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Mic Setup

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I recently made a video mentioning my new mic setup and got a few questions about it. Instead of making a video that just mentions tons of links, I thought I'd write it up.

I use a Heil PR40 mic. I've used it for a few years now. It's a pretty great mic for making podcasts and screencasts. The boom arm for my desk is a Heil PL-2T. This is a great arm. I've seen it used with several other mics too. My mic is attached to the arm with a Heil PRSM-B Shockmount. I also have a Heil Windscreen on it to cut down on breath noise.

The arm mounts into my desk with a Heil DT-1 Flush Mount. I have a Mogami Gold Studio 6' XLR cable cable in the arm connected to the mic. I found 6' is just about the perfect length. There's a little extra to work with but not too much. I know the Mogami cables are pretty pricey. From what I've read, it's the only cables you can audibly hear a difference in quality. They're fine cables. Probably doesn't matter that much though.

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What Color Is It

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One of my coworkers shared What Colour Is It in our design Slack channel the other day. It works by taking the current time as 6 digits and making that a hex color. For example, in the header it's #172952. That's 5:29pm and 52 seconds. Kinda neat. I thought it was super cool so I decided to make it a screensaver.

You can download the screensaver here.

It's less than 100 lines of code. Give it a look if you're interested. I'm particularly fond of the font. I'm using new Swift 2 runtime checking:

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Today, we open sourced a framework for iOS we've been using a ton internally called Static. It's a Swift 2 framework for working with static table views. We use it to power tons of screens in an upcoming project. It's also made prototyping table view-based things super productive.

Static's goal is to separate model data from presentation. Rows and Sections are your “view models” for your cells. You simply specify a cell class to use and that handles all of the presentation. See the Usage section below for details.

Static is written in Swift 2 so Xcode 7b3 is required. There aren't any dependencies besides system frameworks.

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