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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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DocDMy Taiwanese student brought me a present from Taiwan

A century egg (3 more shots in comments) 5 months ago


DocDOut alone tonight after a late class.

I craved 100% J food tonight. This first shot is an appetizer of fish cake and a slice of lotus root. 5 months ago


DocDThe kid and I hit Koki"s last night

She’s a pasta freak, so here enjoying salmon and sausage spaghetti 5 months ago


DocDCrab spaghetti

At Tapas Tapas last Wednesday night 5 months ago


DocDLast night the Kid and I went to the cheap izakaya.

Of course, I start off with a beer. Every item on the menu is 280 yen. The small beer and big beer are the same price. No brainer. 6 months ago


DocDOnce again my Thursday night student was late, so he offered to buy me dinner.

He likes expensive course meals in fancy places, and that’s fine with me. Here are a couple of appetizers: tofu yogurt and yuba. 6 months ago


DocDToday's 3 studio bento

Breakfast was sandwiches. 6 months ago


DocDJunko's turn in the kitchen

A delicious chirashizushi (various sashimi over rice) and her magic misoshiru. This time she threw in nameko mushrooms, tofu, chingensai, and okra. 7 months ago


DocDLunch today with Jun-chan

Midori Sushi in Kichijoji. This was the 1,600 yen set (plus extras). The anago (sea eel) is one of the house specialties. It way overlaps the rice. 7 months ago


DocDIt was the kid's birthday yesterday, 15.

We took her out for some yakiniku (Korean BBQ) 8 months ago


DocDGreen House for lunch

Jun-chan and I were both off today. It’s a beautiful warm (75F) spring day, so went to lunch. The basement floor of the station 3 story mall has some good restaurants. I’ve been wanting to try this place. 8 months ago


DocDA couple of nights ago at Namaste Kathmandu

Chicken curry in a bowel of rice and other goodies. 8 months ago


DocDA century egg (pitan) at Shin Taipei

I love these eggs that are buried in the ground raw until they turn to a rubbery jelly. 8 months ago


DocDTwo studio bento from yesterday's shoot

It was a long day. Our cold lunch box was deep fried stuffed pork cakes, Thai salad, veggie noodles, and rice with a pickled plum. 8 months ago


DocDMy student arrived 45 minutes late for his 6:30 pm class,

so he took me out to dinner. 8 months ago


DocDHome grilled buri kama (yellowtail collar)

The softest juiciest meat on the fish is found on the collar. It’s big, so enough for 3 people. 8 months ago


DocDOut by myself at a different kind of izakaya

This is a teppanyaki place (things cooked on a big griddle), although this first dish wasn’t cooked. I asked for an assortment of sashimi. Here are tai, kanpachi, ika, aoyagi, saba, and tako. They also offered raw whale, but I politely turned it down. 9 months ago


DocDBreakfast on the set

Spaghetti and potato salad sandwiches. 9 months ago


DocDToday's location set lunch

Catered hot meal, not the fanciest, but tasted pretty good, and I was hungry. Chicken stew and vegetable stew on rice. Potato salad and soup. 9 months ago


DocDToday's movie location obento

Shumai, various veggies, egg, and rice. Hey, didn’t I have shumai last night? 9 months ago


DocDThai green curry

Today’s lunch at Peppermint Cafe. 10 months ago


DocDThe Kid and I hit an izakaya last night

Iseya, like a phoenix, was destroyed and rebuilt. It’s always been really popular, probably because it’s really cheap. Started off with tuna and tako sashimi with edmame. (2nds on all three) 10 months ago


DocDAnother present from a student

An ex-student, actually. He moved to Singapore to work as a high class shop manager in Raffles Hotel arcade. A package arrived today with delicious things in it. 10 months ago


DocDJun-chan brought home the sushi tonight

In a sushi assortment, there is usually a slice of squid, but it’s unrecognizable as a squid, just something white and chewy. It’s easy to tell what this bite is: 3 baby squid on rice with a nori wrap. 11 months ago


DocDI have often said, I'll eat anything that won't kill me. Well, that's not exactly true.

I had fugu for lunch today, and it can kill you. Fugu must be prepared by a licensed chef who is trained in how to cut it without releasing the fugu toxin. There are many different courses, but this lunch set had sashimi, fugu in aspic, fried fugu paddy, fugu collagen salad, fugu kimchi, fugu broth to drink and lastly add to the rice with more aspic that melts for a tasty soup. All for $12. The most expensive course at this particular fugu restaurant is $85. 11 months ago


DocDAfter a late job, an izakaya dinner alone.

This place is a bit high class, but I deserve it. When you order a drink, they bring a small appetizer. This is like a veggie stew. See comments for more. 11 months ago


DocDNow or never

With the expiration date fast approaching, it was time to eat the bugs. Inago (grasshopper) rice. Fried in sweet soy sauce, the thorax was a bit soft, but the head, legs, and wings were crunchy. This wasn’t the first time I’d eaten bugs. They were actually quite good. 11 months ago


DocDXmas dinner at Sticks

All-you-can-eat and drink. Everything on sticks, a deep-fryer on your table. Also salads, curry, and dessert bar. 11 months ago


DocDToday's bento box

All kinds of goodies. 12 months ago


DocDGoodbye to Tomo

She heads back to Oz tomorrow. 12 months ago


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