Introductions are in order...
The first step in constructing my home theater is to thank everyone in DHC and AVS forums for all the invaluable information. Coming from a nothern mining town in Labrador, I learned early that you can do anything if you put your mind, creativity, and time into it. Having forums like DHC and AVS with all the contributions of many DIY'ers makes it all that easier to the point that I believe anyone, willing to commit themselves, can build a reasonable home theater.
With that in mind, my goal is to document my home theater construction effort to contribute to DHC and AVS. To do this, I've setup on my home network a blog server, notably the Apache Incubator project Roller. I will use this weblogger as a journal to aggregate all the tibits of information that I've gathered to build out my home theater. Having my own server allows freedom in time, graphics, content, video/podcasting, etc. since I lead a very busy life (more on that later). Of course, this blog (though available via Sculpt Science
) will be posted on DHC and AVS.
Why do all of this? To make the best theater within the confines of my resources. Some of those resources include budget, knowledge, people, etc. Some resources I can't increase... (like my basement layout or ceiling height
) but knowledge (via DHC/AVS) and budget (via PowerBuys, shopping tips) can be maximized this way. So hopefully, I get a kick-ass theater and everyone benefits in their own efforts.
Reading between the lines...
To allow you to read between the lines of this blog, the following is some background tidbits. Though Labrador is my hometown, since '91 I've lived in Ottawa, the national capital region. It is here where I call home with my wife and two daughters. My career is in computers (a bit of an understatement) and have worked for numerous companies though recently I've settled into a permanent position at the RCMP.
With this in mind, I'm not an expert in construction, woodworking, acoustics, decorating, and anything else not related to computers/IT. I am an expert in several aspects (to numerous to mention) of computers/IT. However, I'm quite handy around tools and can woodwork, frame, drywall, tile, paint, do plumbing, cabling (besides network cabling <- expert), and carpeting. I'm creative, artistic, and knowledgeble (but my style is debatable as my wife says
). Now that you know me a little better, you can see that I'm an average-joe (with a daughter who fancinated me with anime) with some confidence and always trying to get (as in shounen
anime like Naruto/Bleach) stronger in my jutsu
(techniques). If you share these ideals, like to build a home theater, I'm glad to make your aquaintence. If not... enjoy it for what it's worth!
Up next is my HT design/plans...
About my handle: The name comes from an anime character that I liked (the anime being Ai Yori Yoshi). I also go by Kaoru-sama, the -sama
is a politness level equivelent as Mr.
; I'm certainly not a -sensei
. I like the idea of politeness levels the Japanese culture has; it's easy to show respect with simple words. Japanese Suffixes Howto