Hey, gang. No over-produced video of average solves today. Just a quick post about a promising Kickstarter campaign around a “connected” cube. The GoCube seems to be a cube with accelerometers and motion sensors that track the relative position of each cubie and the absolute position of the cube itself. According to the campaign, the cube is:
An incredible smart connected cube with tracking and whole new way to cube. Learn, improve, and even compete.
Check out their promotional video:
It may not move like a speedcube, but it seems like a promising training cube — and, at a minimum, a fun novelty gadget. So, yeah, I ordered two. Naturally.
Hola, amigos. ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! I’ve been reinvigorated over the past couple months to get back into cubing — and, yes, the attendant trappings of blogging and producing videos. A little rusty, but it’s coming back.
There was a period of time a few years ago that I rushed to learn a bunch of algs, and ticked through them at a strong clip. The problem, however, was that I never really committed them to muscle memory and auto-retrieval. Fast forward a couple years, and I’ve forgotten many. So much so, in fact, that I sat down to learn OLL 56 without realizing that I not only had learned it in January 2016, but I had blogged about it and recorded a slo-mo video. (Looking back, my execution was actually pretty good!)
Well, two-and-a-half years later, I learned it (again, as it were) for the first time with a new alg that I prefer:
Yes, I’ve re-decorated. Really, more of a gut-job and rebuild. I like the new look of the site and will post separately about the process and new template soon.
Ahoy to the loyal followers in AIC land. Just a quick check-in post to demonstrate, more than anything, “Yes, I’m still here.” Busy as hell, but re-inspired to get back into cubing after a chance run-in with a hell of a cuber during Toy Fair in New York. He was working a booth next to ours, and I took a few mins to say hi. We wound up grabbing drinks and having a great time nerding it up about cubing and life — perhaps the first two people to trade algs and pointers in a Manhattan speakeasy. (You know who you are. Thanks, mate. It was a blast.)
Thusly re-motivated, I began cleaning out some drawers — and, in so doing, unearthed a special cube that I had modified a few years ago. When I say “modified,” I don’t mean tension and lube. I mean solder, wire cutters, and micro-switches. Yes, the hacked Crystal Cube about which I’ve written a few times.
The two “Fung” OLLs — the large “square” lighting bolts — each have an occurrence probability of 1/54, and together 1/27 (3.7%). They seem to appear more often for me; I would have guessed more like 1/15. Whatever the frequency, it was time to learn these.
OLL #39 (Fung)
f’ L F L’ U’ L’ U L S
setup: L U F’ U’ L’ U L F L’
OLL #40 (Anti-Fung)
f R’ F’ R U R U’ R’ S’
setup: (R’ U’) F U (R U’ R’) F’ R
The standard algs for these didn’t flow very well for me. Digging a bit deeper, I found the alternate ones with the S moves to be easy and regrip-less. Here’s a video tutorial: