and if this not your first time to the fear forums, welcome to the new forum. Like all free things, all the time and effort we all went through to add content and thought to the 'old' fear forums was lost. (sigh).
We can now begin anew! No worries! Maybe this one will last. I hope.
So - Ahem..
Horror Theatre was begun in April 2005, so it's about our 5th year now.
I'll try not to repeat the whole torrid thing, though. All of that is on the website. Let me say this of Horror Theatre: It's a terrific hobby, and I love doing it!
Horror Theatre consists of 2 computers:
1. SUNSPOT - The primary machine running the station is an ASUS EEE 901 netbook, with an Atom 1.6 Ghz processor and 1 gig of ram. It has a 32 GB SSD primary drive, and a 32GB SD card that holds the shows. This computer is designed to be as power-efficient as possible, and is solar powered by (1) 80 watt solar panel, a Morningstar MPPT charge controller (3 thumbs up!) and a battery bank totalling about 135 amp hours. The netbook draws exactly 1 amp per hour (thats 12 watts @ 12 volts DC). This system will work for about 4 days with little or no sun, before the battery reaches 50% capacity (you don't want to go less than that as it can damage the battery, FYI) This computer also uses 'volume leveling' compression to try and even out show-to-show volume differences, as well as 'extra-loud screams and organ stabs' that can wake the dead at the wrong time of night. It can only go so far, though. I try my best - It's definately better than without it.
2. The Gravestone - This little machine is a Saintsong Cappuchino PC, a tiny early MAC mini clone (actually, these were out before the Mac Mini, so who cloned who?) It has a 1.2 Ghz P3 Celeron processor, 512 mb of ram, and a 160 GB hard drive. This computer functions as a backup. If the primary computer fails, this one will pick up and run the station. It is plugged into AC power, but is still quite power efficient, using about 35 watts though a Laptop power adaptor. I am all about being green, my current state of decay not withstanding..!
Both of these machines are located in a facility with high-reliability internet, and redundant power system, so no funny stuff should befall the station.
So - There are VERY FEW reasons that Horror Theatre should ever be down. As a matter of fact, if it's ever cold down, then it must be Sleepy. Hows that for placing blame?
As far as shows, here is a list of the shows I play:
CBS RMT (horror culled)
Commercials ("More doctors recommend Camel Cigarettes"!)
Dark Shadows Reborn
Devil and Mr. O
Diary of Fate
Fear on four
Frankenstein (plays all at once as a single show)
Hall of Fantasy
Lagosi & Karloff: The Raven
Murder at Midnight
Price of Fear
Sleep No More
Strange Dr Weird
Tales from the Morgue (Chet Chetter)
Thrice Told Tales (Nathanial Hawthorne)
I am going to add "Black Museum" soon, and will temporarily retire Chet Chetter. I will continue to run these as a special from time to time.
If you have any questions, fire away!
Last edited by The Stationkeeper
on Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:51 pm, edited 2 times in total.