Most hobbies or sports have one competition, normally annually or biannually, that trumps the rest in terms of the competition, the stakes and the glory. We have the World Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Winter Games and many more. Rubik’s Cube speedsolving has its own version – The World Championships. Every two years, some of the fastest speedcubers across the globe meet at one venue to compete for the World Champion title in their respective events.
Erno Rubik the inventor of the Cube and Max Park, the winner of the Rubik’s Cube World Championship 2017 Paris
The Australian speedcubing legend Feliks Zemdegs broke the Rubik’s Cube World Record average with 5.97 seconds in Latin America Cubing Tour 2017 – Chía, Colombia on June 28, 2017. The previous 6.39 record was held by Max Park (USA). Feliks Zemdegs currently holds the World Record for the fastest solve on a competition with 4.73 seconds which he set in December 2016.
Non-Cubers say the Darndest Things
At the time of its release, the Rubik’s Cube was the most popular toy in the world. It received multiple awards due to its popularity including back-to-back Toy of the Year awards in 1980 and 1981. However, the cube’s popularity fell off following the initial few years of excitement and entertainment, and although by the mid-1980s 1/5th of the globe had played with a cube, it wasn’t talked about very much throughout the late-80s and 90s. However, in the early 2000s, the puzzle made a resurgence when a new hobby surfaced: Speedcubing. Speedcubing sowed its roots at the 1982 World Championship in Budapest, but in 2003 it was a whole new world. More and more people were finding the old Rubik’s branded cube that everyone had somewhere around the house, googling a tutorial and getting hooked.
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Only 5 weeks since Mats Valk set the Rubik’s Cube Single World Record at 4.74 seconds, and today we receive the news that Feliks Zemdegs (Australia) broke it with 4.73 seconds shaving off one hundredth of a second from the previous time.
This is the third sub-5 seconds Rubik’s record and it was registered on POPS Open 2016 competition, which was held in Melbourne Australia on December 11 2016.
Why speedcubers and the twisty puzzle community generally dislike Rubik’s branded products
Despite being the inventor of the type of puzzle we use today, Seven Towns’ Rubik’s puzzles and brand aren’t particularly enjoyed by many puzzlers, especially the Rubik’s community. There’s no real hatred towards the brand (although some actions of the Seven Towns company have given some reasons to explain why some people have more of a dislike towards them than others).
Tony Fisher, British puzzle designer, the inventor of the Fisher Cube, the Golden Cube, the Tony’s Pillowed Holey Skewb and many other custom twisty puzzle designs posted on his YouTube channel a video of himself forming the checkerboard pattern on a fully functional 1.56m (5.11 ft) wide cube.
We have to mention that this is not Tony’s first big cube. He has got one with an edge of 30 cm.
We thought that it would be handy to publish a blog entry about what it takes to run a website like Ruwix for those who are interested in web development and would like to start their own cyber adventure. Thanks to the Internet, anyone can share their thoughts and ideas with the World without any significant programming skills and technical knowledge. Let’s see the steps that you have to follow in order to start your own website and to attract visitors.
Update 2016: This rekord was broken by Mats Valk (4.74 sec)
The official WCA Rubik’s Cube Single World record was broken on the River Hill Fall 2015 competition which was held in Clarksville, Maryland (USA) on the 21st of November 2015.
Keaton Ellis broke the World Record of Collin Burns (5.25) first, with an amazing 5.09 result but since Lucas Etter beat this time at the same competition on the same day, this one never counted as a record.
The World Cube Association regulation says:
9i2) All the results of a round are considered to take place on the last calendar date of the round. If a regional record is broken multiple times on the same calendar date, only the best result is recognised as breaking that regional record.
The new 28x28x28 Cube
A Taiwanese Puzzle Corporation announced they are working on a fully functional 28x28x28 Rubik’s Cube prototype. The solution of such a puzzle is not any more challenging than a 6x6x6 cube, but it’s pushing the limits of high order puzzle manufacturing. Let the engineers design the monster of the twisty puzzles which soon might be the most cherished item of any puzzle collection.
