Joe Goldberg

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Joe GoldbergTo clarify

We didn’t really “implement” these time delays. They’re more of a side-effect of other site performance measures, so I’ve been calling them a bug (“undesirable, unrelated side-effect” is a pretty good synonym for “bug”).

At any rate, I think I have a fix to remove them (or at least many of the delays we’ve been seeing). I’m still testing it but it should be ready next week or so. 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergThe end of the lag?

Let’s see if this entry shows up right away, and everywhere it’s supposed to… 2 years ago

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I think I have a fix! Gonna test it out and hopefully push a fix soon. 2 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! 2 years ago

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Joe GoldbergDone

Yes! 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergA bug

It is a bug, though a tricky one to track down. We’re working on it (balanced with the other stuff we’re doing). Sorry about this! 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergUntitled

Thank you, that means a lot to me! 2 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 this2 years ago

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Dear Tangerine,

Our plans and intentions are simple, and they haven’t changed since day one: we want to make 43 Things the best goal-setting community in the universe. A place where people come to list their goals publicly, get advice from people who’ve been there, and link up with others who are going through the same challenges as them.

We can’t do that without feedback from the community, so we’re trying to get better at communication. Please know that our silences aren’t due to lack of caring. It’s exactly the opposite: we’re a small group and we can choose to spend our day engaged with the community, or improving the website. Although the former is essential and rewarding, we tend to focus on the latter.

We read feedback (both from people that send us email….like you, thanks!) and by browsing the site. We listen to everyone but we can’t reply to everything nor can we honor all requests.

We hope this clears things up.

The Robots 2 years ago

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Joe GoldbergBooyeah

109 points. Crossed the finish line while playing “Exchange” by Massive Attack. 2 years ago

Joe Goldberg99

About to get to 100 points here: 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergSo close

Half way through the final chapter. 2 years ago

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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. 2 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. 2 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. 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergUp to 56

Over half way there! 2 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). 2 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. 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergPower of Myth

Just finished Power of Myth, it was great! Thanks for the recommendation. 2 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. 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergUntitled

Yes, a goal like that would be permissible. 2 years ago

Joe Goldberg16 Points

Up to 16 points. Here’s the robots rocking the turntables earlier today (along with a superuser guest DJ) 2 years ago

Joe GoldbergYes

With airfoil! Should we start a channel and dj for each other? 2 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! 2 years ago

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