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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Blindman69Finished last week

I’m finally done! After the first 3rd or so, it gets much much better. I had a problem with the new vocabulary, so it made it a bit of a daunting task to keep on it. 6 years ago


I love this book! I want a copy of the Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer :-) This book reminds me of Ender’s Game a little bit… I’m sure others have drawn the parallels. 8 years ago

Damon ClinkscalesA passage from this morning

From The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson:

You could get a phantascopic system planted directly on your retinas, just as Bud’s sound system lived on his eardrums. You could even get telaestetics patched into your spinal column at various key vertebrae. But this was said to have its drawbacks: some concerns about long-term nerve damage, plus it was rumored that hackers for big media companies had figured out a way to get through the defenses that were built into such systems, and run junk advertisements in your peripheral vision (or even spang in the f….... middle) all the time—even when your eyes were closed. Bud knew a guy like that who’d somehow gotten infected with a meme that ran advertisements for roach motels, in Hindi, superimposed on the bottom right-hand corner of his visual field, twenty-four hours a day, until the guy whacked himself. 9 years ago

Damon ClinkscalesFascinating

Am reading this now (just started)...I love it. The idea that we should perhaps look to Victorian times for cultural guidance…This resonates with me some, given the apparent trend of our culture towards less decorum and less respect for one another. 9 years ago

Damon ClinkscalesPicked up a copy this weekend

I should be able to get started this week after I give the Rails talk. 9 years ago

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