What’s on your desk, Alice Newcome-Beill?

As Alice Newcome-Beill describes herself, she is currently the “author of trade / agreements for The Verge35 years old, a scorpion and a chaotic neutral. “Together with the other members of the trading team, she helps to deal with The Verge’s daily offer posts and newsletters in addition to maintaining the announcements about “best deals” and other buying guides throughout the site.

Tell us about the two desks in this place. Where did you get them, and where in your home did you place them?

The desks are nothing special, really. They are both identical versions of the Alex desk from Ikea and an enclosed drawer. They could tolerate being a little more durable, but they get the job done for the most part. The secondary desk was my fiancé’s workstation before she got a job that required her to be mostly on site, so it’s currently working as something of a garbage dump.

Tell us about your chair (s).

My chair is an older model of Secretlab Titan Evo that has accumulated its affordable share of cat scratches over the years. While I have wanted a slightly more luxurious chair for a while, I am often reminded that we live with more animals that will happily destroy or throw on any available surface.

A number of science fiction characters look over a high-tech work area.

A number of science fiction characters look over a high-tech work area.

A custom-built desktop computer.

A custom-built desktop computer.

Stream Deck, mouse, clock

A Stream Deck to control light (and other technology).

Ok, here’s the long one: We want to know about the technology you use. Let’s start with the computer itself.

Uff, ok. Yes. The desk is a disgusting custom construction that I put together a couple of years ago. The card version is that it is an NZXT H710 cover with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card. Naturally, it is adorned with a ridiculous level of RGB lighting, which I am convinced helps it go faster.

And the impressive screens?

The screens are a pair of 34-inch curved game screens from Gigabyte, more specifically the G34WQC. I bought them just before I started working from home. They may be a little exaggerated, but I consider them a solid investment given how much time I spend planting in front of them every day. Honestly, these screens have ruined all other screens for me, all of which look small and crowded for comparison.

And then there’s the keyboard and Stream Deck. And your audio equipment. And everything else – can you give us an overview?

The keyboard is a riff on a model I reviewed earlier this year, the Mountain Everest Max. Apart from the mix of aftermarket keys, I also replaced the switches with my own set of Kailh box silver switches which I have modified myself to be a little quieter.

Stream Deck is not something I use very often, but I still find it useful, even if it’s just controlling the lights around my house. At the moment I have it set up to quickly switch between my different loadouts Fate 2.

During working hours, I use the Razer Nommo Pro speakers, which provide a decent sound profile and come with their own dedicated subwoofer. I also have several different headsets and headphones available due to my tendency to forget to charge them. At the moment, my favorite set for private listening is the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro … with cat ears, of course.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro

The wireless version of the Razer aviator-style esports headset is light and comfortable. This model also has a detachable boom microphone and volume button.

For Zoom calls and other fun things, I use the Razer Seiren Elite microphone and recently upgraded my webcam to the AnkerWork B600 Video Bar.

With all that technology, I see that you still use notebooks and Post-its.

A bit ironic, I know, but sometimes the best way to remind myself of important things is to just put pen to paper, which has led to a cross-border unhealthy collection of notebooks. I have tried to migrate some of this to digital media, but in the end I have found that there is very little that can physically replace crossing off items from a list or just holding a Post-it in normal view.

Headphones with cat ears.

Headphones with cat ears.

Post-its hanging from a screen

Post-its can still come in handy.

You have an incredible number of books and figures and toys on your shelves. Are there any special genres you are interested in? How did you get such an impressive collection?

Hah, I can not alone take credit for the collection in our “studio” (yes, it is a home office, but the studio sounds cooler). The collection belongs to me and my fiancé, which gives us a fairly eclectic selection of reading material. Most of my collection consists of concept art volumes from video games, graphic novels and some important science fiction.

The majority of her collection consists of art encyclopedias, and a selection of books and memoirs centered around Jim Hensons Labyrinth and The dark crystal.

And do not forget the Lego figures of famous astronauts.

Yes, just a bit of a self-identified space nerd. These models are specifically from the Lego “Women in NASA” set with Mae Jemison, Sally Ride, Nancy Roman and Margaret Hamilton (not pictured). I even have a tattoo of part of the plaque that was placed on the pioneer probe.

LEGO Women of NASA kit

Has four LEGO buildings that illustrate the areas of expertise of the four women at NASA: Nancy Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.

It is an absolutely beautiful compass.

Thanks! It was actually a gift from The Vergehis own Victoria Song many years ago. I can not remember exactly what the feeling was, but I like to have it on my desk as a reminder of where I have been and where I am going.

Are there other important (or simply interesting) things we have missed?

Lol, ask me about the green coffin.

Shelves filled with books and figures and toys.

Shelves filled with books and figures and toys.

A golden compass and a green coffin.

A golden compass and a green coffin.

Lego astronauts and shuttle

Honor the astronauts.

Ok, what’s with the green coffin?

Hah, I’m glad you asked. It’s the box my fiance built to hold my engagement ring when she got engaged. The spider inside is a placeholder ring while we pick out some slightly nicer rings for each other. She got engaged on Friday the 13th, which is basically our whole mood.

And of course you have to tell us about the cat and the dog. (And how does the cat get on that shelf?)

The dog, Lu (short for Ludo), seen in its natural state, lives in the corner of the office while I work. I often joke that we should have called him Elmer just because he sticks to you like glue. The cat, Ted, sometimes makes his presence known throughout the day. Since we adopted Lu, we’ve had to give Ted and his brother, Bill, somewhere out of reach to give them a respite from the dog. They still seem to surprise us with where they can get to.

Black cat on leather shelf by the window

Ted on his perch.

The dog sleeps on the floor

Lu (short for Ludo) rests in the corner of the office.