Anniversary email 33

Please wish <NAME> a happy 9 year anniversary here at <COMPANY>. <NAME> is a key player on the <PRODUCT> team, keeping the environment secure, speedy, and stable. He recently took on a development role and I expect even greater things from him before he celebrates his 10 year anniversary. Happy anniversary, <NAME>!

As always, you are now eligible for the mandatory <COMPANY> Employee Enhancement Experience. Since you are a fan of Marvel comics, we offer you the following themed options.

Captain America: Three times a week every week we will inject you with our patented Super Soldier Anabolic Serum. You’ll be packing on muscle mass like Cap, and suffering from random bouts of inexplicable rage, like Hulk. This is a two for one, really. We will also give you a shield, or at least a round piece of metal, and spray your skin with green food coloring.

We source our Serum from whales. Why whales? Because of the transitive theory of bigness. Whales are big, so whale testosterone will make you big. It is basic science. Or at least science-y.

Hawkeye: We replace your eyes with eyes from a hawk. “But wait,” I hear you say, “aren’t a hawk’s eyes much smaller than my own?” Yes. Yes they are. They will be rolling around your sockets and flopping out all over the place. A small price to pay for increased visual acuity. You know, when they are both pointed in the same direction. Like maybe if you look directly at the ground. That would work. You will be able to see that ground in amazing detail.

Thor: We will give you a hammer that will electrocute you on five minute intervals. Since we can’t prevent someone else from picking it up and wielding the power of Thor, we will fuse said hammer directly with your hand. Go smite villainy!

Iron Man: Remember that Leonardo DiCaprio move, The Man in the Iron Mask? Imagine that, except for your whole body. Once we weld you in, it is almost impossible to get you out. At least in one piece. Man, that movie was terrible.

Black Widow: We fit you with a specially designed cat suit with venomous black widow spiders stitched directly into the lining. But hey, free cat suit.

Wolverine: We will fuse knives directly into the bones of your hand. They aren’t retractable, so this is actually pretty similar to our Edward Scissorhands offering. “Will I also get Wolverine’s advanced healing factor since I’m going to have super sharp knives attached to my hands? Seems like I will need it.”

That is adorable.


Spider-Man: We will dunk you in a box full of radioactive spiders and see what happens. There is a possibility you might get super powers, or, you know, more likely radiation sickness. As an added bonus, we will kill your favorite uncle.

Please make your selection so we can schedule your appointment and move this process along. <COMPANY> Avengers Arrange Yourselves in Close Physical Proximity! (We don’t want to get sued.)

Anniversary email 32

Happy 12 year anniversary, <NAME>! At <COMPANY>, we pride ourselves on exceptional customer service. As a public company, we pride ourselves on being able to deliver value to our shareholders.

The tarantula hawk is a nightmarish spider wasp that hunts tarantula as food for its unborn young. It stalks, stings, and paralyzes the arachnid, at which point it drags the helpless victim back to a specially prepared lair, where an egg is laid and the spider is sealed in, Cask of Amontillado style. I will spare you the more gruesome details, but suffice to say, it ends with another Tarantula Hawk being birthed to continue the cycle.

At <COMPANY>, we have engineered what we are calling Developer Hawks. Gigantic, terrifying wasps with twelve foot wingspans that exist to hunt down developers for our recruitment efforts. On being successfully stalked and stung, a developer will be dragged to specially prepared desk, where they will be ready to work for <COMPANY> and help us achieve our corporate goals.

Of course, we need to test their function, so if you would be kind enough to provide us with a schedule of where you expect to be over the next several days, it would be very helpful. We’ve run five tests so far, but as of yet they have failed to deliver a single developer as expected. We do, strangely, have five new Developer Hawks in our swarm, but I am certain that is an unrelated, happy coincidence.

Anniversary email 31

Happy five year anniversary, <NAME>! As you know, <COMPANY> is focused on international growth. Overseas markets represent a huge untapped customer base for us. However, we are also a public company, and that means being mindful of how we are spending our investors’ dollars so we get the most bang for our buck and keep the stock price moving upward. To that end, I am pleased to announce <COMPANY> has closed the deal on a new European Datacenter. Introducing <COMPANY> Pripyat!

