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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improve my fitness

I eat a pretty healthy diet and I’m not overweight (my BMI is 22). But I have weak muscles and am very unfit in that I can’t jog for more than a minute or two before my lungs seize up and I come to a gasping halt.

Up until now, I’ve relied on walking to and from work every day to keep my weight in check, but it worries me to think I couldn’t run a reasonable distance if I had to (especially in an emergency).

I’m going to focus initially on improving my cardiovascular fitness, and then see about doing some sort of strength training.

build my own computer (read all 2 entries…)
Done - yay!

This goal got pushed to one side for six months or so due to finances and unexpected circumstances, but I finally got there a couple of weeks ago. The system is working beautifully – no hassles whatsoever. :D

become a better photographer
Project 365 and Flickr

I feel like I’m definitely making progress with this. I started a Flickr-based Project 365 challenge in October, which involves taking and posting at least one photo every day for a year. It’s sometimes tough to maintain the commitment, but I’m learning a lot through daily practice and experimentation, and also from providing and receiving feedback from other Flickrites.

watch more movies (read all 2 entries…)

I’m still doing pretty well with this. Since my last entry I’ve watched:

No Country for Old Men (4.5), 30 Days of Night (3), Cloverfield (4), The Usual Suspects + (4), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (4), The Golden Compass (3), Three Colours: Blue (4), Iron Man (4.5), Twelfth Night (1996) (4), Stardust (3.5), Ratatouille (4), Happy Feet (3), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2.5), Once (4), Control (4), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (4).

build my own computer (read all 2 entries…)

Funds are now sorted and I plan to start researching and selecting components this weekend.


I spent a big chunk of the long weekend working on this. We actually have a functioning desk now instead of a mountain of paper and assorted clutter.

Go to the dentist

I put it off for nearly seven years (!), but the fear of what would happen to my teeth if I didn’t visit the dentist began to outweigh the fear of going and I finally made an appointment. The state of my teeth and gums wasn’t as bad as I’d feared but they were in need of attention. As well as having them cleaned, I had to have a couple of fillings and they also fixed a chipped front tooth. While none of this was exactly pleasant, it wasn’t painful or particularly traumatic, and they did the treatment over several visits. Since then, I’ve been back for two six-monthly cleaning appointments without any problems (the most recent was a couple of weeks ago), and it’s definitely getting easier each time.

watch more movies (read all 2 entries…)

I’m doing pretty well with this goal lately. I joined Quickflix just over a month ago and it’s been great.

So far this year I’ve watched:
This Is England (5), Transformers (2.5), El Topo (3), College (4), Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (4), Rashomon (5), The Three Ages (4), I Heart Huckabees (3.5), Y Tu Mama Tambien (4.5), Suspiria (4), M (5), The Simpsons Movie (4), Ghost World (3), My Own Private Idaho + (4), Annie Hall (4), Cinema Paradiso (5), Land of the Dead (3.5), Juno (4), Waiting for Guffman (4), The General + (5), Little Miss Sunshine (4), Pan’s Labyrinth (4)

+ watched before / repeat viewing

5 – Not to be missed
4 – Excellent
3 – Worth watching
2 – Maybe
1 – Don’t bother

Be more sociable (read all 2 entries…)

This week I’ve been making an effort to strike up brief conversations with people outside my immediate work team, especially people I don’t usually talk to. I’m sitting at a desk near the printer at the moment, so most people say hi anyway as they wait for their print jobs. It doesn’t take much effort to have a friendly 20-second chat about whatever. I’m not doing this with everyone because that would just be too distracting – I’m just aiming to do it a few times a day.

Become a better programmer

I’m going to start by reading “Code Complete” by Steve McConnell – I hear it’s pretty good. I mostly code in PL/SQL at work, so I’m also going to read “Oracle PL/SQL Best Practices” by Steven Feuerstein.

Be more sociable (read all 2 entries…)
Some progress...

I’ve been doing okay on this goal, especially over the last week or so. I’ve made an effort to catch up with several people, and it’s been fun.

Read more (read all 2 entries…)

I’m currently reading “The Subtle Knife” by Philip Pullman. Next up is “The Amber Spyglass” by the same author, followed by “The Book of the New Sun – Volume 1: Shadow and Claw” by Gene Wolfe.

Recently read:
“Northern Lights” by Philip Pullman
“Generation X” by Douglas Coupland
“Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell
“number9dream” by David Mitchell
“The Quiet American” by Graham Greene
“One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“The Call of the Wild” by Jack London
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling
“The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick

go to a Muse concert
At last!

Just bought concert tickets for November. :)

read more poetry

I’m going to start with “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman and the collected poems of T.S.Eliot.

see more live music (read all 3 entries…)
The Cure

I saw The Cure on Wednesday night, and they were brilliant. I’ve only waited about 17 years to see them live – but better late than never, I guess! We were in the front standing section, so we were fairly close to the stage and had a fantastic view throughout.

see more live music (read all 3 entries…)
Tori Amos

Bought tickets today for Tori Amos in September.

Read more (read all 2 entries…)

I just finished “The Wind-up Bird Chronicle” by Haruki Murakami. I was a little bit disappointed with the ending, but it was an interesting read nonetheless. Next up is “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick.

see more live music (read all 3 entries…)

I saw NIN twice on their recent Australian tour (once in Brisbane and once in Melbourne), and I’ll be seeing them again in Sydney when they return in September to play the rescheduled shows.

I also went to see Secret Chiefs 3 in May. They last played here about 9 years ago, and it was one of the best and most fun live gigs I’d ever been to. They were just as good as I remembered – better actually. As an added bonus, Trey Spruance was at the merchandise stand after the show, signing stuff and chatting to fans, so I got “Book of Horizons” signed. :)

Next up is Peeping Tom (Mike Patton) later this month.

start playing the piano again

I bought myself a digital piano two weeks ago. I’ve forgotten a lot, but bits and pieces are gradually coming back and it feels great to be playing again. Progress is slow but steady. :)

buy a digital SLR camera

I finally bought a second-hand Nikon D70. I’m still feeling a bit overwhelmed by the transition from point and shoot to full manual control, but I’m getting there.

I’ve joined a photography club at work which has been really helpful.

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