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Whale Surfing

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An incredible photo snapped Saturday (April 5) at the iconic Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore is going viral.

A mother humpback whale and her calf were cruising just offshore when a set rolled in.

J.T. Gray of North Shore Surf Photos grabbed his camera and the shot of a lifetime. “I spotted the whales heading towards the lineup,” said Gray. “When the set rolled, a bodyboarder (six-time world champion Guilherme Tamega) caught the first wave, and the whales caught the second.”

From late December to early May, humpback whales call Hawaii home. However, it is rare that the whales come this close to shore.

“I have never seen whales surfing on the north shore and everyone I have spoke to about it says it’s a first as well,” said Gray.

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Local Flavor | 0 comments

Carlsbad Fire Tour

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The fire fighters are doing a great job – the damage could have been substantially worse because this fire wasn’t located on the outskirts of town – it was right in the middle:

They didn’t have the DC-10 flying on Thursday because it was the pilot’s day off.  This is San Marcos or Escondido:

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Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Local Flavor | 2 comments

Carlsbad Fire May 2014

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I stayed clear of the fires, but saw these photos and video online. Only 4 houses and 18 condos lost, 2 commercial buildings, and seven others damaged. I think the two houses above are the ones circled in yellow below – and the news is reporting that the third house circled was also destroyed:

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Raw footage from Channel 6:

L. A. Times photo gallery:

DC-10 Super Tanker has arrived:

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San Marcos last night from a distance:

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Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Local Flavor | 4 comments

Encinitas Pacific View – One Idea

Encinitas school houseW.C. Varones has been covering the Pacific View fiasco, and the recent commitment by the City of Encinitas to pay $10 million for it (even though the school district only asked $9.5 million).

Here is his most recent post about the community activists who supported the city’s purchase, but wondered if the $10M price was what they had in mind:

For a town that just blew an estimated $80 million to acquire, finance, and build a park next to the freeway, this additional expenditure will strain the coffers.  But being a solutions kind of guy, I thought I’d outline an idea that could make everyone happy without losing $10 million of the taxpayers money:

Here is a comment from W.C.’s blog post that describes the history:

This entire fiasco goes back 20 years: the district trustees attended a seminar on how to turn ‘surplus’ district property into dollars. After identifying the sale of PV as their choice for district ”surplus’, the first thing they did was change the attendance boundaries to make it appear to laymen that the school attendance was plummeting. When Supt. Doug couldn’t close a deal, they retired him and went with Supt. Lane: they helped Lane out with a ‘developer’ consultant named Dee Snow whose husband, Bill Snow was on the Planning Commission: they also has Patrick Murphy and Peder Norby assigned to make a ‘deal’ happen: yes, Murphy and Norby were working for the City of Encinitas to help EUSD get around The Naylor Act and it was a reporter from the UT who had covered the Naylor Act being used in Del Mar who first brought the Naylor Act up in her news coverage.

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Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Bubbleinfo TV, Drone, Encinitas, Local Flavor, Local Government | 5 comments

Blood Moon

Turn your gaze to the stars tonight for an eerie and spectacular view of the “blood moon.” At 12:53 a.m. ET, the Earth will begin to position itself between the sun and the moon for the first of a series of four total eclipses to conclude in September 2015.

The phenomenon is known as a tetrad, in which the moon is completely covered by the earth’s umbral shadow for four eclipses in a row, as opposed to only partial eclipses that fall in the outer penumbra. But rather than succumbing to complete darkness, the moon will glow red as it receives the refracted light that spills over the Earth’s circumference.

The series is a rare occurrence in history, with large spans of time, such as the 300 years between 1600 and 1900, witnessing none. But the 21st century will be more promising, according to Fred Espenak, who works for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and specializes in eclipse predictions.

“Frequency sort of goes through 585-year cycles,” the astrophysicist explains. “So you go through centuries where you don’t have any, and centuries where you have a number of them.”

The next tetrad will begin in 2032.

Here’s how it looks from our house, taken by Natalie between homeworks!

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1:10am, with the eclipse starting to wind down:


1:30am.  The blue star is Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, and the 15th brightest star in the night sky. It is a blue giant and a variable star of the Beta Cephei type located 260 light years from Earth.

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Reader JQ sent this in, taken from his house:

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Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Local Flavor | 0 comments