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How To Not Be A Jerk On Black Friday

Dead Rising

Black Friday is the Armageddon of retail, and even has the name to fit. On that unholy day, armed soldiers of capitalism move on local games outlets with just one thing on their minds: new shit for less money.

Gaming equipment is expensive. We get it. But games retail employees don’t need to suffer for our thriftiness. Every year, they do. This year, in our urgent fury to grab a new, discounted, PS4 Pro (or in your dad’s confused journey to find you the perfect Christmas stocking stuffer), consider the store employees’ side of things.

They are experiencing the retail equivalent of Dynasty Warriors.

To help advocate for the brave men and women behind your local GameStop, Best Buy or Toys ‘R’ Us counters and in the stacks, we spoke with a few current and former employees who’ve sold games and consoles on Black Friday. They’ve kindly provided Kotaku readers with tips on how to make their Black Friday shifts less miserable:

  • Figure out what you want before going into the store. Call ahead a few days beforehand. Don’t wait in line for an hour, get to the counter and ask a retail employee what’s hot in gaming when there are dozens of people behind you
  • Prioritize. It’s unlikely that you’ll get a console deal, deals on three popular games and every accessory you want at the perfect price. Think about what you’d be okay going without and consider that, often, the console deals are better than the deals for individual games
  • Retail employees are working as quickly as they can. Seriously
  • Research promotions before you head to your local games outlet. All the information you’ll need is online and it’ll take a load off in-store employees if they don’t have to explain the deals to you
  • If you’re being helped by a new employee who doesn’t know the ropes yet, instead of getting upset, just thank them and move on to another employee
  • Know when the sales start. Sometimes, they start Thanksgiving night
  • If you are nice to a retail employee on Black Friday, they will be more likely to help you. Weird, but true!
  • Know the return policy for items you purchase. Also, don’t argue with retail employees about the return policy or cut them off when they’re telling it to you
  • Games retail outlets don’t have an infinite stock (See: NES Classic). That’s not the sales rep’s fault. It’s first come, first serve—especially for the latest console at the lowest price. Don’t get mad if the outlet runs out of something. You can probably buy it online at the same price
  • Don’t get violent! Don’t yell! Calm down. It will be fine. Everything will be okay

Finally—and this is my tip—buy a few things for friends and family! Now’s a great (and affordable) time to get your loved ones into your favorite hobby.

Why You Should Plant Flowers With Your Vegetables

If you’re trying to grow a vegetable garden you might not think beyond planting the specific variety of desired vegetable, but it can be very beneficial to give your plant a friend. Flowers and other types of plants will attract helpful insects, suppress weeds, and more.

This video from GrowVeg explains why. Attracting more bugs sounds unappealing, but these bugs will be your gardening allies. Plants like lavender and oregano attract ladybugs, for example, and ladybug larvae will eat the annoying aphids that may be hurting your other plants. That means flowers that are rich in pollen will be best (something like daises or single dahlias with a single ring of petals). Moreover, some plants like nasturtium will attract aphids away from your more precious varieties. Not a great deal for the nasturtium, but good for your vegetables.

And the visual and olfactory appeal is more than superficial; a dense varietal garden will make it more difficult for pests to find their favorite plant to eat. Watch the full video to learn more about why you should put some friendly plants in your garden.

Companion Planting: Why Vegetables Need Friends | GrowVeg

A Last-Minute Thanksgiving Guide to Everything You Forgot

Hosting Thanksgiving can be fun, but there’ll always be stress involved. Stress leads to forgetfulness, forgetfulness leads to anger, and anger leads to wine-fueled fights with your mother-in-law. Luckily, here are quick solutions to fix whatever Turkey Day gaps plague you, so you can avoid the trauma and drama.

You Forgot About the Appetizer

Sure, it would be great if you had remembered to buy endive and lovingly spoon little mounds of chevre into each tender leaf, but endive didn’t make it on the shopping list, and now you have nothing for your guests to nosh on while you wrap up the main meal. You could send your nephew to the store for a sad veggie tray, or you could use this opportunity to clean out your cabinet and fridge.

First, check your pantry for a can of beans, any beans, and whip up an easy dip. Besides beans, you’ll just need a little olive oil (a couple of tablespoons), some salt and pepper, and then one thing from each of the following categories:.

