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Good idea. I MAY add another column on the other side of the seating to balance the room, we'll see after I finish fabricating.
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Columns are the way I wanted to go. Money short though. Where did you get your triple black velvet joann fabrics or no
post #243 of 389
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Most people on AVS I see buy it from here:
http://www.syfabrics.com/View.aspx/Plush-Triple-Velvet/Black-Plush-Triple-Velvet/681/264

I will take a picture when I have mine up. The material is very soft. I wonder how people cover their front wall with this stuff without giving seams, the fabric is not wide enough (no fabric really is?).

You can build your own columns, that's what happened to me when I realized how much money I was giving my carpenter - some things you can do yourself, even if they are more simplistic looking.

I sat down in that roomt oday for a couple hours and worked on my laptop, it was very comfortable. I can even say it was more warm than my first floor. FINALLY!! A basement that isn't cold!
post #244 of 389
Ya I think Im going to bite the bullet and order me some of that fabric.

I guess I could of attempted to do it but I am not really a handy person at all. Lol it took me a hour to move a socket up 4 feet in a wall.

What did you do in the basement that made it so warm? Did you have any leaks in your basement from Ryan? I had one they came and sealed the crack, Some older guy named Norm.

I hooked up my wdtv live to my projector today and was about to watch Ted but the old lady passed out lol. So im going to play around with this thing and see how it handles full backups of blu rays
post #245 of 389
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I ripped up the carpet, laid down rigid foam insulation, then 0.5" OSB board tapconned into the concrete. It was immediately warmer.

I was like you earlier this year! It took me a long time to do something simple - then I watched my carpenter work. Basically you can work faster if you know you can correct mistakes along the way, so stop worrying about making mistakes. It's difficult attitude to have when you're also a perfectionist.

We opened gifts early, I will have to incorporate this into my basement somehow:
post #246 of 389
I got the perfect spot. Take down that basketball hoop above the fireplace and put that lol. Or if you have a spot above your front doors on the outside of your house
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OUTSIDE? LOL!
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Lol merry Xmas I just got off work now have to go to first family's house
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Here's a BMI calculator I wrote for the Cleveland Clinic. I interfaced with the Microsoft Kinect. Just walk into view...I guess one reason why my basement has stalled again. xD

This looks really cool! I am in IT but write applications that support business operations (ie. inventory management, insurance policies, claims, interfaces to Peoplesoft, etc...) This is a lot more exciting that what I am doing. How did you get into writing these types of application? Are you actually writing them or are you driving a team of developers with your idea?
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This looks really cool! I am in IT but write applications that support business operations (ie. inventory management, insurance policies, claims, interfaces to Peoplesoft, etc...) This is a lot more exciting that what I am doing. How did you get into writing these types of application? Are you actually writing them or are you driving a team of developers with your idea?

Thanks! I'm a software architect for a consulting company. Since I consult, I get to touch various technology (with a concentration on .NET). For example, I just finished up First Niagara bank's website this year (http://www.fnfg.com/), and did a ton of work on the Speedway site (http://www.speedway.com). Those are my typical jobs.

That video was a proof of concept. The Cleveland Clinic are big into creative ideas. Just wait, someday you will see that BMI calculator in your local grocery store - and you will know who wrote it!

I'm working on some mobile android tablet applications now. The peoplesoft line will make you rich. I remember 10 years ago as a fulltimer, I worked with a Peoplesoft consultant who was charging $350 an hour. Of course he did not pocket that much, but he could still afford the finer things in life (buying new BMWs with cash, etc). I just couldn't get into peoplesoft, no matter how much money sat there, it wasn't interesting to me. But that's why you make good money. I'll tell you much of my putting green cost was paid off by putting my head down and working 70-80 hour weeks for a few months, knowing at the end - I could build what I've wanted in my backyard for 10 years! Once you have a goal, and it's within reach, nothing will stop you.

The Kinect SDK allows us to do a lot of things, we just need ideas. It has an RGB camera, a depth IR sensor, and a microphone array (so you can speak commands to it). I used .NET's speech synthesizer classes to speak phrases. The calculation of height was fairly easy, but a lot of cross references were done in order to ensure it's accuracy (i.e. within a certain range of your armspan, using algebraic tangent calculation and summing joint lengths to verify height). It tracks about 30 joints, and can infer their positions (that's why you can still move your arm off the screen when playing an XBOX360 kinect game, it infers based on your joint positions/angles and other visible joints).

Some simple things are very powerful (say "open notepad" and I can launch notepad). Other software already does this, but the difference is I as the developer now wield the power. It has a microphone array, so it can focus on a particular area to listen to (like only to the right or left). During a presentation on the Kinect SDK, I had people in the crowd yell out colors. Anytime it heard a color, it changed the background color of the window into that color. You do have to program a grammar for it to understand what words to listen for, but you don't have to teach it your accents/dialects. It can hear you from 30-40 ft away. I remember walking outside and yelling colors through the front door (to practice before my presentation) and it was changing colors. I told that story to the attendees and mentioned if my neighbors didn't think I was already crazy, they did now....

