Directly adjacent to the kitchen, the Goodale Lounge contains the dining area and the primary movie and television watching area on the hall. In addition to such amenities as the Barco projector and two Athena workstations, the Goodale Lounge is also home to the rack. Hall Feeds are held in the dining area of the lounge, with additional seating and possibly a movie playing in the sitting area.
The Goodale Lounge was renovated in Spring 2005. A new stand for the Barco projector was constructed and furniture was rearranged, resulting in a far more open and aesthetically pleasing feel in the lounge. This layout makes the lounge an ideal locale for working on large Projects, and served as ground zero for the construction of the new Barco mount that would stand there.
Occasionally, the Ping Pong table is brought out and played in the Goodale Lounge, but more recently Ping Pong enthusiasts have used the table in the East Campus basement instead.
The Barco Entertainment Rack contains an array of devices slugs use for their amusement and sometimes bemusement. This system contains The "Gaming Machine" (NES.MIT.EDU), an audio/video converter, a modified KVM used to switch inputs, a surround sound audio amplifier, a vga splitter that outputs video to a monitor, the Barco projector and the Barco kitchen extension. It is commonly used to watch Aqua Teen Hunger Force, eBaum's World, Unicorns LA and various other forms of media.
Using the Barco Entertainment Rack
The switch box mounted under the table can be used to select the input to the Barco, monitor and the bke. It has four positions: Comp, TV/Video, Aux and Front.
|Comp||NES.MIT.EDU||General multimedia computer|
|TV/Video||Audio/Video Converter||Used to connect components such as game consoles or to watch cable TV|
|Aux||Spare VGA Input||No use yet|
|Front||Front access input||Easy way to connect your own computer/video/audio device|
In addition to the "Gaming Machine," there are two Athena workstations located in the Goodale Lounge, blueshift.mit.edu and shadowrunner.mit.edu. The kitchen also makes room for the rack, which currently houses the Slugwiki Server. It has plenty of room for expansion and hopefully will eventually contain a hall-wide repository of data as well.