Tyler, 25, San Diego
How long have you been cubing and how long did it take to solve your first cube?
Since summer of 2003. I spent a little over a week learning a basic LBL method, and my first solve took like 5-10 minutes.
Can you describe the setting, emotions, and thoughts at the moment you solved your first cube?
I was with my mom and brother at Jack in the Box waiting for my food. I remember PLL was lucky in some way, and the cube ended up solved without me expecting it. I was super excited, but I didn't make a big scene about it or anything. It was at that moment I knew there would be many, many more solves to come.
How do you challenge yourself to become a better solver?
Initially I kept myself updated on the 2003 world championship and watched videos by Dan Knights, Macky, Fridrich, etc. Knowing that ~20 sec was possible really motivated me to be sub-1 and faster. I have a very addictive personality, and since the cube is plastic crack it was easy to become hooked. The past few years, though, I haven't been cubing seriously at all. I still follow the speedcubing community very closely though.
Most memorable cube solving experience?
Probably when I went to U.S. Nationals 2009, where I finally got a sub-20 3x3 avg.
Can you attempt to sum up what it means to be a solver? Be as logical or abstract as your mind wants to be.
I guess a "solver" is just someone who enjoys solving things - puzzles, math problems, anything that requires a solution. "Speedcuber" = someone who solves the cube and other twisty puzzles from memory as quickly as possible.