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post #241 of 322
Make sure you share that image! Would love to see it!
post #242 of 322
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Make sure you share that image! Would love to see it!

OK.... It'll be a week or so before I'm back home... but I will. I couldn't believe it showed up as I was shooting the picture. I was hoping that I'd get part of it... and I got the last part of it before it burned out.

I'll post it when I get it on my comp.
post #243 of 322
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Just got off the phone with you Jeff... HAHA!! I'm gonna have to take a trip back to Vegas (moonless) have have a look again. It looked so AMAZING on the aircraft carrier... Can't wait to see it again, and share it with the Wife.

Looking forward to your visit tomorrow, I'm giddy too. Hope everything works out so we can get together tomorrow. Gonna go bust out a small sheet of sheet rock and paint it the sky blue in preparation for your visit.

Thanks to everyone who likes the mural... The pictures do it little justice.
post #244 of 322
From where you live.... forget Vegas! Head up to the redwoods. It'll be just as nice.

Hey, don't expect me too early in the morning. I'm sitting in Frazier Park right now, at a little ( was much larger, it seemed, when I was younger) lake that I used to fish in as I was growing up. May just stay the night here and head out early in the morning. I'll be in touch.





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Originally Posted by xzener View Post

Just got off the phone with you Jeff... HAHA!! I'm gonna have to take a trip back to Vegas (moonless) have have a look again. It looked so AMAZING on the aircraft carrier... Can't wait to see it again, and share it with the Wife.

Looking forward to your visit tomorrow, I'm giddy too. Hope everything works out so we can get together tomorrow. Gonna go bust out a small sheet of sheet rock and paint it the sky blue in preparation for your visit.

Thanks to everyone who likes the mural... The pictures do it little justice.


LL
post #245 of 322
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Wow. Did you take that picture? Looks like a fun place to hang out with the family. See you tomorrow... Im as excited as a school kid at the last day of school.
post #246 of 322
Just so you know... I was soooo stuffed with food that I only made it to Bakersfield before I had to pull over and find a place to sleep. What an incredible meal!!!!!!!!!!! Great family. Awesome theater room. Had a great time... and learned how to do clouds. Well, they're close to looking like clouds. Maybe after a few more.

Thanks for letting me come by and add a few stars to your already awesome ceiling. I hope the pics come out. Should have them to you by Monday. Then off the the KC area.

Jeff



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Originally Posted by xzener View Post

Wow. Did you take that picture? Looks like a fun place to hang out with the family. See you tomorrow... Im as excited as a school kid at the last day of school.
post #247 of 322
Here're a couple of pictures that I took just outside of Las Vegas last week. One shows what look like two shooting stars ( I was looking somewhere else if they are)... and the other shows the meteor just entering the right side of the picture before it burned out. I got so excited to see the picture that I let off of the shutter and didn't let the stars get exposed long enough. But, I can probably lighten the stars in photoshop.

Anyway, I said I'd put it up when I could.
post #248 of 322
Guess it helps if I attach the pics. Still getting used to the IPad.
LL
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post #249 of 322
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Originally Posted by NightSkyMurals View Post

Guess it helps if I attach the pics. Still getting used to the IPad.

The Milkey Way came out pretty good. However, I am not 100% sure those are 2 shooting stars. Its very likely that they were satellites that you picked up.

There is a way to verify as you can do a lookup using your coordinates of where you took the shot and the date and time and check what satellites were passing by, ISS or even iridium flare activity (perhaps that is what you caught in the 2nd shot). You can get this from a sight called heavensabove.org
post #250 of 322
I agree. I thought that they were either planes or satellites... but a friend kept saying, "no, those are shooting stars!" I'm inclined to believe what you're thinking too.

BTW... I have a couple shout where the MW came out really nice. I just downloaded those two pics onto a friends computer and enabled them to myself ( to get them onto my IPad) when I get home any get he pics onto my own computer... I'll put up a couple nice pics of the night sky ( probably on my thread ). I had a quick peek at them and they are pretty cool.

Bu again, I think that you're right... probably satellites.



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Originally Posted by kezug View Post


The Milkey Way came out pretty good. However, I am not 100% sure those are 2 shooting stars. Its very likely that they were satellites that you picked up.

There is a way to verify as you can do a lookup using your coordinates of where you took the shot and the date and time and check what satellites were passing by, ISS or even iridium flare activity (perhaps that is what you caught in the 2nd shot). You can get this from a sight called heavensabove.org
post #251 of 322
Thanks for posting the pics! The MW looks great!
post #252 of 322
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@Jeff

I really enjoyed your visit. My night sky mural looks AMAZING!!!!! You have a wonderful talent, and I intend on sharing it to the world (via internet). I hope you enjoyed the rib eye dinner .

I wanted to let you know that if you ever have any more jobs in my area, your welcome to stay the night at my house.

Don't forget to send me those pictures we took. I'd like to have a look at them and see how they came out.

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you, soooo much for touching up my mural. I absolutely LOVE IT!!!

Your Friend,

Jason

P.S. The official "feedback" will be submitted to you via email to use on your web site.
post #253 of 322
Jason.... I'm so happy that you guys like your slightly touched up mural. I was happy o do that and it was great meeting your family. I loved my time there... and I will hopefully be able to paint those clouds as nice as you did them.

Thanks for the offer to stay with you guys... that is very nice of you! And, if you guys eat like we ate when I was there... I may just take you up on that. You know... I ate a small amount of the food your wife sent home with me (along my trip back home) but wanted to save some for my wife to try out. She loved it all as much as I did... and so did my daughter who caught me with the plate. Seriously incredible dinner!!!!!!! Wow!

And, what a cool theater room. I went downstairs to measure the room that I've been considering for a while, but thought was too small. You've inspired me. Yours turned out soooo nice. I loved it.

I look forward to sharing your "testimonial" on my site... and appreciate your offer to tell others about your experience.

BTW... I'll get the pics to you later today, hopefully. Still moving really slowly after all that driving. Oh, I got some great shots of the night sky & Milky Way on my way back home.

Thanks for your hospitality and for the ideas I got from your theater.

Jeff
post #254 of 322
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Jeff,

I'm sooo glad you enjoyed your visit... and the food. I'm hoping you guys can recreate the "Party Potatoes", it is quite the delicious dish. And a family favorite for leftover breakfast.

We're back from Susanville, CA... I'm ready to write the AMAZING review. Just waiting on the pictures. I'd like to add one to my review, hope you don't mind.

To all my followers,

Jeff is quite the artistic genius. What he does, in such a short time, is mind blowing. I have seen gods masterpiece in person (on a Navy Aircraft Carrier in the middle of the Atlantic) and can honestly say... "NightSkyMurals' night sky mural is the closest to the real thing!". I've seen fiber optics (well done at a casino in Washington) and can honestly say, NightSkyMurals is the way to go. You will not see a more realistic sky in your theater room (bedroom or where ever) than what Jeff at NightSkyMurals will create for you. Hands down...

More to come.

Thanks again Jeff.
post #255 of 322
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@Jeff- Thanks for the pictures.

As promised, here are a couple photos taken after Jeff from NightSkyMurals came and touched up my night sky mural...

This is a great shot of the ceiling with the lights on showing off my cloudy sky mural...



Here is a shot using Jeff's camera, we tried really hard to capture the Milky Way that he painted... I've noticed camera's really don't capture what the eye can see...



Keep in mind, turning on the black lights and charging the stars in a fully pitch dark room is ideal for taking pictures of the mural. These photo's were taken while the sun was still out, quite a bit of ambient light was peaking through the blinds and cracks in the doors.

This image (same image as above) has been Photoshop'd. But this is a better idea of what is seen by the naked eye after the paint has been charged, and viewed in the dark (your eyes adjusted to no light). Using Photoshop, I adjusted the contrast to bring out more of what is actually seen. Keep in mind that contrast has been adjusted so more light (in the picture) is viewable. The camera can pick up the Milky Way, but for some reason doesn't expose it correctly. Have a look...



As you can see, the stars seem a bit too big and bright, this is due to Photoshop. In person, the stars are smaller and not as blurry.

In my opinion, NightSkyMurals' glow-in-the-dark night sky murals best portrays the night sky. I have seen the most spectacular night sky on Navy ships out to sea. Now thanks to Jeff... I have it in my theater room, ready for viewing pleasure. You really have to see it to believe it.

Thanks again Jeff... The family and I absolutely LOVE IT!!!
post #256 of 322
Nice job bringing out the Milky Way!

Let me just add here that the real look of the ceiling is like you see in the second picture... Only with
the Milky Way crossing the ceiling as seen in the third picture (only more cloudy looking, not so noisy). But, to even get it to show up is great.

