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kottke.org posts about RubikÕs Cube

Speedcubing with the Fridrich Method

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 18, 2008

The Fridrich Method is a collection of more than 50 algorithms for solving the Rubik’s Cube. Developed by Dr. Jessica Fridrich, a Binghamton University electrical engineering professor, it is currently the fastest way to solve the Cube.

Cubing is a deep rabbit hole on the web so just two additional things. Here’s Dr. Fridrich solving the Cube in 16 seconds, which is actually 2 seconds slower than the one-handed world record holder. And this…this is just amazing: 7 cube moves in just 0.7 seconds (same move, a lot slower).

Ok, I lied, one more. Will Smith can solve the Cube in less than a minute.

Pantone Rubik’s Cube

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 29, 2008

Turn the left slice topwise in style: Pantone + Rubik’s Cube = Pantone Rubik’s Cube. (via monoscope)

How to solve a Rubik’s Cube

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 19, 2008

You know what you need? 14 pages of handwritten instructions on how to solve a Rubik’s Cube.

LOLO-TOFA-BO-LOLO-FO-BATO-LOLO

Exactly.

Even though a Rubik’s Cube has about 43

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 12, 2007

Even though a Rubik’s Cube has about 43 quintillion (that’s 43000000000000000000) possible configurations, it’s been proven possible to solve a cube starting in any one of those configurations in 26 moves or less. “Most researchers believe that just 20 steps are enough to solve any Rubik’s Cube, but no one has proved it yet.”

Awesome. Director Michel Gondry recently posted a

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 20, 2006

Awesome. Director Michel Gondry recently posted a YouTube video where he is pictured solving a Rubik’s Cube with his feet. A few days later, this response debunks Gondry’s effort as a stunt. When I read the title, I half-expected the person to claim that Gondry had used CGI to fake the solving, but that wasn’t likely because Gondry doesn’t like to use special effects in his films. The actual answer is decided low-tech and clever, just like his movies. BTW, here’s someone solving the Cube with one hand in 20 seconds. (via cf)

Update: Regarding the CGI, then again…. (thx, oscar)

20 seconds to solve a Rubik’s Cube? With one hand? Blimey.

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 25, 2006

20 seconds to solve a Rubik’s Cube? With one hand? Blimey.

Rubik’s Cube world record broken International Rubik’s

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 17, 2006

Rubik’s Cube world record broken International Rubik’s Cube Competition: 11.13 seconds. But the competition was best of three and the record-holder was beaten by 15 yo from Pasedena with an average lower time.

If you’ve got a Rubik’s, yo, this

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 09, 2005

If you’ve got a Rubik’s, yo, this will solve it. Check out the link while cubist revolves it… (thx keith)

The Rubik’s Cube — and the attendant

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 06, 2005

The Rubik’s Cube — and the attendant speed-solving contests — are back.