i put “All I Want for Christmas is You” through a MIDI converter, and then back through an mp3 converter

the result is this garbage

I’m driving myself up the wall because I swear I can hear the vocal line but I don’t know how that could be if it was truly converted to MIDI. Unless you can replicate speech sounds entirely with modulated MIDI notes, in which case I’m actually impressed with this tire fire of an MP3.


the holiday season is almost upon us and I’d like to bring back this absolute fucking monstrosity of an audio file



Your marriage is 3 times as likely to
end in divorce if you and your spouse
both have divorced parents. Source Source 2

that makes sense, if you’re a child who experienced divorce you know that life after divorce can exist, and how much better it can be for people and kids when people don’t try to force themselves to stay in a marriage that doesn’t work

of course i can see catholic writers talking about how “the brokenness of divorce influences children’s ability to stay married” but really when it comes to statistics it’s important to do qualitative analysis in addition to quantitative so you can avoid the figures being misused like this. not that it really matters since the numbers are all people care about anyway which is why studies can be misused by people with ideological bents even when the studies they cite don’t make the claims they do, and often state the opposite

Ugly laughing too hard at this version of how UK immigration works.

While you’re living in that council house after showing up so cheaply and easily, because the system loves immigrants that much, you may as well try to get on JSA or disability benefits too! *snerk*

Variation on an unfortunately common set of ideas, yeah. I just got extra crap amused at that example, as someone who had to look into the options extensively, coming from the US. (I.e., outside the EU and Commonwealth, and really not wanted.) Not falling into the “highly skilled worker” category, my best option was to get married to satisfy the Home Office, when neither one of us had ever planned on it.

(And the legal position then was already much better as the family member of an EEA citizen than if my partner had been British. Even before they instituted the minimum income requirement for spouses/kids of British citizens to live here.)

All of that was coming up on 15 years ago, before the system tightened up even more. Much less fell into the current mess, where they’re actively trying to run off established immigrants.

So easy, all you lazy whiners… 🙄😵

In Peru’s Deserts, Melting Glaciers Are a Godsend (Until They’re Gone)


A 30-year-old photograph taken from a nearby location was placed on the path to the Pastoruri glacier in Áncash, Peru, showing how far the ice has retreated. Credit: Tomas Munita for The New York Times


The desert blooms now. Blueberries grow to the size of Ping-Pong balls in nothing but sand. Asparagus fields cross dunes, disappearing over the horizon.

The desert produce is packed and shipped to places like Denmark and Delaware. Electricity and water have come to villages that long had neither. Farmers have moved here from the mountains, seeking new futures on all the irrigated land.

It might sound like a perfect development plan, except for one catch: The reason so much water flows through this desert is that an icecap high up in the mountains is melting away.

And the bonanza may not last much longer.

“If the water disappears, we’d have to go back to how it was before,” said Miguel Beltrán, a 62-year-old farmer who worries what will happen when water levels fall. “The land was empty and people went hungry.”

In this part of Peru, climate change has been a blessing — but it may become a curse. In recent decades, accelerating glacial melt in the Andes has enabled a gold rush downstream, contributing to the irrigation and cultivation of more than 100,000 acres of land since the 1980s.

Yet the boon is temporary. The flow of water is already declining as the glacier vanishes, and scientists estimate that by 2050 much of the icecap will be gone.

The glaciers are the source of water for much of the coast during Peru’s dry season, which extends from May to September. But the icecap of the Cordillera Blanca, long a supply of water for the Chavimochic irrigation project, has shrunk by 40 percent since 1970 and is retreating at an ever-faster rate. It is currently receding by about 30 feet a year, scientists say.

Farmers along the 100-mile watershed that winds its way from the snowcapped peaks to the desert dunes say they are already feeling the effects of the change.

The retreat of the icecap has exposed tracts of heavy metals, like lead and cadmium, that were locked under the glaciers for thousands of years, scientists say. They are now leaking into the ground water supply, turning entire streams red, killing livestock and crops, and making the water undrinkable.

A team of glacier researchers walking in Cordillera Blanca, Peru. The temperature at the site of the glaciers rose between 0.5 and 0.8 degrees Celsius between the 1970s and early 2000s. Credit: Tomas Munita for The New York Times

Sand dunes near agricultural lands in Viru Valley, Peru. Credit: Tomas Munita for The New York Times

In Peru’s Deserts, Melting Glaciers Are a Godsend (Until They’re Gone)

My recent story about medical fatphobia


I got a new primary care doctor so I went in for my first appointment to establish care. The doctor orders a mass of blood tests, for every single reason he stated it was due to my obesity. (I’m 5’6" and 280lbs)

He kept making comments about how my A1C is probably in the diabetic range, how my cholesterol is probably high, my sodium is probably too high, ect. When I came in the nurse has taken my blood pressure and when he took a look at it he made a side comment of “your blood pressure is surprisingly good, I’m impressed.” Literally no one is trying to impress you, that’s just how my blood pressure has always been: normal.

I got the results back and I wish I could have seen the doctor’s face when he read them but instead he had a nurse call me to go over the results. Everything was fine. I am not diabetic, my cholesterol is fine, my sodium is fine, even my thyroid levels were good. Literally the only thing wrong was my vitamin D levels. Normal is 30-100 and I was hitting 18. So a vitamin D supplement is all I need.

Being fat isn’t an indicator of unhealthiness.




One of my favorite thing I’ve learned about animals studies is that you should avoid using colorful leg bands when you’re banding birds because you can accidentally completely skew the data because female birds prefer males with colorful bands

Apparently if you put a red band on a male red wing blackbird his harem size can double

So like you can completely frick up the natural reproduction of a group of birds by giving a guy a bracelet so stylish that females CANNOT resist him

This is probably one of my favorite science anecdotes! This is why it’s so important to get outside the human umvelt and consider everything from the perspective of the animals you’re working with..,

TBH if my choices were a naked guy or a nearly identical naked guy with a rad bracelet, I’d pick the bracelet guy too.



so, a couple fun facts about this.

1) this is real
2) this is not the only ad in this style that the crematorium released (see below)
3) that girl is, in fact, the daughter of the crematorium owner 
4) there literally is no intended implication. the very confused business owner, after getting a lot of backlash from consumers about the ads, says he just wanted the picture to get people’s attention, and then use that attention to advertise the service. somehow this means the audience was never supposed to draw a connection; his statement is that “The two are not supposed to be related”
5) none of this has yet to shed any light on why the girl has a flower on her head, or what that has to do with her age
6) they did, however, post a public apology on facebook about the misunderstanding, stating again that the ads were meant to have “no underlying message,” as apparently they have not yet grasped what, exactly, an ad is
7) people were so upset by the ads that the business owner got repeated calls asking him if he was going to kill his daughter, or if she was going to kill someone. [side note: is it just me or is this somehow exactly like an episode of it’s always sunny in philadelphia]
8) all three of the ads (see below for the two others) feature the children of the owners. no word as to how the kids feel about that. 
9) they also cremate pets. just in case you were wondering.
10) the history-of-the-business page on their website is title, perplexingly yet somehow fittingly, just “why?” with the quotes. 

sources: (1) (2) (3) (4)

other ads (equally confusing/disturbing):

No they know what ads are this is what ads are now like tell me you would be surprised by this ad on your dash as a tumblr ad. And I bet it fucking worked too cuz this post has 50,000 notes and SOMEONE probably is going to hire them for the sake of being ironic or something