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Condensed Anthem Lazer Power: Frostblade NeWT Video Game PC

I am slowly building a new custom personal computer to be kept on a desk. It will be used for exploring video games while streaming word and game play to the digital jungle from my outpost on the edge of city.

My goal is for it to be small, relatively quiet, yet powerful.

To advertise the machine’s existence to people interested in building their own, increase its ranking in web search algorithms, and distinguish it from other devices, I have decided to name this PC Condensed Anthem Lazer Power: Frostblade NeWT.

Condensed Anthem Lazer Power: Frostblade NeWT

I have some1 of the parts listed below from my existing Zotac ZBOX EN-1060 system (not available for purchase any longer, but similar to this). The rest have been ordered from our Capitalist-Socialist-Communist Cloud, and I will be updating this post to chronicle their arrival as well as the “build process” with brief reviews of each piece here.

So keep your cursor on that browser refresh icon and your fingers on F5 or Cmd-R keys. This is the first personal computer I build in a long time, so best prepare for curses and chaos. The first review is of my current mouse.

Table of Contents

Component ↓ Name ↗
CPU Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor
Motherboard ASRock Z390M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard
Video Card EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB Gaming Video Card
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U9S 46.44 CFM CPU Cooler
Power Supply Corsair SF 600 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply
Case Fan Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 14 fan 98 CFM 140 mm Fan
Case Lazer3D LZ7 XTD Mini ITX Desktop Case
Monitor Dell Ultra HD 4K Monitor P2415Q 24-Inch Screen
Speakers Presonus Eris E3.5-3.5” Near Field Studio Monitor (Pair) (E3.5)
Headset Razer Kraken Gaming Headset Thanks to BKG and Respo!
Memory Crucial 32GB Kit (16GB×2) DDR4 2666 RAM
Storage 1TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD (× 2)
Keyboard Apple Aluminum Wired Keyboard MB110LL/A
Mouse HP Silver/Carbon USB Wired Optical 3 Button Scroll Wheel Mouse
OS 1 Microsoft Windows 10 Home
OS 2 Mac OS Catalina (possibly)


The hand-held rodent I currently drag across my desk to move the cursor on the screen is an HP Silver/Carbon USB Wired Optical 3 Button Scroll Wheel Mouse that looks like it was used to practice hammer throws by somebody qualifying for the Olympics.

I can picture this person holding onto the USB connection end of the cable and swinging the mouse round and round while spinning their bulk faster and faster, then finally releasing it and yelling at the top of their lungs while jumping up and down and pumping their clenched fists.

The pointing device wouldn’t have gone far, however, as it is actually quite small and light, and has been working fine for the 4 years that I have been using it after finding the thing in a box on tables with free stuff at Columbia University’s campus, where a nice person kept repeating “Free books, free books! All things! Feel free to browse, feel free to browse! Lets keep knowledge out of the garbage!”

Eventually I do want to replace my Silver/Carbon HP, probably with a SteelSeries Sensei Laser Gaming mouse that a friend recommended, so I can feel even closer to a digital master swordsman.

↑ Back

  1. Monitor screen, speakers, headset, memory, hard disks, keyboard, and mouse. ↩︎

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Petition to Rename Columbus Circle #

It is past time to take down the statue honoring the a vain person directly responsible for the mass murder of countless people. I suggest renaming the location simply The Circle.

Wednesday Noita: Evil Eyes #

From my meandering series of deaths in dynamic dungeon exploration video game Noita. Click image to play GIF.

Green evil eyes attack you on the tree.

Toys from Trash #

My favorites are the flying ones. By Arvind Gupta.

Mayors for a Guaranteed Income #

A universal basic income would be even better, but it is good to see the idea get more attention.

I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.

—Martin Luther King

Here is a flyer about basic income to give to your friends, even the ones who, unbelievably, still oppose it.

Teaching #

The greatest profession.

Stop Hate for Profit #

On June 17th, we asked companies to act against hate and disinformation being spread by Facebook in our campaign, Stop Hate for Profit. We asked businesses to temporarily pause advertising on Facebook and Instagram in order to force Mark Zuckerberg to address the effect that Facebook has had on our society.

While addressing all of Facebook’s issues and implementing all of our recommendations will take far longer than one month, we wanted to provide clear steps that Facebook could take immediately that would result in real progress. None of these ideas are new, and we hope that Facebook is able to agree and implement the following over the next month:

Keep reading in the Recommended Next Steps section.

Goodbye, Milton #

Heart flying.

So Did We #

Powerful, delightfully recorded music by the band Isis, from their album Panopticon, is this Friday’s song.

Why Birds Can Fly Over Mount Everest #

Wonderful story by Walter Murch, written for his granddaughter. I am far more concerned about Earth’s climate than COVID-19.

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GTA Online Meeting

A view of a landscape with the tail and main rotor of a landed helicopter in the foreground.
Shortly after landing in an idyllic villa in Grand Theft Auto Online.

