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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pigeonpost's Life List

  1. 1. love
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    3,386 people
  2. 2. Do something new every month
    788 people
  3. 3. be a scientist
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    110 people
  4. 4. sing in a great choral work again
    1 person
  5. 5. travel to iceland
    427 people
  6. 6. love my body
    1,130 people
  7. 7. reclaim my memory
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    1 person
  8. 8. learn to weave
    64 people
  9. 9. finish my degree
    2,533 people
  10. 10. remember a past life
    2 people
  11. 11. travel to all the islands of the world
    1 person
  12. 12. go to space
    526 people
  13. 13. wander in the forest
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    5 people
  14. 14. scuba dive
    2,504 people
  15. 15. learn adobe premiere
    4 people
  16. 16. watch things get made
    1 entry
    1 person
  17. 17. meet robert hass and give him a hug
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    1 person
  18. 18. live in california
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    549 people
  19. 19. sleep on the beach
    399 people
  20. 20. buy my mom a house
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    96 people
  21. 21. get a penpal
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    328 people
  22. 22. meet more people around the world
    4 people
  23. 23. read more philosophy
    102 people
  24. 24. write an article about astrobiology
    1 person
  25. 25. make installations in remote places
    1 person
  26. 26. not apologize for making a mark
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    1 person
  27. 27. see wild animals up close
    1 person
  28. 28. make more films
    11 people
  29. 29. practice chi regularly
    1 person
  30. 30. build a treehouse in the american west
    1 person
  31. 31. experience the midnight sun
    5 people
  32. 32. see antarctica
    31 people
  33. 33. make special packages for people I love
    1 cheer
    1 person
  34. 34. sit in a yurt in mongolia
    1 cheer
    1 person
  35. 35. avoid buying plastic
    1 cheer
    2 people
  36. 36. be kind always to animals
    1 cheer
    1 person
  37. 37. eat raw food for a year
    5 people
  38. 38. write poetry
    795 people
  39. 39. design my website
    71 people
  40. 40. chart the creation of an item completely
    1 person
  41. 41. write down my dreams every morning
    7 people
  42. 42. win the pulitzer prize
    30 people
  43. 43. make a quilt depicting constellations and chromosomes
    1 cheer
    1 person
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watch things get made
otherwise the machines might explode mid-air

Unbeknownst to me at the time of making this goal, I would soon leave my adopted landscape of insanity called New York and head for the quieter skies and oceans of St. Augustine, Florida, home of my birth, gem of the First Coast, and the longest continually settled city in the United States. Once I was settled there among the boats and pelicans, I had the distinct pleasure of working at a wire manufacturing company, which at first was not pleasurable at all, being at such a far remove from other artsy, abstract pleasures of the mind, but as soon as I had a few tours of the factory floor, and the people burrowed into my heart, well—the place just grew on me. Not to mention they had these beautiful spinning machines that twirled out highly engineered wire for airplanes and the aeronautics industry. Though I am no longer working there, I plan to follow up this four-month experience of the factory world, I will trek to the Boeing facility in Everett, not too far from my newly adopted home of Seattle, and try to see a tour of the airplanes being built there. And maybe catch a glimpse of the wire I helped bring into being back in Florida.




 

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