Blast from the past!!! Teh Rubik's Cube!!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Queso, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. Queso macrumors G4

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    I bought a Rubik's Cube off Amazon a couple of weeks ago and can now complete it in under 2 minutes :) Is there a better 1980s related piece of geekorama you could possibly go wasting your time on? I think not. Anyone else still playing with these things, and if so, can you beat 1m 47s?

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  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i have one. i toy around with it every now and then.

    however, i'm blonde, so i cannot at all complete it. i suck.
     
  3. DJMastaWes macrumors 65816

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    I got one that's 5x5 instead of 3x3. It's a challenge, and I've given up.
     
  4. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    My spatial skills are non-existent. As are my mathy ones. Such that:


    I've never completed even one side. :eek:
     
  5. atszyman macrumors 68020

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    With or without removing/reapplying the colored stickers? To this day it's the only way I've ever "solved" the cube... of course I've never played with one for more than 5 minutes at a time every 5-6 years....
     
  6. Queso thread starter macrumors G4

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    Keep toying with it and eventually the patterns begin to jump out at you. Then it's just a case of repeating the moves that get the bits in the right place.
    So there IS a better piece of geekorama!! I'd only ever do that once. It would be too scary to mess up again after I'd completed it :)
     
  7. iBlue macrumors Core

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    I had one. I gave that annoying POS to my parrot. He sorted it right out. ;) :D (meaning he chewed the stickers off and it was an all black and very mangled cube)
     
  8. DAC47 macrumors 6502

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    I can do it in about 10 minutes
    i found mine again few years ago and i was amazed i could still remember the moves needed to complete it
     
  9. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    I've fiddled with one that had quite a few more than five squares-- and get this, it's slightly spherical, and worse?


    The colors have to form a gradient. :eek: Like, it went from white to a pale pink, to a red. So that each square had to be in a specific spot as opposed to any square of the right color being on the right side.
     
  10. Queso thread starter macrumors G4

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    That sounds WAY too intimidating devilot. Playing with that for a couple of days would have me yearning to buy a parrot :D
     
  11. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    The thing is, devilot, the cube is the same way. Each red square DOES have a specific spot, and you can only solve it when it is there.
     
  12. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    I wouldn't have known. Note my first post saying I've never solved even one side. ;)

    But that's too bad that the color gradient was just eye candy. Poo. But at least it was bigger than the typical size (er, meaning more squares overall). :eek:
     
  13. atszyman macrumors 68020

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    To be fair, even a standard rubik's cube requires each square to be in a specific spot (beaten by tobefirst). One middle square of each color and from there every other square has at least one other color that has to be placed correctly to solve another side... the gradient would just make figuring out where each square had to be. If your like me and typically ignore subtleties in color that could make things really interesting (impossible) if the gradient was slow enough...
     
  14. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I got given a Rubik's Cube circa 1983, and I never actually solved it. By my reckoning, that's about 24 years.

    Beat that. :eek:
     
  15. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    Show-off. ;)

    I had a Rubik's Cube as a kid, and I could solve it then (although I have no idea what my best time was). I doubt I could do it now.
     
  16. iGav macrumors G3

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    I think so.
     
  17. twistedlegato macrumors 65816

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    Maybe no one will believe me, but my record is about 59 seconds:eek:
     
  18. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I have a Rubik's cube keychain that is attached to my laptop bag. The closest I've ever made it was one complete layer. After that I couldn't figure out how to get anything in the right place without messing up my layer. Then, one of by friends messed up all that progress I had made. :)
     
  19. Queso thread starter macrumors G4

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    I can believe that. I've known people to do it that quickly using some fancy schmancy build-out-from-a-corner type method :)
     
  20. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    I love that rubik's cube...I could of run through it in like 5 minutes...I wonder how I'd do now.

    wow...you guys beating it in that time makes me feel less:(


    Bless
     
  21. DAC47 macrumors 6502

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    I can believe that
    i knew people in school who took their cubes to bits so they could put lubricant on the insides, to go faster.

    weird huh?
     
  22. Deefuzz macrumors 6502a

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    I could never complete that. I want to buy another one but I know I will never figure it out.
     
  23. P-Worm macrumors 68020

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    There are some great tutorials online of various moves you can do to achieve certain results. That is, if you want to cheat (I did :eek: )

    P-Worm
     
  24. twistedlegato macrumors 65816

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