Klein Bottle House

Klein Bottle House:

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The Klein bottle house was designed by McBride Charles Ryan, and the unusual home design takes its inspiration from the 19th century invention – Klein bottle: it is a certain non-orientable surface, i.e., a surface (a two-dimensional manifold) with no distinct “inner” and “outer” sides. The house recently won the Harold Desbrowe-Annear award in architecture. More…

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Fractals, Geometric Works of Art

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Simply stated, fractals are geometric forms created when a single mathematical equation is plotted on a 2D or 3D graph and colors assigned to various areas of the calculation.  Sometimes, more than one fractal will be overlaid to create even more complex designs.

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San Diegans Should Have Clear View of ‘Blood Moon’ Eclipse

Clear skies mean sky-watchers in San Diego County should have a good view of the lunar eclipse that begins at 9:55 p.m. Monday and ends early Tuesday.

Viewing Eclipse In San Diego

9:55 p.m. Monday: Eclipse begins.

10:59 p.m. Monday: Moon starts to get red.

12:08 a.m. Tuesday: Total eclipse begins with moon completely red.

1:28 a.m. Tuesday: Total eclipse ends.

3:36 a.m. Tuesday: Event ends.

For more information, go to timeanddate.com

The total eclipse of the moon will be the first visible from North America since 2010. It also will be a “blood moon,” in which our nearest celestial neighbor will look the color of a desert sunset.

That should be the case for much of the West and Midwest, but those on the East Coast will likely have their view of the eclipse obscured by clouds.

The reason for the red-colored moon? Because “even when the Earth moves directly between the moon and the sun, filtered sunlight still shines through Earth’s atmosphere, making the moon appear red.”

The Weather Channel forecasts heavy cloud cover for most of the eastern third of the country. But even if you miss the show, you’ll get a few more chances over the next year or so. Monday night’s event is the first of a “tetrad” of four consecutive lunar eclipses visible from North America coming at six-month intervals, with another in October and two more next year.

Here’s a link to the U.S. Naval Observatory’s page that allows you to input your city for specific times of penumbra, umbra and totality.

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Serious Delinquencies Continue to Drop

Washington, DC – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have completed more than 3.1 million foreclosure prevention actions since the start of conservatorship in 2008. These actions have helped more than 2.5 million borrowers stay in their homes, including nearly 1.6 million who received permanent loan modifications. During 2013, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac completed nearly 448,000 foreclosure prevention actions, 99,700 of these in the fourth quarter. The majority of these allowed troubled borrowers to save their homes. The results are detailed in the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s fourth quarter 2013 Foreclosure Prevention Report, also known as the Federal Property Manager’s Report.

The quarterly report has information on delinquencies in each state and an updated, interactive Borrower Assistance Map for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages, with information on delinquencies, foreclosure prevention activities and Real Estate Owned (REO) properties.

Also noted in the report:

• Serious delinquencies dropped 7 percent during the quarter t0 the lowest level since the first quarter of 2009, and the seriously delinquent rate fell to 2.4 percent.

• Nearly half of all permanent loan modifications in the fourth quarter helped to reduce homeowners’ monthly payments by over 30 percent.

• Approximately 31 percent of borrowers who received permanent loan modifications in the fourth quarter had portions of their mortgage balance forborne.

• There were more than 20,000 short sales and deeds-in-lieu completed in the fourth quarter, bringing the total to nearly 552,000 since the start of conservatorship.

• Completed third-party sales and foreclosure sales continued a downward trend with a 15 percent reduction in the fourth quarter and foreclosure starts were down 3 percent.

courtesy of:  http://www.fhfa.gov/webfiles/26165/4Q2013ForeclosurePreventionrelease040214.pdf