Some real updates!
We got a popcorn machine (Maxi-Matic... looks to be the same model that Costco carries) from my in-laws! MegaPop kits have been ordered. Pics coming soon!
I'm finally working on finishing the rack. I ordered a 3U utility shelf/drawer and a sliding shelf for the laptop. Once those are in, I'll order whatever remaining blanks I need.
Lastly, I discovered my first dust blob! Horrors! It was one noticeable blob when the lights were all the way down and the screen was black. If you focused all the way out (so you could clearly see the shape of the dust particle) it was a big string like piece of dust. There were also numerous mini particles that did not show up when the picture was focused.
I went out to Circuit City and got a C02 blower (CleanDR)
which leaves no residue and is only CO2 (no liquid propellant). I stuck the nozzle into each of the front vent slots closest to the lens and gave a short burst. It worked perfectly!
I highly recommend this as a first line of defense against dust blobs on LCD projectors.