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I finally got around to buying 13 this afternoon.  I'd heard about half of the tracks already on Sirius XM over the past couple weeks (one of the few perks of living out of hotel rooms and rental cars), so I more or less knew what to expect.  I remember reading an interview with the members of Black Sabbath during the recording, and I remember them saying something to the effect that it picks up where they left off 35 years ago... Which (un)fortunately is actually true.  By which I mean, it basically stands up to Technical Ecstasy or Never Say Die, but not The First Six, or even the first two Dio-Sabbath albums.

Brad Wilk is absolutely the right choice on drums after Bill Ward backed out. Ozzy sounds like Ozzy, by which I mean a 65 year old man who has done All The Drugs.  Geezer sounds awesome, and the production is just polished enough that the bass doesn't get lost in the mix.  Tony sounds like he's phoning it in at times.  Overall, not a BAD album, just a bit underwhelming compared to what a beast 1970-75 Black Sabbath was.  3.5 stars.  Go buy it on gplay and not iTunes because DRM is for pussies and grandspas and Totally Not Metal.
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Yeah, it's gone, and even most stuff (but not all) that you bought DRMed can be re-downloaded from iCloud in DRM-free mode. And iTunes has a "Convert to MP3" option if you right-click on an AAC file (DRM or not).
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Yeah, so, this happened to me today.  I think Captcha has grown beyond being a mere annoyance into its own sort of surrealist art.  I mean, my keyboard doesn't even have a shin key!
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Clearly you are using an inferior keyboard
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Last week, Microsoft posted their first quarterly loss ever, and now this... Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch of assholes. ;-)
Steam move to Linux is a hedge against Windows 8's failure.
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Maybe MS can use Unity...
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Unfortunately, his degree is in Classics, so he gets to look forward to going back to being a janitor now!
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They only graduated him to improve their post-graduation job-finding statistics. They also hired on a few other grads as janitors for the same reason. There were protests, of course, from the student-janitors who were sweeping buildings for course credit in Custodial Studies, but the CS program had to be closed due to budget measures anyway.
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+Bill Dinger - I'm beginning to understand your TOTALLY NO HOMO Aaron Rodgers man-crush, I think!
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Whenever I hear creed on the radio or whatever I actually snarl and my begin reciting a litany of hate
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From the surprising to no one department, a new study discovers that Americans tend to raise particularly whiny, entitled, and self-centered kids, who no doubt grow up to be whiny, entitled, and self-centered adults.

At least that's what I took away.
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Yes, yes I was. I learned that snark was a virtue at an early age.

More importantly, though, now I'm working on going straight from smart-ass kid to crotchety, cynical old man without any of that unnecessary "feeling successful and validated in life" crap in the middle.
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Ancient shipwrecks are awesome. Imperial Rome's loss is our gain! It's stuff like this that makes me want to get dive certified... and, you know, learn to swim
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Luke, you don't know how to swim? It's a really good thing to learn....

As for the discovery, I wouldn't dare touch the food in those Roman ships....
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I knew that there is very little in the Bible to support the notion that life begins at conception, but what I didn't know was that view was uncontroversial among evangelical Christians as recently as the 1970s.
In 1979, McDonald's introduced the Happy Meal. Sometime after that, it was decided that the Bible teaches that human life begins at conception. Ask any American evangelical, today, what the Bible says...
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Go Human Beings!
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Den has always been my favorite Early Dynastic king, mostly because of "Den of Earth" from Heavy Metal, I think. Also, it's noteworthy that this boat was found at Abu Rawash, rather than Abydos, where Den's tomb is located. Also, a 5,000 year old wooden boat found in relatively good condition... How cool is that?!
First,Dynasty,funerary,boat,discovered,at,Egypts,Abu,Rawash,-,Ancient,Egypt,-,Heritage
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What a shame... And after she found a babysitter for her three kids, too! Issues of racism vs. censorship in public schools aside, can we all agree that this poor girl's chances of growing up to not be white trash pretty much went out the window when her parents named her "Texanna?"
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I just don't know...
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I just noticed this the other day... The neighbor asked to borrow my graphing calculator to use on an exam, and I got to thinking about it, and the only real appreciable difference between the TI-85 I got in high school and the current generation of graphing calculators is that they've upped the memory (from 32k to 128k, if I recall), and they still cost about as much as they ever have. So, basically from 1994 to 2012, graphing calculator technology has comparatively progressed from 1978 to 1981 levels!
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Yeah, the TI-89/92 were based on a ~10MHz Motorola 68k platform with something like 256k-1M of RAM, so basically like the internals of a 1985-vintage Amiga 1000 rather than a 1978-vintage TRS-80. Progress!
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I was just complaining about NatGeo's leap day article over on the F'tubes -- They incorrectly attributed the addition of a leap year to the Egyptian calendar, consisting of a sixth epagomenal day every four years, to the Ptolemaic rather than Roman period... Snerk

But anyway, more importantly, this! Tomorrow night, starting right after dusk, all five of the "classical" planets will be visible during the same night. Therefore, it will no doubt be overcast and/or raining in Memphis.
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And that will be a problem...
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