Feeling a zooming room gloom lately? Nodding off regularly when faced with all the little boxes with people on your screen?

How about meeting in a video game where you can drive like a lunatic and make things explode without hurting anyone instead?

Get Grand Theft Auto 5 and have your friends with your same system who want to play together do the same. Then start a friends-only session so that only your friends can cause a digital riot in Los Santos together with you. Like this:

  1. Start the game and choose Play Grand Theft Auto V so you begin in Story Mode.
  2. Once you are in Story Mode, press Esc to open the Pause Menu.
  3. Navigate to the Online tab and select Play GTA Online, then Closed Friend Session, and Ok.

Look out of your window, draw, or do some exercise, for it can take a while for GTA Online to load, and time is to be savored, especially in times of pestilence-induced isolation. You will eventually find yourself in a game instance, also known as a “lobby”, accessible to you and your Rockstar Social Club friends only.

A man in a suit gliding with a rainbow-colored parachute.
It is nice to be able to suddenly leave a meeting by saying “Gotta get going now, bye!”, and parachuting off a skyscraper.

Now ask your friends for their Rockstar Social Club usernames and:

  1. Press the Home key on your keyboard (if you don’t have a full-size keyboard with a Home key, navigate to Social Club through the pause menu by pressing Esc and Caps Lock).
  2. Select the Social tab on the top, then click on Find Player on the left-hand menu, type in the username of your friend and click on the loupe icon or press Enter.
  3. Click on the sillhouette-with-a-plus+sign icon to send a friend request.

Tell your friends they can accept your request by following the steps above and clicking on Accept when they see the request. They can then meet you in the game by pressing Esc, navigating to the Online tab and clicking Join Friends.

Also tell your intimate associates they need to complete a tutorial mission or two that introduces their avatar to the game before you can play together, which take around 30 minutes. Hopefully you will see them again, and maybe Rockstar Games will one day consider adding a Skip Tutorial option to GTA Online.

A view of a double-rotor helicopter lifting a sports car with a magnet as police cars and men are left behind in a highway.
Successfully escaping the police after a heist with a friend.

Here are a few of the keyboard controls (and you can use a gamepad, too):

  1. Pause is Esc. Use it to open the map and access game options.
  2. Forward or Throttle Up is W
  3. Back or Throttle Down is S
  4. Left or Yaw Left is A
  5. Right or Yaw Right is D
  6. Sprinting is Shift
  7. Jump, Climb Obstacle, Handbrake or Dodge is Spacebar
  8. Take Cover and GED DOWHN is Q
  9. Roll Left is Num 4
  10. Roll Right is Num 6
  11. Pitch Forward is Num 8
  12. Pitch Back is Num 5
  13. Aim is right digital rodent button
  14. Shoot is left cutie rodent button
  15. Weapon Select wheel is Tab
  16. Grenade/Sticky Bomb is G
  17. Reload or Light Melee Attack is R
  18. Radio Station Select wheel or Heavy Melee Attack is Q
  19. Toggle Weapon Accessory is E
  20. Drop Ammo, Weapon is F9, F10
  21. Phone is middle-mouse button or Up Arrow ↑
  22. Change View is V
  23. Look Behind is C
  24. Get in Vehicle is F
  25. Interaction Menu is M, to access GPS, inventory, style, special ability, etc.
  26. Radar Zoom & Multiplayer Info is Z
  27. Push to Talk in voice chat is N
  28. Text Chat to Everyone is T (type and press Enter)
  29. Text Chat to Team is Y
  30. Point At is B
  31. Special Ability is Caps Lock
  32. Horn is E
  33. Lights is H

You can set up Discord to chat while playing instead of using the in-game voice chat, if you prefer.

Leaping automobile stunts and derbies of destruction await you, and you can also simply chill out in the wonderfully-realized world of this video game which I’ve previously referred to as:

A snapshot of our time in light, language, music and movement. Sharp criticism of the current biggest-stick-carrying group on our little planet. Also a great multiplayer personal computer game with some flaws. Excellent screensaver and ambient music player. Useful for driving instruction.

Some GTA Online activities like my favorite “Get the most near misses in the next few minutes” Freeroam event are not available in closed sessions, which is a shame, but there are more than enough fun things to do, especially with malicious hackers absent.

A man in a suit looking at the sun with a distant view of a city in clouds.
Los Santos in the distance.

Without needing to worry about random players attacking me in Freemode sessions, I can also safely turn off the game interface including the mini-map that shows potential threats nearby, which lets me use the video game as a screensaver or digital landscape in which to hang out with nice people like you.

Um abraço!

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Wednesday Noita: Underwater #

From my irregular series of deaths in excellent action-zen video game Noita. Sorry this one is late (it is called Wednesday Noita, not Friday Noita, but maybe I should just call it Weekly Noita, though I like Wednesday Noita). Click image to play GIF.

Underwater Noita death.

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