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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turingwins's Life List

  1. 1. get out of debt
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    12,271 people
  2. 2. compete in the Olympics
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    91 people
  3. 3. work because I like to, not because I have to
    3,457 people
  4. 4. Read the entire Bible
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    2,552 people
  5. 5. start a garden
    316 people
  6. 6. learn photography
    2,906 people
  7. 7. learn to ride horses
    61 people
  8. 8. learn archery
    2 entries
    594 people
  9. 9. visit Japan
    5,960 people
  10. 10. be a good cook
    147 people
  11. 11. write a book
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    31,381 people
  12. 12. finish my Ph.D.
    715 people
  13. 13. speak fluent Japanese
    152 people
  14. 14. learn to fly a plane
    1,165 people
  15. 15. identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money)
    7,806 people
  16. 16. learn to sing
    2,894 people
  17. 17. start a band
    1,992 people
  18. 18. learn Korean
    1,392 people
  19. 19. learn morse code
    308 people
  20. 20. work in a vineyard
    8 people
  21. 21. learn to play the cello
    832 people
  22. 22. learn Chinese
    2,655 people
  23. 23. learn pottery
    146 people
  24. 24. learn to sail
    2,281 people
  25. 25. own a farm
    251 people
  26. 26. Go cave diving
    37 people
  27. 27. Learn to fly
    2,284 people
  28. 28. become an army ranger
    4 people
  29. 29. meet the Army Ranger physical fitness entrance standards
    2 people
  30. 30. Go to more concerts/events
    2 people
  31. 31. make a computer game
    538 people
  32. 32. build a log cabin
    126 people
  33. 33. own land in Alaska
    2 people
  34. 34. Design and build my own house
    1,768 people
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learn archery (read all 2 entries…)

Bought my own recurve, a 45#, been going to a range regularly a few times a week for a month now. Learning and teaching myself mostly, aiming via instinctive. Lately, I’ve been trying to focus on consistency with good form. Finally figured out string picture to fix my horizontal variance. Still, compared to me shooting 45# bare bow with a foot-wide group (always a wild one in the group) at 20 yards, the kids shooting FITA still look amazing.

learn archery (read all 2 entries…)

Finally went to an archery range this weekend after finding out a bunch of other people were interested in going. We took an hour “lesson” which was about 3 minutes total of explanation about recurve bows, arrows, and how to nock, draw, and loose (but not how to aim, oddly). I ended up doing a bit of reading on my own afterward and instinctive aiming is apparently not uncommon for trad archery.

In any case, I managed to at least be consistent in grouping my shots together for the first couple rounds before getting a better feel for aiming. The later rounds, I put 80% in the center, one round was 100%. We only shot from like 10 and 15 yards, probably but not bad for a first time.

I’m definitely interested in doing more, and being such a novice, I’m going to leave this on my list until I feel like I’m really learning.

Go Caving

My girlfriend got a package for spelunking for my birthday, but it was one of those things that I kept putting off for “when I found more free time”. Eventually, she made me set a weekend to go for it. Didn’t really know what to expect, but it was a lot of fun and definitely something I could see myself getting into. Here’s hoping.

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