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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  1. 1. learn 2000 kanji
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  2. 2. learn piano
    1,415 people
  3. 3. Learn Spanish
    18,259 people
  4. 4. write a book
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impeach the president

I went to the future and did it! Bush whined and cried like the 8-year old bully that he is, but it was worth it. Guilty on all charges and removed from office, along with Cheney (who tried to shoot me in the face but missed). I didn’t hang around for the war crime trial - I decided to come back and let you about this instead.

visit New Zealand
Go there!

It’s a very long trip to get there from the US or Europe, but definitely worth the journey. My fiancee and I did a great 2-week bike trip on the South Island and it was an unforgettable place. Someone posted a photo of misty Milford Sound - we lucked out an had a beautiful sunny late spring day (early December) for our visit there, so here’s my photo of that day.

learn 2000 kanji (read all 2 entries…)

OK, I’m on my way into the JLPT 2 kanji, now doing 10 at a time. Once I feel good about how well I know the new 10 and am solid on the ones I learned earlier, I grab the next 10 and continue. I’m now at 310 and learning a new set of 10 every four days or so. This is a marathon, not a sprint, so I want to make sure I really “got” the old ones before tackling the next set of 10.

Anyone who has a Palm PDA should check out KingKanji – it’s really a great tool for learning stroke order and making sure you really know each kanji. With a Japanese word processor like JWPce, you can create your own sets of kanji to learn. I’ve found it to be an essential tool for remembering the kanji – if you can see a list of meanings and then can draw the kanji with the proper stroke order, you “got” it!

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