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16  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: Mega-Tronn 2.0/Cine-Tronn 5.0 on: May 25, 2014, 02:05:57 pm
huge update coming in. first and foremost i updated the facebook groups' web address:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/byt.backyard/

we're at 113 members now with members located globally!
17  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Most comfortable outdoor seating on: May 19, 2014, 02:02:00 pm
for big parties i have a trio of inflatable couches that can fit 2-3 people comfortably, 2 inflatable lounge chairs for 1-2 (very small) people, outdoor rugs with warm fluffy extra blankets, comforters, pillows for the people sitting on the ground, we had an aging fleet of plastic lawn chairs but we are now in the middle of upgrading them with some slightly more comfortable sling chairs from kmart:

http://www.kmart.com/search=outdoor%20patio%20sling%20chairs?catalogId=10104&storeId=10151&levels=Outdoor+Living_Patio+Furniture&autoRedirect=true&viewItems=50&redirectType=CAT_REC

not the cheapest option at $28 each but nice colors and a lot more comfortable than we had.
18  Backyard Theater discussions / Movies you're showing or have shown / Re: Looking for classic cartoon shorts, which ones are recommended? on: May 11, 2014, 03:00:30 pm
this is a great one when NOT showing Frozen:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/rnEB2F_v_cE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/rnEB2F_v_cE</a>
19  Backyard Theater discussions / Media servers, streamers and networking / Re: Western Digital WD TV Live Media Player on: May 02, 2014, 07:18:18 pm
i wonder if the Ouya could run Avia. i see target has the Ouya on sale this week (maybe till this saturday) for $69
20  Backyard Theater discussions / Website feedback, suggestions, announcements / Backyard Theaters on Pinterest! on: May 02, 2014, 02:35:55 pm
Nothing to get overly excited about but started a Pinterest group on everything BYT.

Adding in all the websites that some of y'all have such as Cracker Jack Theater, Coon Creek, The HyltoPlex...  add in your website on Pinterest or here and I can add you!

Also adding Pins on everything backyard, landscaping, patio furniture, yard games, even 'Squito control! Join the discussion!

http://pinterest.com/pin/342344009147303618/

Also extra BYT talk on BYT fan made Facebook page "BYT - Backyard Theater" (direct link in my signature)
21  Backyard Theater discussions / Movies you're showing or have shown / Re: Looking for classic cartoon shorts, which ones are recommended? on: May 02, 2014, 10:37:54 am
second, third, and fourth all the above mentions. i've also dug further and can recommend the Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection (amazon link for reference) http://www.amazon.com/Pink-Panther-Classic-Cartoon-Collection/dp/B0009S4J2I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1399044374&sr=8-3&keywords=pink+panther+collection

the looney tunes platinum collections on blu ray are definitive must haves

the tom and jerry golden collection 1 is a gold mine

the newer mickey mouse cartoon shorts are great short clips!  http://www.youtube.com/user/DisneyShorts

i also rummage through the dollar dvd bins every store i go to but mostly kmarts and walmarts will often have less popular/much older toon collections. i've attained many older popeye toons, betty boop, and Max Fleischer toons this way  <a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/114MJzd-yQk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/114MJzd-yQk</a>

i try to keep the toons to about 6-8 mins at most. 20-30 mins total
22  Backyard Theater discussions / Media servers, streamers and networking / Re: Western Digital WD TV Live Media Player on: May 02, 2014, 03:44:24 am
Yes I have the same model and firmware. I'm seeing same shots you show as well. One difference is I'm not currently able to put my movies and intermission videos in a playlist because this unit does not allow playlist creation when your files are network located. If I were to get those particular files (the various cinema ads, music vids, 'toons) onto a usb drive, then I could setup playlists again. I too would like a streamlined cinema experience using this unit but as far as network capabilities my htpc with xbmc and the Cinema Experience plug in can and does the job very well.   
23  Backyard Theater discussions / Media servers, streamers and networking / Re: Western Digital WD TV Live Media Player on: May 02, 2014, 12:22:38 am
there is custom firmware that i do not use so i cannot state weather or not they fix these issues. FrostyFreeze has the model before this iteration and it has custom firmware, so he may be able to shed some light if he gets that same "loading" arrow and the top left text box.

