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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I’ve been pretty good about wife-surprising these days. I took her on a “date” to the Opera last week, randomly showed up at her job with some of her favorite gourmet chocolate, and have been good about cooking dinner a few nights a week so she doesn’t have to. It’s all good… 4 years ago


HistoryDudeYou can teach an old bed new tricks. ;o)

So, I like bringing old things back to life. Record players, clocks, etc. We already have an antique brass bed that I put back together some years ago, but it’s well…creaky and smallish. My wife hasn’t complained about it, because she doesn’t complain about much of anything, but I could tell she was ready for something a tad bit bigger and (hopefully) quieter.

In these three months that she’s been away on research, I’ve done a lot of sprucing up of our new place here in the city. A nice flower garden oustide, and some new paint and fixtures inside, which she gave me some solid decorating advice on. What I didn’t tell her, however, was that I relegated the brass bed to the spare bedroom and found something that’s going to knock her socks off.

While wandering around one of those antique shop/barn situations in Wisconsin this summer, I stumbled upon this ancient old solid cherry four-poster, with the most intricate detail carvings one could imagine. Although the antique patina police/purists would surely crucify me for saying so, the only thing it needed was to be stripped and refinished. So, without telling my wife, I purchased this piece (for a song) put it down in our basement, and spent a great deal of the summer sanding, staining, and sealing. The results have taken even my breath away. For starters, the thing is H-U-G-E, but more importantly, it dates from the 1840’s, the era she does the bulk of her research in. I lovingly sanded the grime, shellac, and old badness off of the wood, exposing cherubs with smiling faces, rosettes, pineapples, and what I think is an owl hiding in one of the little bedpost finials. I set it up in our bedroom this morning and just sort of stood there for awhile looking at the thing.

She’s home in three days…think I’ll walk her into the spare bedroom first, smile at her look of masked disdain, and then say, “oh yeah…I forgot, I umm…completely refinished this 160 year old bed for us in the bedroom right up the hall. Didn’t I tell you?” :o)

Cue unbridled happiness from favorite girl in three…two…one. ;o) 5 years ago


Olle JonssonIt took a lot of planning, but: MacBook

A white MacBook, to replace her iBook.

She was puh-leased, I can tell you that.

And she appreciated how much secrecy I’d had to go through.

My level of secrecy is otherwise a 2 out of 10. 7 years ago


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