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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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Todd Gehman

I'm doing 40 things

Todd Gehman's Life List

  1. 1. care about health for a year
    1 entry . 8 cheers
    2 people
  2. 2. manage a low- or no-cost recording and photography studio
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    1 person
  3. 3. make a documentary film
    2 entries . 29 cheers
    550 people
  4. 4. shoot a photo essay on small-scale winemaking
    3 entries . 8 cheers
    2 people
  5. 5. base a Theme and Variations suite on my phone number
    1 entry . 22 cheers
    2 people
  6. 6. learn clever magic tricks
    12 cheers
    160 people
  7. 7. publish something in a respectable journal, magazine, or edited website
    17 cheers
    379 people
  8. 8. build an excellent piece of furniture out of wood
    23 cheers
    94 people
  9. 9. live in New York City for one year
    24 cheers
    83 people
  10. 10. drink 40 year old Bordeaux on my 40th birthday
    3 entries . 25 cheers
    7 people
  11. 11. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
    15 cheers
    21,500 people
  12. 12. master three piano pieces by Chopin
    19 cheers
    4 people
  13. 13. write an artist's statement
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    6 people
  14. 14. make a short film
    16 cheers
    675 people
  15. 15. codify the rules of the jukebox drinking game
    2 cheers
    1 person
  16. 16. Record a solo album
    1 entry . 10 cheers
    55 people
  17. 17. go hang gliding
    6 cheers
    468 people
  18. 18. take a drawing class
    10 cheers
    96 people
  19. 19. design a font
    9 cheers
    33 people
  20. 20. Build out my entire neighborhood on 43 Places
    4 cheers
    5 people
  21. 21. attend a dark dining dinner
    1 entry . 12 cheers
    1 person
  22. 22. read at least one book a month
    8 cheers
    284 people
  23. 23. commission a work of art
    4 cheers
    5 people
  24. 24. Learn to play the cello
    11 cheers
    832 people
  25. 25. write a clear and concise essay on color theory for photographers
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    1 person
  26. 26. learn to ride a motorcycle
    7 cheers
    1,953 people
  27. 27. Make 43 Things Faster
    2 entries . 6 cheers
    4 people
  28. 28. design a t-shirt
    3 cheers
    942 people
  29. 29. take a photo every day for a month
    6 cheers
    39 people
  30. 30. have my caricature drawn
    4 cheers
    93 people
  31. 31. do yoga
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    2,361 people
  32. 32. Fund 43 microloans through
    3 cheers
    46 people
  33. 33. take writing retreats
    2 cheers
    1 person
  34. 34. volunteer
    2 cheers
    5,550 people
  35. 35. make music most mondays
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  36. 36. learn Logic Pro 8
    2 entries
    15 people
  37. 37. fund 43 student microloans through
    1 cheer
    1 person
  38. 38. Make a project for
    1 cheer
    8 people
  39. 39. Do the Seattle to Portland (STP) ride
    2 cheers
    33 people
  40. 40. Participate in NaSoAlMo 2009
    2 cheers
    1 person

How I did it
How to get my house in order
It took me
6 months
It made me

How to take dance lessons
It took me
1 month
It made me

Recent entries
drink 40 year old Bordeaux on my 40th birthday (read all 3 entries…)
tonight's the night

Four decades later, these two bottles of hopefully-still-alive wine are not long for this world. To help cling to relative youth, I’m going to photograph this evening’s events with a 46 year old Leica. So it might be a few days until I have photos developed and scanned. But in just a few hours, we indulge!

make a documentary film (read all 2 entries…)

My two juiciest documentary projects (including the one I false-started a few months ago) can’t swing into production until late summer. Meanwhile I’ve met some cool folks who are just getting off the ground doing docs on interesting local angles. Hopefully I’m going to join up with them, probably starting as the audio guy since I have more experience with mics and recording than the rest of the crew. Boom Operator is not my dream role, but getting off my ass and into doc production will be great in and of itself. And if these people are really cool to work with, who knows, a production company might materialize. Have to insert a plug for the Northwest Film Forum for providing the classes that are helping me jumpstart progress on this long-held goal. Last month’s Videography workshop with Erik Vilinskas kicked ass.

exhibit my photographs in a public place
thrown into deep end

All of the sudden, I’m hanging a show at a friend’s bar next Monday. I have seven days to throw together my very first photography show. Holy wow.

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