This is very big news. Every cube can be solved in 20 moves or less. This has just been proved by a team supported by Google computer power (35 CPU years of calculating in a mere three weeks).
See the story.
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I just got word that the new speedcubing world champion is Breandan Vallance of the UK. He managed to set an average time of 10.74 seconds.
It seems Breandan got better over time during the competition. First round he scored a best time of 11.47, then in the semi finals got a best time of 10.43 and in the finals scored a rocking 9.63.
Here's a video of him setting a national record (not at world championships this is):
Here are all of his results
|Final||1||9.63||10.74||10.19 11.78 11.80 10.25 9.63|
|Semi Final||10||10.43||12.2||15.97 10.43 12.06 12.90 11.65|
|First||19||11.47||12.8||14.40 12.34 12.34 11.47 13.71|
Amazing, congratulations. Also to Dan Cohen for setting a world record on the Revenge (4x4), Michal Halczuk on 7x7, Piotr Michal Padlewski on Square-1, B¡lint Bodor on MegaMinx, and Yumu Tabuchi for one-handed.
- it can easily end up in a solve of less then 50 moves HTM without much luck (however it could also lead to 70-80 moves when you're not so lucky)
- it is an excellent follow-up on the beginners method
- it is an excellent preparation for CFOP and COLL (see glossary)
- it requires a limited set of algorithms (minimum 13), though the full method comprises much more than the beginners method.
If you are interested in learning it, I'd like to know about it, drop me a line. Make sure you know the beginners method before you start, that helps tremendously.
I have not seen a method like this published before, but if Â you know of someone who has, please let me know.
Stay posted for updated material and a video.
I have just launched the vanderblonk.com online shop. Here you can buy your very own personal training session with Michiel (that's me!). I am a certified trainer with a lot of experience, and of course also a renowned speedcuber.
You can expect a lot from a training session, however I would like people to realize that learning to solve a Rubik's cube is hardly feasible within one hour. You would need multiple sessions, or continue to study on your own.
But, most definitely I can help you get a head start, or help you finish where you're stuck.
And if the videos and tutorial helped you enough for your needs, and you'd like to show your gratitude, there's now a donate button, so please help me to support this website in the future.
This site just got updated to WordPress 2.8 beta. If you see anything that doesn't work properly let me know.
Well, that is... anything except for alglist.ning.com, my hosted database of cube algorithms. Unfortunately it has been down for a while, and it looks like it has no intention of getting up.
I have emailed pointless times to ning.com that they should get it together and help me to get my site back, but they refuse. At a certain point in time they simply disabled the use of PHP on the site, without letting me know. Now they simply disabled my site, naming it "we're taking a short break", like they're doing some kind of maintenance. But the fact is that that same message has been there for over a month already. Not so short!
I am currently developing a new site that is much more fantastic then alglist.ning.com ever was, so I'll keep you posted on that.
Yes, this was long overdue but the good news is it is finally launched. I have had the site in development for quite some time now, and here is the result.
Some new features include
- animations on the page
- improved explanations
- WordPress plugin to embed animations on your own site
- much, much more!
Let me know what you think of it, especially if you have suggestions or corrections.
The last couple of weeks I have been working hard updating my website www.vanderblonk.com. It's been fun, but I'm hardly ready, there is so much more to do. Let me give you a little breakdown of what has been done and what you can expect in the (near) future:
- There is a new home page
- The applet has already been greatly improved, e.g. you can now enter any parameters of the applet in the url.
- I placed google ads. I know not everyone likes ads, but I think everyone mature enough in our field (speedcubing, programming) knows how to disable them. I get a lot of juice from wikipedia of which I am grateful.
- I will make some help text available for all the new awesome options (which I am not revealing yet)
- Not very useful to you, but I will integrate the style of the home page in all of my pages, it's still a collection of pages, and not a real site this way. Let me know if you like it.