A group of three cubers won the biggest Romanian talent show on 12th June 2015. Cristian Leana (20), Martin Fronescu (12) and Flavian Glonţ (17), members of the SpeedCubing group managed to make it to the finals and impress both the jury and the public with their amazing blindfolded performance. They deserved the great prize of 120.000€!
This was the second attempt for Cristian on the stage of Romania’s Got Talent. He also entered the competition in 2012 and made it all the way to the finals but this year, being part of a group proved to be more efficient.
Update 21 November 2015: This record has been broken!
…by Lucas Etter on the River Hill Fall 2015 competition which was held in Clarksville, Maryland (USA) on 21st of November 2015.
Breaking News! Collin Burns (USA) breaks the Rubik’s Cube single world record on Doylestown Spring 2015 official WCA competition. He managed to shave 3 tenth of a second off the record of Mats Valk (Netherlands), setting the new record to 5.25.
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In this gallery I shared some funny pictures taken in the perfect moment from the perfect angle giving the scenario a different meaning. I’m sure you’ve got to analize some of them twice.
The following picture pairs seem to be identic but that’s just the first impression. Can you spot the small differences between these near-identical Rubik’s Cube related images?
Click on the images and they will pop up. Hit the Esc button or click the image to close them. To reveal the solutions scroll to the bottom of this page.
If you’ve never played Photo hunt before you should begin with this warm-up puzzle. Starring Wall-E the robot on this one. I’m sure you’ll easily find all the 7 differences.
Some very happy guys on this picture, one of them wearing a Rubik’s Cube costume. This one is not that hard yet. There are 9 differences between the two pictures.
Scroll down for the solution
I think these are the best youtube comments ever 🙂
As most of you know we use letters to mark different rotations so we can describe any Rubik’s Cube algorithm. Speedcubers are already familiar with the notation of the Rubik’s Cube, and some of them probably know the advanced notation as well which describes not only the face rotations but slice turns, double layer turns, whole cube turns etc.
To demonstrate these operations I have created a 3D model of the puzzle where you can try all these rotations and it will probably help you memorize them better.
The program is using the latest HTML5 techniques and it’s not guaranteed that your browser can render it properly but the latest Google Chrome and mobile browsers can display it.
The online Rubik’s Cube Timer aka CubeTimer has got some new useful features which will make our life easier. In this article I will present some of these.
The first major improvement helps the mobile users to measure their Rubik’s Cube solution times much easier. The CubeTimer has got a new design which accomodates to the browser window size. So if you launch the program on a smartphone with narrow screen size then the Start/Stop button will be a bigger tap button, the graphical display will be hidden and the control panel will accomodate to your device. To see this new feature in action simply drag the corner of your internet browser window and shrink it to see how the program responds.
Print feature on the Cube Timer
Now you can simply save or print your times using the small print button which you can find at the bottom corner of the measured times. The printer will not print the whole page as you see it on the computer screen, just the important information.
With the appropiate software you can save this print view directly to a .pdf file. I use and recommend Cutepdf writer for this.
Recently I had to create 20 micro blogs so I’ve registered on a couple of free blogging websites. It turned out it’s not so simple to find that many functional blogging sites. I think the biggest blog sites like WordPress, BlogSpot or Tumblr fave taken over the majority of the market and the small ones are closing business or they’re struggling for survival. I had to find 20 working sites at all costs.
We always use different online tools when working on our website. On this page we’ve collected our favorite free useful online gadets for web developers and web designers. You can find here SEO tools, different converters, testers, generators, checkers and more…
Online HTML editor
A free online tool we use every time we post an article to Ruwix
HTML Editor ← This one is GREAT. 🙂
How to Create a Blog?
