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A Peculiar Progression Thread | 25 Months of Cubing + Life Updates

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Silky

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Welp, I'm back I guess?

No idea where I left off in this thread and haven't kept track of any data. Will probably do a hard reset. I did recently break the sub-24 ao100 for Square-1 which I think was the only yearly goal that I met, very happy tho. Also got a sub-19 ao5 with SSC which is nice..but also it did take a year, yikes. Streaming has been going super well recently and I got a ton in the works - Co-hosting a podcast, new Youtube channel, 24 hour stream next week.. crazy stuff. There will be more details in the relevant thread.

Ta ta for now !
 
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Silky

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Here we go again..

Finished doing the hard reset/updated my PBs. Check OP for all that stuff. Really just posting to remind myself to keep up with this. I'll add all of my youtube/podcast/streaming stuff l8tr. I'm glad to be back and am looking forward to more personal/cubing growth. I appreciate ya'll so much <3

Peace !
 

Silky

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Well a month has come and gone. I've recently taken a break from cubing due to school so there isn't really any updates on that front. I've been messing around with my constrained cube (90 degrees) and have gotten it down to a J-perm twice now. This last alg is definitely my big roadblock. I have to come up with my own J-perm alg using Sexy, Sledge, and R' D R D'. I have access to three gen so I know it's possible. I also know if I do a rotation I have access to a bruno commutator, so maybe that would be more useful? Also thinking that PLL may not be the way to go but trying to set up for a ZBLL..? Idk, it's just a fun side project so I thought I'd share.

The major announcement/reason for this post is that there has recently been some developments in the SSRC method (other name suggestions welcome because I am tired of all the letter based names). @Athefre (thank you for all the wonderful support btw. SSRC definitely wouldn't have made it as far as it has without your help) has come up with iterative EO which should be applicable to SSRC and hopefully make L7E much better. I still haven't genned any algs for SSRC (outside of like 3) so that's the biggest part of development left for the method (or maybe smart people can come up with even better ideas?). Sometime in the next few months I'll work on making a document for the method/ genning algs. Probably going to be doing this as a big summer project after I graduate from uni. Oh yeah, I'm going to graduate from uni this semester! Very excited about that.

Really the only other things to mention are that I learned HSC for method march. Although I have no intention of speedsolving with it, it's still a fantastic method! I recommend checking it out on the wiki. If I get all of my school work done over spring break I might finish learning PLL and do some Mehta solves (or a least my version of Mehta). Oh and hopefully I can get a little bit of streaming in here and there over the next few weeks. Most likely I'd just do cooking/studying streams but I'm always excited to talk cubing stuff if anyone wants to stop by and do that.

anyway, I think that's it for now,
Cheers!
 

Silky

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Hello Forum, Silky here. This is going to be another big update. I this is going to be pretty long so TLDR below.

I'm back and in action. Main highlights are the Quantitative Method Analysis ( more info here ), development of SSC, Snyder, and SSRC, working on becoming sub-15, and MOST IMPORTANTLY returning to streaming. Here are my Discord and Twitch. Any support is appreciated <3 Cheers!

25 Months of Cubing + Progress:

A few days ago I hit 25 months of being on this forum! Hurray! As always I just want to say how much I love and appreciate this community; ya'll are amazing and I wish you all speedy times. 2 years is a long time and I've been doing some reflection on my time spent in this community. For starters here's a few stats on my progress over the last few years. My 3x3 Avg of 100 has gone down from 31.07 => 21.61. A ten second improvement doesn't feel huge but heck I'm still proud of it. The best part is that I've done this after switching from Roux to SSC!! Officially being faster with a method I've know for less than 2 years versus a method I've know for 10.. I think I deserve a pat on the back ( good job me ). During this time I've also learned how to solve Square-1 and have gotten a sub-24 Avg of 100. I've also learned FTO and have a sub-1:00 solve ( FTO for WCA ). I've gotten better at other puzzle however I've lost most of the records I kept. 3x3, Square-1, and FTO are definitely my most significant, though. What I will say is that, however, is that I am not completely satiated. Although I am proud of what I've done, I think that I still have a lot I want to improve and more goals which I'd like to accomplish. The cubing dreams I've had since I began cubing back in 2008 were to (1) average sub-15 (2) develop my own method and (3) get a 24 move FMC solve. I'm proud to say that I've completed one of these goals!! So that only leaves two only two left! I don't know for how long I will continue to cube but until the day I stop I will continue forward. Hope ya'll will join me as I do.

Personal + Future

So, for those who don't follow me, I haven't cubed since the begging of the year. I can say with certainty that I've done less than 5 timed solves in the the last 4 months ( 2 of the solves were sub-20 so I still got it ). I've really been swept up in my personal and academic life and haven't had the time or motivation to cube/interact with the community. It's nothing to beat myself up over but it is something that I've really missed. Long story short, I want to make cubing part of my life again. It's going to be a slow process since I still need to find a balance in my life.. but if the thought ever crosses you mind, 'Hey, where's Silky?", DM me and help keep me motivated.

Projects + Plans

For those who are familiar with me, you know that my interests in the community span farther than just being fast. For those who don't.. well here's that part where I talk about it. Interestingly enough, despite this being a progression thread which normally focus on getting faster, going forward 'speedcubing' won't be the only thing in the limelight ( in fact it may even take a backseat -- a comfy backseat tho ). Prior to this post I've had a few projects in the works, the mains ones being, in no particular order (1) Quantitative Method Analysis ( check out the thread here and PLEASE fill out the survey ), (2) Method Development, and (3) Twitch Streaming and Youtube content ( more on this later ). The Quantitative Analysis is probably my current largest project. Given that I'll be needing some help with organizing and running things. I already have a few people helping but feel free to DM me, the biggest thing you can do right now would to be filling out the survey. Method development: over the last month or two I've been developing a few methods. Notably I've regenned the SSC algs and right now am working on Snyder algs. I'll make some full documents soon so that everyone has helpful resources in learning these methods. The other method development I plan to work on is SSRC. This is a method I purposed back in 2020, (2) on cubing dreams list. I've haven't made much progress on this for logistical reasons but now that I can use Batch Solver there's really no reason I cannot develop it now. I'm also going to rename the method because I'm really tired of acronyms. Lastly, I am planning to return to streaming/cubing content. During 2021, Twitch was my major engagement with the cubing world and the main thing that kept me active in the community. Although not my greatest contribution to the community, it is probably the thing I miss the most.. more about that below.

Twitch + Cubing Content

Here's the "More about this below" part. As said above, streaming is really the thing I miss the most and the main thing I'd like to come back to. I used to stream around 25-30 hours a month which, now that I think about it, is bonkers. Due to the whole life balance thing I won't be streaming 30 hours a month ( spoiler alert ). That being said, I do plan to stream a few hours on weekends ( Friday, Saturday, Sunday ). I can't make any commitments but I'd like to do 3-4 hours per day. Twitch/Streaming is going to be the best place to keep up with me on basically everything I've been talking about in this post. I mainly do speedcubing ( duh? ), cubing discussion, and some video games/ speedrunning. For those who are interested here is my Discord and Twitch. The best way to support me is to join, drop a follow, and come hang out. I really enjoy the community and hanging out with ya'll :) As far as other cubing content goes.. I may or may not be making some youtube videos. I'm not familiar with video editing so that's something I have to learn. It isn't #1 on my to do list but several people have asked me to make videos. anyway, I think that's about it!!

Hope to see ya'll soon,
Cheers!
 
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