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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Totally grok Lisp


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You grok lisp if understand this:
> (setq a 1)
> (setq b 2)
> (setq c 3)
> (first ‘(a b c))


If you understand why you get the symbol a ( and
not 1), you grok the essence of lisp. 7 years ago

cratylusanother good book

“Lisp, Lore and Logic” W. Richard Stark

worth checking the library for 8 years ago

kcacciatoreGot My Book

Just got my copy of Paul Grahms ‘ANSI Common Lisp’ in the mail yesterday. So far, it’s pretty intuitive. I’ve read the first chapter and plan on doing the examples at the end. 8 years ago

cratylusgood macro article

I think this article is pretty good:) 8 years ago

taw"Practical Common Lisp" book

This one seems pretty clueful, doing things like spam filters and ID3v2 decoder, instead of the typical lame stuff that one could as easily do in Fortran. 9 years ago


I like how “Totally grok Lisp” is different from just “Learn Lisp”. From what I can tell they are two very distinct goals. Once you truly grok Lisp it will change your mind forever.

So, don’t bother to “Report a very similar goal”, because it’s not that similar. 9 years ago

hybrid2019Lisp, the Universe and Everything

I started a new job a couple of weeks ago, and it’s going to involve quite a lot of Lisp. I’ve never touched Lisp before (barely even heard of it in fact) – I have a web-development background mainly, so in the past I’ve doen a lot of Perl and PHP, amongst other things..but…..

I’m totally hooked on Lisp now – it’s the most elegant, fluid and powerful language I’ve come across – and it’s fun…now all I have to do is learn to use it :) 9 years ago

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