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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ggaarTomorrow marks our Veteran's Day.

Tomorrow is a day to stand next to a Veteran and thank him or her for their service. It is also a day to remember all veteran’s in all wars on all sides. We forget that even they gave their lives for causes they believe in and in the end, in many ways, it didn’t matter. People lost lives. That is what matters. As Carl Sagan once said, “Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot.” The “pale blue dot” is Earth. He talked about it being a speck of dust in the cosmic arena. I am a conscientious objector, I have been a warrior in too many past lives. I believe in causes, I believe in moral rights, and most importantly I believe in helping those who are victims. I think one day we will all wake up and realize the horrible cruelties we have done to each other. Question is will we be able to forgive each others and ourselves.

I digress, despite how I feel about my government, about violence, and about the direction this world is heading. I will still stand at my opa’s grave, still look into the eyes of a soldier on leave in the subway, or the old men sitting outside sharing old war stories at the local VWF… Thank you. Thank you for protecting those who couldn’t protect themselves, thank you for standing up to tyrants, thank you for giving your lives for others. 2 years ago


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