Guest Post: You always need a challenge

It started innocuously enough:  “Okay—since you always need a challenge…”, along with a video of Justin Bieber solving a Rubik’s cube in what seemed at the time to be a VERY fast solve.  I was intrigued by the commentary of my challenger (your blogmeister):  “Bieber is in the zone.  Look at his face.  He is absolutely focused.  Any way you look at it, 1:20 is incredibly fast.”  And so it began.

My Christmas stocking included a cube at my request, and a book by Dan Harris called “Speedsolving the Cube“.  I became anti-social during the holiday season as a result, tending to my familial obligations only as obligated, but always returning to the puzzle that is the Cube.  The algorithms were mind-boggling, Continue reading