Rubik’s Cube Animation System (Nov 26, 2006)

November 26: I finally cleaned up POV-Ray my Rubik’s cube animation system; it’s not efficient, but it’s a start… The file as is rendered at high resolution should give a nice image. Use +kff200 for a joined T and J PLL animation.

You can get POV-Ray here. It’s a great program (although raytracing animation is far from real-time, so I’m going to try to port the code to OpenGL).

December 6: The Rubik’s cube animation system is now capable of parsing an algorithm as a string in the familiar URFLBD format (with 2, ‘, 2′[='2] suffixes). I could add slice turns and double-layer twists, if requested…

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Some Reconstructions (Nov 24, 2006)

I’ve reconstructed a few normal solves: F2L using slots, Keyhole/Working Corner #1, Keyhole/Working Corner #2. For those who like turbo blindfolded simulations: the 3:22, with fast moves.

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Speedcranefolding (Nov 24, 2006)

How about speedcranefolding (video: 8.14 seconds)? How about starting with the entire square (~1 minute)?

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23.03 Average (Nov 24, 2006)

I set a new 23.03 record average for the Sunday Contest! :-) (-:

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Berkeley Fall 2006 (Nov 23, 2006)

November 18: Off to the Berkeley competition! Carpe cubum!

November 23: I now have a complete video index page. It contains my videos from the Berkeley competition. I set my official record in every event (both average and single-except in Magic, where I tied my old 1.71 record), and won first place in Magic. I have also reconstructed my 3:22 blindfolded solve.

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Multiple Blindfolded: 4 Cubes (Nov 16, 2006)

I solved four 3x3x3 cubes blindfolded simultaneously! Videos: Everything. The solving portion. The files are large, so please download the files for viewing; streaming doesn’t work anyhow….

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New Personal Records: 3x3x3 BLD, 5x5x5, Magic (Nov 15, 2006)

A 2:29.56 blindfolded solve. I love it (except I almost didn’t turn the final L’ far enough…); it was even an annoying edge permutation. And a 5x5x5 PR on video. Also, Master Magic solves of 2.94 and 2.90 from last weekend; my Master Magic broke since then…

Good practice for the Berkeley competition (note the shirt on my Master Magic solves).

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Wikipedia Featured Articles: Euler and San Francisco (Nov 11, 2006)

November 11: Euler is the featured article on Wikipedia today!

November 17: Now it’s San Francisco.

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Master Magic Stringing Diagram (Nov 10, 2006)

The Magic page now also has a Master Magic stringing diagram.

(Originally posted between November 7 and November 11. Actual date of post unknown.)

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Potential Square-1 Shape Animations (Nov 02, 2006)

Michael Fung gave me permission to render his Square-1 shape algorithms for getting into cube shape. I’ll have to figure out a way to put up the animations, but for now, a PDF. I’ll investigate the case of several missing images.

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