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Journal Journal: Freethinking as it should be seen

Why is freethinking/atheism thought to be some sort of nonconforming way of life? It is thought of to be breaking free of some bounds that "you must have a religion."
I've seen no demand that society makes that one must have a religion.
I hear no pressure to belive in anything (other than jackasses from work, but they are inconsequential to anything).
I think it laughable that an idea thought logical (atheism) is one of the most illogical theories known to man.
Freethinking/Atheism is just another conformity that is a trick. When you are atheist, you are not free of bounds of religion or way of life, you are simply following a new conformity, religion, or way of life. That's all I have to say about that.

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Journal Journal: need to write this down

Since I don't have anything to write this down on, I just write it down here, being the lazy ass that I am. Maybe I can use it in a /. argument or something.

Journal Journal: a standard language for communication among tech people 4

During the course of trying to fix a set of machines with a person who was very proficient with them, but knew very little english, it became appearant to me that there needs to be a language (or from here on will be mentioned as a "verbal standard") in which tech people (sysadmins, netadmins, gamers, coders, reverse engineers, etc) can communicate and can accurately describe situations/problems/harware set-ups in a more efficient manner. After looking into the subject in great detail, there existed no language that could accomplish this broad goal without serious modifications. Therefore, some of us sysadmins, netadmins, gamers, coders and reverse engineers (who will be referred to as "geeks" for namesake) need to take it upon ourselves and create a verbal standard that suits the aforementioned needs. I have some ideas on how to go about doing this, but I will need input in order to create a verbal standard that would make sense.

Some of my ideas are:
- a base16 numbering system instead of base10
- a phrase or word that should be said before starting the conversation, for the purpose of not confusing languages or confusing revisions of the standard (I would imagine that there would be some over time, since earlier versions may become inadequate)
- a standard that uses the current ASCII/latin based characters already out there

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