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4x4 Windmill Extreme by Clavin's Puzzle & 50 Subscriber Giveaway Winner - EngiNERD Brian's New YouTube Channel

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Awesome! Not to sound weird or anything, but I like when you say all the specs since it reminds of Daily Dose of Internet (which is a good thing!). Also, the title of the cube at the beginning was :cool:. Thanks for the review, and I look forward to other videos!

I was watching your solves at the end, and I noticed that they look really similar to mine. We basically do the same algs for F2L, some 2-look OLL, and full PLL. There was sometimes a bit of hesitation and some useless U U' moves, but I literally have the same problem. Lately I've been slowing down a tiny bit and just looking around the cube instead of whatever I'm solving, and this made a significant impact. For reference, I averaged 17-20, and I'm working my way to 15-16. Hope this helps, and happy cubing.
Hey thanks for the tips. I've actually been hoping some people would start commenting/critiquing. I am currently doing tons of F2L only practice where I scramble with cross solved and then re-scramble at OLL stage, it's been immensely helpful because as you spotted that is my major weakness!
 

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also I wanted to say @EngiNerdBrian if you keep up the video production for a few months I believe you have a very good shot at becoming sponsored by cubicle if you want!
Hey thanks for the feedback! That is actually a goal of mine with this channel. I am hoping to provide concise and informative reviews that are helpful to the community since I'm such a hardware collector and have tons of puzzles anyway. I figure if someone else foots the bill for collection that would be even better! I want to do something non-wca next!
 

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Hey thanks for the feedback! That is actually a goal of mine with this channel. I am hoping to provide concise and informative reviews that are helpful to the community since I'm such a hardware collector and have tons of puzzles anyway. I figure if someone else foots the bill for collection that would be even better! I want to do something non-wca next!
maybe you can advertise non-wca puzzles for TC :)

btw do you know full OLL?
 
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maybe you can advertise non-wca puzzles for TC :)

btw do you know full OLL?
I would love it if they would send me piles of non WCA cubes!

And yes, I do know full OLL. I used Cubehead's full OLL in 1 month schedule and actually did it. It was a lot of work but actually pretty fun. Going through that exercise made me realize I'm not actually as bad as i thought at learning new algs. With each alg you learn it seems the next comes easier!
 

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I still have an original calendar cube from the early 80's in my collection, I think I bought it at a car boot sale ( US: flea market ) in 1988, and I never came across another. They are described as scarce in the book "Rubik's Cubic Compendium" , which my local library had a copy of in the early 90's.
This version, with red and blue text on white stickers:
http://www.twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pkey=1208
I remember analysing it, to see what mods would be possible. It turns out there's not much scope for improvement, the design is using a clever trick to get everything to work. It relies on the letter N being reversible, so it can be used at the beginning and end of the month, NOV and JAN/JUN. I did however decide it would be possible to also put the year on it - though limited to just three years, by having one corner-piece with, say, 1982/1983/1984, and then substitute with a plain white sticker for subsequent years.
I had it on my desk at work for a time in the early 90's, but people kept messing about with it, and I felt it may go walkabout one day ( like some of my other desk ornaments did ), so I took it home.

The "Rubik's Cubic Compendium" book is available online if you search, in djvu format. It's an interesting read, with some peculiar algorithms/techniques included ... something called a "Cambridge throw and catch" to solve the first two layers, and tables of algs for such methods as 'PLL then OLL' ( not recommended ... )
 

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Mostly they tried to set it to the wrong date, but because they're incompetent at cubing, just messed it up. Failing that they would leave it reading NOB or similar. I had some cool geometric origami models, including a large 'Jackstone' , several of them vanished. Even with practice, the Jackstone is a very difficult fold, about 2 hours to make it. I hope they got some enjoyment out of it.
https://flic.kr/p/81Qo9h
 

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Nice video! I also bought these stickers some time ago, and the "2" I just took off and re-apply it thinking it was the only solution, but it seems you are smarter!
I really wanted to include that nugget since I could imagine how someone might think they applied their stickers wrong in that scenario! Glad you found the video informative!
 

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Nice video! I also bought these stickers some time ago, and the "2" I just took off and re-apply it thinking it was the only solution, but it seems you are smarter!
Hey,
Did you get the "white" or "black" set of stickers? The set in my video is the white version. Someone on reddit mentioned that the 2 on the corner is rotated in the cubicle's stock photo. It seems the manufacturer, Supersede, either shipped a batch or all of the "white" versions with the wrong 2 orientation that caused me to flip the piece from the right to the left side of the cube iin my example solve and caused many others to say the stickers don't work or peel off and rotate the 2!

Black:
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White:
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Hey,
Did you get the "white" or "black" set of stickers? The set in my video is the white version. Someone on reddit mentioned that the 2 on the corner is rotated in the cubicle's stock photo. It seems the manufacturer, Supersede, either shipped a batch or all of the "white" versions with the wrong 2 orientation that caused me to flip the piece from the right to the left side of the cube iin my example solve and caused many others to say the stickers don't work or peel off and rotate the 2!

Black:
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White:
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I got the black set. (Tried inserting image, but file too big).
 

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I still have an original calendar cube from the early 80's in my collection,
the collector in me is jealous you have an original. What a great piece to own!

I had it on my desk at work for a time in the early 90's, but people kept messing about with it, and I felt it may go walkabout one day ( like some of my other desk ornaments did ), so I took it home.
I’m sure my coworkers would be quite obnoxious as well with something like this sitting on my desk.
 

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I filmed a bunch of footage lately. My next video will be about the 3x3 math cube and real life applications of the equations on the cube.

I also filmed footage for the below topics. Any feedback on what you like to see first?

1) 4x4 Windmill cube extreme unboxing, first turns and me struggling to solve it.
2) 3x3x2 tutorial (I am starting a non-wca tutorial series)
3) lattice cube showcase (I am starting a series that isn’t necessarily a tutorial or unboxing but just a “showcase” of non-WCA puzzles and my solving process). It’s intended to just expose the awesomeness of non-wca puzzles since many of us are so CUBE and SPEED focused but I spend most my time casually solving.
4) Dayan Tengyun v1 vs Te grub V2 vs Guhong v4 comparison
 

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I filmed a bunch of footage lately. My next video will be about the 3x3 math cube and real life applications of the equations on the cube.

I also filmed footage for the below topics. Any feedback on what you like to see first?

1) 4x4 Windmill cube extreme unboxing, first turns and me struggling to solve it.
2) 3x3x2 tutorial (I am starting a non-wca tutorial series)
3) lattice cube showcase (I am starting a series that isn’t necessarily a tutorial or unboxing but just a “showcase” of non-WCA puzzles and my solving process). It’s intended to just expose the awesomeness of non-wca puzzles since many of us are so CUBE and SPEED focused but I spend most my time casually solving.
4) Dayan Tengyun v1 vs Te grub V2 vs Guhong v4 comparison
what is a math cube?
I would like to see the non WCA cube showcase. the cube comparison videos are always entertaining too.
 
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