I wrote that application in a few days, but I typically do both development and leading others.

My parents got me these for Christmas, there are some minor problems and I won't be able to use them for what I had planned, because they turn off when not sensing any motion after a minute. You also can't turn off their idle hum, so having 2 definitely gets loud enough to be annoying. Maybe I'll have to repurpose them.






Edited by elmalloc - 12/28/12 at 6:41am
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^^^ thanks for sharing this. I am glad you found a passion and niche to get you away from being a full timer. I havent quite found my niche yet, although I do have the passion. You seem to have a knack for adapting to new technology interfacing with a wide variety of applications and for that, you have a lot going for you. I need to find my thing so I can break away from being a full timer...right now, my time is spent too much traveling and too many hours as a full timer...I dont get overtime, I dont get the variety but I surely put in those long hours...sometimes nearly 70 hours over long spans...but the pay off is not as great as yours.

I will be on the look out for your BMI scanner....I sure hope you've secured the patent on that application! smile.gif
post #252 of 389
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Thanks! I don't know how old you are, but I think it takes your 20s and early 30s to still figure it out.

Here's that junk room (12x12). Analysis paralysis on what to do with this area. There are plumbing lines near the water heater and on the opposite wall.


Before:



After:
Plumbing lines straight ahead (or to the right of this picture).




Plumbing lines on the rights side wall. I could put kitchen cabinets here?


Got some of the framing done today also:



Edited by elmalloc - 12/31/12 at 1:22pm
post #253 of 389
Those theater seats look awesome! Is the model Palliser Indianapolis ?
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Those theater seats look awesome! Is the model Palliser Indianapolis ?
Looks like it! rolleyes.gif
post #255 of 389
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Palliser may have changed the name (do they do that yearly? LOL). They are called the Palliser Lemans. Berkline leather is more comfortable!

They're actually in my living room right now. Oops, 5 chairs won't fit in either of the theater rooms in the basement (HAHA). Guess Roman will get more of my cash. =(

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Yep they are the Lemans i noticed the Indianapolis is a little different! So what room are you putting them in then?
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Gary, Nice to see you in Elmo's thread. I don't know but i am assuming Elmo is another person like us who is into more contemporary/modern designed room builds. Cant wait for all of his rooms to finish up!
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Gary, Nice to see you in Elmo's thread. I don't know but i am assuming Elmo is another person like us who is into more contemporary/modern designed room builds. Cant wait for all of his rooms to finish up!
I've been following Elmo's build back in 07'-08' when he just bought the house. And still remember his Sim2, plus I was a regular on Roadfly back then and he was an employee too.
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I've been following Elmo's build back in 07'-08' when he just bought the house. And still remember his Sim2, plus I was a regular on Roadfly back then and he was an employee too.

Sweet!
post #260 of 389
Elmo,
mmm rolleyes.gif After all the rooms are done i don't thing you will remain single for long biggrin.gif
Edited by vikgrao - 1/1/13 at 12:43pm
post #261 of 389
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Haha landshark, not much to follow I'm afraid. frown.gif

I'll have some things to take pictures of today. I unfortunately had to mount the projector to ensure it was level, and to mark out the screen area. After watching CIH for so long, 1.78 looks wrong to me. tongue.gif I'm using a Chief RPAU mount with a 1ft NPT I bought from home depot.

I fabricated some of SyFabrics triple plush velvet (you can see it behind the subwoofer). It's pitch black. cool.gif It's going to look awesome once the front wall is done, I think.

I can't mount the projector any higher, as the soffit area gets in the way - damn cheap projectors with no lens shift! I suppose I can't complain for something won in a contest . mad.gif

A cheapo projector deserves a cheapo screen:



Edited by elmalloc - 1/13/13 at 8:16am
post #262 of 389
I could of got you a discount at sherwin if you need more paint Elmo my girl works for the headquarters downtown
post #263 of 389
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oops. lol.

I bought a 36" solidcore birch door and got it temporarily hung today. I have to finish it, so no pictures until that's done.
post #264 of 389
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OK I put a spring loaded hinge to get it to automatically close, and finished both side walls with fabric today.

Still have to finish the door and syfabrics triple plush velvet the front screen. I also have to finish the insulation and trim in the recessed lighting, but this room is almost done.



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4oz Paragon Cineplex Copper







HSU HIW-1 (inwall) speakers, I built a frame to get them tilted to the center position. Their imaging is much better now:

post #268 of 389
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An idea for now is to have my 3D room be labeled "Auditorium 1" and the main theater room "Auditorium 2", in case I need to direct visitors. biggrin.gif



post #269 of 389
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Here are the obligatory "wtf is going on in here?" pictures before the theater build begins.

Projector cut-out:




Front-wall (15ft wide)
post #270 of 389
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Got some cheapo wall cabinets from HD (installed them as base cabinets), and some granite installed on top. I wired an outlet inside the cabinets. I'll use that to power all my game controllers and 3D glasses and keep them hidden inside.





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