  • A Tablespoon of Something Creamy: Any kind of nut butter or creamy dairy product will work here, so reach for that last bit of sour cream, yogurt, cream cheese, or even that forgotten chunk of brie.
  • A Flavorful Pinch or Drizzle: Ginger and garlic are good options, but don’t be afraid to raid the fridge for flavorful one-offs, like miso, harissa, fish sauce, chilies, Parmesan, Worcestershire sauce, curry powder, or even tin fish like anchovies or sardines.
  • Some Acid: The juice and zest of half a lemon or lime should get you there, but you could also try a teaspoon or two of your favorite vinegar, or even some mustard, pickle brine, or juice from a jar of banana peppers.
  • A Little Bit of Something Sweet: Any kind of syrupy sweetness you have on hand will work, be it agave, honey, or maple, but there’s nothing wrong with using a little white table sugar or brown sugar.
  • Some Sort of Topping: You could grab whatever herbs you have leftover from other Thanksgiving recipes, or add some chopped nuts or potato chips for tasty texture.

Just blend it all together, top with your garnish, and serve in a bowl with what extra veggies or crunchy carbs you have on hand. (Send someone to the gas station for chips if you have to.)

Next, if you have any extra greens or vegetable tops lying around, go ahead and turn those into a pesto using a ratio of 1:2:2:8 (1 part nuts, 2 parts oil, 2 parts grating cheese, 8 parts leaves or herbs), plus garlic, lemon, and salt and pepper to taste. Carrot tops, random herbs, kale, spinach, and arugula can all be blitzed into this flavorful spread, and you can even use a mixture of all of the above.

Just take a couple cloves of garlic and give those a good chop using the pulse function on your food processor. Add two cups of green stuff, ½ cup of olive oil, ¼ cup of whatever nuts you have in your home, and pulse until smooth. Add a ½ cup of hard, grated cheese, squeeze in half a lemon, and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust as needed.

Finally, do not underestimate the power of ramen dip. Just grab a packet of the super salty flavor packet (any flavor except that weird cheese one) and stir into a tub of sour cream. (Top with scallions to dress it up.) Serve with chips and watch it get devoured.

Beyond dips, a lot can be accomplished with a pack of bacon. In fact, a whole slew of bacon-based appetizers can be assembled with only one or two other ingredients:

  • Bacon + Club Crackers + Parmesan: This is an old faithful recipe of mine by way of The Pioneer Woman. Simply top a buttery Club cracker with a teaspoon of grated parm, wrap half a piece of bacon around it, and repeat until you’ve gone through a whole sleeve. Bake at 250℉ for two hours.
  • Bacon + Brown Sugar: Toss bacon slices with brown sugar, lay them in a single layer on a parchment-covered baking sheet, top with another layer of parchment and place a baking sheet on top of the whole situation. Bake at 325℉ until crispy, about 20-35 minutes.
  • Bacon + Asparagus: Wrap a slice of bacon around a stalk of asparagus and bake at 400℉ for about half an hour.
  • Bacon + Pepper + Cream Cheese: Make a slit in a jalapeno or serrano (warning: these are spicy) and remove the insides. Stuff with cream cheese, wrap with bacon, and bake at 375℉ for about half an hour, until bacon is crispy.

That should take care of the snacks, or you can just do what my family does and buy a giant, plastic tub of aggressively orange cheese balls. That’s never a bad plan.

You Forgot to Buy Enough Booze

Maybe you don’t consider booze to be a necessary Thanksgiving supply, but I’d rather run out of pie than run out of wine. If you somehow underestimated the ethanolic needs of your guest list, don’t panic, you have a few options.

First, check out your liquor cabinet and see what kind of hard stuff you have lying around. You can make a quick punch out of almost anything, as long as you have something strong (liquor), something sweet (juice), and something sparkling (can be alcoholic or not). Feel free to play around with this to fit your palate, but I like a ratio of 1 bottle (750 mL) of booze:1 bottle sparkling wine:6 cups juice. If that’s a little strong for your taste, consider swapping out the champers for ginger ale or Sprite. Some combinations to get you going:

  • Grapefruit Gin Punch: Ruby Red grapefruit juice + Gin + Off-dry sparkling wine
  • Festive Cranberry Punch: Cranberry cocktail + Vodka + Prosecco
  • Rum Punch: Peach orange mango juice + Rum + Cava
  • Communion Punch: Welch’s grape juice + It doesn’t matter + maybe don’t actually do this
  • Beer Shandy Punch: Lemonade + Bourbon + Lager

If you don’t have time for even that, just send someone to go pick up a few cheap bottles of wine. Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Costco are all good resources with knowledgeable staff that will help you get the most bang for your buck. (Depending on which state you live in, you may not even need a Costco membership to buy wine there.)

You Forgot About the Non-Dinner Guest

Beyond the main meal, it’s likely you’ll have visiting friends and family pop by sometime over the holiday weekend for coffee or cocktails. To make sure you have something to serve besides leftovers, hit the freezer aisle and stock up on these winners.

You can never have too much pie and, if you’re running low on pumpkin, you can always grab a Marie Callender’s Pumpkin Pie ($6.49)—for that classic pumpkin pie experience—or an Edwards Pumpkin Crème Pie ($6.49)—for something a bit untraditional, but very tasty. Both were ranked as some of the best frozen options by The Kitchn, and both can be found at nearly any grocery store.

But frozen pie isn’t the only chilly superhero, if you want to serve something that is just as easy but a little more high-falutin’, grab some frozen puff pastry. Puff pastry is a dough that can do both (sweet and savory) so grab some sheets and make one or more of the following delectable bites:

  • Super Easy Plum Tart: Cut pastry into squares and prick with a fork. Fan out some pretty plum slices and sprinkle with sugar and freshly ground pepper. Bake for about half an hour at 425℉ until golden brown, and drizzle with honey before serving.
  • Make a “Croffle”: Place puff pastry in your waffle iron and crisp it up. Serve with Nutella and strawberries.
  • Savory Cheese Straws: Mix a cup of grated parmesan, a teaspoon of garlic powder, and a teaspoon of paprika together in a bowl. Cut puff pastry into strips and twist to form straws. Brush straws with egg wash and dredge through cheese mixture to coat and bake for about ten minutes at 425℉ until golden brown.

If the holiday has left you too tired to cook, just put a pot of coffee on and set out some sweet, seasonal liqueurs like peppermint mocha Kahlua, Frangelico, or Bailey’s. No one will be angry about that.

You Forgot to Make Name Cards or a Centerpiece

No one has ever said “You know, that was a nice dinner, and the turkey was superb, but I just can’t get over the lack of festive name cards and/or centerpiece.” No one has ever said that because no one gives a damn about tablescaping, which means you don’t have to worry about forgetting them. If, however, you want to give your guests a conversation jumping off point, consider printing out these festive Thanksgiving Mad Libs.

This will hopefully stimulate pleasant, non-political conversation at the dinner table. If that doesn’t work, scroll back up to section two of this article and pick a punch. (Communion punch is your nuclear option.)

Illustration by Sam Woolley. Photos by Didriks, Isaac Wedin, and Iris.

A Last-Minute Thanksgiving Guide to Everything You Forgot

Hosting Thanksgiving can be fun, but there’ll always be stress involved. Stress leads to forgetfulness, forgetfulness leads to anger, and anger leads to wine-fueled fights with your mother-in-law. Luckily, here are quick solutions to fix whatever Turkey Day gaps plague you, so you can avoid the trauma and drama.

You Forgot About the Appetizer

Sure, it would be great if you had remembered to buy endive and lovingly spoon little mounds of chevre into each tender leaf, but endive didn’t make it on the shopping list, and now you have nothing for your guests to nosh on while you wrap up the main meal. You could send your nephew to the store for a sad veggie tray, or you could use this opportunity to clean out your cabinet and fridge.

First, check your pantry for a can of beans, any beans, and whip up an easy dip. Besides beans, you’ll just need a little olive oil (a couple of tablespoons), some salt and pepper, and then one thing from each of the following categories:.

  • A Tablespoon of Something Creamy: Any kind of nut butter or creamy dairy product will work here, so reach for that last bit of sour cream, yogurt, cream cheese, or even that forgotten chunk of brie.
  • A Flavorful Pinch or Drizzle: Ginger and garlic are good options, but don’t be afraid to raid the fridge for flavorful one-offs, like miso, harissa, fish sauce, chilies, Parmesan, Worcestershire sauce, curry powder, or even tin fish like anchovies or sardines.
  • Some Acid: The juice and zest of half a lemon or lime should get you there, but you could also try a teaspoon or two of your favorite vinegar, or even some mustard, pickle brine, or juice from a jar of banana peppers.
  • A Little Bit of Something Sweet: Any kind of syrupy sweetness you have on hand will work, be it agave, honey, or maple, but there’s nothing wrong with using a little white table sugar or brown sugar.
  • Some Sort of Topping: You could grab whatever herbs you have leftover from other Thanksgiving recipes, or add some chopped nuts or potato chips for tasty texture.

Just blend it all together, top with your garnish, and serve in a bowl with what extra veggies or crunchy carbs you have on hand. (Send someone to the gas station for chips if you have to.)

Next, if you have any extra greens or vegetable tops lying around, go ahead and turn those into a pesto using a ratio of 1:2:2:8 (1 part nuts, 2 parts oil, 2 parts grating cheese, 8 parts leaves or herbs), plus garlic, lemon, and salt and pepper to taste. Carrot tops, random herbs, kale, spinach, and arugula can all be blitzed into this flavorful spread, and you can even use a mixture of all of the above.

Just take a couple cloves of garlic and give those a good chop using the pulse function on your food processor. Add two cups of green stuff, ½ cup of olive oil, ¼ cup of whatever nuts you have in your home, and pulse until smooth. Add a ½ cup of hard, grated cheese, squeeze in half a lemon, and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust as needed.

Finally, do not underestimate the power of ramen dip. Just grab a packet of the super salty flavor packet (any flavor except that weird cheese one) and stir into a tub of sour cream. (Top with scallions to dress it up.) Serve with chips and watch it get devoured.

Beyond dips, a lot can be accomplished with a pack of bacon. In fact, a whole slew of bacon-based appetizers can be assembled with only one or two other ingredients:

  • Bacon + Club Crackers + Parmesan: This is an old faithful recipe of mine by way of The Pioneer Woman. Simply top a buttery Club cracker with a teaspoon of grated parm, wrap half a piece of bacon around it, and repeat until you’ve gone through a whole sleeve. Bake at 250℉ for two hours.
  • Bacon + Brown Sugar: Toss bacon slices with brown sugar, lay them in a single layer on a parchment-covered baking sheet, top with another layer of parchment and place a baking sheet on top of the whole situation. Bake at 325℉ until crispy, about 20-35 minutes.
  • Bacon + Asparagus: Wrap a slice of bacon around a stalk of asparagus and bake at 400℉ for about half an hour.
  • Bacon + Pepper + Cream Cheese: Make a slit in a jalapeno or serrano (warning: these are spicy) and remove the insides. Stuff with cream cheese, wrap with bacon, and bake at 375℉ for about half an hour, until bacon is crispy.

That should take care of the snacks, or you can just do what my family does and buy a giant, plastic tub of aggressively orange cheese balls. That’s never a bad plan.

You Forgot to Buy Enough Booze

Maybe you don’t consider booze to be a necessary Thanksgiving supply, but I’d rather run out of pie than run out of wine. If you somehow underestimated the ethanolic needs of your guest list, don’t panic, you have a few options.

First, check out your liquor cabinet and see what kind of hard stuff you have lying around. You can make a quick punch out of almost anything, as long as you have something strong (liquor), something sweet (juice), and something sparkling (can be alcoholic or not). Feel free to play around with this to fit your palate, but I like a ratio of 1 bottle (750 mL) of booze:1 bottle sparkling wine:6 cups juice. If that’s a little strong for your taste, consider swapping out the champers for ginger ale or Sprite. Some combinations to get you going:

  • Grapefruit Gin Punch: Ruby Red grapefruit juice + Gin + Off-dry sparkling wine
  • Festive Cranberry Punch: Cranberry cocktail + Vodka + Prosecco
  • Rum Punch: Peach orange mango juice + Rum + Cava
  • Communion Punch: Welch’s grape juice + It doesn’t matter + maybe don’t actually do this
  • Beer Shandy Punch: Lemonade + Bourbon + Lager

If you don’t have time for even that, just send someone to go pick up a few cheap bottles of wine. Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Costco are all good resources with knowledgeable staff that will help you get the most bang for your buck. (Depending on which state you live in, you may not even need a Costco membership to buy wine there.)

You Forgot About the Non-Dinner Guest

Beyond the main meal, it’s likely you’ll have visiting friends and family pop by sometime over the holiday weekend for coffee or cocktails. To make sure you have something to serve besides leftovers, hit the freezer aisle and stock up on these winners.

You can never have too much pie and, if you’re running low on pumpkin, you can always grab a Marie Callender’s Pumpkin Pie ($6.49)—for that classic pumpkin pie experience—or an Edwards Pumpkin Crème Pie ($6.49)—for something a bit untraditional, but very tasty. Both were ranked as some of the best frozen options by The Kitchn, and both can be found at nearly any grocery store.

But frozen pie isn’t the only chilly superhero, if you want to serve something that is just as easy but a little more high-falutin’, grab some frozen puff pastry. Puff pastry is a dough that can do both (sweet and savory) so grab some sheets and make one or more of the following delectable bites:

  • Super Easy Plum Tart: Cut pastry into squares and prick with a fork. Fan out some pretty plum slices and sprinkle with sugar and freshly ground pepper. Bake for about half an hour at 425℉ until golden brown, and drizzle with honey before serving.
  • Make a “Croffle”: Place puff pastry in your waffle iron and crisp it up. Serve with Nutella and strawberries.
  • Savory Cheese Straws: Mix a cup of grated parmesan, a teaspoon of garlic powder, and a teaspoon of paprika together in a bowl. Cut puff pastry into strips and twist to form straws. Brush straws with egg wash and dredge through cheese mixture to coat and bake for about ten minutes at 425℉ until golden brown.

If the holiday has left you too tired to cook, just put a pot of coffee on and set out some sweet, seasonal liqueurs like peppermint mocha Kahlua, Frangelico, or Bailey’s. No one will be angry about that.

You Forgot to Make Name Cards or a Centerpiece

No one has ever said “You know, that was a nice dinner, and the turkey was superb, but I just can’t get over the lack of festive name cards and/or centerpiece.” No one has ever said that because no one gives a damn about tablescaping, which means you don’t have to worry about forgetting them. If, however, you want to give your guests a conversation jumping off point, consider printing out these festive Thanksgiving Mad Libs.

This will hopefully stimulate pleasant, non-political conversation at the dinner table. If that doesn’t work, scroll back up to section two of this article and pick a punch. (Communion punch is your nuclear option.)

Illustration by Sam Woolley. Photos by Didriks, Isaac Wedin, and Iris.

What You Can Expect from Delta and United’s New, Cheaper “Basic” Economy

Cheaper airfare is one of the ways major airlines are trying to win back your business, and for Delta and United that means introducing a “basic economy” option. Here’s what you can expect if you opt for it the next time you travel.

Some of these may not surprise you, but it’s still good to know what you’re getting into before shelling out.

  • Restrictions on Rewards: Depending on the flight or ticket class, you may not be able to earn airline rewards on basic economy fares, or not be able to use your rewards for upgrades and perks.
  • Only One Carry-On: You only get one, not the usual two, and it must be stored under the seat in front of you. You won’t be able to use an overhead compartment.
  • Changes to Boarding and Seat Assignments: You’ll be in the last group to board and you’ll get your seating assignment the day of your flight. You won’t be able to choose a seat online.

If you have a Delta or United credit card, you may be able to offset some of the restrictions. Alternatively, the savings on basic economy fares could be low enough that paying to check a bag could still overall be cheaper than booking a standard economy fare depending on the flight and time. Check Delta and United’s sites for details on each of their basic economy services.

What It’ll Be Like to Fly ‘Basic Economy’ on United Airlines Next Year | Travel + Leisure

Image from bribri.

These Airports Have the Most Delays Around Thanksgiving

If you’re traveling around the holidays, you should probably expect delays at the airport. However, some are more prone to delays than others. This list shows the airports that are most likely to experience delays.

Travel site Wanderbat put together a list of the 60 airports most likely to experience a delay, including how long the average delay is. For convenience, personal finance site Frugal Travel Guy collected the top 20 in list form:

  1. Akron-Canton Regional: 23% of flights delayed, average delay 18 minutes
  2. Chicago Midway: 23% of flights delayed, average delay 17 minutes
  3. Newark Liberty: 21% of flights delayed, average delay 12 minutes
  4. Syracuse Hancock: 20% of flights delayed, average delay 17 minutes
  5. Palm Beach: 18% of flights delayed, average delay 8 minutes
  6. Chicago O’Hare: 18% of flights delayed, average delay 11 minutes
  7. La Guardia: 18% of flights delayed, average delay 10 minutes
  8. Baltimore/Washington: 18% of flights delayed, average delay 10 minutes
  9. Lambert-St. Louis: 18% of flights delayed, average delay 10 minutes
  10. Hobby Houston: 17% of flights delayed, average delay 8 minutes
  11. Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood: 17% of flights delayed, average delay 8 minutes
  12. Long Beach: 17% of flights delayed, average delay 9 minutes
  13. Charleston AFB/Int’l: 17% of flights delayed, average delay 7 minutes
  14. Philadelphia: 17% of flights delayed, average delay 9 minutes
  15. Manchester-Boston Regional: 16% of flights delayed, average delay 9 minutes
  16. Minneapolis: 17% of flights delayed, average delay 8 minutes
  17. John Glenn Columbus: 16% of flights delayed, average delay 10 minutes
  18. McGhee Tyson, TN: 16% of flights delayed, average delay 10 minutes
  19. Richmond Int’l – flights delayed: 16% of flights delayed, average delay 8 minutes
  20. Northwest Arkansas Regional: 16% of flights delayed, average delay 9 minutes

You can read the rest of the list at the source link below (though it’s in slideshow form, so be prepared for some clicking). If you’re planning to travel to or through one of these airports over the holidays, be sure to give yourself extra time to make it through.

Airports With the Most Delays on Thanksgiving | Wanderbat via Frugal Travel Guy

Photo by Philip Tellis.

The Angular Blue Workspace

Redditor Tech__ just set up a new workspace, and it’s gorgeous, blue, and behind the scenes connected through Google FIber. We’re pretty sure they also work at Google. Let’s look at some more photos.

The blue ambient lighting is sharp enough, no doubt, but the dual-display is pretty nice as well, along with the matching LED light strip on the underside of the PC to the right. Don’t miss the well-placed Rainmeter widget in the corner there, and the Blue Snowball microphone set up there for calls and podcasting as well. I’m seeing more and more people use that sound-dampening foam on their walls around their PCs, and I dig it. Looks like it works well. Let’s look at the desk surface specifically though:

Aside from the fact that the original post is called “A Googler’s Battlestation,” you see where we get the impression Tech__ works at Google, right? That massive Steelseries pad isn’t bad either. Here’s the setup:

i5-4690K @ 4.4GHzHyper EVO 212 Cooler
EVGA GeForce GTX 980
16 GB RAM 1600MHz
Intel 730 240 GB SSD
1+2 TB HDD Storage
NZXT S340 White Case

Razor BlackWidow
Logitech G502
Blue Snowball
Steelseries Siberia V2

And one more shot of the whole setup, complete with the L-shaped desk and a feline companion:

The desk is an IKEA mod, which Tech__ notes is two of these connected together with the legs moved around (using the wider desk tops.) For more on the specifics, make sure to check out the Reddit thread below, and the Imgur gallery below too for more—including some speed tests of that glorious Google Fiber, and a GIF of three 4K videos streaming at the same time with no slowdown.

If you have a workspace of your own to show off, share them with us by adding it to our Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Flickr pool. Make sure any photos you include are at least 1280×720. Keeping them to 16:9helps, too! Include a little text about the stuff you used, how you came up with the design, and any other relevant details. If your clever organization and good design sense catches our eye, you might be the next featured workspace!

Googler’s Battlestation | Imgur via Reddit

The Angular Blue Workspace

Redditor Tech__ just set up a new workspace, and it’s gorgeous, blue, and behind the scenes connected through Google FIber. We’re pretty sure they also work at Google. Let’s look at some more photos.

The blue ambient lighting is sharp enough, no doubt, but the dual-display is pretty nice as well, along with the matching LED light strip on the underside of the PC to the right. Don’t miss the well-placed Rainmeter widget in the corner there, and the Blue Snowball microphone set up there for calls and podcasting as well. I’m seeing more and more people use that sound-dampening foam on their walls around their PCs, and I dig it. Looks like it works well. Let’s look at the desk surface specifically though:

Aside from the fact that the original post is called “A Googler’s Battlestation,” you see where we get the impression Tech__ works at Google, right? That massive Steelseries pad isn’t bad either. Here’s the setup:

i5-4690K @ 4.4GHzHyper EVO 212 Cooler
EVGA GeForce GTX 980
16 GB RAM 1600MHz
Intel 730 240 GB SSD
1+2 TB HDD Storage
NZXT S340 White Case

Razor BlackWidow
Logitech G502
Blue Snowball
Steelseries Siberia V2

And one more shot of the whole setup, complete with the L-shaped desk and a feline companion:

The desk is an IKEA mod, which Tech__ notes is two of these connected together with the legs moved around (using the wider desk tops.) For more on the specifics, make sure to check out the Reddit thread below, and the Imgur gallery below too for more—including some speed tests of that glorious Google Fiber, and a GIF of three 4K videos streaming at the same time with no slowdown.

If you have a workspace of your own to show off, share them with us by adding it to our Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Flickr pool. Make sure any photos you include are at least 1280×720. Keeping them to 16:9helps, too! Include a little text about the stuff you used, how you came up with the design, and any other relevant details. If your clever organization and good design sense catches our eye, you might be the next featured workspace!

Googler’s Battlestation | Imgur via Reddit

The Angular Blue Workspace

Redditor Tech__ just set up a new workspace, and it’s gorgeous, blue, and behind the scenes connected through Google FIber. We’re pretty sure they also work at Google. Let’s look at some more photos.

The blue ambient lighting is sharp enough, no doubt, but the dual-display is pretty nice as well, along with the matching LED light strip on the underside of the PC to the right. Don’t miss the well-placed Rainmeter widget in the corner there, and the Blue Snowball microphone set up there for calls and podcasting as well. I’m seeing more and more people use that sound-dampening foam on their walls around their PCs, and I dig it. Looks like it works well. Let’s look at the desk surface specifically though:

Aside from the fact that the original post is called “A Googler’s Battlestation,” you see where we get the impression Tech__ works at Google, right? That massive Steelseries pad isn’t bad either. Here’s the setup:

i5-4690K @ 4.4GHzHyper EVO 212 Cooler
EVGA GeForce GTX 980
16 GB RAM 1600MHz
Intel 730 240 GB SSD
1+2 TB HDD Storage
NZXT S340 White Case

Razor BlackWidow
Logitech G502
Blue Snowball
Steelseries Siberia V2

And one more shot of the whole setup, complete with the L-shaped desk and a feline companion:

The desk is an IKEA mod, which Tech__ notes is two of these connected together with the legs moved around (using the wider desk tops.) For more on the specifics, make sure to check out the Reddit thread below, and the Imgur gallery below too for more—including some speed tests of that glorious Google Fiber, and a GIF of three 4K videos streaming at the same time with no slowdown.

If you have a workspace of your own to show off, share them with us by adding it to our Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Flickr pool. Make sure any photos you include are at least 1280×720. Keeping them to 16:9helps, too! Include a little text about the stuff you used, how you came up with the design, and any other relevant details. If your clever organization and good design sense catches our eye, you might be the next featured workspace!

Googler’s Battlestation | Imgur via Reddit

The Angular Blue Workspace

Redditor Tech__ just set up a new workspace, and it’s gorgeous, blue, and behind the scenes connected through Google FIber. We’re pretty sure they also work at Google. Let’s look at some more photos.

The blue ambient lighting is sharp enough, no doubt, but the dual-display is pretty nice as well, along with the matching LED light strip on the underside of the PC to the right. Don’t miss the well-placed Rainmeter widget in the corner there, and the Blue Snowball microphone set up there for calls and podcasting as well. I’m seeing more and more people use that sound-dampening foam on their walls around their PCs, and I dig it. Looks like it works well. Let’s look at the desk surface specifically though:

Aside from the fact that the original post is called “A Googler’s Battlestation,” you see where we get the impression Tech__ works at Google, right? That massive Steelseries pad isn’t bad either. Here’s the setup:

i5-4690K @ 4.4GHzHyper EVO 212 Cooler
EVGA GeForce GTX 980
16 GB RAM 1600MHz
Intel 730 240 GB SSD
1+2 TB HDD Storage
NZXT S340 White Case

Razor BlackWidow
Logitech G502
Blue Snowball
Steelseries Siberia V2

And one more shot of the whole setup, complete with the L-shaped desk and a feline companion:

The desk is an IKEA mod, which Tech__ notes is two of these connected together with the legs moved around (using the wider desk tops.) For more on the specifics, make sure to check out the Reddit thread below, and the Imgur gallery below too for more—including some speed tests of that glorious Google Fiber, and a GIF of three 4K videos streaming at the same time with no slowdown.

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Googler’s Battlestation | Imgur via Reddit