I love the set up you have in that room, Jason. It's inspired me. I can just picture my family enjoying the room I've always wanted to turn into a theater... but thought was too small. It really isn't, and you have plenty of room. Love he room!!!
post #257 of 322
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I blacked out my window today... Finally. I used black plastic behind the black-out curtains, also used some weather striping around the double doors behind the theater chairs. Its very dark in there during the day now, no more ambient light showing through the top of the black-out curtains. Although I need to figure out a way to block the light from coming in behind the seats... The area under the doors still letting in light. I would like to have the room so dark, that I'm unable to see my hand in front of my face.

Been working on fully automating the room. Since moving the HTPC into the room (my son no longer uses it... YES!!) the HDMI has been having handshake issues with my receiver. A call to Logitech support fixed that for free.

My only hurdle now is Bluray playback using Arcsoft TMT3, and 5 software. I think my receiver is finicky. If I load an ISO with DeamonTools (from my desktop), Blurays play fine with full HD audio. But if I launch it using Media Browser, I get no audio and extremely choppy video, only way to fix the issue is selecting S/PDIF, then back to HDMI under TMT's MCE plugin setup menu. Been to the Arcsoft forums, seems as though its an issue for everyone using MyMovies and Media Browser. Guess we'll wait and see if they're able to sort things out. Thinking about trying my living room Onkyo receiver to see if it'll work. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Next project... Home Theater Decor using acoustic panels for movie posters.
post #258 of 322
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Bought my acoustic panels and acoustically transparent movie posters... Can't wait to build these and hang them on the theater. Its in dire need for decor.
post #259 of 322
I saw a page or two back that you have an X-Box Kinect in your theatre. Did you extend the wiring for that back to a rack somewhere? I have been thinking lately about how I can extend wiring for a Wii sensor bar, Kinect, etc. Thanks and congratulations on the beautiful ceiling!
post #260 of 322
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I saw a page or two back that you have an X-Box Kinect in your theatre. Did you extend the wiring for that back to a rack somewhere? I have been thinking lately about how I can extend wiring for a Wii sensor bar, Kinect, etc. Thanks and congratulations on the beautiful ceiling!

Thanks jdanforth,

Having my credenza's under the screen, I'm able to run my setup without extender cables for my Kinect. I'm sure its possible. Try buying a length of cable needed for your Wii, Kinect etc. and just connect them and see what happens. Its worth a shot.
post #261 of 322
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Been having HDD I/O errors with one of my original 500gig HDD's. Bought a 1tb HDD today at Bestbuy. I was able to backup my movies from the faulty HDD (thank goodness), I was afraid I was going to loose over 100 DVD's. I formatted the faulty HDD, it seems to be working ok (outside of Media Browser).

Is there a way to test this drive for errors??
post #262 of 322
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Originally Posted by xzener View Post

Been having HDD I/O errors with one of my original 500gig HDD's. Bought a 1tb HDD today at Bestbuy. I was able to backup my movies from the faulty HDD (thank goodness), I was afraid I was going to loose over 100 DVD's. I formatted the faulty HDD, it seems to be working ok (outside of Media Browser).

Is there a way to test this drive for errors??

There are plenty of testing software out there. Maybe check the manufacturers website. Or you can use the one built into windows. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...isk-for-errors

By the way, nice work on the home theater setup. Tastefully done, much like your work over at the mediabrowser forums. I'm a big fan
post #263 of 322
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Thanks FantaXP7,

Media Browser started giving me SQlite I/O errors during beta testing for "Hydra". Im hoping to still be able to use the HDD. I feel very lucky to be able to save my movies before it crapped out for good.
post #264 of 322
The best utility I've used for drives is SpinRite. But given that you rescued the data already I suggest that you just scrap the 'ol girl. And shame on you for not having backups!!
post #265 of 322
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Thanks FantaXP7,

Media Browser started giving me SQlite I/O errors during beta testing for "Hydra". Im hoping to still be able to use the HDD. I feel very lucky to be able to save my movies before it crapped out for good.

I hear ya. I had a hard drive with movies but more importantly pictures from a trip to Italy. After that died I was kicking myself and now have a server for media with raid to protect it. It takes an event like that to push you and take more effort to protect your data.

