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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Learn Objective-C (read all 3 entries…)

I know C and C++, so it wasn’t much of a stretch. Actually seems more intuitive and uncluttered than C++.

get a Wii (read all 2 entries…)
i played rock band

on playstation last night. drumming was fun, but kind of tricky. guitar was pretty cool. i’m now completely convinced that i need to buy a wii and get guitar hero. estimated date of completion is the end of this semester.

get better grades (read all 7 entries…)
after two long years

saying this is done feels really good. total improvement: 1.02. oddly enough, the best part about this wasn’t getting better grades- it was that i took a different approach that paid off and seems to be working. now i have to see about getting my GPA to where i really want it to be.

split my tongue (read all 3 entries…)
so i've just connected a few dots.

i was first intrigued by mention of this in 2001. that’s SEVEN YEARS of having this kick around in my head. during those years i’ve mentioned it here at least twice- at this point it’s probably safe to say that i won’t regret it.

the date i talked about in my last post has come and gone (but only by a couple of weeks) so this is a definite go. the only thing i’m waiting on is funding and for the right person to tag along with me.

get better grades (read all 7 entries…)
so close.

my last exam is on august 20th. i’m not at all prepared, and think it could easily go quite poorly.
in other news, i compared my current gpa with last august’s and noticed it had increased by about 0.6. not bad, and definitely qualifies as “better”, but i’m still going to wait until after this last exam to check this goal off.
new goal will be to raise it by about 0.5 by this time next year. i want a “fresh start” for this year knowing that my grades improved, i got into my 1st choice program, and this will help with something else i’m looking into.

Learn Objective-C (read all 3 entries…)
thanks in part

to reading become an xcoder, i finished my first test app-thingy a few weeks ago. for the interested, details and download link are “here”, and i wrote a little more about it here.

the syntax of the language is easy to grasp, and it’s really just C with a bunch of brackets, so i feel like i understand the basics of it. the hard part is everything else.

learn to fly a plane (read all 2 entries…)
this could possibly

be the most kick-ass vehicle ever. i wonder what kind of fuel it runs on?

build a bike (read all 2 entries…)
all done.

details and pics are here.

build a bike (read all 2 entries…)
i started building a bike at school.

there’s this place called Right to Move that’s a volunteer-run bike shop thingy where you can use their tools to repair a bike you own, or buy parts from them to put on yourself.
i had picked out a frame to start working on in the beginning of april, but exam studying got in the way and i just got back to it this week. on monday i went back and got started. now the frame has wheels, pedals, a seat and handlebars. all i have to do is hook up the brake cables and derailleur (or “derailer” if you care to be a prick about it) and i’m all done.
the plan is to finish it tonight, so hopefully i’ll be riding it around starting this evening.

kill God (read all 3 entries…)
you can thank

part one of the movie Zietgeist for the final “nail in the coffin”.

keep blog updated (read all 4 entries…)
you can

blame twitter for this still being on my list.

Write entries for all my things. (read all 4 entries…)

and not nearly as fulfilling as i imagined. still, this list need a little more ‘turnover’.

Learn Objective-C (read all 3 entries…)
mark today

as a day that the geekery gets even worse.

i’ve spent quite some time here in the past few days/weeks reading tutorials. there is a shitload of information.

i think this one is going to work. i had an idea (i’m going to build a homework machine!!!) that i wanted to get started on, so i jumped into interface builder thinking that i’ll just slap it together only to realized that i actually have to learn this language. i’ve got this slick interface dealy that does less than nothing. it just sits there taunting me and my ignorance.

anyway, what i’ve seen is nothing like what i remember of c++, but i could be way off here. still, it looks like fun. too bad there are only two books in the school li-bery, and none at the city/province/whatever one. amazing.
i’ll check one of them out tomorry and see where this goes.

comment, tips, ideas, help is more than welcome.

Learn Japanese. Visit Japan and pleasantly shock people (and my friends haha) by being able to speak Japanese.
if i had

a backburner, i’d put this goal behind it.

