Videos Galore!

Last week (the 13th through the 20th) I posted a staggering amount of 8 videos, I believe the most I ever have in a week (or at least spread out in a week)!! Five of them were Challenge responses, one was just a 6×6 solve, and the final two were actually rather vlog-like.  Not many comments on the  challenges, then again they are challenges, however I put some effort into making sure that they (only 3 of them) were different from the regular vs. video.  So I hope everyone liked what I posted, and keep your comments coming it’s always nice to hear good feedback!

V-Cube 6 Extended Review

Before I start I’d like the revise a statement about the 6×6 tutorial in the video. I might make one, I’m considering a written guide rather than a video tutorial as its more common of a medium for communicating How-To’s. So I’ll make the final decision on that later.
If you’ve already seen my most recent video on YouTube then you already know the majority of my opinions about this cube. What I wasn’t able to mention were the things that I’ve found out on the second day of owning it.

To start, this cube isn’t perfect, no cube is there are some cons and pros I wasn’t able to list in the initial review due to that I only wanted to have an hour to try it out and make a video of it showing my true first thoughts on this product. It’s a little over 24-hours since I made the video, and despite the cons and pros I’ve discovered over the last few hours, my opinion that was expressed in the video remains unchanged.

    Discovered Pros:

  • You can cut corners like a pro without popping: As mentioned in the video this cube is extremely sturdy and takes a lot to pop it significantly. The only limit is how willing are you to push this characteristic to it’s advantage. Even on the second day of owning it I still move the sides rather cautiously, but at least twice as fast since yesterday.
  • Without lubrication, it’s still pretty fast: (wow that’s dirty) Like any cube it can be worn down, and is naturally adjusted to your solving style, this cube does exactly that.
    Discovered Cons:

  • Like a Rubik’s 5×5, the center corners occasionally twist: This is the scariest con I’ve discovered, anyone whose seriously tried a Rubik’s 5×5 knows of the curse of the center corners twisting and sometimes breaking. You’d think that this fear completely carries over to the 6×6. However the two pops I got today are reassuring, closer examination of the center corners reveals that they’re built totally different than a flimsy Rubik’s 5×5’s center corners. So while they may not break (phew) they still twist (awwww).the center corner ahhh!!

Yes, I only discovered one con. The final thing I want to write about is why I only got the 6×6 and not a 5×5 or 7×7. There are several reasons behind this. For one, I already have a 5×5, it’s not very fun, somehow the 6×6 with all it’s parities is. As for the 7×7 this one’s a no-brainer for me, as much as I’d like a massive cube with pillowed sides, if the WCA introduces any of these cubes into competition, It’s most likely going to be the 6×6, due to it’s size and the time it would take to solve it, i believe that the the 7×7 will not be introduced to competition.
So there you have it, hope you’ve enjoyed the the pictures that came with this post. Keep cubing!

A Weekend in Speedcubing

There have been three competitions in the last two days one three different continents, included are several new records pushing the competition even further in the world of speedcubing. We’ll go in reverse order.

Chattahoochee Spring: Chris Hardwick (my cubing hero) is back setting the world records for solving big cubes blindfolded again. Now that Mayas Kuti is out of competition for a few years the Blindfolded events are going to see some major competition. Already the contest for the first official (and legal) sub-minute solve is under way, the closest person to it seeming to be Rowe Hessler, claiming an astounding 54.77 Blindfolded average of 12 last week. But until he gets to a competition, the record still stands at 1:00.62 set by Alexander Yu at Princeton last week.

Danish Open: There were no world records set at this competition, again now that Kuti is out, European competitions are going to be a little more saturated, as in a lot more National Records, less World Records. The only other thing which I find more funny about this competition is that former world record holder Erik Akkersdijk won everything except three events. Made me laugh anyway.

Osaka Open: This competition was filled with World Records, most significant being the World Record 3×3 average World Champion Yu Nakajima set at 11.33! His times (16.69) , 12.56, (10.46), 10.72, 10.71 are proof that he is capable of a sub-11 or possibly even a sub-10 average in a competition. Giving the best solvers on all continents a run for their money. Other World Records include Takayuki Ookusa‘s World Record single solve of 1:27.43 and his average of 1:35.04, which coincidently equals my personal best for the 4×4!

So that’s it for this weekend, until next time keep cubing!