2007-02-03

Rubik's Cube

When I was about 12 years old, someone gave me a Rubik's Cube as a gift. I couldn't invent my own solution, but I had a how-to booklet. I was really good at memorizing the algorithms, recognizing the patterns to which to apply each algorithm, and applying the algorithms to the cube. I could solve any scrambled cube in about 25 seconds.

Jake received a cube for Christmas. I could solve the first layer easily, and the second layer eventually, but I couldn't solve the third layer. There are many sites offering how-to guides for solving Rubik's Cube. Jasmine Lee's Beginner Solution to the Rubik's Cube is very similar to the method I used to know. I haven't rememorized the patterns and algorithms, but, with her help, I can solve the Rubik's Cube again. I won't be breaking any records any time soon, but it's nice to have it solved again.

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