I use a GTS2M for what little OH I do. I don’t have a Tengyun, but I tried one at a comp in December and I can see why it’s a very highly reviewed cube for OH. If I was very interested in OH that would be very high on my wishlist.A Valk3, I haven't bought a cube in 2 years or so. But if someone can suggest a better cube (non magnetic and not expensive) I might try it. Or maybe I'll buy another Valk3.
Glad to see you back!Hi, everybody
I haven't been around cube competitions for almost two years. My, daughter is deep in puberty now (14) and she lost the wish for cubing, so I had less reason to do it myself.
Now, that I am , like many of you probably, out of intensive work, I have time to get back with some stuff I liked to do. Like cubing. In last 3 weeks I tried to remind myself about BLD again. I was doing advanced M2/OP-Y method. It was quite scary to remember everything again, but after 1-2 days I remembered it all. Then I started to think about learning 3-style.
I must say it was easier now after the long break. I had quite few dilemmas about buffers:
1. I was UBL/DF solver like most M2 solvers
2. I wanted to try UFR/UF buffers, so first 3 days I was trying both options. I had less problems understanding comms using new UFR/UF buffers. Somehow it was easier to do sited rehearsing.
3. I had a dilemma. Do I keep UBL/DF for convenient transition? Because, when I cannot find a comm, I can always use Advanced M2 edges, and use Y-perm corners. Also, parity solution is easy and I feel much at home with it.
4. On the end, I forced myself to rehearse the new UFR/UF buffers, and it finaly got easier. I don't need to look at help sheet to find the comms.
Also, I got used to new parity solution with UF-UR edges switch. And the use of Ja,JB,Y perm for corners parity.
5. I would say that edges with U-layer buffer are really nice. I can use lots of U-layer interchanges.
6. For corners, I don't see any difference in UFR buffer, the difficulty in comms is more or less the same, depends on personal preference.
But, if I switched to UF, the only way was to switch to UFR, otherwise, the parity solving would be to hard.
I can say I needed about 2-3 weeks with 1-2 hours a day to get comfortable finding any of the 800 and something comms without the need to memorise them..
So, I am at the stage, when I can do comfortable sighted solve, and now it is time to start with blind rehearsals.
There is also one very nice aspect of both buffers on U-face. When I do normal F2L solve, I try to do 3-cycle LL and it is very good to find some nice solutions instead of using OLL/PLL.
Anyway, it is nice to do some cubing again
Hi,Buffer choice is interesting. I'm just learning intuitive 3 style as my first blind method, and I'm using DF/DFR as my buffers. The argument for using UF/UFR doesn't seem to apply as much to me, since I never learned CFOP, so I don't know any top-layer algorithms. I started with Heise, and always used the D layer for my interchanges when preforming commutators.
When I blindsolve, I make up the commutators on the fly, always interchanging with the buffer using the D or M layer. This means that I do my insertions, and more importantly my conjugates, on the top of the cube. Having an easy conjugate is very important for intuitive solving, so that I don't mess up when undoing the conjugate.
Since I never conjugate the buffer and always interchange with it, I'm using a restricted set of commutators that are easier to construct. My conjugates will never move F or D, and will only involve U B L (and R E S for edges) faces. My commutators will principally involve D F R U moves, and M for edges, with D and M used as the interchange layers. To me, this is a good system that makes it easy to construct commutators and conjugates on the fly without errors. I do rotations when the insertions use the F and B faces, but this can happen with any buffer and is more a result of doing intuitive commutators than of buffer choice.
Speed is not much of a goal for me, since I am too old to be fast anyhow. I just really like making up commutators, and I find doing a blind solve very relaxing. I already know there is no chance of me learning speed-optimized "full 3 style" so I'm developing in my own weird way - which is what makes it fun.
I get this totally - it's the same for me. As an old man (37) it's important for me to keep learning new things.I also do blind more for my brains gym, not just fun and speed.
.I also do blind more for my brains gym, not just fun and speed.
