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 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
25. Executed on a Technicality by David Dow

Made me want to become a death penalty lawyer.

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
24. Paper Towns by John Green

A reread for comfort.

live in Paris
I'm studying abroad.

I leave for Paris on January 13th. I am so incredibly excited. It doesn’t make any sense with my major or career plans, but it’s a dream.

watch the AFI Top 100 movies (read all 9 entries…)
I still want to do this...

42. The Last Picture Show – I loved this. A new favorite.
43. Dr. Strangelove – after how much this movie was built up to me, I was really impressed that it completely lived up to the hype. Wonderful, a rare old movie that stays funny.
44. The Graduate – another new favorite. Extraordinary. I want to watch this over and over. It’s exactly right for where I am in life right now.

Have I really only seen three of these in the last year?

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
23. Jurors' Stories of Death by Benjamin Fleury-Steiner

Very interesting research on jurors’ reactions in capital trials, although I’m not sure if I buy the sociological interpretation that comes with it.

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
22. Spiderman Blue by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

This was wonderful and sad, very sad.

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
21. Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row by Lou Jones

A humanizing, though not excusing, look at Death Row inmates. Research for a paper I’m writing. The interviews and commentary from Jones were really insightful, and he handled this controversial material in a thoughtful way – he understood the weight of his material.

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
20. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

I was feeling a little lonely so I reread my favorite book. It was beautiful, again. I sat in the sun smoking a cigarette and I was very happy.

learn arabic (read all 4 entries…)
Last Oral Proficiency Interview : Advanced Mid :)

I am now what I would consider proficient in Arabic. I am taking a content course in Arabic in which I read high-level academic tests, and my speaking is at a really high level. One step closer to my career!

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
19. Indignation by Philip Roth

Very masculine writing style – reminded me a bit of Charles Bukowski, though much less brutal. I enjoyed this, especially toward the end.

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
18. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

I liked this, but there was so much hype that I was sort of let down. I don’t think it was paced very well, but very good in other ways.

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
17. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

I had been meaning to read this for a while, as I’ve had little-to-no exposure to feminist literature. It was nice to have such a compelling story too.

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
16. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Sparse, heartwrenching.

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
15. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Absolutely amazing. A new favorite.

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
14. Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil by Jeff Smith

I was wondering whether comic books counted, and then whether I could count the four separate volumes of this one story as four books. I decided yes to the first and no to the second. Lent to me by my boyfriend and not something I thought I would like, but I did. Some of the artwork, especially the wider views, are really beautiful.

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
13. The Final Solution by Michael Chabon

Perfect. The writing makes me want to never write anything again.

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
12. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon

This book hurt to read, but it was true.

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
11. Freakin' Fabulous by Clinton Kelly

My mom won a free makeover from him so I read the book that came with it. Just a quick, kind of charming lifestyle book.

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
10. Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine

I really liked the look of this graphic novel and the commentary on race was interesting, but the story wasn’t very relatable or satisfying to me.

read 52 books in 2010 (read all 25 entries…)
9. The Time-Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

It has been a long time since I finished reading a novel. This book had some really beautiful moments and it was lovely to be caught up in a story again. The last section of the book was especially good.

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