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Booth Bijou Garage Theater

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Mark Booth, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. Mike Frezon

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    That's amazing. I have NEVER heard those terms before. And I edit video all the time. We use Adobe Premier Pro in my office...which handles the video/audio separation/re-sync on its own. It seems like such an obvious part of the process, I was unaware that there was even a word(s) to describe it.
     
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  2. Mark Booth

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    Booth Bijou backyard remodel continued...

    Now that the weather is more comfortable, I finally got to the task of adding electricity to our new pergola. I had underground electrical conduit added to one column when the footings for the pergola were poured. I chose the column closest to the patio door. In hindsight, I wish I had chosen the column closest to where I positioned my grill. After the pergola was up I realized I wanted both a light and a 120v outlet (for my grill's rotisserie motor) over there. So, to achieve it, I had to run additional conduit along the side of one of the rafters.

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    Yes, it's proper gray electrical PVC conduit, I assembled the rig in place and then removed it to paint it a nice gloss white.

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    On the house side I positioned a 2-gang waterproof electrical box. It contains one dual 120v outlet and a Leviton Apple HomeKit-compatible switch/dimmer (tied into the outlet next to it).

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    On the other side is a hooded Par 38 lamp holder. The installed lamp is a Apple HomeKit-compatible Philip's Hue 100w (equivalent) LED.

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    I continued the electrical run down inside the column closest to the grill and mounted this 120v outlet to power my grill's rotisserie motor (it's 3-feet up from the ground).

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    The Par38 lamp and the rotisserie outlet have power all the time. This week I will be installing these lights along the rafters of the pergola (four bulbs per rafter):

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    Those pergola lights will plug into the Leviton switch/dimmer-controlled outlet.

    Everything has already been tested. I can now use the Home app on my Mac, iPhone or iPad to control the lights, including dimming them as needed.

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    I also added a Philip's Hue HomeKit-compatible bulb to our front porch and to the light next to our garage (driveway area).

    Best of all, everything is controllable with voice (and it works beautifully). The kitchen HomePod is located near the patio door. I just need to say "Hey Siri, turn on the grill light" or "dim the pergola lights to 25%" and Siri takes care of everything.

    Fun!

    Mark
     
  3. Mike Frezon

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    So nicely done, Mark! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks.

    Mark
     
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    Looks good.
     
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    Well, the Booth Bijou is on hiatus again. The day after Halloween I ended up in ER due to severe leg pain. Turns out I’ve got a couple of blood clots in my right calf. They are distal (in isolated veins) so near zero chance of them traveling to my lungs or heart. I am being treated with blood thinners until my body dissolves the clots.

    I am not restricted to home nor am I required to stay off my feet but too much activity can lead to more pain (and will, I’ve disvovered). So, it’s not a good idea to be on my feet and climbing up and down a stepstool to set up the theater. The BBGT should be back in operation in 2-4 months.

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    Specifically for my case: the custom intro video from Ballyweg has a stereo track. I extracted the surround audio from the original trailer and mixed it into the customer trailer I bought from Ballyweg. :)
     
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    Mark,
    Sorry to hear of your blood clots! Scary stuff! Glad it’s diagnosed and treatment is underway. Hope you’re back to 100% soon!
     
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    Thanks, Dave. It's more of an annoyance than anything right now. If I don't try to do too much each day, I shouldn't have any leg pain that is remotely close to what I experienced a few days ago.

    Though, admittedly, giving myself blood thinner injections (Lovenox) in my belly isn't fun either. But those will only be a few more days until I am therapeutic on coumadin.

    Mark
     
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    Hey Mark!

    I've had a series of near-fatal PEs over the years--the first dating back to 2004. I've had one reach my lungs and one lodge in my aorta (that one needed to be busted up immediately!).

    I've had an IVC filter installed and am a lifetime patient on coumadin (warfarin). I've done the Lovonox injections on a number of occasions (I never thought I'd ever be able to give myself an injection...but, piece of cake).

    I can only advise you to be careful with these clots (even if they are only in "safe" places right now). Be aware of what the leg pain feels like so that you can be proactive in heading to the doctor in the future if you think you might have clots forming again. It's important. My doctors told me that I had to maintain an "informed" awareness of my body/situation so that we could catch these things early if they arose again.

    I've even thrown a clot therapeutic on coumadin and with the IVC filter installed. My doctors don't know what to make of me. :laugh:

    All the best, my friend. And I hope they don't become even more of an issue for you.
     
