Sunday, March 30, 2008


I used to love the Rubik's Cube. How about you?

I had them in a variety of shapes and sizes, including a super cool pastel version from McDonald's that had a different item from their menu on each little square. (I can't seem to find a picture of it, poop!) I loved my Rubik's cube keychain, too!

It was so cute and went with me everywhere. Now, I wasn't one of those people that peeled the stickers off in order to sir! I managed to solve it a few times the correct (non-cheating) way, but I felt pretty smart when I learned that I could take it apart and put it back to together with all the colors in place...

I know it was kind of cheating, but at least there was SOME effort involved.

Anyway, the point of all of this is two-fold. I found a gentleman, aka NERD, online who actually wrote a step-by-step tutorial of how to solve a Rubik's cube, on college ruled, spiral bound paper no less. He did this at the height of the craze in 1986 and it is 14 pages long! It is amazing, funny and kind of sad all at the same time. But my favorite part is his quote at the top of his webpage:

My record time for using this method was 2 minutes 13 seconds. Just memorize the following formula (it's easy!)

Now don't's 14 pages long! Super Nerd

And to drive the point of my obsession with the Cube home even further, here is a video by my old band, The Plastic Plan. Introducing "The Cube Beat Me":


mishka said...

I love the video, but it needed more Ashley!

Maclaine said...

I had one as a child, but never got around to solving it. I did spend innumerable hours twisting it in vain, however. I keep hearing about this formula to do it, but I feel like that's cheating.