Daily Giz Wiz 602: Blue Snowflake

Episode 602 of the podcast

Blue Snowflake
Subject: Review of Blue Snowflake
Released:Tuesday 1 July 2008
Length:about 14 minutes
Download file:dgw0602.mp3 (6.5 MB)

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Short info

Podcast or Skype better with the professional-quality USB Blue Snowflake microphone.

Detailed information

Blue makes professional high-end microphones, but also podcasting mics.  Leo used to use the Snowball, but he got the new Snowflake from Dr Bott.  It is a USB microphone with a silver ball which slides flat into or sits up at an angle from, the holder.  The holder can also mount itself on to the screen of your laptop with the mic sitting on top.  No special driver required.  Works on Windows and Mac.  The mic works well even if you don't have your mouth up close to the mic.

Hobo Names

Alessandro Abate corrects Leo again, about the number of hobo names in John Hodgman's "The Areas of My Expertise".  There are 700 in the Audible edition (not 300 as Leo said in Episode 567), and 800 in the paperback edition.  It has inspired the site "The 700 Hoboes Project", at e-hobo.com.  Accompanying John Hodgman on the guitar in the Audible edition is Jonathan Coulton.

Rock-Banding with Jonathan Coulton

Most listeners of Leo's podcasts, especially TWiT Episode 133, have heard about the live concert of Jonathan Coulton in which Leo, Merlin Mann and Veronica Belmont joined to play the song "Still Alive".  It's on YouTube.

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