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End of AtheistAlliance.net
cheshiredragon
Hey all, if you have tried AtheistAlliance.net today you may have noticed it not loading. Sadly, I must say that the Hard Drive has finally crashed out and I have not the funds to replace it. I had warned that it was going to go out and I could have replaced it but, I had to get rid of my truck and buy a new car. With my son and his mother living with me now the truck was not an option of a good vehicle to have as it was a small Ford Ranger. So to replace it with a Hybrid that gets 500+MPTank, when the truck would only get about 270MPTank. It is a good buy and much needed for the obvious reasons as well.

As Skeeve has noted in another thread. His site here is only about 1/3 the age of my site and has more people, more action and looks WAY better. I have decided to simply scrap AtheistAlliance.net and join in the festivities when I can. I may not be on much anymore because that car isn't cheap and I will be working more hours to cover the costs. Not to mention I have my psychologist appointments and a Cisco boot camp coming up at the college that my job is paying for and what could be better than free education? I am going to study my ass off until the end of the year and attempt to get that CCNA in Routing & Switching by then. SO, if I don't see you all until January you know where I will be. I'll miss you all and at least we all have a place to gather at here.

Love you all,
-Richard (Cheshire Dragon)
 
catman
That's bad news. I liked AtheistAlliance.net. And I did try it a few minutes ago with negative results. I'd be willing to to try to help out with a fund for a new hard drive, but it sounds like you've got too much to do anyway. Drop by whenever you can.

You were the first to give the former atheists.com denizens a new place to play, and I'll always be grateful for it.
"If I owned both Hell and Texas, I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas." - General Sheridan
 
Skeeve
Sorry about the HD crash, but I've always said, "RL>Internet". Get those free classes when ya can, you'll be glad you did later on down the road.

You'll always have a place here CD, take care.
"The world is my country, and do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine
 
Skeeve
Sorry about the HD crash. I've always said, "RL>Internet",so get those free classes when ya can, you'll be glad you did later on down the road.

You'll always have a place here CD, take care.
"The world is my country, and do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine
 
Hypatia
CD, you did one helluva job with AtheistAlliance.net - you really 'done right' by us, and I appreciate it so very, very much. Thank you! If ever you decide to start it up again and you'd like some help, I'm still willing to make some monetary donations. Wouldn't be very helpful in the technological areas. Wink

In the meantime, what an awesome thing you've got going in the education dept., and with having Jenner there at home with you. Good going, and I wish all the best for you.

I'll look forward to your posts here when you can get around to it.

Take good care.



 
RayvenAlandria
Bummer. Sounds like you have a lot of crap piling on you right now. Hang in there. When you need someplace friendly to go, drop by here and visit with us.
 
Sinny
CD I just came here to find out why I couldn't get into the AAliance.net and well here I am finding out why. Your sure did a really good job on that site, sorry to hear about all the trouble you had with your HD. Glad to hear you have your son with you and I kinda hope for you and your wife to maybe get back together some day and be happy together. It's hard to pay off a new car but worth it considering you get more miles on it..

Now study study study and come back to tell us all you learned. Wink
 
seeker
I'm really sorry tohear that CD. If its just a hard drive and you want to keep things going let me know, I'd be willing to help.
 
neilmarr
Good luck with everything, CD.

A thousand thanks for stepping up to the plate for your friends and for your convictions. Your efforts above and beyond the call cannot be easily forgotten.

I hope we'll see you here as just one of the gang just as soon as the dust settles.

Very best wishes, old pal. Neil
 
Solidsquid
Good luck with everything man, I understand what it's like. I had to do the same thing a while back. However, I'm looking into starting something up again a little later down the road - we'll see how it goes. Do what ya gotta do man.
 
neilmarr
I just took my first beer break of the day and spent the few minutes thinking about the fate of the excellent Atheist Aliance -- the site that immediately stepped up to the plate when we most needed something to help keep our group intact.

My conclusion is that it's probably a blessing in disguise. Let's face it, many of us have been trying hard recently to support both sites with our contributions and it was an effort to make sure that we favoured neither.

I'm sure CD and Skeeve -- what generous folk -- would agree if I were to suggest that the AA development should be welcomed as a consolidation of shared membership rather than mourned as the closure of a single resource.

Perhaps CD could spare a minute to get in touch with Skeeve -- or with one of the active posters here -- to be sure that any atheist who was an AA member but not registered at AT is made aware of the newly consolodated forums.

This is the last refuge of us scoundrels in that it's perhaps the only social meeting site for the heathen. Other admirable sites do more specialised jobs, but here, we can feel free just to shoot the breeze among pals without the competitive pressure of having vital, studied information to offer. This is a 'gut reaction site', a forum that demands no specialised knowledge of anyone. More than information, much more, we share ourselves.