Do you guys feel that practicing blind helps with your memory in other aspects of life? I understand that's rather arbitrary and subjective correlation. I've just noticed as I've aged (turning 30 this year) my short term memory seems to be much worse than it used to be. I did a bunch of OP blind solving back in college and have considered getting back into it...I've often wondered if it'd be a good way to keep my mind sharp as time goes on. Thoughts?I get this totally - it's the same for me. As an old man (37) it's important for me to keep learning new things.
Jack's spreadsheet is really great - I have taken a look at it myself even though it uses a different buffer. Switching from U/V to C will not be very difficult if I ever choose to do so. If I ever get bored with blindsolving, it may give me a good new challenge.
I will also look at the WR MBLD reconstruction, that is a great idea.
I am a choreographer by profesion and I understand it involves some parts of the brain that also cubing does( that is a section of the right hemisphere) So i have a feeling it helps me.Do you guys feel that practicing blind helps with your memory in other aspects of life? I understand that's rather arbitrary and subjective correlation. I've just noticed as I've aged (turning 30 this year) my short term memory seems to be much worse than it used to be. I did a bunch of OP blind solving back in college and have considered getting back into it...I've often wondered if it'd be a good way to keep my mind sharp as time goes on. Thoughts?
I've only started blind solving recently, so I can't say. You can certainly use the memory techniques to actively remember certain things, but I don't know whether it will improve general memory, i.e. remembering to do something this afternoon if you don't write it down. There is a whole field of memory sports, which is described in the book Moonwalking with Einstein.Do you guys feel that practicing blind helps with your memory in other aspects of life? I understand that's rather arbitrary and subjective correlation. I've just noticed as I've aged (turning 30 this year) my short term memory seems to be much worse than it used to be. I did a bunch of OP blind solving back in college and have considered getting back into it...I've often wondered if it'd be a good way to keep my mind sharp as time goes on. Thoughts?
Yes, I do a lot of rotations too. If the insertion involves a B or F move, I usually rotate. I agree that it is very helpful to save setup moves. I will never mess up a rotation because I always know where my buffer is, so it decreases the chance that I will mess up a conjugate reversal. I always do conjugates before rotations, which also helps.Yes, I believe the reconstruction thread is very usefull. I just take the exel sheet, then I do the letter pair memos and rehearse. Sometimes just sighted solves, other times just blind solves, but without memo.I just read the pack of 1,2,3,4,5 letter pairs ( gradually increase ) and do the blind practice. And then full solves. I concentrate only on few solves. Go back and correct any mistakes. I check Graham's comms and compare with my prefered comms. Of check some Jack's comms. But I do not insist on these speed solvers comms. Some of them like only U,R,D turns, some of them like cube rotations. It really depends on the person. I, for example do not hate some cube rotations. So it saves me some additional setup moves.
My name is Marcel, 42 years old. I have learned to solve the cube at age 11 - 12 or so. I had not touched a cube a maybe 15 - 20 years. A few weeks ago I solved a cube and found it very nice to see that I still knew how to do that. When I looked at youtube I found amazing stuff from you speedsolvers. I thought it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. I solved the cube in a layer by layer which could take up to 10 minutes.
So when I decided that I want to be much faster. I ordered a few cubes. The Dayan Zhianchi and Guhong. I looked at these video's:
And in one week I went from solving times of 10 minutes to below 2 minutes. In fact I have a video of a 1.30 solve:
My goal is to get below one minute. Right now I have not focussed on OLL and PLL. I just need to get the 2FL much quicker. I recon in a few weeks times must be a lot better.
What do you consider older? I’m 25, not sure if I would be considered older. That’s awesome you remembered how to solve it! A week break and I usually slow down significantly! You will be under a min in no time. F2L was always my where I struggled for time. A few days and you be in the 50 second mark.LOL, yes I know. And still I am proud of it.
Yes, I hope to get around it today..
Go to 1:15 in this video and you will see I allready know some OLL and PLL argortims:
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