Master php+mysql+css+xhtml (read all 2 entries…)
not sure

if this will help this goal, but i finished this today. the php and sql is going to take a while, but i feel that the css xhtml is done. this site validates (i make sure they all do), and so does the other one that i just finished yesterday (link to come, but it’s nothing special). i feel pretty good about it.
there’s a css tutorial at school this thursday. we’ll see how my pirate style measures up to the booklernded ones. php is next week, so maybe this goal might make it into the ‘done’ pile some day.

decommission my ailing imac (read all 4 entries…)
i can't believe i didn't mention this.

i got the tax return thingy. it came by cheque. so i decided to do it. i took the left over return money, some savings, and this latest cheque and bought one of these.

i ordered it online last tuesday. the shipping time was supposed to be 3-5 days, which made me think i’d get it in 3-5 days. after confirming the order, it was explained that “ships in 3 to 5 business days” really means that it will leave the warehouse or whereever in that time. then it may take another 3-5 business days to be delivered. kind of a bummer to see that an order placed on sept. 18th was estimated to get here sometime during the first week of october. then i checked the fedex tracking site, it showed that the computer left the same afternoon i ordered it, and was estimated to be here thursday by noon. it got here thursday around 3.30. not too bad, and definitely better than two weeks.
the difference between the two computeres is hard to describe. now that i have it, i don’t know how i went so long with that old piece of junk. this was definitely worth doing.

pictures are here.

split my tongue (read all 3 entries…)
i have a date

in mind, but i’m not going to say what it is. i will mention that it’s going to coincide with crossing “get better grades” off my list.
as i was re-reading the other entry i wrote about this goal, i realized that one thing i need to do is figure out the pain issue. i want to be prepared for the experience. i know pain is relative, and probably not as big of a deal as i think it’s going to be, but the thought of having my tongue halved without anesthetics kind of bugs me.
i used to work in a piercing shop. some of the people that came in would ask me whether getting pierced hurt or not. besides comparing it to other similar things (pin prick, stubbing a toe, etc.), i would tell them that pain is mostly relative. and subjective. it might hurt more than somethings you’ve done before, or it might hurt less. i’m kind of worried, because i’ve had some pretty painful experiences. i tell myself i can do this now because the memory of the pain has faded enough. when that’s happened, it usually means that i’m ready to handle it. so when that date comes, i think i’ll be ready.

decommission my ailing imac (read all 4 entries…)

so i got half of a tax return today. what a tease. i should get the other half tomorrow.
“what’s the best part about getting a quebec provincial tax return?” you ask?
that’s the part where they said i am eligible for a qst credit1 but explained that “The amount of the credit and the terms of payment will be explained to you in the coming weeks”! thanks, assclowns, but i need it now.
the worst part about this is that i just noticed my credit card limit was increased by a few thousand dollars. more than enough to pay for this. so tempting…

it’s making me crazy. i can’t stop looking at it. i want to be friends with it. i want to make inappropriate comments to it in a public place. i want to invite it back to my place, get a few drinks in it, and make awkward geek love to it. i want this more than wayne wanted that guitar. and that was a pretty sweet guitar.

1. for non-canadians- some people get a refund of some of the provincial sales tax paid throughout the year.

Write entries for all my things. (read all 4 entries…)
after adding tags

to some of my goals, i noticed i’m at 95%. it’s that pesky ‘learn japanese…’ that’s really not coming along. all i can say is that i talked to a girl at work who is also learning. she’s a weirdo. cute, but weird.

Try Absynthe (read all 2 entries…)
i found out

yesterday that a coworker has tried it, and loved it. he said he had hallucinations. not too sure if that’s accurate, but he suggested some brands to try and brands to avoid that are in line with what i’ve heard elsewhere.
even better- he’s up for splitting an order for a few bottles. i found a website that doesn’t seem sketchy, but they’re in europe. he seems pretty enthusiastic about this, so maybe we’ll get this done in the very near future.

(ps-i’m skipping work right now)

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