I can't recall a time i felt like a bigger nerd than all last week as the words "Rubik's Cube Competition" kept flying from my mouth. It's not the type of language that drops the clothing off of potential mates. Or is it?
Screw approval seeking from sexy people, let's do cool stuff!
The Pacific Science Center made itself home to a giant 30 ft tall super puzzle, the Groovik's Cube. It beckons to the nerds of the NW "solve me... if you dare!!"
Solving a Rubik's Cube requires a lot of practice and memorizing and other boring stuff. Just when you think you have a handle on it, add a little pressure via being timed and judged. Here's one of my five solves:
So my avg solve time falls in the 50sec range. That's only 26 seconds away from making the 2nd round... LAME! I saw a guy do an 8.3 second solve! The world record is held by an Australian dude who got a 5.66!
The standard cube that you're likely familiar with is 3x3x3. For this competition, one round was dedicated to solving a 5x5x5! We have a local guy, Kevin Hays, who tore it up:
Kevin also holds the WORLD RECORD for 6x6x6 at just under 2 minutes!
So let's take the accomplishment one step further. Nick Vu was just one competitor who enter the 3x3x3 blind solve competition. He solves a cube blindfolded! The judge is responsible for holding a sheet of paper to keep the cube out of Nick's sight in case he can peek a little :D.
This event welcomes a rad cross section of fun people, most of whom are sharp and socially well adjusted. I know that may sound sorta mean, and i guess it is, but lots of time a nerdy event like this is filled with people incapable of simple human interaction. Not at Groovik's Cube.
I met some great new friends like Ted Warren (took some of these great photos) and his son Greyson (below), both big friends of The End! Also, Shay and his buddy were pretty stoked that someone from our station showed up to compete! (sorry your pic didn't turn out, Shay!)
I'm so glad I competed despite my relative slowness. I went home and ordered a 5x5x5 and will continue to work on my 3x3 until i get under 24 seconds! If you do something nerdy, find other people that do it, too, and own it. You'll kick was more life-ass this way!