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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Daniel SpilsUsed coffee cups are recyclable

It’s official … Evelyn from City of Seattle replied to my email and clarified:

  • used coffee cups go into the recylce bin (but have to be rinsed)
  • plastic coffee cup lids currently go into trash (even though they’re above the 3” diameter threshold for recycling plastic lids)

So, all paper coffee cups (wax coated or not) go to recycle. Lids go to trash. 5 years ago

Daniel Spilsused coffee cups go to garbage?

If coffee cups are indeed coated (somehow I don’t want to believe that) then I guess they just go in the garbage. Lame! Clean, coated paper goes in the recycle. 5 years ago

Daniel Spilswhat do I do with paper coffee cups?

I’m reading the Seattle mailer now and most of it makes sense, but there are a few questions:

  • where do I put paper coffee cups which I believe may be “coated”?
  • where do I put the same used paper coffee cups?
  • do I just dump plastic coffee lids in the recycle or the compost?
  • how about tea bags (I’m a tea drinker) – compost or garbage?

I have other questions, too, but I’ll try to sort through these this week. 5 years ago

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