edit: b.rad firmware is one of the most popular custom firmwares available. i plan on someday buying a refurbed wdtv live plus and installing it to see what i can monk with

http://b-rad.cc/wdlxtv-live/
24  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: Mega-Tronn 2.0/Cine-Tronn 5.0 on: April 29, 2014, 03:38:45 pm
Ribs, Bricks, and Flicks

short update. after several "consultations" with the wife about Mega-Tronn Theaters' future, we've decided to lop off one foot from the bottom of the screen! the screen size shall now be 16'W x 8'T! definetly not true 16x9 ratio widescreen, but some thoughts were that about 60% of our movies are not 16:9 anyway! most newer ones are in the cinemascope range!

so in a way Mega Tronn Theater will be the "brunch" of the BYT world. not exactly 16:9, but not exactly 2.55:1 but theres a piece of cantaloupe at the end (obvious Simpsons episode inferred)
 

however, just before anything can be done to the screen or frame... the Mega Tronn Theater landscape must be beautified!

so we start with some ribs:



then we go to some bricks:




then we end the day with some flicks:



25  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: Circle Outdoor Sofa/ tables on: April 29, 2014, 02:50:20 pm
its still a bit above what im willin to pay but its so comfy lookin! ima pick the wife up after work and head down to our local Big Lots. the manager there said they only have the display model left and he wouldnt give me a discount on it! >:[
26  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: My Outdoor Theater: Combine Concert & Movie on: April 29, 2014, 12:58:00 pm
always love updates on this thread! keep em comin! Cheesy

btw i linked up this build/showcase thread on our little facebook group page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/579421185404613/849018191778243/?notif_t=group_activity#!/groups/579421185404613/849012141778848/?notif_t=like
27  Backyard Theater discussions / Receiver specific / Re: Bluetooth Transmitter for multiple headsets on: April 16, 2014, 12:52:08 am
not sure its bluetooth capable but Frosty has a setup which allows for multiple wireless headphones.
28  Backyard Theater discussions / General discussion / Re: What do you do for mosquito control? on: April 16, 2014, 12:50:41 am
What I'm hoping to do with this thread is to create a mega-thread of various options that are available for mosquito control, maybe with approximate prices of each option (if forum rules allow), and links to relevant threads about each option. I'll update the initial post for this thread to include links that other posters provide about various solutions.

i can dig it. just change the thread title to Mosquito Control Central/MegaThread and do update the first post with links to the various existing threads and prices of the various doo-dads. im not entirely sure posting direct links to purchase these items would be cool with the forum. maybe just suggest where one can find them.
29  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: Mega-Tronn 2.0/Cine-Tronn 5.0 on: April 16, 2014, 12:34:27 am
right away OA!  Grin
the trickiest of all these "to do's" would be the underground pipe(s) with power, video cables, and audio cables. i have to plan ahead a bit and think of what i could possible use in the future that i dont use now.


ive looked at my tarp (also from billboard tarps) and i do notice some "hard" creases. havent unrolled it yet but i'll try to get the best area for the screen.  meant to finally replace that torn patio cover today then unroll and cut my tarp but the water heater decided today was the best day to spring a leak!
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i wonder how difficult it would be for me to first do the glueing of the seam and then have it sewn by some industrial strength sewing machines... some AMERICAN MADE (in temecula) sewing machines! Cheesy
30  Backyard Theater discussions / Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase / Re: Mega-Tronn 2.0/Cine-Tronn 5.0 on: April 15, 2014, 02:38:12 pm
me too. i've bought a new receiver a month back but havent updated this thread. i'll update tonight.

the current hooks i have that are holding the entire frame structure are these kind frosty:

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