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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Joe Goldberg

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Joe GoldbergThe end of the lag?

Let’s see if this entry shows up right away, and everywhere it’s supposed to… 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergRecent checkup

My BP was 134/80 but I know that’s high because when I test in the drugstore it’s more like 120/80. I had just gotten off my bike so maybe that’s related.

Cholesterol levels, in mg/dL. (Healthy range)...

Total cholesterol: 158 (100-199)
Good cholesterol (HDL): 64 (>39)
Bad cholesterol (LDL): 85 (<100)
Triglyceride: 44 (<150)
VLDL: 9 (5-40)
Chol/HDL Ratio: 2.5 (<4.0)

Here’s the best article I found on what the different types oc cholesterol mean, and how to interpret these results:

Till next year! 3 years ago

Joe Goldberg 5 years ago

Joe GoldbergDone

Yes! 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergUntitled

Thank you, that means a lot to me! 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergWhy I am a Bad 43 Things Correspondent

Those who feel that the Robots are poor at communicating with the 43 Things community have a valid gripe. While I do not consider myself a poor communicator, I have found it necessary to place some limits on my direct interactions with the 43 Things community. This document is a sort of form letter explaining why I am the way I am.

Programming is hard, and requires vast, unbroken slabs of time. Four quiet hours is a resource that I can put to good use. Two slabs of time, each two hours long, might add up to the same four hours, but are not nearly as productive as an unbroken four. If I know that I am going to be interrupted, I can’t concentrate, and if I suspect that I might be interrupted, I can’t do anything at all. Likewise, several consecutive days with four-hour time-slabs in them give me a stretch of time in which I can implement a decent website feature, but the same number of hours spread out across a few weeks, with interruptions in between them, are nearly useless.

This accounts for why I am a bad correspondent and why I rarely engage in long comment threads and collaborative, community-driven idea-brainstorms. If I organize my life in such a way that I get lots of long, consecutive, uninterrupted time-chunks, I can write code. But as those chunks get separated and fragmented, my productivity as a Robot drops spectacularly. What replaces it? Instead of a website that will be around for a long time, and that will, with luck, be enjoyed by many people, there is a bunch of messages that I have sent out to individual persons, and a few entries posted at various goal pages and the company blog.

That is not such a terrible outcome, but neither is it an especially good outcome. The quality of my e-mails and writing is, in my view, nowhere near that of my programming. So for me it comes down to the following choice: I can distribute material of bad-to-mediocre quality to a small number of people, or I can distribute material of higher quality to more people. But I can’t do both; the first one obliterates the second.

I am not proud of the fact that some e-mail sent to the Robots goes unanswered as a result. It is never my intention to be rude or to give well-meaning users the cold shoulder. If the Robot Co-op was a huge corporate entity, we’d have enough money to hire a staff to look after community interaction. As it is, the site is run in such a way to provide for the 6 of us, but not lucrative enough to hire a dedicated PR/community-outreach person, and so I am faced with a stark choice between being a bad correspondent and being a good programmer. I am trying to be a good programmer, and hoping that people will forgive me for being a bad correspondent.

Adapted from this3 years ago

Joe Goldberg 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergBooyeah

109 points. Crossed the finish line while playing “Exchange” by Massive Attack. 3 years ago

Joe Goldberg99

About to get to 100 points here: 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergSo close

Half way through the final chapter. 3 years ago

Joe Goldberg 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergPlain ridiculous

We even had an entire website devoted to meeting other people! And when we shut it down, we told people to move their “want to meet” goals to 43things.

I realize we’re being lassez faire about defining what is and isn’t appropriate, and that does make voting in NW less clear-cut, but that’s just how it’s going to stay for the foreseeable future. The current system is working with a high accuracy rate.

Having said that, we welcome suggestions for improvements to the Community Guidelines. We can’t enumerate unacceptable content on an item-by-item basis, since by doing that we’d implicitly endorse everything we omit. 3 years ago

Joe Goldberga Hero's Journey film

Watched Stranger Than Fiction. It’s mostly a corny romantic comedy but there was some good stuff hidden in it about living the Hero’s Journey, and generally being an awesome person. 3 years ago

Joe Goldberg2x a week

I’ve been better about this, bringing lunch 2x a week and eating out with the robots the other 2 days. I’m getting better at planning ahead and bringing on days I’ll be busy, and not bringing on days that it’ll be more fun to eat out. 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergUp to 56

Over half way there! 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergOne point at a time

Up to 40. Been in the Robot Co-op room which usually has just one or two people in it at a time. When visitors come in, they assume the room name means it’s all robotic music, so there’s been a lot of electronic/dance music, which is fine with me! I’m rocking some filthy electro right now (to an audience of one). 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergAnd then there were two

On the penultimate chapter. This one is in a Q/A format, which is interesting. Makes it easier to read a bit at a time. 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergPower of Myth

Just finished Power of Myth, it was great! Thanks for the recommendation. 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergUntitled


You could tag goals to assign them a fear-factor.

I’ve also seen people just put meta-data in the name of the goal, e.g. “Jump off a bridge. Fear-factor: 8”

But you’re right, a real fear-factor feature would be best. 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergUntitled

Yes, a goal like that would be permissible. 3 years ago

Joe Goldberg16 Points

Up to 16 points. Here’s the robots rocking the turntables earlier today (along with a superuser guest DJ) 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergYes

With airfoil! Should we start a channel and dj for each other? 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergUntitled is a fun music discovery game that rewards you for playing music that others enjoy. Once you get to 100 points you get to pick a cooler-looking user avatar. I know it’s silly but I currently look like a 6 year old red-headed boy. No offense to gingers, I just don’t want to look like that any more! 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergFine line

Wanting to feed or be fed is a mental health disorder on the exact opposite side of the spectrum from anorexia, although just as unhealthy.

As such, we treat pro-feeder goals the same way we treat pro-ana goals: hate the sin not the sinner. We try to shut down the pro-feeder goals, and replace them with helpful advice. And we try to keep the “I’m trying to recover from…” goals alive.

It’s not a perfect system, and like you say, nobody should be flagging goals without reading them and judging user intent. 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergSorry it's delayed

I’ve been out of the office. Here’s your cheer, and I’ll send you another as interest since the payment was so late! 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergThanks

Here’s a cheer! I’m on vacation this week so I’m not talking shop right now. I’ll revisit it when I’m back though. 3 years ago

Joe GoldbergUntitled

We don’t employ consultants. We’re f*ing it all up by ourselves, for free!

The June 13th upgrade is just behind-the-scenes stuff. I don’t think there are any visual changes to the site that day. 3 years ago

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