Psychic and The Cube

A friend and I have the same story about our first encounter with a Rubik’s Cube.

We fiddled with it for a few minutes, tossed it aside and never picked up another.  Or that was my story until I was writing Psychic. During some research I saw links to solutions. Being the Queen of ADD-land, I watched one.

Then I ordered one.

Now, I’d have ten times as many titles out if I could just write nonstop for 8 hours a day. But writing is like surfing. You ride a wave but than you have to paddle back out and sit on your board and catch another wave.

While you wait you write emails or whatever. Solving the Cube was one of my whatevers.

I read somewhere that only about 2.3% of the population can solve a Rubik’s cube. I’m not one of them. I just followed directions. But, even following the directions and solving is something to be a bit proud of. There are  43 quintillion ways to arrange The Cube.  (43,000,000,000,000,000,000.) Those sharing their methods can’t account for all those possibilities so you do have to figure out sometimes how to adapt the thing you have in your hands to the instructions that don’t cover your scenario.

The current world speed record is held by Mats Valk, a Dutch teenager, who managed to solve it in 5.55 seconds. OOPS! 😮 No more, he’s been beaten twice. The current record held for the fastest solve of the Rubik’s Cube is currently 3.47 seconds by Yusheng Du, who beat the record of Feliks Zemdegs by 0.75 seconds.

And even the robots are getting beat out. Since the original writing, a robot has solved the Rubik’s Cube this year in an incredible 0.38 seconds!! source

Robots, however, been able to solve the Rubik’s cube even more quickly. The Cubestormer III robot built from Lego kits and powered by a Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone solved it in 3.25 seconds in March this year.

Just thought I’d let you now while waiting for the wave to come in.

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