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Attrition's One Year Birthday Rant
"The first time I looked at it, I thought you were all disturbed." - Punkis' Mother "Attrition.org has changed my life - not in the way you might think - you see, attrition.org is my grandchild in a bizarre sort of way. Attrition.org was conceived by my son and just as for any mother the journey into the role of grandmother is quite unique. This grandchild, attrition.org., has opened many doors for me. This child shows me things I have never seen. Sometimes it scares me with where it goes in the world of cyberspace. Sometimes it brings me to tears with laughter. It never ceases to amaze me. Like any one year old I believe it is still finding its way. Attrition.org is the image of its father. It is a brilliant star, a myriad of emotions, a wealth of knowledge, a whirlwind of activity. I hope I am around for many years to come to enjoy attrition.org., this one of a kind offspring who has come so far in just 365 days. Happy Birthday!!!" - Jericho's Mother
"'What does attrition mean to me....' I was recently asked to comment on this by cult_hero for attrition's 1 year aniversary piece and I have been racking my brains as to how I wanted to answer that, in my usual smart ass fashion or actually being a little serious for once. Mabey I will try a little of both. Attrition means a lot of things to me. For example ever since we have started mirroring web page defacements I have found myself saying "punkis, you picked the wrong year to quit sniffing glue..." Although it can be a giant pain in the ass to maintain I have always beleived it is a good resource. I guess thats a good way to sum up what attrition is all about, a great resource covering a very broad range of topics. Where else can you go to read security advisories, browse en excellent text archive, read music reviews, even read calimari reviews. We now even have pages demonstsrating how to properly and safely clean a variety of weapons. Attrition is a strange mix of freeks, geeks, hippies, poets, drunks, gun nuts, computer crime advocates (snicker) and generally unruly and rude people. Considering the site has always been a "hobby site" I think we have done a pretty good job of keeping the content fresh which can't be said about many sites. Like sites that have venture capital. I don't think I need to name names here...We have a lot of ideas on where we'd like to see attrition go so I think the site will grow to be more and more diverse as time goes on. We are the ones our parents warned us about. At night when you can't sleep and hear someone scratching on the wall, its us. Remember that time you went camping and saw those wierd lights in the sky? Yes, it was us. Read about that small government that was recently overthrown? We were probably involved. Roswell? We aren't that old....well except for cancer omega." - punkis Being with Attrition is like being in a rock band. We have a tendency to cause a stir whereever we go, even though we're trying to be inconspicuous. We travel a great deal and always have our equipment in tow. Our best work is when we all sit down together, just pickin' and grinnin' like the old times. Seems like someone's always trying to spy on us so they can get some kind of inside scoop on us; like they're trying to figure us out and can't quite wrap their brain around what we really are. People either absolutely love us or absolutely hate us. The people who love us sometimes hate us for the different things we do, and those who already hate us will continue to hate us no matter what we do. The only difference is we don't have roadies or near as many groupies. And at last count, nobody's rushed the stage when we gave a show. That being said, there is nothing more to say. Viva Attrition! - Cancer Omega "I wish I could explain in words what Attrition has meant to me but that's rather impossible. However I've never been involved in a project that allowed me to immerse myself in a culture in less than 10 months. Being involved with Attrition is quite an experience. I love how none of the staff take any shit and each person adds their own perspective to the site. Of course, the minute I send this I'll have the Pulitzer-winning speech of a lifetime. Suffice it to say that I'm proud and honored to have some great friends like you guys, it really is great." - McIntyre
The quasi-grandfather of Attrition (so said because he is two days older than dirt) came up with a few great quotes to mock the rest of staff.
"Before I found attrition, I was all messed up on drugs. Now that I've found attrition, I'm all messed up on attrition." - McIntyre "Since I joined attrition, I'm my own hero. And hers, too!" - cOmega "I didn't know what to make of attrition until I visited Jericho and he showed me that he'd spelled out 'Have a Nice Day' with the skulls of Happy Hackers he'd decapitated. Now I'm sold." - Punkis "Attri-what?" - Modify "Go AWAY! I'm BUSY!" - JerichoSome of those seem to be quite accurate once you get to know the staff members! What are other members of Attrition saying?
"Attrition.org is turning a year old....my my my...what can one say about such an occasion? Well, from the beginning....wait.. hold up..Attrition.org turning a year old and the millennium approaches? Is there a connection? Oh *cripes*....there must be. Why else would the government hold mal_vu hostage? They're working TOGETHER!! Okay...this information must get out into the general populas...wait...there's a knock at the door.... *bang*" - WrlWnd "Attrition is a [joke/comedy] [played on/performed before] an audience too afraid to laugh." - Munge "Where people with no friends hangout, doing weird shit, from warped minds and not giving a toss what others think. Where we get whipped and you get shit. The folks at Attrition once had social lives, were once popular, even had potential. Now they have minds of their own. Like we really care what you think? One year on: and getting stranger by the day. As time goes on the voice of attrition only gets loder, conforming to no society, having no real direction, just going with the flow of daily life. Finding a new freedom, pushing the boundries of each path it choses to partake in." - BlaiseYes, they seem more thoughtful and well read than we do! How about our affiliates? What kind words can they bestow upon us?
"Attrition.org? One of us owes the other beer I think." - Space Rogue [HNN] "Attrition.org? Blergh. It's esoteric, it's prostate, lamentable and regrettable. In a word? Love. I love it." - Ender Wiggin [OSALL] "Even though attrition uses the letters "FUCK" on its main page, i still link it from my "try to be" professional site. So maybe I am a hypocrite. whatever. Attrition has given me data to use as a filler on my main site, something to do when my boss says I should be working. Some of the staff members make me realise that EverQuest is an evil game, and will eat your life away. This is why when I talk to jericho, he is always talking about killing spammers with his sword, and how they should know not to mess with any level 21 player. Honestly, Attrition went from a 'whats the point' type of thing to me, to a site that i respect, after I started to understand the actual point. It has also lead me to remember that some people, no matter how much you shit on them, and how many times you stabbed them in the back, they can throw together a "one more chance" type of deal (Yes.. It is true.. Jericho and I haven't always been so intimate^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H friendly. Either way, ill end with.. The site rocks, the work is good, these people are just like me, they have no lives.. and they are doing something without pay or profit." - Erik Parker [Mindsec] "If this is Attrition at one year, I can't wait till it reaches the 'terrible two' stage" - C. Fennelly "Screw Attrition, them fools still owe me $50 for that last rock!" - Bronc Buster "Your site is unique in its own right, and despite what other egotisticle, idiotic, narrow-minded fools out there think, sites like yours are wonderful for the folks out there like me... who dont neccessarily take what we learn from your site and use it to our personal gain or anything else, but just for the simple reason of the knowledge of it all." - Nan "Because of the high dollar lobbyist donations to undisclosed members of the Senate, we are still non profit!" - Mal VuSpammers have quickly learned that unsolicted commercial email is frowned upon. How anti-spam are we?
"People who send spam to Attrition Staff, beware! They say that there's a room where they keep the skulls of spammers, lined up in a row on a shelf. They say that, late at night, they go there, and talk to them... They say the members of the Attrition Staff ask them, "Now tell us again, how *do* you make money fast?" - Jay Dyson, de-spammer for NASA JPL
In conclusion, in case it wasn't readily apparent and beating you senseless... if you don't like what you see, don't look. Expect less and you will be disappointed less. That and a million other cliches.
As Mcintyre always says, "keep your sheep warm at night."
That is it. Until next year...
ATTRITION Staff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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