1. Now I've done 4 DNF's at 4x4 BLD. The first one was the closest. Off by a B inner slice move and 7 edges, but that makes sense. The other ones I've failed on U2 centers, alway forgetting to undo my U/U'/U2 setupmoves when I'm done with centers.

First solve was about 45 min, the one yesterday was 20 min.

2. 2-5 relay bld I got everything right except for the 5x5, which I completely failed, off by 10 x centers, 4 + centers, and 4 wings.

3. 4/16 cubes 6 months ago. I left out a journey in the beginning...

4. Originally Posted by Lucas Garron
Hmm, I tried to convince Michael to call his the "BLD Experiences Thread," to no avail.
I realized this was "politically incorrect" when I started it, but somehow it just still seemed like the best name. Sorry if I've offended anyone.

Originally Posted by Lucas Garron
All my recent 4x4x4 BLD solves are worse failures than my first attempt ever.
That's okay - it just means you're learning. You'll soon suddenly have some spectacular success and make a big jump, I'm sure. If you don't give up. Please don't give up.

Originally Posted by Lucas Garron
Mike: How about almost-solving? But you'd have to be very careful... How about solving "into" a scramble using your BLD method (exec turning practice)?
Actually, I realized that this morning. This morning I solved all of it except a single 3-cycle of outer wings. Now I'm going to apply the first few moves of my next scramble, then use a commutator to solve the 3 wings (it's still easy to see where they need to go), then apply the rest of the scramble. It's a great idea, and should work perfectly. Problem solved.

And Arnaud, I also thought of your idea, and I like it, but I feel like a single turn from solved should count as solved, since it would just be a +2 in competition. So I'd feel like I had to do 2 turns from solved, which would maybe be fun, but would be a lot of work. I think I'm going with the solving into a scramble idea instead.

Originally Posted by Lucas Garron
Also, are you using r2 for obliques?
No. Maybe I should, but I like commutators for centers because since there are 4 interchangeable center pieces, you can often get 3 cycles that solve all 3 pieces at once. I think Chris doesn't take advantage of this, but I do in a big way, and I think it's really helpful. (I'm always excited when I'm memorizing and start getting a lot of 3-cycles on centers.) So I just use commutators for the obliques, just like the other centers.

Originally Posted by Lucas Garron
(And why is everyone calling them obliques? I'm flattered that my term has taken off so far, but qqwref's "chiral" is pretty good, and some other terms like "skew" also work pretty well...)
(But if we do go with +o and -0, maye I suggest "PLO" and "MO" for pronunciation? )
I like the fact that it sounds good as a single word. Somehow, "chirals" doesn't feel as right, and neither does "skews" - you feel like you have to say "chiral centers" and "skew centers". I think "obliques" works alone because we've gotten used to hearing it when referencing abdominal exercises. Anyway, "obliques" rolls off the tongue nicely; I like it!

5. I'm just really annoyed. I though ok, I'll actually give 4x4 BLD a go. I havnt' really though of the specifics yet, but I might aswell try it.

I memoed centres and corners in like 5mins? or so.
Then I started memo edges, and after 5 mins, it turned out my third edge I had been memoing with was the wrong edge.
So I changed this and carried on memoing, then realised my second edge was wrong too. So I had to start from the beggining basically.

I put my BLD on, and messed up the first corner cycle. I'm fooked off right now. If I hadn't made all those edge memo mistakes it would have been like 10mins memo, and if I hadn't screwed up the corners, it probably would have been a success.
I just can't work out which edge is which.

6. While showing off in front of some random people. I DNFed on a 2x2.
That's so rare nowadays. My accuracy is like 95%.

7. Four month 3x3 BLD DNF streak

And then a 6:30 solve

And then a week of DNF's

Another solve...

Now I'm DNFing again.

8. i tried a few bld solves in a row the other day. on my 4th or 5th solve i, for no apparent reason, recalled my journey from my 2nd solve and did that for the edges and then realized what i had done. gotta say, my bld failures are a heck of a lot more interesting than the successes...haha

9. Originally Posted by Mike Hughey
Now I'm going to apply the first few moves of my next scramble, then use a commutator to solve the 3 wings (it's still easy to see where they need to go), then apply the rest of the scramble.
An alternative:
1. Superflip of middle edges.
2. Repair those three wings.
3. Scramble.
4. Superflip of middle edges.

And I was hoping you US guys would get your V-cubes with a huge delay so I'd get the headstart I need to get in shape. Sigh.

10. Originally Posted by StefanPochmann
And I was hoping you US guys would get your V-cubes with a huge delay so I'd get the headstart I need to get in shape. Sigh.
Don't dawdle!

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