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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.

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SJWork Schedule

I might have the chance to change some things with my work schedule some time in the next month, so I may actually be able to attempt this again! I’m currently on graveyards, and work straight through every single weekend. I miss basically everything that goes on in my friend circle. I’m working on getting Thursday and Friday off, and this will help things a whole lot. 7 months ago

SJ112 - Hannibal

(2001) 7 months ago

SJ53 - Life After Life

by Kate Atkinson 7 months ago

SJ52 - Struck By Genius:

How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel
by Jason Padgett
(audio) 7 months ago

SJ51 - Dirty Daddy:

The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian
by Bob Saget
(audio) 7 months ago

SJ111 - Enemy

(2013) 7 months ago

SJ110 - Equilibrium

(2002) 7 months ago

SJ109 - That Awkward Moment

(2014) 7 months ago

SJ108 - Odd Thomas

(2013) 7 months ago

SJ107 - That Awkward Moment

(2014) 7 months ago

SJ50 - Shrinkage:

Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to Kill Me
by Bryan Bishop
(audio) 7 months ago

SJ106 - Neighbors

(2014) 7 months ago

SJ105 - Decoding Annie Parker

(2013) 7 months ago

SJ104 - Sex After Kids

(2013) 7 months ago

SJ49 - Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline 7 months ago

SJ48 - Selected Unpublished Blog Posts of a Mexican Panda Express Employee

by Meagan Boyle 7 months ago


Trying this out for a month as well. I’m not sure what kind of limits to put on this. It’s hard for me to stop entirely because of my graveyard shifts – too much coffee bothers my stomach. Maybe one per day on work nights? That would be four per week.

Some things:
- I current have about two per day, which is very bad. That’s 14 per week. Cutting down to 4 per week would save me something like $80 bucks a month.
- A lot of times I have one because I want something cold instead of hot coffee. I’ll have to start keeping some iced tea in the fridge.
- Tea. I’ll have to get a bunch more of that. Like I said, too much coffee is bothering my stomach these days. 7 months ago

SJ 7 months ago


Yes, there is such a thing as low-carb junk food. I’ve been partial to baked goods (made with almond and coconut flours) lately. Also, there are chocolates and things you can buy at the drug store which are full of chemicals and surely must be terrible for me. I’ve been better about this lately, but I’m hoping to break my addiction to these things with a month of abstaining entirely. 7 months ago

SJMay 2014

1st: 123.7
7th: 125.2
14th: 121.4
21st: 121.6
31st: 122.7

Total +/- = -1.0 7 months ago

SJ47 - In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts:

Close Encounters with Addiction
by Gabor Maté
(audio) 7 months ago

SJ103 - Making the Rules

(2014) 7 months ago

SJ102 - Devil's Knot

(2013) 7 months ago

SJ101 - Extracted

(2012) 7 months ago

SJ46 - Last Night in Twisted River

by John Irving 7 months ago

SJ100 - Better Than Something: Jay Reatard

(2013) 7 months ago


1. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
2. Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks
3. Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving
4. Until I Find You by John Irving (re-read)
5. The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood
6. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
7. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
8. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
9. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
10. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
11. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
12. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano

A1. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
A2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A3. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
A4. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides
A5. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
A6. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
A7. Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood
A8. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
A9. London Fields by Martin Amis
A10. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
A11. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
A12. Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel 8 months ago

SJ99 - Limelight

(2011) 8 months ago

SJ98 - Party Monster

(2003) 8 months ago

SJ97 - Serendipity

(2001) 8 months ago

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