Landscaping Out in Front
We’re going to take you on a full tour of the Geek House, so even if this is the first time you’ve seen it, you’ll get the whole picture!
Out in front we’re going to have an awesome golf-course quality lawn – anyone up for some putting practice?
Making the Geek House Accessible
We’ve put in a beautiful new ramp to make the building fully wheelchair accessible. The rails need a little retouching because we want them to match the color of our awnings. That will lead up to our glass front doors (which haven’t arrived quite yet).
The Entry and Lounge
The entry way will house something pretty cool, but that secret we’re keeping under wraps for a while longer. From there you’ll enter the lobby (which we’re calling “The Lounge”). We want it to be an awesome place for people to spend a little time, and it will also be the home of the Geek House Wall of Fame, where anyone can have a plaque and ensure they are a visible part of our new home.
There’s one secret we’ll reveal right now, and that’s the 78-inch Samsung UHD 4K curved screen 3D TV on the wall. You’ll see it as soon as you come in and it will tell you this place is all about video. And what about sound? Well, our friends at KEF will be providing some amazing speakers – more details on those later. There’s another wall that might be for our Geek Museum, or might be a wall to honor our Patrons. We want to do both of those things, but haven’t completely decided what will go where.
Main Hallway and Offices
Leading off the Lounge is the main hallway, where you’ll find several of the offices, and in each of those offices there will be an official Geek Beat Edition UpDesk, and lots of power outlets to run our gear. Also full network connections and a TV on the wall. All the offices will also have networked connections to the TriCaster to make it possible to shoot video in any office and have it available for live shows.
A little farther down the hall is the break room, where everyone can prepare food, eat, or just hang out. We’ll have another TV in here, with its content supplied by Dish.
Giant Conference Room
We’ll have two conference rooms, and this is the biggest of the two, with tons of space and a big TV on the wall. All the walls will be white boards that will double as projection screens thanks to our friends at Elite Screens.
At the center of the building is the space we call UpDesk Central where we’ll have 18 UpDesks for people who are doing co-working in the building. On the ceiling will be RoboReels to provide power to each desk throughout the room no matter how far they are from walls. And on one of those walls we will have the mother of all drop-down projection screens, a massive 135-inch screen from Elite Screens that will run down from the ceiling by remote control. And off of UpDesk Central we’ll have two quiet rooms where people can go to get a little peace.
Kien’s Lab and Data Center
Kien keeps all of our crazy video and audio gear running along smoothly, so we want him to have lots of room to do his work. He’s got the biggest office in the place with a couple of UpDesks, server racks, and a window into the data center. Outside his office is a big generator that runs on natural gas that’s piped to the building, so as long as that gas line is intact, the Geek House will never lose power. In the data center we’ll have all our QNAP servers, and the system from 45 Drives, as well as HVAC to keep them cool which will be installed with the help of a professional such as Home Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. – HVAC Technician.
And here’s one more big secret we’ve not mentioned yet: Thanks to Time Warner we will have a full 1 gigabit data connection to the Geek House! That’s 1 gigabit dedicated just to us, not shared!
Next we have Cali’s office and mine, which will allow me to play my music LOUD, and allow Cali to walk all day at her treadmill desk, and neither of us will disturb the other! At least that’s the theory. Dave Curlee’s office, where he’ll do all the editing on our shows, is also in this area.
We named our control area at the old studio (where we keep the TriCaster) Nelsonville in honor of or friend Philip Nelson of NewTek. Nelsonville 2.0 is going to be our bigger and better control room, completely enclosed from the studio area, but with a window so we can still see each other.
In the studio, we’ll be building separate sets for all our productions, with different ones for the live shows and the daily shows. In the opposite corner will be our 25x25x12-foot cyclorama wall, which will be the biggest one in Texas! It will be painted white, but we can also drape it with green fabric for green screen stuff.
We’re very excited to have much bigger storage space than we have in our current building, A place for everything and everything in its place!
Finally, we’ll have a dedicated green room where we (and our guests) can get ready to go in front of the cameras!
Thanks to All of You
Thanks to all of you who are helping the Geek House come together, either by supporting us on Patreon, buying a plaque for the Geek Wall of Fame, or any of the other amazing things you do that helps us keep our shows rolling out! We couldn’t do this without you!
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