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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rocketChips does all her own stuntsJSF

“someone is moved to dance with a stranger and falls in love…they have a baby and name it.” 4 years ago


rocketChips does all her own stuntsFrom the Battery to the top of Manhattan...

Was going to see the Beastie Boys next week, but after MCA’s announcement that’s not gonna happen. Instead the folkers are gonna gather for an all out Beastie-thon after the show. 5 years ago


rocketChips does all her own stuntsIf you seek Amy...

If you see kay
Tell him he may
See you in tea
Tell him from me.

-James Joyce 5 years ago


rocketChips does all her own stuntsimmediate fate or eventual fate

“Everything is possible, since nothing is known.”

-Ryszard Kapuściński 5 years ago


rocketChips does all her own stuntsWhat is life?

“You will think, you will fight, you will be hungry… and you will survive.”

-Victor Serge 5 years ago


rocketChips does all her own stuntsAw man. Not the Carrot Guy.

I gave this guy a buck once because I didn’t know he was actually selling anything – I just thought he was a funny dude who sculpted carrots. He said if I gave him another buck he’d give me a peeler. So I did – and he did.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/03/nyregion/03ades.html?_r=25 years ago


rocketChips does all her own stuntsEllis and Alice

Drinks and serenade from Wynton…and somewhere along the line was a joke about his parents’ names.
Oy. 5 years ago


rocketChips does all her own stuntsIt was an article about bees, I think.

When I get get started researching something, it quickly becomes like falling down a rabbit hole – especially when I use the internet. This morning I was researching something for an author and I was reading an article and I came across this lovely little line: You often learn who you are by realizing who you are not.

Nice. 5 years ago


rocketChips does all her own stuntsBeer run anybody?

Sweet-hop-loving-christ. I swear Stone (one of most favoritist of California micros) must have made a massive keg run to New York recently. Three of the pubs I frequent all have at least two Stones on tap. On tap! You know how hard it is to get a bottle of that stuff let alone a pint glass full of it!? I’m using my want for supporting Stone as a reason to why I find myself at the bar more than usual. 6 years ago


rocketChips does all her own stuntsDirty old man

Shel’s poem “Sick” was originally about syphilis.

He wrote some songs too – one was called “Julie’s Working,” about a prostitute. Another was called “I Love My Right Hand” – I’m not gonna explain that one. 6 years ago


rocketChips does all her own stuntsHow cool.

Last night there was a free outdoor screening of “The Fountainhead”. It was interesting to watch this movie that (on the surface) is about architecture while sitting beneath skyscrapers.
Even though the screenplay was written by Rand, I prefer the book. But the best line from the movie, and one that I will work into many conversations:
“Incidentally, since it is of no importance to you, I love you.”6 years ago


rocketChips does all her own stuntsDylan Thomas. White Horse Tavern. Whisky.

My compatriot and I thought it would be a fine idea to go from the Chelsea hotel to the White Horse and try to drink 18 shots of whisky during our journey. I think we maybe had 18 between us. Don’t recall much other than sitting on the ground outside the White Horse reciting Thomas lines.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
7 years ago


rocketChips does all her own stuntsThe good ones are dropping like flies...

I’ve tripped like Thompson. Drunk like Bukowski. And have questioned like Vonnegut. I want to visit their graves and memorials and have a drink with them, or in honor of them, and listen. 7 years ago


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