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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RuStill here

I may add one of those mermaid goals so I can go down with the ship, but then swim up to the surface again. Glad you’re here too. Cheers… 3 months ago


RuYellow brick road

Retroactive happiness…

March 5, 2014

  • Up early listening to the downpour.
  • Feeling 99% better. Energy reemerging.
  • Sunshine came out in full force – warm on my face.
  • Isak had a great, extra long playdate. He was so excited to play host; setting up the airbrush, getting out games, filming little movies of lego guys having pillow fights with marshmallows, eating pizza, hitting the playground – they had a marvelous time.
  • An invitation in the mailbox for a birthday party at the complex.
  • Getting work finished (quite interesting stuff), feeling 100%, eating some sushi.

RuBottled up

Yesterday was a bit of a nightmare. A headache and fever crept up for no apparent reason and made me feel really off. I had trouble moving some files to my portable hard-drive (still haven’t figured that out) and then discovered a bunch of evil viruses hidden there that had to be dealt with, which is always stressful, compounded by both kids contagiously losing their shiznit.

Then the site here started acting weird and pictures are vanishing and refusing to load. We ran out of hot water (I’d really been craving that bath) and I had to stay up working until the wee hours on a project. I felt tense and down.

There. Now that I’ve unbottled that, I’ll shake it off and start again. Bright side, I backed up in the nick of time, I successfully battled all the viruses, I finished my project, I’m up early for some quiet time (maybe I’ll have an early bath?) and grabbed a photobucket account so I can keep posting images.

Better. Ready for Thursday. I love Thursdays.

Main focus today: Send project, fun with the kids, relax, wind up plans, roll with it


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Sweep front area, tidy shoes
  • Work: Polish + send memoir project
  • Get outside with the kids
  • Sign up for photobucket
  • Tidy up some papers
  • Update a goal or two
  • Playdate here?
  • Trim boy nails
  • Movie with M √ – Starting


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Yggyssey 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Drain/freshen the kiddie pool
  • Brainstorm July Bootcamp
  • Make iced mochas
  • Bubble bath
  • Tidy fridge
  • Relax


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 3 months ago

RuCatching the last train

Day 183: July 23 months ago


RuMirror mirror

Well I DID manage to back up the site mirror… is that close enough to hanging up a tangible one? DAMN am I ever glad I was up late doing that.

I’d get that dang mirror up, but M’s back is still not quite up to the heavy awkwardness of moving big beds and cumbersome mirrors. I promise… if the site goes dark it’ll be one of the first new goals I’ll clogdance to.3 months ago


RuI was rather hopeful

...that we could go out in a colorful blaze of glory, rather than somewhat chagrined monochromatic text. Maybe it’s something else… maybe it’s something being set up to help with downloading our content – they did say that was in the works.

Maybe3 months ago


RuYes

Larger versions of the majority of my graphics now say they have errors and can’t be displayed (though most thumbnails are still there). I think the sky may be falling. 3 months ago


Ru 8 years ago


RuGraphics?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t seem to be able to post graphics any more, and I’m starting to see broken images around the site… 3 months ago


RuStill watching, but carrying on...

I can’t seem to post pics here anymore. Shoot.
- Edited back in later

So we’re all still here (at least most of us – there are holes in my backup where wisdom, comments, cheers, and friends used to be. It makes for little pockets of mourning what and who used to be here). I desperately hope there isn’t a mass exodus. At least I have my current back-up and an update will be easy, I just need to give myself enough time for it to run properly.

Backing up has left me backed up. I have to catch up on some work projects, and start making birthday plans for M and Isak (I can’t believe he turns 9 this month!), and start figuring out my plans for the month. I need to step away from the computer and spend more time with the lovely people in my life too.

Main focus today: Back up computer, project work, fun with the kids, relax


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 4/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Sweep front area
  • Look into back-up back-up issue w/43T
  • Work: Continue current memoir project √ – Done, needs polish
  • Look into potential computer virus √ – Killed 5 on back-up drive (weird, very old, zipped files thankfully, and C: = clean)
  • Back-up computer to end of June
  • Tweak a few accessible errors
  • Drain/freshen the kiddie pool
  • Get outside with the kids √ (but just out back)
  • Scan external hard drive
  • Tidy up some papers
  • Update a goal or two
  • Clean up the kitchen
  • Make iced mochas
  • Clip kiddie claws - 1/2
  • Get back online
  • Bubble bath
  • Relax


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Yggyssey 
  • Continue March happiness entries - Can’t load graphics
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice √ – More success!
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Brainstorm July Bootcamp
  • Finish walls + windows
  • Movie + popcorn with M √ – Elena
  • Tidy fridge - A bit…


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 3 months ago

RuIt looks right to me

It’s exactly what I used (but switching in my user name, killing the error pages, and keeping the external links active – I wanted those).

