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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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Kenys 3 years ago


After much browsing, questioning, price comparison, gut reactions, contemplation and a weighted analysis of various desired components (yes, seriously) I have finally managed to buy a purse!

It’s vintage (from the 80s) with a floral tapestry design, a cream leather base and strap (sadly not adjustable, but the length looks good) and minor gold metal detailing. Basically, it’s a little old lady purse that’s probably as old as I am. Looks perfect! :)

Edit: got it, love it, have taken it on a 2,500 mile trip were it worked wonderfully. 3 years ago


I loathe most modern purse styles so I’ve been browsing through eBay and the handmade and vintage sections of Etsy for a few hours trying to find something to suit me. I’m using the following qualification to narrow things down:

1) Big enough to fit a hardback book and a water bottle
2) Has a shoulder strap, preferably adjustable
3) Must have zipped main compartment; snap close will do in a pinch
4) Doesn’t have a highly visible logo (i’m not paying to be a walking advert!)
5) Is made out of
  • leather, brown
  • leather, patchwork
  • cloth, patchwork
  • cloth, corduroy
  • cloth, tapestry/carpet

I’ve narrowed it down to a dozen or so, though there are two or three that pop out more than the others. I’ve messaged some of the sellers for clarifying information; I’ll make a decision after I hear back. 3 years ago

KenysCaving in to The Man...

I’ve been a card carrying member of the Anti-Purse Brigade for over a decade. For some bizarre reason, women’s clothing is often designed without any pockets… and when they do have pockets they’re titchy little things that maybe you can fit two fingers into if you stand up and wiggle. Fashion is designed so that women have to carry purses so out of sheer obstinancy I’ve refused.

At varying points in time I’ve gotten around these restriction by carrying a backpack or a messenger bag (which is not a purse) or by crossdressing and wearing boy’s pants which usually have anywhere from five to twelve pockets (and fit better to boot).

At some point though, it gets ridiculous. Last fall I realized that I really needed a purse as I was trying to fit a wallet, key ring, cell phone, jackknife, ipod, headphones, notebook, pen, cookie pack, kleenex, chapstick and paperback into my pockets (the book was actually the only thing that didn’t fit… but man, did my thighs look chunky!). I put it off for a year but am finally knuckling under.

It’s time to buy a purse. 3 years ago

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