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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Lark1I'm still reading Apuleius

And I think I’m going to look for classical authors like this, its such an awesome book, it has a fantastic pace and the style, which I appreciate could also be to do with the translation I have (its one of the penguin classics series so I presume its a good one) but I’m sure that’s not the whole of it.

Its essentially lots and lots of mini-stories strung together into an overarching narrative featuring our hero, who is turned into an ass/donkey and as a result overhears quite a lot of stories or observes them unfolding. There’s scandal and witchcraft and tales of Gods and Heroes.

The interesting thing about it is that I really struggle to think of any contemporary book like it that I’ve enjoyed as much or any contemporary alternative that I would read instead. I did read Jack Vance’s Lyonesse 2 before I took up this one and it was the best fantasy I’d read in a long time, a great big bulky book of the kind that I like to read and see as a challenge and even it wasnt as enjoyable as this one, then again that is perhaps way it is justifiably considered as classic and how it has survived from the ancient world to now.

Definitely going to read more classics of this kind, assuming that classics were the canon of books from the era of the industrial revolution or there abouts and by english authors has given me the wrong impression of classics. 13 months ago

Lark1There are classics and classics

This is what I have learned from the author of the book In Praise of Older Women, who has written other books, Truth and Lies in Literature and The Rules of Chaos, I’ve read the later and started on the former. He’s a big fan of Balzac, Stendhal and another author I think called Kleinsky but I may have mispelt that.

One of his essays is about how english lit. classes can put people of literature, there’s plenty of examples of world literature, French and Russian for example, which are fantastic in english translation but anyone acquainted with some of the prominant examples of english literature, like Dickens, as classics would be put of reading classics altogether. I think he could be right.

I’ve also been reading some “more classic” literature than those examples, in particular Apuleius’ The Golden Ass, I was surprised to hear that this book is an “erotic” book in most estimations, it does contain some intimate detail and mature content but I think it handles it in a way which is much different to contemporary writing in that category. It is essentially lots of different stories occuring within an over arching story arc, so its a lot like the way in which narratives develop in long running TV series, like the X-Files or any of the Star Trek spin offs or SG series. I was surprised at how similar the style of story telling was, the pace is superbly similar to the best contemporary examples too.

So perhaps there isnt anything new under the sun and successful writers have just been ripping off the best offerings of yester year all this time. 13 months ago

Lark1Classics and classics

I’ve been steadily working my way through the complete series of sci fi and fantasy masterworks, just because I find that these are classics of those genres and very good reads.

So far as literary classics, I’ve read a lot of them already, Victor Hugo, Tolstoy, Dostevosky (spelling) and classics of politics, Marx, Smith, Mill.

Although I’ve listed this because the next time I do read a book which I’ve bought from the classic section of a book shop or which is considered a classic or modern classic I’m going to do it consciously as a goal I can easily fufil and post about.

A lot of my goals are not easily fufilled and its lead to a lot of “non-movement” which I just would like to feel has changed. I do need to progress other goals and I’m thinking of ways to prioritise them but I need a motivational shot in the arm and I think listing “easy” or at least achieveable ones for a bit could help do the trick. 14 months ago


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zackinblackAtlas Shrugged

This book, although old, may not be considered a classic by many people, although it was a very long and tedious read, there are better stories out there. 1 year ago

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