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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I'm doing 5 things

How I did it
How to go cave climbing
It took me
1 day
It made me

How to visit Go Ape!
It took me
99 days
It made me

How to walk down a busy street pretending to be a dinosaur
It took me
1 day
It made me

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Write the rules for Greenwood Legends
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I’ve been making progress – quite good progress – with this. I am playing with the formatting and layout as I go which is slowing me down enough to read and re-read as I go along.

I think it reads quite well and the game mechanic seems sound.

Apply for a PhD (read all 2 entries…)
Still waiting for the axe to fall

I have two queries out at the moment. One is six weeks old, the other coming up for five.

In both cases I have not had any kind of receipt or acknowledgement of my question (essentially, “Dear Prof X, Are there any opportunities for supervision for this topic?” except without the X-Men reference and with a bit of manners wrapped around the outside.

It’s a really complicated process – in as much as it seems rather informal – and there is no way of knowing whether I should just keep waiting, or follow up with a polite query.

I’ve started to look for places outside of London, and indeed outside of the UK, to apply, but it is not clear to me where the research sits. Is it drama, is it theory, is it system design, is it creative writing?

The truth is that it is a multidisciplinary / intermedial topic and it seems as though most universities don’t like that sort of thing. Too much overhead for not much return. Given that I also want (need) to do it part time I think I’m on a hiding to nothing.

Apply for a PhD (read all 2 entries…)

I have two query letters out with two different universities.
I have had one reply – along the lines of “interesting, but I have no time to supervise.”

I should be getting my two academic references sorted over the next week or so

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