45 - Rubik's Cubes
Alright, I have something fun I can write about. How about the time I went to a Rubik's Cube competition? Yah, that happened, twice in fact. So if you didn’t know I like to solve Rubik’s Cubes, it’s just something I do while sitting there thinking. It’s a pretty mindless thing for me. Really it’s just a toy to fiddle with. Now you might not believe me, but solving a Rubik’s Cube is really easy. You just need to go about it the right way, it’s all about pattern recognition and memory. Basicly you can remember just like 5 or 6 algorithms, a series of movements that changes things in a set way, and you can more or less solve it. So how did I get into solving Rubik’s Cubes? Well late into highschool, I thought it would be fun. I picked up one from Walmart or wherever and started to learn from youtube. After a while I really got into it. I started to buy better Rubik’s Cubes, and I’d even buy kits to build your own. I bought a timer and other shapes and sizes. So things shaped with 4 sides or 12 sides, or something that’s still a cube but instead of being 3x3 its 4x4 or 5x5 or 2x2 or whatever. Did you know, if you know how to solve a 4x4 and 5x5 you can solve any nxn cube, it’s just a matter of time. In highschool I never went to any competitions. Turns out they don’t have puzzle competitions out in the middle of nowhere, who knew. But in college things were different. I ended up going to a few. It’s a pretty fun thing to do. It’s kinda strange though, it has this weird atmosphere about it. Well that isn’t too much of a surprise though, I mean it’s a bunch of people who play with puzzles to the point of timing themselves and competing against others. I had fun so fuck it, right? Anyways I was pretty decent overall. In most events I would place in maybe the top of the bottom half. Considering most of the people had years of experience, not too bad. I’m no where near what I used to be though. On record though, my fastest Rubik’s Cube time is 28.60, not bad eh? My fastest ever is something around 17 seconds, but I got lucky with that. I think my best thing though was the Megaminx, a 12 sided puzzle. At one point I was in the top 50 in the USA, right now though I'm in top 4-500, still not bad. You should go to one some time, it’s pretty fun. You have to pay to get into most of them, if nothing has changed. At least the ones I went to you had to pay to watch or compete, but it was pretty cheap and it paid for some of the stuff, sometimes you get food too. I’m really out of practice and a good chunk of my puzzles are missing or broken. But who knows, maybe one day I’ll pick it back up again. At least more then just casually solving a Rubik’s Cube while I’m watching youtube or whatever. So do you guys have any hobbies that you haven't really kept up with? Something you still kinda do but not nearly as much as you did a few years ago? Any reason why you stopped? For me I’m not really sure I guess life just got in the way, who knows.
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