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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mikewoodhouse's Life List

  1. 1. see the northern lights
    19,115 people
  2. 2. Visit Australia
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    2,841 people
  3. 3. become a level 2 cricket coach
    1 person
  4. 4. Attend the olympics.
    1 entry
    311 people
  5. 5. Watch every ball of a Test Match
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    1 person

How I did it
How to become a better poker player
It took me
2 years
It made me
slightly richer

How to write an application on Rails
It took me
1 year
It made me

Recent entries
Attend the olympics.

..which ought to be pretty easy if London gets it in 2012…

Convert my entire CD collection to MP3
2600 tracks in a (long) weekend

...and now they come with me on my 40GB iRiver. I listen to my music collection more than I have in years.

BIG TIP: Make sure you have software that can rip CDs fast. I used a licensed verion of Musicmatch jukebox which, with a 48x CD-ROM drive, could munch through a CD in 5 or 6 minutes. Which brought the time to get through 160+ CDs down to something less daunting. Rather than spend all the time staring at a progress counter, I switched disc everytime I walked past the PC.

It was still a dull weekend, but the results were (are!) worth it.

score a half century (cricket)
only twice ... so far

It took a long time (about 15 years!) and when it happened I was unaware that I was that close: the cheering from the boundary had me completely confused! The second time I had a slightly better idea (once I’ve passed 20 it’s already a good day so I stop keeping count) but it was nice to reach 50 with an on-driven four.

Sadly, my top score is only 52…plenty of room for improvement. A century’s probably out of the question, but I’d rather like a 75…

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