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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daryl_74Earthship Biotecture...

I met M. Reynolds, the designer and inventor of earthships, a few days ago on the streets of Amsterdam. It was a chance encounter. I expressed interest in building an earthship, and his wife mentioned the website. I applied. But I won’t be free from traveling until June 2006. 6 years ago

daryl_74Garbage Warrior

I’ve seen the movie. I’ve purchased one of M. Reynold’s books. And I want to live in one of his homes, even if it means building it myself. 6 years ago

daryl_74Garbage Warrior

I’m looking forward to seeing the documentary “Garbage Warrior” all about Mike Reynolds who pioneered “Earthships”, which incorporate many of the ideas I want in a home.

[Edit: I’ve seen it multiple times, and bought one of Reynold’s books from Amazon. It’s on its way. Just need land.] 6 years ago

daryl_74These guys look interesting: 6 years ago

daryl_74some of my strange ideas:

The dream is complete self-sufficiency and durability. Dome homes are efficient to heat and resistant to damage from the elements. The floor plans I’ve drawn are based upon the Oregon Dome, Inc. system and plans.

The perimeter walls will be made of durable materials. [Cob? Concrete? Steel?] They are fire, insect and rodent proof. There will be conduits for wires. The basement and art studio will be window-less as it’s easier to regulate temperature, that way. The basement and art studio, with tall ceilings, will be water tight enough to float in the event of a flood, too. [The art studio will be weighted to balance the weight of the rest of the house. Additional lower floors in art studio are a possibility.]

The south end of the geodesic dome-surface roof will be skylighted to capture sun during the day, and the stars at night. Any part of the roof not skylighted will have triangular solar electrical panels. Each of its five corners will have wind mills to generate additional electricity.

The main floor bedroom will have an en-suite sliding door entrance to the main floor bathroom. The bathroom on the loft level will include a bidet. The mechanical room in the basement will include a water distiller, as there will be a grey and rain water system.

The basement mechanical room will also host a water heater and washer/dryer. And the main floor utility room, will be mainly for information and internet-based technology including a wireless router, and home automation touch screen or system.

Each perimeter main-floor window will have roll shutters, for increased security, privacy and comfort. They will provide better insulation and protection from extreme weather. They will control shade better. And they will reduce outside noise. Even the doggy doors will have roll shutters.

The outside of the house will be a covered skylighted walk-way to a four car garage. There will be a rock-sculpted pool and hot tub with waterfalls, between the house and garage, which the walk-way goes past. Ideally, the four car garage will be on a lower level and hidden from view.

To review:

  • Sustainable water and electricity (off the grid) with solar and wind power
  • Ability to float in event of flood, and survive a natural disaster
  • Fire, insect and rodent proof
  • Separate entrance to underground art studio (possibly multiple floors)
  • Rock-sculpted hot tub, pool, water fall
  • Four car garage (preferably below ground)
  • Geodesic-domed half-skylighted roof
  • Roll shutters, even on built-in doggy doors

[Engineer may be required for floatation plans.] 7 years ago


because I haven’t set any dates, this is more of a wish than a goal. 8 years ago

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