It took a little over 8 hours for the update, and there were some errors, but mostly from pictures, links, and profiles that are no longer available. I fixed a bunch of them (and will do more before my final run.), but they don’t effect the mirror any more than missing links/images on the site here does (most are in comments from years ago).

You can continue a mirror or update the old one (with the new settings), which would save you a lot of time if you saved your partial project. Maybe try to run it overnight? The settings worked perfectly for me, it just takes a hellova long time. 3 months ago


RuI believe in pink.

Day 182: July 1

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

~ Audrey Hepburn 3 months ago


RuFilters?

Did you set any filters? My initial run took 9 hours, but I’ve since set it to stop creating the “Page not retrieved!” pages, (on top of the other filters as set up by C&C) and to not copy people’s profiles and entries when we’ve cheered each other. You’ll want to make sure the filters (in the options/scan rules area) are set to stay on your profile.

Mine is now set to a depth of 250, but it’s only picking up things on my own pages. I’m still updating, but it’s looking better and better, and the offsite links work now as well.

I’m also working on editing some funky links that are coming up as errors (which is why a bunch of old entries are coming up in my feed). Errors also happen when someone you’ve linked to has deleted, but it doesn’t seem to be an actual problem with the backup, the program is just letting you know it couldn’t get to the page.

Make sure you’ve got your filters set up correctly and you’re not downloading all of 43T (unless that’s your goal). Good luck! 3 months ago


RuDrumroll…

For me, the main purpose of this goal was to try to get motivation flowing in a bunch of different areas, and to make clear goalposts for each. I wanted things that would push me and I could raise the bar on, but not so high I’d be courting failure. I did much better than anticipated, and feel like I shot well past my goalposts for every single thing.

I’m really excited about some of the progress I’ve made and I’m ready to come out kicking and swinging in February’s Boot Camp.

Exercise – Walk 30min 5 days a week

  • Done! Generally longer than 30 minutes, faster than a walk, and closer to daily than 5/7. (And when I didn’t walk, I did something else. ) Sometimes I was out for as much as 2 hours with (gasp!) running and jumping involved.

Giving – 1 new Kiva loan

  • Done! To a woman in Adéta, Togo who wants to send her 5 kids to university. And we took several carloads of donations to Sally Ann as well.

Health – Water and vitamins (multi, iron, folic acid) daily

  • Done daily! Plus I added an extra vitamin C and started a sleep goal, which is going very, very well.

House – Declutter 1 box of Paul’s, 10 boxes of mine

  • Done! And SO much more – I made it through several of Paul’s boxes and donated some of his old belongings (and carloads of ours) and got through dozens of our boxes (50? 60? at least 1 or 2 a day) plus some other cluttery jobs and household repairs. HUGE difference.

Joy – Catch up on 2009 happiness entries

  • Done! And for 2010 as well. Still one of my favorite goals.

Love – 1 date, alone together

  • Done! An all nighter! And my parents have now suggested a standing monthly overnight for Isak (which is fantastic!) so another one is in the works for February. We also carved out a number of nice evenings talking over tea, listening to music, or watching movies.

Reading – Start and finish 1 new book

  • Done! Not just one book, but five! I’ve really been enjoying making time for daily reading again. (If you count new kids books, I can quadruple that number…)

Relationships – Reach out to 10 friends

  • Done! Many more than 10 – I tried to contact at least one person daily and had face to face get togethers with people I haven’t seen in a while and quality Skype time with those too far away to meet up. I’ve needed to reconnect.

Weight – 1 week without refined sugar

  • Done! Plus I kept going for most days of the month, severely cut down on alcohol and fat, and the family has made some permanent switches to healthier choices (ie. We switched to 100% nut peanut butter, bought less sugary cereals, stopped putting sugar in tea, stopped buying our heavily used flavored creamer, switched a usual juice to one with 1/3 of the sugar, and I’m using 100% maple syrup in my coffee now). Lost several pounds.

Wealth – Apply for credit card

  • Done! Not just applied for, but approved, picked up, and activated. I also looked at ways to boost our credit rating, added more than the aim I’d set for our savings and started Isak out with his first job and first piggybank (a bear actually).

Bonus – Nailed the bowling goal after years on the list! Saw friends I haven’t seen since the summer!

I find these types of goals really encouraging – a lovely swell of other people pushing themselves and encouraging each other. Great to be a part of. Go! Go! Go! 4 years ago


RuGive Life

I keep meaning to do this. Ever since they switched from just needing a sticker on your ID (which I always had, ever since I was old enough to understand the choice) to filling out a quick registration, I’ve intended to do so. I just keep forgetting. Every time I see a commercial I slap myself in the head. Good thing they’re not doing brain transplants yet.

I shouldn’t put this off. You never know, and it could mean someone else’s life. It really could. I’d like to at least throw whatever options I’m capable of into the pot.

