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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Epic SunshineI put the dremel set

carefully where it belongs: her place, here. For her and for me. 3 months ago


Epic SunshineToday we introduce

the bench grinder.17 months ago


Epic SunshineWe renewed the dialogue:

Table saw? Router? what’s your heart’s desire this week?

Screw Gun she said with profound enthusiasm. I pictured her shooting screws with blistering perfection, clear as day.

Screw Gun I replied. Screw Gun.22 months ago


Epic SunshineThere is power in colour.

Primary colours are for children: bright with energy, pure.
Fast food restaurants use yellows and oranges to encourage hunger.
Blues may soothe, or reflect pool bottoms.
Blacks and whites are more than all colour or the absence of colour. They confer good and evil, darkness and light, all or nothing. And with her both. I am drawn to them, to her, to the use of colour in matters of us that I have never known, expected. There is greatness in the power of colour in the hands of someone who knows how to use colour as a tool, or tools. And she has empowered me in this as well as herself. 2 years ago


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Epic SunshineI gave her the sawzall

showed her where I started a cut through lathe and mortar and plaster.

Down came that section of wall!!!!!!!!! 2 years ago


Epic SunshineI showed her the little cordless circular saw.

I showed her the cherry wood, black cherry, timbered from the wild and chosen for a special project.

Hear. Cut, here.

And she did. Perfectly. 2 years ago


Epic SunshineI'm saving the last cut of granite

for her so in her later years she’ll say “Cut granite with a diamond saw? Sure, I’ve done that.”

There are a lot of cuts to make, but it is begun. Counters are Us darling. 2 years ago


Epic SunshineI got muh tools out of semi-storage.

Moved them to a kitchen in need of attentions too. I’m really rather excited!

“A long time ago, I thought you were a cabinet maker. Not a carpenter. They are very different.”

“I’m both. I’ve done a lot of both. And yes, they ARE very diffferent.”

My career, in this, ended after grad school. But my persuasions always lived on. And now, she is joining me and will hand tool sconces, details, beauty with me. I don’t want to teach her so much as share, and can hardly wait to put a router in her hands. 2 years ago


Epic Sunshine"It's the journey."

“No, it’s the destination.”
No, it is the journey AND the destination, both, that is empowering. 2 years ago


Epic SunshineThe ghost of GF Crank

came to me last night. Last time I saw him was hurtling skyward towards a horse farm and glue factory three miles down the road.

He was worse than useless in the end. Wouldn’t even open a little 4 ounce tin of tomato paste. And thoroughly Prussian in obstinance.

He nudge against me, woke me. Ach Tung How’s Ham workin’ out?

He’s referring to the electrical replacement. Well loved. Go Away, I murmmered.

I know if I put on tuba marches he’ll be compelled to head for France and I’ll rest peacefully. 2 years ago


Epic SunshineI get a big charge out of

handing her a bucket of tools, or head of ideas, and challenging her to know some of the male-arts. She does the same for me too, hauling female knowledge and ways out for me to understand and master.

She is sometimes nervous, even a wee bit skittish. But it is only from confronting the unknown. She is never unwilling and the greatest joy I have is in seeing her brain confidently wrap around “I can do this” and her eyes focussing on the work and her hands move to doing without hesitation of any sort.

It ain’t gender-busting to me. It is simply making sure she has a wholeness of confidence. 3 years ago


Epic SunshineThere's a learning curve

we are on. I want her believing in her free thinking, living it, finding strenghts and purposes we do not yet know. I set out a little journey yesterday. Today we walked another mile of it, and it is great. Darling? You are beautiful, stem to stern, follicles to pedicure as is my want of us. 3 years ago


Epic SunshineI have drill press needs

and am saving this task for her. It’s not about drilling the holes, it is about, as with all power tools, teaching the purposes and ways of proper set-up. 3 years ago


Epic SunshineI've a small project, one that willrequire:

screw gun
reciprocating saw
circular saw
Maybe the chop saw
drill, various bits, and pegs
palm sander
clamps
care.

For me it is a one hour project, most of the time spent on careful set-up. I think though that there is greater opportunity. The project is not fully formed, final outcome not yet decided. She oughta shape it, and she oughta use our power tools.

I want her to do this project with me, both process and outcome. I want her to learn a bit of the nature and limits and poteential of power tools and how things are done with them. I want her to say: Oh! I can do this! the rest of her life.

Routers and scroll saws and the dangerous table saw and planer, bench grinders, and other tools will come later. No limits. Not for her. 3 years ago


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