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Welcome Thay Cambridge 2015

Thaynara

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If anyone's interested, I'm selling my GoPro camera with 32g sd card. Obv great for cubing videos so pm me if interests you. Can give it to you at the comp
 

Thaynara

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Perhaps £40? I have the basic mounts for my gopro hero (quick release buckle, two adhesive mounts and a skeleton backdoor) plus the 32g sd card. Only used it for a month so it's pretty much brand new.
Please someone take it as I have no use for it :p
 
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illius

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I was directing my comments at Sq-1 (addressed below) - sorry for the generalisation of my statement! Interesting insight about cuts though. 2:30 on 5x5 is certainly not an achievable target for 30 minutes of practise! Indeed some people will have to work for months or even a year or 2 to get there, but as you've stated, time constraints make it difficult to justify increasing it. This formula probably doesn't work for other events, but a world class solver would take 5 minutes of solving time to finish an average - same as 2:30 x 2 solves :)

I'm not directing the following points at you specifically, but merely writing some random thoughts:

I don't have an issue with the existence of cuts. This is a competitive hobby, which mean I always like to draw comparisons to "real" sports: Rewarding faster people by letting them have more solves and medals should not be confused with elitism and does not necessarily mean we're not being inclusive enough. I like to think we're a lot more accommodating than most equivalent hobbies/sports actually.

I think different cuts in different competitions/countries is fine - again, that's perfectly normal for every other comparable activity. I wouldn't feel strongly against making them consistent though, but logistics and a wide variation in abilities across the world make a strong argument for the status quo.



I thought by saying that you wanted 1:30 cutoff you meant that you were 1:30 or below already and if that is the case, I still believe that 30 minutes of practise can get you sub-1. Of course some people improve faster than others, but (no offence intended) maybe you haven't learnt the right things? Maybe I can help...using Vandenburgh, there is a set of 5 algs that can get you sub-30 fairly easily with some cubeshape knowledge and still sub-40 even with beginners cubeshape.
CP: Intuitive, average of 2 slice, max 3 slices.
EO: Opp-Opp (alg is M2) and single edge swap. Each case is max 2 of those algs.
CP: Double J. All cases can be done with 1 or 2 double Js (4 slices each alg)
EP: Adj-Adj (4 slices) until you reduce to Adj parity (long :p). Also you should know H perm already from 3x3 (M2 U M2 U2 M2 U M2) so you don't have to do 4 adj-adjs for that.
By the way, "M2" is 1,0/-1,-1/0,1

Maybe I should make a tutorial on this minimal-alg-but-still-fast method.
The terrible thing is that I use that method, with some extra intuitive algorithms. Oh dear. What cube shape speed do you think that I should aim for sub-60 with? I was averaging 80 seconds when I last checked, but my Sq-1 decided to fall apart. Maybe somebody can help me fix it at Welcome Thay Cambridge. Today the QiYi was ordered anyway. :)
 

kinch2002

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The terrible thing is that I use that method, with some extra intuitive algorithms. Oh dear. What cube shape speed do you think that I should aim for sub-60 with? I was averaging 80 seconds when I last checked, but my Sq-1 decided to fall apart. Maybe somebody can help me fix it at Welcome Thay Cambridge. Today the QiYi was ordered anyway. :)
I think cubeshape should be 10-15 secs max once you are familiar with beginners method (all 8 edges together then split). Even if you spend 10 seconds doing each sub-step from there (20 for really bad EP cases) that is still going to get you 1 minute average. And 10 seconds is quite generous for algs that are mostly 4 slices :p
 

illius

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I think cubeshape should be 10-15 secs max once you are familiar with beginners method (all 8 edges together then split). Even if you spend 10 seconds doing each sub-step from there (20 for really bad EP cases) that is still going to get you 1 minute average. And 10 seconds is quite generous for algs that are mostly 4 slices :p
Okay thank you. I think that once the QiYi arrives (with the AoLong GT!), I'll probably get sub-1 (touch wood).
 

mark49152

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Great comp, thanks Joey and team for organising! See you all in Manchester!

DYK: my best 5x5 solve was faster than my worst 4x4 solve (2.02, 2.06).

Happy Holidays to all :D
 

illius

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Great competition!

RESULTS:

FMC: oopsy daisy I got a 38. Next time I'll actually practice and not forget NISS.
3x3x3: yippee singles! Although I didn't get a sub-20.3 average, I am happy.
4x4x4: all-time pb single. Nearly made the cutoff
5x5x5: who does 5x5x5?
BLD: Nearly a success. 3 twisted corners off.
OH: Amazing times. I am very happy with this.
Pyraminx: Quite happy, made the final.
Skewb: Not the best, but still comp. PBs all around.
Sq-1: yayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayay sub-30 single and sub-40 average!!!!

Thanks for a great third competition. I might go to Harrow(?) in March, and possibly even Manchester (though it's not looking too likely right now). Probably WGC in April, although my sister has GCSEs, so I cannot confirm anything. ABHC is almost certainly a yes though. I can't go to European Champs because of a choir tour to Poland the next day.

See you all soon.
 

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Another fun competition, really enjoyed it. Must have been involved in judging 10 times the number of cubes I actually solved, which was a really good way to put some faces to names too.

I managed to beat the best 4x4 score I'd managed in practice during the competition by 24 seconds too. Will aim to learn how to solve some other cube types before the next event.

Thanks to all the organisers and competitors. Enjoy the holiday season. Cheers.
 

joey

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Thanks for coming everyone!

I had fun organising, got a few decent singles (9.10, 36 and 37 on 4x4) which I was content with since I haven't had a chance to practise much recently.

See y'all next year at WTC 2016!
 
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DYK?

-I finally got a sub-40 average in comp?
-The comp's namesake was lovely, as were all the other foreign cubers visiting for this comp, nice to meet you all!
-Thaynara recognised who I was without my hat.
-May or may not have been spooned by Coggers.
-"Is it just me, or is Cambridge full of hipsters?" -Lawrence
-The venue was nice and well ventilated, I only went to take a trip outside for fresh air once
-Zoe's signature is a little love heart

Good comp. Thanks Joey!
 

DJ4Y

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DYK?

-I finally got a sub-40 average in comp?
-The comp's namesake was lovely, as were all the other foreign cubers visiting for this comp, nice to meet you all!
-Thaynara recognised who I was without my hat.
-May or may not have been spooned by Coggers.
-"Is it just me, or is Cambridge full of hipsters?" -Lawrence
-The venue was nice and well ventilated, I only went to take a trip outside for fresh air once
-Zoe's signature is a little love heart

Good comp. Thanks Joey!
Well done on finally getting sub 40 avg, gogo sub 35?
 

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