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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is pushing and pulling with the wind

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recover from injury (read all 64 entries…)

Cold weather and creeping crud have rather destroyed my efforts for now.

get my a+ certification (read all 5 entries…)
Progress so far now

8 out of 24 chapters read with completion of review questions

identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money) (read all 28 entries…)
BSA Columbia Basin Boardgame Society (#21)

The Columbia Basin Boardgame Society (cf. Boardgame Geek guild entry) gives me a chance to get out and socialize.

use TaDa to help work towards my 43Things (read all 5 entries…)
Small note about Ta-da

I stumble over the “to-do” aspect sometimes. I use Joe’s Goals for daily and/or ongoing goals, but I can certainly quantify some of my goals a little bit and mark them off in Ta-da that way.

Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 74 entries…)
Simple Pleasures are the Best

1. I’m grateful for hard times. I have learned better frugality and learned how to do more things on my own (Do It Yourself). As a disabled dad on a fixed income, it’s important.

2. My board game group provides me one way to get out of the house and socialize—which I don’t do enough.

3. I am glad to be a member of my court club. I can go work on injury recovery, everyone (members and staff alike) have been supportive, and I can bring all of my family if I wish.

3a. My son loves to swim there at the pool. It is a wonderful opportunity to keep him active

4. Leaves losing their green chlorophyll in the autumn, providing vibrant colors to the landscape.

5. Daddy-daughter dates at Chuck E. Cheese

lose weight / get in shape (read all 31 entries…)
Slowly climbing back on the horse

It is so hard with a back injury but I am getting back to the pool a lot more.

recover from injury (read all 64 entries…)
Didn't use up all my spare physio days...

that is, before Medicare stops paying, but

I have two options now

1. get an extension- have my doctor write up something persuading Social Security that it’s “medically necessary”

2. get a referral to a chiropractor- be covered only for “manual manipulations”

3. all of the above

Encourage people to get out and move more (walk,run,jog,whatever) (read all 12 entries…)
Family outings to the pool becoming more regular.

I’ve had to goad a bit, but everyone has been having so much fun. My son (18 months now) especially loves it.

learn more about linux (read all 18 entries…)
SB! Live sound card and Intrepid Ibex coming up soon

Rather than fight Pulse Audio for sound mixing, I finally bought a used SB! Live sound card for hardware mixing. It works. Wow. Apparently, Linux can be fussy about hardware, but once you get the right stuff, it finally works. Quite amusing for a sound card that is considered old by Windoze standards.

Intrepid Ibex is set for release next month and speaking of Pulse Audio, I hope it’s fixed with this version. Very much thinking of moving to the Linux Mint distro however for Debian with even less fuss than Ubuntu.

Might play around with OpenSUSE again now that I have a solid sound card.

identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money) (read all 28 entries…)
Costuming (#20)

As Halloween draws near, I’m reminded of this, but I had occasions where I was able to do it other times of the year.
(For example, my profile picture was taken in March during St. Paddy’s Day.)

I look at it less as a disguise or a masquerade, and more as a way to express one’s creativity and mood. I also distinguish it from everyday fashion because it’s a moment to set that aside and have a little more free-spirited fun.

recover from injury (read all 64 entries…)
Going back to physio

Went to see my physician today to get another referral and so it’s back to physio next week.

get my a+ certification (read all 5 entries…)
Slowly plodding through the book

Have read 4 chapters so far and completed review questions for 3 of them. Not very impressive, I guess, but it’s what I can do right now.

recover from injury (read all 64 entries…)
Failing, very badly.

My health is not in the gutter, or the sewer, but it is in the toilet.

Very, very, very discouraging as my goals have pretty much fizzled out for the time being.

eat more soup (read all 21 entries…)
Hot and sour soup...

...was might nice with fresh mushrooms and grated carrot.

But often I cheat with soup and use canned, frozen, and dried stuff: this soup had canned bamboo shoots and I used a powdered mix for seasoning.

get my a+ certification (read all 5 entries…)
Using Ta-da and family "Wall of Fame"

1. Just completed a checklist (Ta-da Lists with Prism) for reading the chapters and completing the review questions.

2. Family “Wall of Fame” is to motivate my daughter to get good grades in 1st grade, but wife agreed to let me use it too with this goal so she knows Daddy is committed too.

Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 74 entries…)
School starting, housework, goals

1. My daughter started 1st grade today
1a. Because she was at school, my wife and I were able to catch up on a little housework
2. Delicious hot and sour soup with fresh mushrooms
3. Back pain relief from an icy cold pool this evening
3a. My son had a great time during said trip to the pool
4. Using the new treadmill again at the exercise room in our apt. complex
5. Our family “Wall of Fame”, done up to motivate my daughter to get good grades, has also inspired me to complete my A+ Certification goal as far as studying the book. Cimmy agreed to help me and put my achievements up to also motivate our daughter.

use TaDa to help work towards my 43Things (read all 5 entries…)
Ta-da and the A+ Certification goal

I drew up a checklist including all the chapters I need to read and the review questions for each.

Use Joe's Goals to complete my 43Things (read all 3 entries…)
Still going well.

Joe’s Goals is still helping me meet those basic fitness goals.

learn html (read all 8 entries…)
Probably going about this the wrong way...

I have yet to put anything on a blank webpage. Right now, I am posting exercises to a blog at my main site, which is boring as hell.

I know a lot of Linux webauthors like gedit, but I think I’ll take a look at Screem and open a free webpage somewhere to start playing with that.

learn more about linux (read all 18 entries…)
openSUSE LiveCD works...

...which was a shock, because I could never get an Ubuntu LiveCD working at all.

I decided to look at the KDE interface with openSUSE instead of GNOME, which I use with Ubuntu. Interesting. I could not get sound to work whatsoever, however. That’s not a good thing. Granted, I will need to install it to play a little more with it, but… so far, not a good sign.

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