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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday Highlight 49: Texas Big Race

On the Big Race map, it's the USS Texas versus the Zone battle... er, I mean it's the USS Texas versus the opposing team. They're what makes this battle mode so difficult, not the mode itself. I mean, just because you have to sink them all to win doesn't mean the Zone battle mode is broken. Right?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

What's on Mabrick's Mind #1

I've got jury duty on Friday (tomorrow) so you get this a little early. It's just me talking about Armored Warfare, my performance in World of Warships lately, the latest book I'm listening to (see link below,) and something Derek Muller said on 2veritasium today that I think everyone would be well off to listen to.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23692271-sapiens

Yuval Noah Harari Giving a TED Talk - https://www.ted.com/talks/yuval_noah_harari_what_explains_the_rise_of_humans?language=en

2veritasium: The Distraction Economy by Derek Muller - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYYuiWP0IpA

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Highlight 48: Texas Big D

The Texas may be slow, but she's a floating gun emplacement that can bring the hurt when needed. And when enemy cruisers threaten your base, that's the when I'm talking about.

Friday, July 22, 2016

In Win 805 Infinity (805i) Mid-size ATX PC Case Finished

Mickey Mathew D'Costa requested I post a video of my finished In Win 805 Infinity computer case after I did the unboxing video last week. I think that is a great idea. Here is the finished In Win 805 Infinity computer case with a Corsair H110i CPU water cooler installed in the front and the 120mm radiator and fan for my Nvidia GTX 980 Ti Hybrid installed in the rear as a replacement for the stock exhaust fan.
I had to do a little cable modification on the H110i USB plug to free up a four pin USB header on the system board for the LED controller, but that worked out quite well. The only other difficulty I had (other than cable management which is always a pain) was the aluminum shroud for the external system board port on the back. It did not quite line up with how the system board mounted in the case, and I did not notice until everything was done and I was plugging things in. Oy! That was a pain, but many case bites later I had it done.

Taking my time it took me about 10 hours total to transfer my system from the old case into the new case. But I really, really took my time and tried to clean everything as I went. If you were in a hurry, or are more experienced in such things, you could get it done in a couple hours barring any unforeseen issues. Anyway, enjoy the video!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Highlight 47: Tirpitz Leads the Way

After some really disappointing destroyer games, I decided I needed to give the rest of my fleet a work out. Being pretty fed up with passive battleship play from others, when the North map came up I knew exactly what I needed to do.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday Highlight 46: Kiev Calisthenics

It's quite a workout for my Kiev on the Estuary map in domination mode. So many enemy destroyers and so little time. And all the while knowing I can't neglect their battleships either. What's a Kiev captain to do? Speed boost! Fire all guns! Damn the friendly torpedoes! Die! Die! Die!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Total War: Warhammer - A Newbie's Journey Part III

The third installment of the series highlighting things I should have taken the time to understand about the mechanics used in Total War: Warhammer before I started my first campaign.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sunday Highlight 45: Blazing Guns and Screaming Torpedoes

Here are four destroyer game highlights covering all three DD tech trees from World of Warship matches I've played in the past month. Some were from ranked matches and some were from random matches. I was sank in the first highlight, but made a major contribution to the team's victory. I survived the last three, but I don't know how that happened in the last match. Oh, and check out the point difference in the second match before and after. ;-) Enjoy!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Total War: Warhammer - A Newbie's Journey Part II

More of what I didn't understand when I started my first campaign in Total War: Warhammer, and really should have taken the time to understand.