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The Mobile Homeless in America

Ian Urbina had a great article in the NY Times a few days ago. Consider this statistic.

Last year was the first year on record, according to an annual study conducted by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, that a full-time worker at minimum wage could not afford a one-bedroom apartment anywhere in the country at average market rates.

From what I can tell, the NLIHC used 30% of income as the standard for housing affordability.

More disturbing, many municipalities have made it illegal to live in ones vehicle. “In 2001, officials in Lynnwood, Wash., a suburb of Seattle, passed an ordinance imposing penalties of 90 days in jail or fines of up to $1,000 against people caught living in their cars.” In light of this other fact – “Though the average duration of homelessness is four months, it tends to be shorter for the mobile homeless, experts say.” – Consider this perverse scenario:

A minimum wage-earner loses a job due to illness and is evicted from his/her apartment. According to the average, they may be back in a new home in under four months, unless of course, they get caught living in the interim and spent 3 months in jail, or deeper in debt.

Link: NY Times Keeping It Secret as the Family Car Becomes a Home

Better than counting, the Sheep Sequencer

Harvard comp-sci student Rebecca Nesson put together a mezmerizing flash-based music sequencer (wikipedia) with sheep doing the instrumentation. I doubt this would get me to sleep any faster, but at least I’d have a better time while I’m up.

Link: Nesson’s Sheep Sequencer, via The Music Thing

The Weepies at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

I’ve just got too much going on right now, a familiar refrain these days, but for the rest of you, thursday’s show at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck features The Weepies, a project from veteran folk artists Deb Talan and Steve Tennen.

Take a listen to: The Weepies

Don’t Shoot the Puppy

I’m not sure I want to know what this says about me, but I got hours of enjoyment playing Don’t Shoot the Puppy the last few days. [Hint: wait til the very lastest moment] Other games that are just as useful to society are available here

Play: Don’t Shoot the Puppy