I’ll try to get this off my list ASAP.
I’m heading over to the BC Transplant Society site right now to get on this… 8 years ago


RuTilt!

Inspired by a post from sevenweeks yesterday, I had a lot of fun playing with my pictures. I suppose it’s actually “tilt-shift miniature faking”, where you distort the photo focus to simulate the shallow depth of field in macro photos (rather than using special lenses and movement when you’re taking the photo). They didn’t all turn out, but some did, and I think I’ll experiment with it more – it’s an interesting effect. 5 years ago


RuYes yes yes!

But of course! When it’s all polished & I’ve got a copy in my hand that I think is decent enough to put out there, I’ll be only too happy to make it available for anyone who’s interested. I’m using Blurb, the same company that Venus used for her book, as did phensy, and ordering from them is quite easy.

This first one I’m working on is full of photos & haiku, rather seasonally slotted, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing others if the first comes out well.

Thank-you
Thank-you
Thank-you for asking.

:) 5 years ago


RuStill closer…

The back-up I ended up with is wonderful. Everything is there as far as goals, entries, images, comments, and cheers, all the way back to my first day here. And it looks and acts just like my profile here, so in a lot of ways I’ve done this, but there is still some tweaking I’d like to do.

Fixed: The string I added to the exceptions yesterday does indeed keep HTTrack from jumping to other profiles (via the cheers) if it’s been set deep enough for that to be a problem. A big issue solved, and I no longer need to add the specific entry-heavy goal urls to the list – it goes deep enough to get everything.

Now I’d like to:

  • Get rid of the numerous “Page not retrieved!” files. I don’t need them, and the program made thousands of them that bloat my backup folder. Setting options under ‘build’ to ‘no error pages’ should fix this. - Worked!
  • I’d like my off-site links to be dynamic but not mirrored. Currently they go to a one of the ‘not retrieved’ pages. A combination of the option above and unchecking ‘no external pages’ (in the same section) should fix this. - Worked!
  • Re-mirror my entire project with the new settings to eliminate the excess files and profiles from previous testing mishaps. - Updated with the new settings (and when it finished it seemed to purge the excess files)!

I’m really, really, happy that I pushed myself on this and have had such excellent guidance from C&C. Will update in comments if need be. 3 months ago


RuWatching the sky

No Banner of Doom? Hmmn. Curiouser and curiouser. I’ll just keep swimming…

The show last night was fantastic. Well worth all the struggles of getting out the door and downtown for the night. The kids were up late with our friend that stayed overnight here, but all went well. Later she and I sat up talking for most of the night and M got her to the airport early this morning.

It’s Canada Day! It’s also roasty-toasty, so we’re waiting until it cools off a bit to get everyone outside. I’m managing to beat down the dregs of a headache and make further progress on polishing my back-up (there was some weirdness with the mirror last night, but it works wonderfully, and I think I know what to do to solve a couple of bugs).

And I’m definitely not complaining that the sky hasn’t fallen, but honestly… what the @#& is going on here? I feel like chicken little has been running amok.

Main focus today: Tweak back-up, project work, Celebrate Canada Day!


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep √ – Sleep was lacking
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 4/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Dining room walls / windows √ – (Started)
  • Check back-up, make notes, experiment further
  • Work: Continue current memoir project
  • Khan Academy (Math + CCWH)
  • Get A. to airport in the morning
  • Fireworks skype with parents
  • Brainstorm July Bootcamp - Was expecting B.O.D.
  • Family adventure outside
  • Movie + popcorn with M
  • Celebrate Canada Day
  • Update Bookcrossing
  • Message to C + C
  • Ditch noggin ache
  • Relax ...


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Yggyssey 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Tidy fridge


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 3 months ago

RuOrpheum overhead

Day 181: June 303 months ago


RuIt's looking good so far...

I’m running this now (3 hours in) and everything is looking great. It stopped copying other people’s profiles and I just made it past the dreaded 20th page (where it would previously stop).

I’m testing these settings on my happiness goal (the main one I was having problems with) and it’s well past the point it was previously refusing to go.

I won’t know until it finishes, and it’s branching out to other goals of mine so it’ll take a while, but I’m really hopeful this one is going to work. 3 months ago


RuTest of the day

Problem: Setting the depth as high as I need (250) fetches random bits of other people’s entries.

Theory: It’s mirroring things I’ve cheered (which is over 150k) via the cheer widget or calender.

Test: Adding a string of code to the scan rules that I’m hoping will exclude off-profile mirroring: -http://www.43things.com/person/Ru2do/cheers?type=given* (fingers crossed) 3 months ago


RuRoar!

Imma gonna get things done today and then M and I are going out on the town tonight to see the greatly anticipated Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds show.

There are arrangements to make and things to clean and work to do and then maybe a little more depth dabbling before tossing myself in the bath, but I’m feeling strong and motivated!

