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newtonbase

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I've just hit 50 4BLD attempts since my first solve. My success rate is a rather appalling 8%. I think I need to change how I practice. My memo has been getting worse recently though that could be illness.
 

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Fairly ridiculous 3bld scramble last night. It was generated by csTimer in WCA 3bld mode, it just didn't add any wide turns at the end of this one. As for me... flipped an edge :rolleyes:

L' D' R2 B2 U' R2 F2 R2 B2 L' D L2 U L2 R2 B R B'

Also got a 17.59 3x3 solve with a PLL skip at the coffee shop, that's my 3rd best single ever.
 

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I've just hit 50 4BLD attempts since my first solve. My success rate is a rather appalling 8%. I think I need to change how I practice. My memo has been getting worse recently though that could be illness.
I have considerably less attempts then you but I've been noticing the same problem in my weekly multi attempts. My memo is gradually getting worse.

I had a thought aobut it. I'm guessing it might be a sort of creative fatigue (I may be wrong). When I'm constantly trying to come up with ways for images to interact. I find that more and more, I'm at a loss for ideas. Im taking the 3 days before comp off of memoing in the hopes it'll reset my creative juices.
 

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Fairly ridiculous 3bld scramble last night. It was generated by csTimer in WCA 3bld mode, it just didn't add any wide turns at the end of this one. As for me... flipped an edge :rolleyes:

L' D' R2 B2 U' R2 F2 R2 B2 L' D L2 U L2 R2 B R B'
Nice one! 1:46.45 (59.44) success for me. That would be PB. :)

It was my 99th timed solve and 26th success for this year. Still waiting for accuracy to improve...
 

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Fairly ridiculous 3bld scramble last night. It was generated by csTimer in WCA 3bld mode, it just didn't add any wide turns at the end of this one. As for me... flipped an edge :rolleyes:

L' D' R2 B2 U' R2 F2 R2 B2 L' D L2 U L2 R2 B R B'
There are scrambles without wide turns.

39.91 - PB? :) It looks like yes, but maybe no? I used blindfold of course and I throw up the cube to get random orientation. I wasnt warmed up so got few lockups.
 

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I just got a huge new PB at 2-7 speedsolve relay:
15:43.09

This is almost a minute faster than I've ever done it before (previous PB was 16:40.71). And amazingly it was done with freeslice on 5x5x5 through 7x7x7. I think I'm finally getting where I'm about as fast with freeslice as I am with AvG. I think two things helped:
1. I stopped trying to be as efficient, and focused on easy recognition. I now just solve all the white pieces first and store them on the left, and then all the blue pieces and store them on the right. I don't try to look for the best sets of pairings already built. Doing this has sped me up hugely, since I can look ahead so much better.
2. The new cubes are an amazing improvement. I'm still not quite as fast as I was with bad hardware at my best, but I'm getting close, and I know I have a lot of room for improvement just to get to the speed I was at before.

Now that I'm this motivated, I expect to be able to shatter all my former big cube personal bests over the next few months.
 

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Maybe you need a rest, Mark?
I expect that's true. Its school holidays next week so I won't get my lunchtime practice anyway. Maybe I could work on my letter pair list and do some sighted centre execution practice if I get a minute here and there.
Fairly ridiculous 3bld scramble last night. It was generated by csTimer in WCA 3bld mode, it just didn't add any wide turns at the end of this one. As for me... flipped an edge :rolleyes:

L' D' R2 B2 U' R2 F2 R2 B2 L' D L2 U L2 R2 B R B'

Also got a 17.59 3x3 solve with a PLL skip at the coffee shop, that's my 3rd best single ever.
Some really easy edge comms here but I made a bit of a hash of them. Got a 1:27 but should have been much quicker.
 

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Not my best 3BLD practice ... only 1/4. They were all at or better than 7 min and the success was 5:20.xx which is pretty good (my Pb is 4:56).

Still feeling good about Charleston next Saturday (3/31).

Picked up a new Cubicle WuShuang M 5x5 which arrived today too. Needs some breaking in, but clearly a far superior piece of hardware than my previous 5x5. It’s actually fun to play with, which means I’ll practice more now too.

Good time to get some rest... I have the next week off to spend spring break with my son.
 

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I turned 39 today. Despite it being just another day, these numbers are starting to make me feel old. I still cube
Happy birthday!

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Regarding comm practice of one sticker (also known as Orozco), you don’t need to stick to a certain scramble. For example, if you run into J (RUB) but your comm includes only B (URB), then trace the next target on B sticker but memo B as J. When you solve for J, use twist alg from B to J.

