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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

Leap Frogs

Have you ever jumped into Petco Park? This is how it looks.

The Navy Parachute Team not only got to jump into the Padres’ 2014 home opener, but were able to participate in honoring baseball legend Jerry Coleman by flying a special flag with his initials and trademark star:

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Bubbleinfo TV, Local Flavor, Military | 1 comment

Chinese Boost Sales

Excerpts from this article in the,0,2832012,full.story#axzz2wnzTJbz1

The overflow from China’s economic high tide is transforming the housing  markets of suburban Los Angeles.

lennarAffluent Chinese home buyers are driving prices past boom-era peaks, spawning  a subset of property brokers and mortgage lenders that cater to their distinct  needs — and even dictate design details in new subdivisions.

Chinese buyers bought 12% of all U.S. homes purchased by foreign citizens  last year, up from 5% in 2007, according to the National Assn. of Realtors. More  than half their home purchases were in California. And more than two-thirds of  them paid cash, the trade group said.

The trend appears unlikely to unwind soon. More than 60% of China’s wealthy  have left or plan to leave the country, at least part time, and their No. 1  destination is the United States, according to the Hurun Report, a Shanghai  publishing firm focused on recently minted millionaires and billionaires.

Despite dizzying ups and downs in U.S. home prices, the market can seem more  stable than in China, where fears of a property bubble have added to the  economic and political worries of the burgeoning middle and upper classes.

Eva Chen and her husband travel between their homes in Shanghai and Arcadia,  where they purchased a property near Santa Anita Park in October. They scooped  up the second home as an escape from pollution and a shot at better schools for  their two infants.

Compared with housing prices in China, the $1.27-million Arcadia property  didn’t seem expensive.

“The Arcadia house is cheaper,” Chen said.

Others want the prestige of a San Marino or Pasadena mansion, even if paying  for it means working in China and rarely visiting. One of Ng’s neighbors bought  a Pasadena estate, then lived there for just two days out of the two years that  followed.

“He was not renting it out,” Ng said. “People have so much money, they just  say, ‘What the heck. It’s a nice neighborhood. I might as well just buy  one.’”

It’s a story echoed by Patti Hahn of Arcadia, gesturing to the house next  door, which sold for $2.45 million last year, up from $1.55 million in 2006, the  last time it changed hands.

“No one lives there,” Hahn said.

In Las Vegas, which has a long-established community of ethnic Chinese  residents, as well as the allure of gambling and inexpensive housing, Lennar  went a step further when it developed a 40-acre housing tract, Lantern Gardens,  on the outskirts of town.

In addition to applying feng shui design principles and interior apartments  for relatives, Lennar designed a central park that is round instead of square  and aligned most of the homes on a north-south axis, reflecting the preferences  of many Chinese.

“The traffic coming through was principally Asian, and mostly Chinese,” said  Jeremy Parness, the company’s division president for the area.

The company has even taken care to avoid putting the number four in any  address, because it rhymes with the Chinese word for death, Parness said.

Read the whole story here, with great comments too:,0,2832012,full.story#axzz2wnzTJbz1

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Local Flavor, Market Buzz, Market Conditions | 1 comment

SD Best Neighborhoods


San Diego Magazine’s Best Neighborhoods – includes Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Leucadia, and Carlsbad!

What’s in a name: Originally designated as “North City West,” the area got the name “Carmel Valley” in 1990 after a “Name This Town” campaign. Among residents’ submissions were “New Scottsdale” and “Rancho La Costa Mucho.”

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Local Flavor | 2 comments

Snazzy Velour

We featured the grand opening of the new Arterro homes in SE Carlsbad – here are details about the rest of the development from the LCTS website:

LCTSThe retail project will include a Vons Lifestyle grocery store, 24 Hour Fitness, Petco, Stein Mart, and other soft-good apparel and drugstore tenants. The project site is designed to allow for a gas station with car wash at the main entrance off Rancho Santa Fe Road, retail space, restaurant space and financial pads for banks.

Local residents had something to say about it on Facebook, which lit up like a Christmas tree with over 100 comments.  A few samples:

1. Those stores surprise me it’s such a classy area I thought it was going to be more like the Forum.

2. I thought it was supposed to be upscale like Del Mar Heights.

3. OMG – that sucks. They blew it.  Look how successful the Forum was.  We need upscale.

4. Don’t forget the gas station and car wash…it’s gonna be lovely. Not. Imagine the traffic.

5. We have no one to blame for the lack of movie theater but our neighbors.  During the public input phase of the development people bitched about NOT wanting a movie theater.  Well, instead you get a Steinmart.  What the heck is Steinmart anyway?

6. Everyone here should contact the developer and let them know what you were expecting and how disappointed you are!  You start out nice and then if no response, the wrath of the La Costa Moms!!

7. I at least hope they put in a local restaurant/bar!! Maybe steinmart will look better with beer glasses on!

8. Jeremy wants this:…/cat-25-catid-101…

9. I  had to look up Stein Mart to find out what it was…I clicked on “Ladies”…this was the second item of clothing on the 1st page. We’re in trouble ladies.

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10. Snazzy is the only word that comes to mind. They have an entire section devoted to velour

11. That will be a total bummer, I was expecting good food, a movie theater and good clothing shops. Especially since SEH has produced NOTHING!! Shoot was really looking forward to it:((((

12. I grew up with a Steinmart – It’s very much like a Marshalls (but cheaper).

The main website does have a public-outreach section for those who want to express their views on the LCTS project:

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Local Flavor | 7 comments