want this for years.

I want a tatoo of a salamander on my upper arm. The tail has to curve around my arm.

glide (read all 2 entries…)

it was my intention to glide this year. But all resolutions made this year fell into smithereens. So, next year, I will… :)

Dance in the rain (read all 2 entries…)
Dance in the snow

Last week it snowed and I took the occasion to dance in the snow.

list my top 100 songs (read all 5 entries…)

Nice to listen to old cd’s again.

list my top 100 songs (read all 5 entries…)

50 There will always be – Adem
49 What becomes of us – Cinephile
48 Ég Finn Ekki Fyrir Hendinni Á Mér, En Það Er Allt Í Lagi, Liggðu Bara Kyrr – Múm
47 But I might die tonight – Cat Stevens
46 Cantaloop (flip fantasia) – Us3
45 Company B boy – Backini
44 Sugar assault me now – Pop Levi
43 Gloria – Patti Smith
42 Norwegian wood (This bird has flown) – the Beatles
41 Let love rule – lenny Kravitz
40 According to No Plan – Broadcast
39 All apologies – Nirvana
38 Sour times – Portishead
37 Talk to me – Tindersticks
36 Még azt mondják (Zither player) – Felix Lajko
35 fizheuer zieheuer – Ricardo Villalobos
34 Bug powder dust – Bomb the Bass
33 Yeah (pretentious mix) – LCD Soundsystem
32 Grace kelly – Mika
31 Alan Bean (live at Club lek) – Hefner
30 Heroes – David Bowie
29 God in a cage – An Pierle
28 Eva – Boudewijn de Groot
27 The only daughter remix – David Sylvian
26 Tryin’ times – Attica Blues remix – Courtney Pine
25 Multiply – Jamie Lidell
24 Born Slippy – Underworld
23 Hypnosis theme – Wax Taylor
22 Apologia – Gavin Friday
21 God bless – Lamb
20 Life is what you make it – Talk Talk
19 elements song- Tom lehrer
18 blij blij blij! – Machinefabriek
17 Good Friday – CocoRosie
16 Watershed – Mark Hollis
15 Good vibrations – Beach boys
14 Refugee – Oi va voi
13 Wespen op de appeltaart -Spinvis
12 Come to daddy – the Aphex Twin
11 Protection – Masive Attack
10 The wolf, the sheep & the door – Mira Calix
09 Mysteries – Beth Gibbons
08 Air a dancer – Penguin café Orchestra
07 Shut off/curl up – Laika
06 Perfect day – Lou Reed
05 Glory Box – Portishead
04 We love the city – Hefner
03 Spotlight – Wagon Christ
02 Strawberry fields forever – the Beatles
01 (Spirit of) Eden – Talk Talk

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