A complete tutorial of creating a blog from registering the domain name to monetization and more. websitesetup.org
How to start a blog online
How to Start a Blog: Step-By-Step Guide with Pictures HowToStartABlogOnline.net
Make a Website Hub
A really simple guide on how you can build your own website in just 60 minutes. makeawebsitehub.com
RGB Color Code
Online tool to convert colors (hex, rgb, hsv, cmyk etc) rgbcolorcode.com
HTML code cleaner
This online tool cleans HTML documents: strips inline styles, empty tags, consecutive breaks are reduced. Very useful if you want to copy content from a Microsoft Word document to plain html. www.html-cleaner.com, www.html-online.com
In October 2012 Twitter changed the way you can embed a Twitter feed widget on your website. So the widgets you had on your websites might not load new tweets or it simply give error messages. To overcome this problem you can go ahead and log in to Twitter to create and manage widgets there (https://twitter.com/settings/widgets) but I personally prefer the way I’m going to present in this article. Below you can find the code you can use and implement a nice feed.
The new GPO Snowblades or Skiboards from Gaspo with Tyrolia release bindings are 99 cm long with 7 m radius and come in various color schemes. You can choose your own pair of GPO Snowblades from the Crystal, Butterfly, Peace, Race Shorty, Swing or Gamble (see picture). They are available for sale from 2012 and it costs around 200 euros.
You can see how it works on the demo below or see my own custom implementation for the online Rubik’s Cube solver program.
Review of some free online webshop solutions
There are several free open source PHP-MySql based shopping carts (eCommerce systems) so if someone wants a webshop then he has the freedom to choose between many options. The most common are OpenCart, Zen Cart, PrestaShop, Magento, OsCommerce and I wanted to figure it out which one of these is the best to use.
I installed Zen Cart, Prestashop and OpenCart to test them. I read many forums about the topic and these are the top eCommerce systems what people usually recommend.
Let me present the Easy Rider bike shop Tirgu Mures. They sell all kind of human-powered, pedal-driven single-track vehicles having two wheels attached to a frame and of course equipment and spare parts for these. You will find BMX, mountain bikes or they can command anything if the desired product is not on stock.
There’s a new update on the online Rubix cube solver program. Now when you hover over a permutation button it displays a picture over the cube to show what that notation means. On the old version there was only a small picture giving this help. The new feature also shows the direction of the rotation, so I had to draw 12 pictures, for the six faces. The M, E, S rotation use the same pictures as the L, D, B, in this order.
Announcing the new Rubik’s Notation widget with graphical interface.
Check it out here!
Measure how fast you can solve your cube with this Rubik’s Stopwatch designed for twisty puzzles and speed stacking. It has a graphical user interface and creates statistics.
Each time when you stop the counter it generates automatically a random scramble for your Cube.
Check it out here!
Introducing two new Rubik’s Cube Scramble generators.
The first Scrambler is very simple, it has just a button and creates a permutation for a Rubik’s Cube.
The scientific version can generate longer scrambles for Cubes up to 13 layers.
Check them out here!
Set a scrambled cube and the program will generate the steps leading to the solution for every valid Rubik’s Cube scramble. Try the Online Rubik’s Cube Solver program now!
Everything about Rubik’s Cube. Wallpapers, robots, mathematics, collections etc.
Read interesting articles about the Magic Cube here.
Valentine’s Day is approaching fast and a perfect gift idea for a Rubik’s Cube fan would be the heart shaped YJ puzzle which is built on the same core system as the classic 3x3x3 Magic Cube. In this case not the 6 colors determine the solved state but the shape of the puzzle just like in the case of the Mirror Cube for example. It has a very good quality, it moves pretty smooth, and it doesn’t have any peeling stickers.
Ruwix wishes you and your loved ones have a Happy New Year with lots of Rubik’s Cubes and other twisty puzzles in 2013.
Use the navigation keys and the A,D buttons.
While playing RailRush use the right and left arrow to switch rail, up to jump over obstacles, dow to bend over, A and D buttons to reach for the nuggets. Complete the missions.