I think the way most of us stuck together here and at AA after the sudden Athists.com closure shows that this spirit is vitally important to the community we've all helped build in a place called cyberspace. That really has no right to exist. We're the daily, living proof that it does.

Best wishes, everyone. And thanks for your wonderful company.

Neil
 
catman
Beautifully expressed, Neil. That is what I was attempting to express in my vastly less erudite fashion in my post. But I still mourn AA's closure, because I think it is useful to have more than one site, no matter how excellent it is, just for the specialization in threads. Also, a potential ally may find one and not the other.

CD, your attempt to keep the group together will be forever appreciated by me. Muchas gracias.
Edited by catman on 08/20/2008 04:54
"If I owned both Hell and Texas, I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas." - General Sheridan
 
cheshiredragon
In the words of Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth, "GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!"
And good idea neil. I have forwarded the AtheistAliance.net domain to AtheistsToday.com domain at least until I can get a new HDD or have a data center host the site. I don't trust data centers though with the way admins are lazy asses and don't do proper security updates. It at least will point people here who do not know of this site that did only visit AA.net. I own the domain until 2008/7/3 so may as well put it to good use. Smile
I may go dig in my closet for another HDD, I know I have one. May crash again soon but, hey a work in progress is never finished and it will give a bit more life to AA.net. I am finding that I may have some time to work on graphics and maybe a start of a home page if anyone, that includes people from here at AT.com as well, wants to keep it up, add content, etc. See you on the flip side Smile


Thank You ALL for your support,
-Richard(Cheshire Dragon)
Edited by cheshiredragon on 08/20/2008 14:22
 
catman
That is good news indeed. I don't understand the date "2008/7/3", however. If that means July 3rd, that was six weeks ago.
"If I owned both Hell and Texas, I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas." - General Sheridan
 
kjbluez
Well, well.
I decided to drop by AtheistAlliance.net and was redirected here. I recognized some the names on here and so joined up.

So, good to be here. How has everyone been? It's been about a month or so since I dropped by. CD, I like the site, thanx so much for keeping the community together and sorry to hear about all of the problems you had. Good news is that it seems everyone congregated here.

Me? Been busy with a new job, trying to get a promotion and all, and preparing for the new semester here at the university that starts in a few days, lots of work to do in the past month to get things ready for the mass confusion that will begin next week.


 
catman
kjbluez: Good to hear from you again! Drop back in when you can.
"If I owned both Hell and Texas, I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas." - General Sheridan
 
neilmarr
Hya KJ. Great to see you made it. Good luck with the promotion. Very best. Neil
 
kjbluez
Yea, thanx all!

I figured out how to get notifications sent to me when a reply is made to my post, so I can actually keep up with everything now. When I don't, I lose touch, can't keep up with posts, etc, etc.

So, that is good. I am working the graveyard shift now, which has its ups and downs, but definitely where I work the graveyard shift is the one to be on. It rocks.

Summer sucked, though. I was getting off work at 3:30 in the morning and waking up at 6:30 to make it to class, then getting another 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon. That messed me up the most, because it was just enough sleep, twice a day, to feel like a real sleep, so I would go to work on Sunday, get off on Monday, sleep, wake up and it was still Monday, do classes, sleep, then wake up ... and it was still Monday. So, my weeks had 12 days instead of the usual 7, or at least it felt that way.

I learned to really like instant coffee, too, because I could add an extra spoonful of coffee to jolt me into reality. Then, I went and played with bacteria! What fun! (I was taking a microbiology class). I still rocked it, though. Took a sociology class also, which was great because the prof really like discussion and debate ... and I definitely took advantage of that! It surprised me, though, how many people had never heard of memes, which I found myself talking about a great deal, especially in relation to topics we discussed.
 
RayvenAlandria
Hi kjbluez! I'm so glad you moseyed on over here to join us.

I used to like working the graveyard shirt too. I am rather nocturnal. Sounds like summer was hell for you though. It must have been hard to stay coherent when you weren't getting enough sleep.
 
cheshiredragon
catman wrote:
That is good news indeed. I don't understand the date "2008/7/3", however. If that means July 3rd, that was six weeks ago.



Good to see the domain forwarded just in time for you to find Skeeve's site here Smile
KJ is right about the lack of sleep catman. heh that is the date I purchased the domain so I have it until 2009/7/3. Yes, that is 2009, July 3rd. I don't like the standard American version of m/d/y and the European one I could never understand. Well, off to dreamland for me Smile g'night kids

-Richard(Cheshire Dragon)



Edited to adjust dates! Cant even get it right when I am trying haha
Edited by cheshiredragon on 08/21/2008 13:08
 
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