I meant to switch to Orozco for months but finally did this week. Still slow but it will be improved as time goes by. Now, I’m using URB as helper, plan to switch to each sticker until to cover all.
 
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Finally got myself dragged to a comp, attending the Finnish Open this weekend.

Good news is that the first cube I ever solved in a competition was a successful blind solve. Bad news is that it was the first cube in my 1/3 mbld attempt, which was a dnf. Second mbld attempt also 1/3. In second attempt one cube was off by only one cycle and a +2. I haven't seen the results yet, but heard someone say that nobody got 3rd price, 2/3 would have been good enough for podium.

3bld was a disaster. 3 straight DNFs, all execution mistakes. First attempt was ok time, 2:04, both next solves over 4 minutes as I made mistakes during memo and had to redo parts. At home my success rate this year is barely over 25%, so couldn't hope for much more than 2 correct in a total of 9 attempted cubes.. I didn't see the time for my first mbld attempt, but the second was 18 minutes. Could have played it safer and taken a lot more time.

Also did 5x5 today. Cutoff was 2:45, I knew I wouldn't make it. PB at home is maybe 3:30. Don't remember, really never practice this event. Only relearned the parity alg earlier this week for the comp. Got one sub 3:40 in my two attempts and I was happy with that.

Tomorrow 2x2, 3x3 and 4x4. For 2x2 I just relearned Ortega. I'm happy if I get a sub-10. I also relearned 4x4 parity earlier this week. Cutoff is 1:50. I just did a 1:55 Ao25, best Ao12 was 1:51 and best single 1:33. With a good solve the cutoff is no problem, but I need some luck there.

3x3 I'll be very happy even with a sub-20 single. I noticed at the venue that my fingers and brain don't work like they do at home. I've actually never really solved a cube with many people present, nor in a noisy environment. It'll be interesting to see how that affects my 3x3.
 

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Finally got myself dragged to a comp, attending the Finnish Open this weekend.

Good news is that the first cube I ever solved in a competition was a successful blind solve. Bad news is that it was the first cube in my 1/3 mbld attempt, which was a dnf. Second mbld attempt also 1/3. In second attempt one cube was off by only one cycle and a +2. I haven't seen the results yet, but heard someone say that nobody got 3rd price, 2/3 would have been good enough for podium.

3bld was a disaster. 3 straight DNFs, all execution mistakes. First attempt was ok time, 2:04, both next solves over 4 minutes as I made mistakes during memo and had to redo parts. At home my success rate this year is barely over 25%, so couldn't hope for much more than 2 correct in a total of 9 attempted cubes.. I didn't see the time for my first mbld attempt, but the second was 18 minutes. Could have played it safer and taken a lot more time.

Also did 5x5 today. Cutoff was 2:45, I knew I wouldn't make it. PB at home is maybe 3:30. Don't remember, really never practice this event. Only relearned the parity alg earlier this week for the comp. Got one sub 3:40 in my two attempts and I was happy with that.

Tomorrow 2x2, 3x3 and 4x4. For 2x2 I just relearned Ortega. I'm happy if I get a sub-10. I also relearned 4x4 parity earlier this week. Cutoff is 1:50. I just did a 1:55 Ao25, best Ao12 was 1:51 and best single 1:33. With a good solve the cutoff is no problem, but I need some luck there.

3x3 I'll be very happy even with a sub-20 single. I noticed at the venue that my fingers and brain don't work like they do at home. I've actually never really solved a cube with many people present, nor in a noisy environment. It'll be interesting to see how that affects my 3x3.
It's great that you are getting to compete. Good luck tomorrow.
Hey all. Decent day at comp so far. Got a 16.08 ave in 3x3 and a 14.47 single which was unexpected.

3:28.xy success in bld.

Cheers!
Excellent 3BLD result. Well done.
 

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Also did 5x5 today. Cutoff was 2:45, I knew I wouldn't make it. PB at home is maybe 3:30. Don't remember, really never practice this event. Only relearned the parity alg earlier this week for the comp. Got one sub 3:40 in my two attempts and I was happy with that.
Good job! That is about where I’m at with 5x5 as well. I feel like the cutoffs for 5x5 are disproprtionately harder than fornsome other events. Well... in fact, all the big cubes seem like the cutoffs are really fast/difficult. Out hard cutoffs are usually faster than I could hope to make! Anyway,

Good luck today with 222, 333 and 444!
 
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