Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone

Blue Snowball

I bought a Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone by Blue Microphones on Amazon for $40. The $40 model is cardoid. The Snowball USB microphone family from Blue Microphones is the number one selling line of USB wired condenser microphones on the planet. Their unique design and proprietary condenser capsules deliver legendary sound for everything from podcasting to recording instruments.

Reamde by Neal Stephenson

397px-Reamde_stephenson_williammorrow_2011

From Wikipedia:

Reamde is a technothriller novel by Neal Stephenson, published in 2011. The story, set in the present day, centers on the plight of a hostage and the ensuing efforts of family and new acquaintances, many of them associated with a fictional MMORPG, to rescue her as her various captors drag her about the globe. Topics covered range from online activities including gold farming and social networking to the criminal methods of the Russian mafia and Islamic terrorists.