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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joie de vivre, here until the endGråtrunk

It’s a Swedish word

It means, “masturbate gloomily” 2 months ago


oskolbadmammajamma 2 months ago


Live. Laugh. Love.Untitled

I just learned about Anna Julia Cooper today. I have much respect to her for being able to get her PhD in 1924 while raising the five children from her deceased sister-in-law. That’s a lot to take on, but makes me believe that anything is possible. I also think she’s a great role model for girls!

Here’s a link about her: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_J._Cooper 5 months ago


Sanssol 5 months ago


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About Victim Advocacy – considering becoming a Victim Advocate after college. 5 months ago


crescentmoonlight 5 months ago


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1. The Paleolithic diet;
2. Coconut flour 6 months ago


Live. Laugh. Love.Untitled

I’m still taking my exam for PCA that I started yesterday. Some of the things are a refresher while other things I’m reading I didn’t know about. 6 months ago


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sassymimi75 7 months ago


ScorpioNerveThis continues. This week

I don’t want this to become a burden, writing it down every day or anything, but I should note how things change. My kids are growing, and I learn more about them every day. Last night I took both sons with me to see Dan Hicks. I expected the musician son to like it, but my pop music son loved it. He has better taste than I expected.

This past week I also learned that my oldest son has the head for history and dates that my husband does. He remembers it all, in context. That’s awesome. I learned what overdoing carbs on the “carb-on” meal I have every few weeks. I learned that I can trust my gut when I didn’t respond to nudges to apply for positions back in the health info mgmt area when I got some inside info about the local positions. I learned my hair is grayer than I thought it was – I need to color it more often than I have been. I learned that racism seems to be on the rise instead of the decline – that one I need to know more about.

OK, not all these things are equal! But it’s early here and I’m just having my first cup of coffee. In any case, I learn a lot, all the time, and I need to take time to notice. 7 months ago


ScorpioNerveCutting out sugar does...

Different things. This is first-hand knowledge. I cut out carbs, or way, way back, and it’s been about 3 months. My head is clearer, and I’m remembering things less often than I was. I seem to be more organized. I’m sleeping better. I think it’s the sugar ban. That’s something I read about but had not experienced. Cool. 8 months ago


amal ali 8 months ago


littlerusalkaLetting Go

Letting go is a hard lesson to learn, but the rewards I will reap are worth every trying minute. 8 months ago


anaMatic 11 months ago


BringMeThunder 2 years ago


BringMeThunderLearning something new daily has become a habit.

I’ve started a new journal for recording the trivial details of my days, including a specific line for anything I learn. The sight of it left blank is enough to get me reading and researching. I dare say I can mark this off the list.

Today I learned the origin of the verb “gaslighting” is a 1944 movie in which an abusive husband secretly dims and brightens the gaslights in the house while accusing his wife of imagining the flickering. I’ll have to look it up.

I also learned that Down’s Syndrome may be correctable within a decade, thanks to chromosome therapy and successful experiments in gene manipulation. Amazing news! 12 months ago


dms1014 12 months ago


rosebud11450 12 months ago


Jean Duvall 12 months ago


themarta2 things today

Learned that dew poisoning is the same as mud fever and learned what landscape marble is. 13 months ago


meditation7My head is spinning around black holes

... and whether they destroy matter, energy and information as stuff falls into them… or whether, per the Suskin-Hawkins long-standing debate, the information is preserved in the black hole. The conclusion has been that the information is preserved and reflected on the black hole’s event horizon… which leads to the supposition that all information that has ever been generated is reflected and preserved in the universe’s event horizon: the very edge of the universe.

If that doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry. I’m just parroting a provocative documentary that I just saw, but need to mull before I can actually understand this from the inside out… :-) 13 months ago


meditation7Membrane universes are born...

...when all the energy in them flattens out and disappears and two adjacent universes then attract each other and touch, setting off a huge Big Bang that repeats the cycle endlessly. This is the current theory that seeks to unify string theory with the causes for the Big Bang. An interesting theory, if for no other reason than there doesn’t seem to be a real reason for the universe to contract after its expansion (to regenerate itself in another Big Bang, which is how Hindu cosmology envisions one cosmic “Breath of Brahma” – a large expansion followed by a large contraction). Anyway, who knows if this is true or not, but it is nevertheless and mind-expanding idea. 13 months ago


meditation7Deep, continuous abdominal breathing frees up energy...

... and the emotional body, confirms a book I’m reading. I’d had this experience numerous times over the years, but it was the first time that this was confirmed by someone else… who has a background in physiology. 13 months ago


meditation7The psoas muscles: the seat of the "gut feeling"

Wow. I always thought that the tightened innards when you get a bad or anxious feeling about something were the visceral muscles tightening. Turns out, per “YogAlign: Pain-Free Yoga from Your Inner Core”, the mind-blowing yoga book I’m reading, it’s not. The psoas is both smooth muscle (involuntary, like the heart) and skeletal muscle (consciously controlled). When you get anxious, that’s what tightens. Which of course pulls on the diaphragm, which is why your breath gets shallow. Verrrry interesting. 13 months ago


Icedtea5/22/13

Guar Gum is made up of the ground endosperm of guar beans. It is found in many foods and is said to promote digestive health because it is high in fiber. It’s also used as a thickener in toothpaste, used as a waterproofing agent in the explosives industry, and used in nursing homes to solidify liquids for those with dysphagia. 14 months ago


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