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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watch 20 films in a month (read all 4 entries…)
Finished @ 20!

so I finished last month off with:
X-Files: I Want to Believe- OK
Memento- one of my favorites
Mama Mia!- OK, fun.
Casshern- great visuals
Chronicles of Riddick- also great visuals.

Overall I had fun with this goal though I can’t say it was particularly mind blowing. Worth doing overall.



watch 20 films in a month (read all 4 entries…)
15...

Grizzly Man- interesting, thought it was OK
2LDK- dumb, didn’t like it.
The Dark Night- loved it.
Battle Royale- classic
Space Chimps- kinda cute and funny, was OK.



watch 20 films in a month (read all 4 entries…)
10 now total

Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster- classic Godzilla
Machine Girl- Stupid, but awesome
Hellboy II: The Golden Army- great summer action movie
Meatball Machine- Weird but interesting
Mongol- epic. Loved it.

~Half way there!!



go over 1000 songs on iTunes (read all 3 entries…)
about to cross the finish line....

with 933 songs. I’m glad I did this one, I find myself listening to my iPod more now that I have a bigger library. I am becoming less dependent on radio. It’s sort of time consuming, tracking down my favorite songs, but it’s worth it.



watch 20 films in a month (read all 4 entries…)
qtiplover

I think I’m going to track that this month. So far I’ve seen 5 this July. Here’s what I’ve seen so far and my ratings out of 5 (just b/c I feel like I should!!):
Joshua- 2/5 (really disappointed in this one)
Forbidden Kingdom- 3/5 (was OK)
Mulan- 5/5 (classic!)
Total Recall- 4/5 (again, classic)
Wall-E- 5/5



go over 1000 songs on iTunes (read all 3 entries…)
over 2 months later....

839! ...this wasn’t an overly difficult goal!



buy an Xbox 360 game
Untitled

bought lego Star wars 2 and crackdown months ago.

I have a hard time being OK with $60 per game, but these were older and it’s good to update once and a while.



watch every Godzilla movie (read all 3 entries…)
Only one more.

Today I watched Godzilla 1985. It was cool, but a shade below monster classic-dom. Loved Raymond Burr’s cameo, it made me laugh.

Luckily Ghidorah is on DVD, so it’ll be much less of a hassle to view it.



watch every Godzilla movie (read all 3 entries…)
Finished Megalon:

Yep, so I finished Magalon today, which leaves me with only two left to go. The second part of Megalon was a lot better. More monster fighting, etc. I love Jet Jaguar!!! So awesome. I hated that little kid though. The person who dubbed him was horrid, horrid, horrid!! Ah well. Hope they release a DVD version one of these days. I know a lot of fans would like to forget this one, but it is part of the series, and in the grand scheme of things there is worse being released to disc nowadays.



Read 5 books this month (read all 5 entries…)
Done!!

OK, so I’ve finished this, and I had a lot more fun in the process than I expected to!! OK, so my reading list for this was as follows:

I Just Kept Hoping- Gloria Stuart
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child- Keiko Tobe*
Godzilla on My Mind- William Tsutsui*
To Catch a Predator- Chris Hansen
The Eagle’s Shadow- Nora Martin

Starred= my favorites out of the selection.

Hope to do this again sometime…but I’ll probably skip March.



go over 1000 songs on iTunes (read all 3 entries…)
@ the moment...

I have only 654 “items” on my iTunes, and I think 2 of those are videos. I feel an overwhelming urge to go on a shopping spree, but I’m waiting a bit on that.



Read 5 books this month (read all 5 entries…)
I'm Chris Hansen, Dateline NBC...

Finished To Catch a Predator. It was good for what it was: a tie-in to the show. About half of the chapters in the book were “behind the scenes” accounts of the various stings filmed for the show, the other half delt with issues regarding these types of Internet crimes. I liked the latter chapters as I felt they delt with issues the show does not address, such as the predator’s family and what happens to them, female predators, and the actual benefits of the Internet. That last one in particular is one of the books strengths. It doesn’t use the Internet as a scapegoat, which is refreshing.

Anyways, I have moved on to a kid’s book called “The Eagle’s Shadow”. It’s thin, and I know I’ll burn through it, but I just want to get it read as it has been sitting on my bookshelf for (literally) years!! After that I will technically be done, but I may read just one more as this one’s so short.

I had a lot more fun on this goal than I thought I would have. It’s cool to get back into reading, and I have found that the “I don’t have time” excuse is totally lame. You always have time, you just have to claim time for yourself, y’know?



watch every Godzilla movie (read all 3 entries…)
The story so far:

at this moment, I’ve seen ‘em all, but 3: Godzilla 1985, Godzilla vs. Megalon, and Ghidorah: the Three Headed Monster. I have all of them already, so it’s just about getting around to watching them. I tried to watch Megalon today, but it is horribly DULL. Granted I just watched the first part, which was a lot of stupid human stuff, but WOW. Sci-fi special effect badness doesn’t bother me (I actually love the Megalon scenes), but lack of action does get on my nerves.

Oh well, moving closer to completion anyways.



read the v for vendetta graphic novel
Finally bought it!!

This goal isn’t totally in my radar yet, but I am indeed one step closer. I loved the movie, so I’m interested in reading this one (and, yeah, I know they’re different and everything).



Read 5 books this month (read all 5 entries…)
Godzilla=done.

Finished Godzilla on My Mind today, and started on my next book: Chris Hansen’s “To Catch a Predator” (written in response to Dateline’s popular series of the same name). It’s good so far, more of a behind the scenes book desguised as a parenting guide. It’s not the best writing you’ll ever see, but it works for what it is. If you find the show interesting, you’ll like it.

It’s short and easy to read, I think it’ll go by fast…then just one more!!



Read 5 books this month (read all 5 entries…)
Moving along...

I finished reading “With the Light”-great book. Right now I’m (re) reading “Godzilla on My Mind” by William Tsutsui. I’m reading this mainly becuase I don’t have much else around at the moment. But I’m also going back to it becuase it’s a fun, interesting little read.

At least it should tide me over until my next book comes in at the library!

So, to sum up, I’m working on my third, with 18 days left in Feb. Yikes!! I may have to speed this up a little. Well, if I work on it, I could finish “Godzilla” in a few days. Thankfully the weather’s horrid at the moment! ;P



Read 5 books this month (read all 5 entries…)
So far...

I’ve read one book this month: “I Just Kept Hoping” by Gloria Stuart. Stuart’s an actress who achieved mild fame during the 1930’s with her roles in The Invisible Man, and others. In recent times, she was nominated for best supporting actress for her role as old rose in Titanic. It was interesting, but the writing was pretty mediocre. I reccomend it, but not for everybody.

Right now I’m working on reading “With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child”, which is a 500+ page manga about a mother and her son, a boy who’s diagnosed with autism from an early age. I don’t normally like manga too terribly much, but this is a great story, and I’m liking it alot.

So far so good!!



live in Chicago
Lived and went to school there for one semester:

The city was awesome, but the school was very mediocre. I also noticed a rather snobby attitude in some of the people there (though that could have just been the school).

Overall though, I met a good friend in Chicago, and I have many great memories of weekends spent exploring the city. Overall, it was worht it for me.

P.S.-there are some super, super little restaurants in the city. Always keep your eyes open, some places look cheap-o, but are in fact delicious.



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