$&% you, Impending Banner of Doom! You can’t get me down!

Main focus today: Mirror tweaking, project work, clean-up, head downtown!


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall - 3/4
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Declutter living room
  • Work: Continue current memoir project
  • Write brother (RSVP + code quandary) √ – (and solved code myself)
  • Nick Cave + the Bad Seeds with M!
  • Post-weekend whirlwind tidy-up
  • Khan Academy (Math + CCWH)
  • Continue back-up experiments √ – HUGE progress!
  • Wash couch covers, throw
  • Fetch Isak from overnight
  • Bath: razors + shampoo
  • Conquer dish mountain
  • Solidify plans with A.
  • Canada Day plans
  • Fun with the kids
  • Tidy fridge
  • Laundry
  • Library


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Yggyssey 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 3 months ago

RuTangerine toes

Day 180: June 293 months ago


RuMagnetic

Retroactive happiness…

March 3, 2014

  • Rain, rain, rain. Wet, wet, wet. Red umbrella!
  • M was ill and actually stayed home to rest, which was an excellent decision. I know because later I started feeling ill too, and going out would have been a dreadful mistake.
  • More playdates planned. It’s so wonderful to see these friendships blossom.
  • Iris dancing with wild abandon. Isak wanting a red glittery heart on top of his noggin band-aid. Oh, my heart is so full it aches sometimes.
  • Good days at school, cheques in the mail, better-than-yesterday leftovers.
  • I hoped to skip the super-sickness, but had a miserable, all-night, nausea party. Then at 3AM it all stopped, so I drank some heavenly ginger ale, had a wonderful bath, and simply appreciated not feeling terrible.



March 4, 2014

  • Nausea gone, but headache bad. A day of not much, which was perfect.
  • I made it to school and back despite having zero energy. The misty rain felt wonderful on my face and I came home feeling better. The migraine faded.
  • Ginger ale and raspberry yogurt tubes.
  • Curling up for Russian folk tales about falcons and a movie.
  • Eating. Sleeping. 3 months ago

RuI checked your list

It looks like your goal “Live with the day” has the most entries (139), which would go beyond the ones pre-set on the options file C&C put together, but you can load those options and then easily change the depth of 4 to 20 manually and it will catch everything (139 entries at 10 per page = 14 pages, with a few to spare if you’re still making entries).

In fact, as long as you load the options (which tell the program to stay on your own profile) you can set it for the max of 20 whether you need it or not, and you’ll be fine. Unless you have more than 19 pages of entries (190+) on a single goal.

PM me if you need help? :) 3 months ago


RuStride a little broken

June, June, June. June always starts me off with a heavy heart, and this month I’ve been grieving the loss of this place as well. It’s been slippery.

I didn’t post a concise plan, but I’ve been good about following the one in the back of my head, starting some great new habits, getting some long overdue things done, balancing work, fun, family, friends, clutter-battles, school wrap-up, and beginning the big back-up and wind-down here. My daily to-do list has been very productive despite weathering some tricky emotions.

Though there’s still that pesky mirror.

I like buffalosnowangel’s “Live, Laugh, Love… and Go Out With a Bang!” suggestion for July. 3 months ago


RuYes!

I like the combination. Why not combine them? 3 months ago


RuCloser...

I have this 99% nailed.

Through JaneMarie’s suggestion of HTTrack and Cora_and_Clarice’s in-depth help and options file, I’ve managed to save a beautiful, dynamic working copy of everything I have here (entries, graphics, comments, cheers, completed goals, recent entries, year-by-year calendar, etc.). Everything except my earliest happiness entries and daily todo/journal – a couple of the main ones I wanted to back up.

My issue is that the mirroring program is set as deep as it will go (20) without pushing past the exclusions and picking up countless other profiles. I need it to go deeper. Still trying.
(lengthy trial and error process here)

I very much recommend this route if you don’t have a ridiculous number of entries on a particular goal. C&C’s instructions are very easy to follow and have screenshots to help. Current settings with the options file are 4, which can be bumped up as deep as 20 with no off-profile or off-site repercussions.

I’ll continue to leave this up for a bit while I struggle with the dregs (if need be I can back up the separately), but all in all I’m thrilled. A big thing for me was saving comments with my entries – it catches so much of the feel of the site and community here. Just having my static entries was great, but a little lonely, and now I have those.

I’m hoping people don’t start deleting their profiles en masse (there’s been a notable sub drop in the last few weeks) because when others do their final back-ups, that will delete the comments and cheers and memories that are so important. I’d urge folks to stay here until the end, even if you aren’t active.

Thanks to everyone who gave me a hand with questions and extra tweaking. I’m happy to pay it forward if anyone needs help. (And if anyone knows how to solve the deeper depth issue, please let me know.)


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