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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A question about this goal: As a smart and enthusiastic beginner, where should I look for good open source projects, preferably in Python? December 26th, 2005 16:48


The best place to look for open source projects that you can get excited about, is

Some questions that one might consider when picking a project are:

1. How excited are you about what the team is doing?
2. What skills can you bring to the project?
3. What skills would you like to gain on the project?
4. What is the size of the project team? (small teams hopefully give you more mindshare from key developers).

As for language, pick a project in any language you are comfortable with or in a language you are interested in becoming proficient in.

I agree with Cohan. I’d also add as a place to look for projects.

As well as being interested in both the language and the project, you also need to find a project whose lead is enthusiastic to have you on board and is will to take the time to help you out when you need it.

I’ve posted some more thoughts on this on my blog at

Burning Thirteen is finding an artistic challenge for 2013

If you are not sure what or how to start, I would recommend writing small projects for yourself. Even if it seems too small or stupid at the time, do it. It will get you in the habit, give you ideas and may lead to something bigger.

This way you may start your own project or discover exactly what you are looking for and then search for it on Sourceforge, freshmeat or even Rubyforge (if you are interested in Ruby)

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