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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Learn more about tequila
Part of my heritage

Growing up in California, with a Dad famed for his margaritas I feel like I should have a deeper base of knowledge to draw on.



Code: A News Reader (RSS/ATOM)
Untitled

As RSS aggregators become a key piece of our outboard brain, its behooves us to have one that most perfectly fits the way we think, and so naturally we think, “I’ll write my own! And do it right!”

Until you realize what an ugly, messy world RSS really is.



do a basic implementation of MagpieRSS
Untitled

Not sure what it means to do a basic implementation, but I think writing it counts as basically implementing :)



Help test 43people.com: the next new thing from The Robot Co-op
Digital Lifestyle Aggregation

Playing with 43people you get the sense of a plan coming together.

Like links, but unlike photos, people (and relationships) are a key component I want to build around. Powerful potential plumbing is peaking through.



teach a class at the jp free skool (read all 3 entries…)
Actually, I haven't done it.

But it isn’t there to be done anymore.



print personal business cards
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Steve at the Meetup 2.0 was talking about the idea that maybe your blog is your personal business card. However I admit I’d like something slick and designed.

(I’ve gotten business card envy of Jasmine’s cards that all seems slick and black, except for those which are printed on vellum and are translucent)

First, I’ve got to figure out what my persona brand is though.



Crawl the cafes of San Francisco
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SF’s cafe culture is amazing! However there is no good directory so you just have to learn it by word of mouth/happy discovery.



Learn Ruby (read all 3 entries…)
Ongoing

I can’t say “I’m done!”, but definitely starting to feel fluent, and its an amazing language. (crippled only by its libraries)

If you’ve only done Rails (a Ruby-inspired web programming language) I suggest spending some time with just Ruby.



Visit 50 of the world heritage sites (read all 2 entries…)
:(

Went to Peru, and only added Cuzo and Lima to my count. If I wanted to pick up some quick wins I’d travel overland in the Andes (and not get sick) Pick up another 8-9 easy.



Get (or renew) a passport (read all 2 entries…)
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Helps to travel back to where you were born. In this nomadic age this often quite far away, however given your lack of a passport probably within the same country.

Turns out that your birth certificate is one of the few things your parents can still get for you as an adult. Use this.



start chicago.wifimug.org
Untitled

For some definitions of start, we’ve already done this, I wonder if I should make it worth doing?



Use backpack
re-phrasing the comment as a plea for help :)

oh great, and powerful “helper”, how may i use backpack?



Learn Ruby (read all 3 entries…)
in Boston?

Anyone else learning Ruby and/or Rails in Boston, and want to start a meetup?

http://ruby.meetup.com/



install and evaluate schoolbell
Untitled

www.schooltool.org/schoolbell



create an rss aggregator
Untitled

Some people will tell you that the “RSS aggregator” is a solved problem, but it ain’t. We’re just starting to figure out how to fish from the of massive stream of information that is being created, we’re at the very beginning of the experimentation curve, not the end.



start using hipster pda (read all 2 entries…)
low tech vs hi tech

as a calendar geek (and ex-palm engineer) i’ve got some pretty strong ideas about pda/pims. as a free wifi proponent i have some demanding requirements for my devices (i want opportunisitc network support, roll over from wifi, to cell network, to cdpd)

currently the market ain’t cutting it. and until it does, its just a clunky, bulky, toy that needs to be charged, and tended like a tagamotchi for “adults”. that isn’t an improvement.

so until then i’m going to try going low tech for a while.



start using hipster pda (read all 2 entries…)
background

http://merlin.blogs.com/43folders/2004/09/introducing_the.html

stack of index card, a binder clip, and a pen



find a decent bakery in boston (read all 3 entries…)
status update

blue frog is a mostly pastries and they don’t make their own breads. we tried a lemon meringue tart, it was disappointing.

flour in the south end was difficult to get to, expensive, and bougie, but the bread was excellent, good crisp crust, interestingly sour peasent loaf.



start using del.icio.us
Very worth doing

I think del.icio.us is the coolest, most useful website on the web (w/ 43 things a close 2nd of course).

Done some writing on it:

some thoughts on how to use tags

the problem w/ traditional approaches



redesign website
keeping a list of sites to steal from

I’ve been wanting to redesign the website for an opensource project I maintain. I’ve been keeping a (currently short) list of websites that I want to steal from on del.icio.us at:

http://del.icio.us/kellan/inspiration+redesign

I should be probably jotting down why I find them inspiring so when I come back in 6 months I remember :-/



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