link friday: solving chronic homelessness, lucky duckies, a wrinkle in time

The surprisingly simple way Utah solved chronic homelessness and saved millions – by giving homes to homeless people. It’s actually more cost effective than what the state was doing already (between jail, hospital visits, and shelters), and it’s awfully decent thing to do. There are some moral hazard concerns, I guess, but I would love to see this happen to at least the chronically homeless.

The double-standard of making the poor prove they’re worthy of government benefits – some people are really worried about people getting government money who don’t deserve it. (see also lucky duckies, sigh) (thanks Jessica!)

When ‘Moneyball’ Meets Medicine – seems like a good idea!

Uninsured Rate Falls Again for Random Reason Totally Unrelated to Obamacare – who woulda thunk it?

Gay Marriage State by State: A Trickle Became a Torrent – although I like my map better, the time-lapse pictograph view is pretty nice!

– Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter found a few pages from “A Wrinkle In Time” that were cut from the book before publication – neat!

Natural Selection May Help Account for Dutch Height Advantage – weird! Also, I had no idea the average height of the Dutch is over six feet!

The universe has produced another Nine Inch Nails and Carly Rae Jepsen mashup – pretty good, if you like this sort of thing.

A Math Problem From Singapore Goes Viral: When Is Cheryl’s Birthday? – fun little problem, took me a little while but I got it. Also: if you saw this somewhere else, this is not a problem given to Singapore fourth and fifth graders, it’s from a high school math olympiad…

Forgotten Wonders of the Digital World: World of Warcraft – ah, I know these places! Un’Goro Crater was always a cool zone, even if some of the quests were rather annoying. (colored crystal collecting, anyone?)

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