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    The Facebook group has definitely stolen a good bit of the traffic from here but I still check-in here regularly. Congrats on the blind PRs, @mark49152, fantastic results! Two and a half months off of cigarettes for me now and I've also been much more active. I've only been doing...
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    Congrats, that's a big milestone for sure!
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    It has taken me 33 years to solve this latest puzzle but I think I've finally kicked smoking after more than 3 decades. I've gone the cold turkey route; no pills, patches, gum, or vaping. It's only been a week and a half but I'm over the physical withdrawal and it's a whole lot easier than the...
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    Some people ease into lookahead really easily, I've been rather slow developing it. Youth has a couple advantages with faster reflexes and typically more practice time but I'm still kinda slow getting my lookahead going even by "seniors standards". I'm 51, took up speedsolving a little over 3...
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    Should +2's be switched to DNF's officially?

    Agreed, but changing established rules should be limited to dealing with a problem and I just don't see a real problem with +2 penalties as they hurt bad... even for someone slow like me averaging over :20.
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    Should +2's be switched to DNF's officially?

    It would be worth discussion if we were talking about setting the rules today but we have nearly 2 decades of data with the +2 rule already. Slow feet solvers is the only example I can think of where it might possibly be an actual advantage vs. a nasty penalty and feet is slated to die.
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    What exactly has you "stuck"?
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    Yeah, one indicator is my guess of the time before looking. When the lookahead is clicking I'm surprised by some effortless 18s and even 17s sometimes. When it isn't, I finish a solve that feels smooth and optimistically look at the timer and it's still a 20 or 21. I've been watching my timer...
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    I still have a lot grip changes to incorporate but my 3x3 times are slowly getting back to normal on this first wave of adjustments. A bit of a surprise to break my Ao5 today with an 18.23: 17.72, (16.71), (23.30), 18.76, 18.21. This after seeming being unable to get a sub 20 at all just a few...
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    My experiments with audio memo have been... let's just call it "less than promising" lol. I think if you're accurate enough with audio for edges already it's awesome, conjuring images is just one more thing to slow my memo personally. At least for 3bld. If you have an interest in mbld you'll...
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    I don't know if he's scanning this thread or just has a crystal ball. :D Me: "I need to work on regrips"... 3 days later... I think one reason VHLS is discouraged, and what JPerm seems to emphasize, is some people want to use it in lieu of learning full OLL and I wouldn't suggest that. There...
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    Always so fun watching him and just shaking my head. In a quick watch it seems like he's mostly using thumb over the top for F/F'. Also, being Collin Burns, he's faster doing weird things than I am with regripless 2-gen :D. I'm comfortable with thumb from the top or bottom but there are...
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    I'll see if I can get this on camera in the next week or two, I'm already convinced I can make this work. Adjusting to this new stuff is going to seriously slow me down for as much as a couple months but once the new habits are instinctive it's gonna be a huge boon for my solves.
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    It's still awkward, I'm not sure I can explain it well, and everyone's hands are different... but I may have something workable using index finger over the top. My main issue is keeping the S slice from moving which I'm attempting with the opposite hand either with my pinky on the bottom, index...
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