The Cuban Missile Crisis. Famous. Castro, Khrushchev. We’ve all heard the stories, know the names, and what they stood for.

This is why I was more than a bit puzzled to see this poster, referring to a letter from Castro to Khrushchev in the lobby of Invest Ottawa, a bastion of modern capitalism.

Anyone want to take a crack @ the decode? I think it says ‘Comrade’. Maybe the decode of what its suggesting to me in the lobby?

If you’ve not watched the installation of the projector screen, the video is below. But sadly I discovered that the lights in the place are all on a single relay… no local dimming. Undeterred I snooped around, these are LED panels, you would think some sort of PWM or other dimming would be possible, right?

Turns out they implement a crusty old standard called 0-10V. The panels are from Earthronics. OK, so now I need a way to get 0-10V up there on the ceiling, with me on the floor. Interestingly, the standard calls for being either a source or a sink, its kinda fuzzy, you have to know. The power supply is an XZ-LK50B (here). But, the xz-power site is down. Hmm. I’ll assume we are sourcing.

A little googling, and some credit card, and I am the proud owner of a Keilton PPA101S. Sweet. Got ladder, screwdriver, and a desire to muck w/ the lights, which may or may not dim once done.

Today arrived our projector. A 4K Ultra-Short-Throw Laser. With 7000 lumens. Its amazing. Even more amazing, I ordered it Friday, it shipped from Hong Kong, and arrived Monday.

Now, as you might expect from a device intended for the domestic China market, the localisation into traditional Canadian English is a bit spotty. But, its gonna be HDMI-1 in off a Chromecast so that’s not too important.

So, turn it on, install the spandex 150″ screen to the wall. And as I’m about to setup the keystone, what do i see? Its welcoming me? zoom, enhance… The guy in the yellow. “Goodbye Mr. Loser”. Huh. So nice this pre-packaged greeting.

Before you ask, yes, this is *after* changing the interface to English!

But, its an amazing projector. If you are a home buyer, look at the Xiaomi one for 4K (with pixel-shifting but still). If you are a workplace / bright room buyer, go for the Wemax One Pro @ 1080p for the 7000 lumens. Its a great deal for ~ $1500. There’s really nothing else out there with this brightness without getting into $20K + Christie Digital territory.

So, Mr. Loser I maybe, but meetups will be able to progress w/ 150″ of laser goodness.