Located in scenic northern Ukraine, we have our pick of old block office buildings from which to stage our operations.  Given your tenure and track record of making “<COMPANY> Go!” you have been selected as one of our first employees at this exciting new facility! Our campus at <COMPANY> Pripyat (or <ACRONYM> as we are affectionately calling it) boasts plenty of living space, schools, a hospital, and even an amusement park!  Now it is true there is some work to be done, but at <COMPANY> we are not afraid to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty. Seriously, though, don’t get any of the dirt on your hands. Or your face. Any skin contact at all should be avoided, really. I cannot stress that enough. I would also not actually roll up your sleeves. It is for the best because you are going to be required to wear a protective suit at all times. Otherwise, well, I hope you didn’t like having skin.

There are, of course, rumors of a hideous tribe of mutant cannibals that inhabit the radioactive ruins and worship the old nuclear reactor as the home of a vengeful, glowing green god. These rumors are all true. We at <COMPANY> feel these once men are an under-served market that could benefit from a web presence to sell their crafts online. Everything from bone earrings to bone necklaces to complete human skeletons. Essentially they sell things that are byproducts of the rampant cannibalism, but in time we could see them becoming a thriving small business and a real success story we could put on our home page… If we can get them to stop eating all the photographers we send out to get promo shots.

Some might view these as challenges, but we prefer to think of them as opportunities. An opportunity you are now a part of! Welcome aboard!


Anniversary email 30

Please join me in wishing <NAME>a very happy 12 year anniversary at <COMPANY>! <NAME> has been instrumental in building our wildly successful <REDACTED> platform. What we do would not be possible without his expertise and tireless dedication. Whether it is configuring Varnish or applying the golden hammer of HaProxy, he executes with passion and steely determination.

Imagine how much more excellent he will perform now that he is eligible for our latest incentive program! It has long been noted that pain processing is much faster than tactile processing in humans. Pain elicits reactions of increased heartrate and a surge of adrenaline to the bloodstream, leaving you alert and primed to handle whatever problem is manifest. To that end, we have designed a new server monitoring system: A sub dermal implant that, upon receiving an alert, injects scorpion venom directly into your spinal column. Yes, no more groggy, bleary eyed fumbling for the phone at night when the NOC calls. You will be wide awake, writhing in agony, willing to do anything to make the pain stop. And it won’t stop. Not until the alert goes away. Yes, you will be ready for anything as the chlorotoxin begins to block the chloride channels in your muscles, causing increasing amounts of pain as your muscles begin to seize one by one. However, you will need to hurry before paralysis sets in. Now there is the small problem of the device failing to shut off roughly 50% of time when an alert clears, but they assure me that problem will be fixed in the next version due in early 2018. Worried you will be alone in suffering scorpion fueled agony, technical departments? We are also working on a model that will react the same way should the stock price drop more than 2%, which we will be rolling out to the rest of the organization. It is brand new day here at <COMPANY>. Congratulations, <NAME>!

Anniversary email 29

Happy 6th Anniversary, <NAME>! Yes, you were instrumental in helping us get off of the legacy platform running Windows Server 2003, but no one can do anything to stop the legacy of death penned in the blood of the virtuous by Arkzyxthoth the Devourer. From his reeking pit deep within the bowels of the subterranean caverns of the lost city of the forbidden people, it has for countless centuries recorded a litany of vile deeds. Attended by crazed servants that flagellate themselves into in a state of frenzy using barbed whips, its toxic influence knows no bounds. What hope have we of sanctuary when such a monster clothes itself in the skins of the righteous and picks its venomous fangs with their bones? While we build our platforms and serve our customers, Arkzyxthoth plots to doom the innocent and cast our works to ruin, until all that remains of human kind is servile race of sycophants toiling in a kingdom of toppled ruins and blighted graves. So happy anniversary! Enjoy your great success. For Arkzyxthoth turns its baleful gaze towards us, and covets all that we have made.