February 2nd, 2009:
Theater Project Update

My brother, Christian, has been working on the complicated framing in our basement for our game room, bar, and theater. It has progressed a great deal in the past few weeks and I must say that I am rather impressed and intimidated by the amount of work that has gone into something nobody will ever see once the drywall is in place. You really get a feel for the layout of the rooms now that the framing is nearing completion. I can wait to get things wired (which is coming next).

In related news, we have a rather nice interim home entertainment solution in our den: a 52-inch Sony Bravia LCD screen, THX-certified mini-surround speakers, Vista Media Center, and a Sony PS3. The PS3 has especially worked out well. It’s features, ease-of-use, and aesthetics make it an obvious choice for the basement theater when it’s complete. I even watched the Super Bowl this year (something I’ve never done before). In the dozen-or-so pro football games that I’ve watched in my life, this was by far the most exciting. Seeing the whole thing in 1080i (limited HD due to broadcast quality) made it even nicer. I just might do it again next year!

- Duane

August 26th, 2008:
Barn Painted. Writing iPhone articles for “Get In My iPhone”

Gina and I spent a few (long) weekends painting our polebarn/shop. The helpful folks at Sherwin Williams, helped us select an oil-based enamel that should last for decades. We rented a sprayer and after days of prepping and priming, we painted the barn. It looks like new!

I’ve been invited to write iPhone-related articles on Get In My iPhone, a new iPhone-centric blog. My most recent contribution details using the iPhone (or iPod touch) as a central control device for an X10 or Insteon-based home automation system. Enjoy!

- Duane