Anyways, can't wait for Hydra. Hope it actually gets released on the 9th.
post #266 of 322
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I hear ya. I had a hard drive with movies but more importantly pictures from a trip to Italy. After that died I was kicking myself and now have a server for media with raid to protect it. It takes an event like that to push you and take more effort to protect your data.

RAID is not backup. Ask me how I know.

I do have an actual backup process in place now for files and self-generated media. Not for recordings, music, or ripped DVDs (backup cost is not worth it, for me). But I still have holes in my plan - my backup is a separate hard drive in my main server. So I'm still vulnerable to something that destroys that computer. I have a 1TB removable drive that is ostensibly backed up to monthly - but I'm not diligent about that. That would provide some measure of protection against fire... provided I was home to grab the drive on my way out the door. I really should be rsyncing data to a remote site - the big expense there would be setting up a separate computer at a friend or relative's house, or buying a cloud storage account somewhere. Since backups are incremental (and I'm not backing up media), it would make sense to do the initial backup on a LAN, and then hook up the computer remotely and do the incrementals over the WAN.

You have to balance the benefit vs the cost/effort. I've pretty much decided copying to a second disk nightly (with critical files - pictures that my wife would be distraught over losing, etc - backed up to a removable disk that can leave the house in case of emergency) is sufficient for me.

Sorry for gumming up the thread with a tangential post.

Edit: Oh, you can download a Linux LiveCD, boot into it, and run fsck on your failed (?) drive. This should attempt to repair any filesystem errors. There are MS equivalents - CHKDISK and SCANDISK - but I have no idea if they are even included in recent distributions of Windows, or if it's all via GUI tools in the system maintenance area of Windows now.
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RAID is not backup. Ask me how I know.

I do have an actual backup process in place now for files and self-generated media. Not for recordings, music, or ripped DVDs (backup cost is not worth it, for me). But I still have holes in my plan - my backup is a separate hard drive in my main server. So I'm still vulnerable to something that destroys that computer. I have a 1TB removable drive that is ostensibly backed up to monthly - but I'm not diligent about that. That would provide some measure of protection against fire... provided I was home to grab the drive on my way out the door. I really should be rsyncing data to a remote site - the big expense there would be setting up a separate computer at a friend or relative's house, or buying a cloud storage account somewhere. Since backups are incremental (and I'm not backing up media), it would make sense to do the initial backup on a LAN, and then hook up the computer remotely and do the incrementals over the WAN.

You have to balance the benefit vs the cost/effort. I've pretty much decided copying to a second disk nightly (with critical files - pictures that my wife would be distraught over losing, etc - backed up to a removable disk that can leave the house in case of emergency) is sufficient for me.

Sorry for gumming up the thread with a tangential post.


Edit: Oh, you can download a Linux LiveCD, boot into it, and run fsck on your failed (?) drive. This should attempt to repair any filesystem errors. There are MS equivalents - CHKDISK and SCANDISK - but I have no idea if they are even included in recent distributions of Windows, or if it's all via GUI tools in the system maintenance area of Windows now.

I have a raid6 on a 3ware card. If two of my hard drives die at the same time, which is pretty un-likely, all my data is still intact. I guess it's more protecting my data than back ups...But this is sufficient for media. And also, of course if the house burns down or whatever, I am screwed.

For our family business, we have backups upon backups like you described, multiple servers both on and off site. Maybe that is the more accurate definition of backups. Oh and it's all Linux. Very small percentages of businesses in America that use Linux.

(sorry to get off topic here)
post #268 of 322
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Thanks for the info guys.

My acoustic panel posters will be delivered today. In preparation for their arrival, I built the frames. Finally put my Kregjig to good use, I've had it since Christmas and my wife was wondering if I was ever going to use it. Here is one of the finished frames hanging in the theater room...



As you can see in this picture, the Kregjig did an awesome job aligning the corners and hiding the screws. Although, I will be wrapping the poster around the frame... The screw holes will help glue in the OC703 inside the frame.

post #269 of 322
Nice! I am not familiar with acoustic panel posters. Is it just the same material for sound dampening and graphics such as movie posters instead of a plain color? I googled and found this cool thread:

http://www.hometheatershack.com/foru...els-cheap.html
post #270 of 322
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Yes. That is the same post found here in the AVSForum. some of the guys have posted their results, and they look stunning. Can't wait to put them together. My theater is in dire need for decor.
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