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    Thanks, Mike. These little ones are not my first clots but they are my first clots in a leg. I've had a clot in my left arm on two completely different occasions and both were immediately following surgery to have my pacemaker implanted or swapped. The first one required me to be on Coumadin and do the Lovenox injections. The second one was so small and distal they said they decided not to treat it. My body eventually dissolved it. I was told that clots following surgery, particularly pacemaker implantation, are pretty common.

    There is no doubt in my mind where these two leg clots came from. For the last 1.5 years or so I've been going to my favorite casino on a pretty regular basis (at least once a week) with a big increase in visits (2-3 times a week) from July - October. Sometimes I would sit in front of the same machine for 4-5 hours without getting up. Oops! I thought that shifting around in my seat, crossing and uncrossing my legs, etc. would be enough. The doctors tell me otherwise. You've got to stand up and walk around a bit.

    So, I'm pretty convinced simply changing my habits about sitting can mitigate future problems. If I go to the casino I will spend some extended time standing at the machine while playing. I will set an alarm on my iPhone to remind me to stand up every 30 minutes or so.

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    Yeah. Doctors really look down on that kind of lengthy stagnation (in one sitting). Even with long flights (or train rides) they'll tell you to get up and walk around. It's important.

    Same thing with a long car drive. Once you get that Miata out to some beautiful location, get out, walk around and smell the flowers! :D
     
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    The Booth Bijou was on hiatus for much of the winter. We got it fired up again on Feb 2 to show 'Groundhog Day', 'Crazy Rich Asians' and 'A Simple Favor'. We had a "sold out" house and several left on the waiting list.

    This week we are showing 'Peppermint' and 'Skyscraper'. Only 13 reservations for those two films because we're showing them on a weekday (our weekends are pretty busy in Feb).

    In a couple of weeks we'll be showing 'Christopher Robin' and 'A Star is Born' (2018). We announced those showings via email today and it "sold out" in about 30 minutes.

    I'll be rooting for 'A Star is Born' to take home a bunch of Oscars on Feb 24.

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    Wow! Please take care guys, and good luck. Nice set up with the smart home.
    Seveal times sitting in class, the instructors Siri comes on to say what can I help you with? He says to her Siri go away and she comes back and says that isn't polite, and you could have been nicer. We piss ourselves laughing at how she gives him lip.
    Hope you have a great movie season.
     
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    Well, I'll also be rooting for Rami Malek to take home the Best Actor Oscar. We watched 'Bohemian Rhapsody' for the first time this afternoon (iTunes rental) and we loved it. We'll be showing it in March in the Booth Bijou.

    Maybe I'll pair it with 'Mary Poppins Returns'. :)

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    With the 'Green Book' taking Best Picture last night, now I'm thinking it will be the next film (after 'Christopher Robin' and 'A Star Is Born') we show in the Booth Bijou. The tougher decision is which film to show with it.

    We could show on of the other Oscar-nominated films with it ('Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Blackkklansman' or 'Mary Poppins Returns') but I'm also tempted to show 'Driving Miss Daisy' as the B-movie that night and save the others for a feature spot on a future movie night.

    Decisions, decisions...

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    Go with your list. To hell with the Oscars. You are independent, and yes you can show what you might think other people want to see based on the Oscars but please. Use your good independent judgement. You view the winners and YOU decide, Don't reach out just decide. You have the power the vision and you own the theater. You are smart enough and are a movie lover with an awesome theater letting many friends enjoy the experience. I am sure You will make the only right decision.
     
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    We decided to show 'Driving Miss Daisy' as the B-movie to 'Green Book'. The movie night is coming up this Sunday.

    It must have been the right decision, all the spots in the Booth Bijou are taken and we've got 9 people on the waiting list.

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    I love Driving Miss Daisy, Morgan is one of the best of the best and Jessica Tandy oh my god. Green book I have not seen. But I am sure it is fantastic.. Please keep posting and thanks for the update.
     
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    Thanks, Bob! I feel the two films make a great match. There's the obvious correlation of a passenger being chauffeured around by someone with a completely different background/life experience. But, from a movie perspective, both films won Best Picture and, interestingly, the passengers in each film won Oscars for their performances.

    We're going to be showing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'Mary Poppins Returns' at future movie night(s). Since they are both musical, I'm inclined to show them together. But that seems unfair, to some degree, because both deserve the "feature presentation" designation. Neither are really a "B-movie".

    If I show those two together, I think I'd give 'Bohemian Rhapsody' the nod for the feature presentation slot.

    Decisions.. decisions...

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