Coding Blocks

It’s our favorite time of year where we discuss all of the new ways we can spend our money in time for the holidays, as Allen forgets a crucial part, Michael has “neons”, and Joe has a pet bear.

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And I’m Spent

Allen’s List for the Content Creators

Price Description  
$149.99 Elgato Stream Deck (Amazon)
$69.99 TDisplay Capture Card (Amazon)
$329.00 Oktava MK-012 Small Diaphragm Condenser mic (Amazon)
$199.99 Zoom Podtrak P4 (Best Buy)
$7.00 Oktava WS-012 foam Wind-Screen for MK-012 (Amazon)
$16.99 LYRCRO Microphone Shock Mount Holder (Amazon)
$274.99 product (TechSmith)
$26.99 Kasa Smart Plugs 4 Pack (Amazon)
$14.99 3 prong extension cables 1′ (Amazon)
$29.99 Toazoe Articulating 11″ Arm (Amazon)
$12.99 Mounting pole (Amazon)
$14.99 Desk mounting bracket for pole (Amazon)
$199.99 Elgato Key Light (Amazon)
$90.00 Aputure Amaran MC RGBWW (Amazon)
$186.20 Silverstone ATX CS380B (Amazon)
$139.99 Ryzen 5 3400G (Amazon)
$99.99 Silicon Power 32GB 3200Mhz (Amazon)
$217.99 WD Easy Store 12TB (Amazon)
$44.99 Thermaltake 500w 80+ (Amazon)
$365.00 ZSA Moonlander (ZSA)

Michael’s List to Pimp Your Desk

  Description Price
Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, WiFi, 256GB) (Amazon) $1,079.00
amFilm (2 Pack) Glass Screen Protector for iPad Pro 12.9 inch (2020 & 2018 Models) (Amazon) $12.99
ProCase iPad Pro 12.9 Case 4th Generation 2020 & 2018 (Amazon) $21.99
Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Wired) (Amazon) $129.00
Honorable mention: Apple AirPods Pro (Amazon) $219.00
Philips Hue 555334 BLE Lightstrip LED Light strip, 2m / 6ft Base Kit (Amazon) $79.99
Philips Hue Indoor Motion Sensor for Smart Lights (Amazon) $38.95
Elgato Stream Deck (15 Keys) (Amazon) $149.99
Knox Microphone Shock Mount for Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB and Samson Q2U (Amazon) $19.99
On-Stage Foam Ball-Type Microphone Windscreen (Amazon) $2.99
ZSA Moonlander (ZSA) $365.00
Glorious 3XL Extended Gaming Mouse Mat/Pad (Amazon) $49.99
Razer Gaming Mouse Bungee v2 (Amazon) $19.99
ALIENWARE AW3420DW Curved 34 Inch WQHD 3440 X 1440 120Hz Monitor (Amazon) $1,029.99
Honorable mention:Dell AW3418DW Alienware 34 Curved Gaming Monitor (Amazon) n/a
Microsoft Xbox Series X (Amazon) $499.99

Castle Grayskull …

  Description Price
Tilted Nation RGB Headset Stand and Gaming Headphone Display with Mouse Bungee Cord Holder with USB 3.0 HUB (Amazon) n/a

Joe’s List to Make Bank

Well, first there’s *the* chair …

Price Description  
$3,299.00 Cluvens Scorpion Computer Cockpit (Cluvens)

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Resources We Like

  • Indoor Boom Microphones: Oktava MK-012, RODE NT5, Audio Technica AT4053b (YouTube)
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Direct download: coding-blocks-episode-144.mp3
Category:Software Development -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT