Reading your thoughts, as long as you write them down first
Yes: it's HWC night again
It depends on your working environment, but I use a Blue Yeti mic, with over the ear headphones. I have Sennheiser 280s which are not noise cancelling, but have 30dB of acoustic damping. The Yeti has a headphone jack in the bottom which will feed ambient back to you so you can hear how the room sounds.
just playing this mix, very jaunty