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A stunning photo found in a G+ post.  The richness of color is unbelievable.  This photo is of the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco -- a ROCOR church.  Enjoy!
 
Russian Orthodox Church San Francisco
 
We ran across this church in San Francisco and just had to see what was inside.  From the outside it has golden domes like you would see in Russia.  It stands out against the cityscape of San Francisco. 
 
As was the case we had no change for the meter! UGH!  My wife managed to find about 30 cents and we put it in the meter and got all of 11 min!  We hustled across the street to the entrance and were greeted by what you see in this photo.   The colors were amazing as everything was just rich and vibrant.  There were several people coming in and out and moving through out the photo.  I knew it need HDR to get the range so I set up for a 7 shot bracket.   I continued to look for another angle to shoot when some elder from the church started to give us a verbal guided tour.  At this point meter running and me trying to get the shot it distracted me from what I was doing and I didn’t realize that my camera was firing 7 shots but not bracketing the exposure.  I will usually chimp that to make sure it is when I switch from single shot mode.
 
 I really wanted to shoot a vertarama of the church but not enough time and too many people moving about.  I stitched two photos together to get this semi-pano look.  It was to be a HDR pano, but the brackets on the exposure side were all the same.  Never fear I used the single exposure HDR technique to get the range I needed.  I ran +2 and –2 exposures in Lightroom and then loaded them into Photomatix to get the base HDR image.  From there I used some Topaz Adjust, along with Nik Color Efex Pro to get the final image.
 
This was my first single image HDR and I didn’t get to bad a look.  I plan on going back to this church and doing a super Vertarama someday as the ceiling was also magnificent.
 
Info On Church:  The upper area in this photo is where the choir stands.  The Archpriest stands and gives his sermon in the center, as people stand in an arch around him, there are a few pews that the elderly and people who can’t stand can use but not many.  I’m not sure if the sermon is in Russian or English.    
 
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The new google hangouts in gmail eliminates the voice dialer.  I really hope they bring back the dialer because that's my most used feature in gmail besides emailing.  I use it instead of a traditional phone.  Having it integrated with my contacts list is such a time saver.  I'm opting to stay with the old Talk gadget for now.  Maybe they'll get the dialer back in before the switch becomes mandatory.
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It's back.  And the people all rejoiced!
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I just ordered the GNex from Sprint to upgrade my old, modded EVO 4G.  What sealed the deal was that Sprint is rolling out the 4.2.1 JB update now.  LTE is supposed to come to my city "in coming months" but that's not a deal breaker if it takes a while to get here.  I'm so excited to get this phone!
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Just thinking about what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary... #lovefornewtown  
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This is so sad> My mother said what did the kids do to you.Be blessed for what you have.Such a tragedy.
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I am wearing an industrial respirator as we are moving out of 125 Turvey Ct. in Cosgrove Hill apartments today in Chapel Hill. The apartment has a systemic mold problem which contaminated the entire unit. We are not only moving out but are also decontaminating our belongs as they come out. Double the work.

The management here allowed us to break the lease early with only a partial refund for the weeks we couldn't live here. I feel cheated. They deem the unit fit and habitible for the next unsuspecting tenants. God help those tenants if they go through what we have been through!

The appropriate officials in the town have been notified about the unit. The CEO of the holding company of the apartment has been notified.
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The Action Bible - Easter Story

My kids love these and it is easy to see why.

This is probably a 24 hour deal only.


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The Central Limit Theorem explained with dragons and rabbits - cartoon style!
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Sigh.  I miss the old Android app. and its ability to swipe-complete tasks.
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Right, I know about the long touch and then tapping the check.  It requires two actions versus one sloppy swipe. :-)

I guess I have also gotten used to swipe away in Jellybean's Gmail client and notifications.
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I randomly came across this on YouTube. It is some sort of exhibition of Orthodoxy in Moscow. The use of technology was striking.
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It is a blessing to see high technology used to the glory of God in this amazing video. How I wish I could have gone to this exhibition! I found it interesting that while reverencing the icon, the Russians touch their forehead to the icon after kissing it. Also, I found it very disturbing and hard to watch some of the footage of the destruction of Orthodox churches by the Communists that they showed in the video. They tried to destroy the church, but of course the church remains.
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I look at the competitors from time to time but the Android app. and especially the badge widgets keep me solidly in the RTM camp.  I also find it enormously useful that I can have multiple google accounts associated with one RTM account.
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I started off with OmniFocus (working at a Mac shop), but have grown to like Android / Chrome OS, and RTM is unbeatable in that space for #GTD.
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Outdated rooms. Non functioning internet even after 3 calls to maintenance. They just gave up. The restaurant and conference center were nice.
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The waitress was not nice. (Tall, somewhat blond, and older with glasses.) The food was fine with the exception of there being a shrimp in my clam chowder that still had its shell. The food was pricey but the view was beautiful. Still, the poor service spoiled the event of having a family night out for my son's fifth birthday. It would have been better with a different waitress. Avoid her table if you can, even if that means avoiding that restaurant.
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We had high hopes for this apartment complex as we sought to live there while looking to purchase a home. We had a townhouse at 125 Turvey Court. Our experience there turned very bad after the first week when my wife started having breathing issues only while in the townhouse. We reported a musty smell to the management coming from the master bathroom. A couple of half-hearted attempts were made to find the problem. In the meantime, a big, moldy mess was found in wet sub-flooring in the hall bathroom. The management quickly fixed that but did not contain the work area thus contaminating the entire unit with mold spores. They let us break the lease and begrudgingly refunded part of the money for the weeks that we could not live there. In the meantime we have alerted officials for the Town of Chapel Hill as well as the CEO of the holding company for that property. We're hoping that they have the guts to demolish the master bathroom once we leave in order to find and fix the problem once and for all. We hate the thought of another unsuspecting family going through what we have been through. We are packing and moving out over the next couple of days. We have to wear industrial respirators while in the unit packing and then follow proper mold decontamination procedures for our affected belongings. The management's final word was the the unit was fit and habitable. We strongly disagree but the Town promised to follow up with them even after we are gone.
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