Or would that be Things We D'aww Today?
Joe Penna (aka MysteryGuitarMan) must be some kind of genius, because he solved nearly 1300 Rubik's Cubes about 1000 times to create this ridiculously adorable animated video.Read More
When 40 years old you reach, receive a Google Doodle you will not, hmmm?
Looking for a great way to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Rubik's Cube? Google's got you covered. Their Doodle today on the Google search page is an interactive Rubik's cube that you can solve on your computer or smartphone instead of doing whatever else it is you're supposed to be doing today. Nothing important happens on Monday anyway, right?Read More
There are a lot of fun things to do with Rubik's Cubes, but the cubes as the majority of the public knows them are composed of flat faces, and the puzzle is solved by way of using colors. Though the puzzle of the cubes are supposed to be based on sight, a few modders out there have made the cubes something people without sight can enjoy. Head on past the break, and check out six of our favorite Rubik's Cubes for the blind.Read More
David Calvo is something of a Rubik's Cube master. From solving two cubes simultaneously, one in each hand, to solving a cube blindfolded, he's done it all. Well, most of it. That being the case, it looks like he's started to work juggling into his repitoire, giving him the most impressively useless "other skills" section of any résumé in history. Of course, knowing the guy's background, it was probably harder for him to get a hang of the one-handed juggling than anything else, but it is still impossible not to be impressed. What's next? Who knows, but I am excited to find out.Read More
When it comes to speed solving Rubik's cubes, I feel like we must be coming up on the physical limits of speed. Records are being eroded constantly and it just has to stop somewhere, right? Just this May, the record was set at 6.24 seconds, only to be beaten in June with a 5.66 second run, and now, the CubeStormer II is upping the ante with a 5.35 second run. Seriously, how much faster can it possibly get?
The CubeStormer II, as you might be able to guess, is a LEGO Mindstorms project and utilizes the tried-and-true smartphone-operated robotic solver format. The really impressive part of the CubeStormer II is how fast it goes. Seriously, I could watch that thing solve cubes all day long. If a human can beat this record, they very well may be the last
superhuman to have that honor.
Video after the jump.Read More
what is this I don't even
A Megaminx is essentially a dodecahedral Rubik's Cube--that's 12 faces and 50 total moveable pieces. For comparison, the regular Rubik's Cube has 6 faces and 20 moveable pieces. If having 6 more faces and 30 more moveable pieces than a regular Rubik's Cube weren't enough, on top of a less scary 6 color format, the Megaminx also comes in a 12 color format. So, what does one do when faced with solving the terrifying 12-faced, 12-colored, 50-pieced dodecahedron? Make a computer do it. Uploaded to YouTube by user ARMFlix, the above video shows a LEGO Mindstorms NXT construction called the "Megaminxer," which when coupled with an HTC Desire running a custom Android app, solves the Rubik's monstrosity. The HTC Desire takes a picture of each face of the Megaminx, processes the scrambled colors, works out the solution, then tells the Megaminxer's controller via Bluetooth how to manipulate the dodecahedron in order to solve the puzzle. Basically, fancy computer magic.Read More
This isn't normally how we make the games are art argument, but... we applaud your commitment to literal thinking. (David Alvarez has two other game supply mosaics that are just as impressive, using good old six-sided dice and playing cards. I chose this one because it is relevant to my interests.) (via Wired.)Read More
Skype files for IPO (WSJ)
Gorilla plays Nintendo DSi XL (Escapist)
MTV hires $100k/year Twitter jockey (Runnin' Scared)
Vintage Tokyo subway manners posters (Pink Tentacle)
Bonus video: Lando Calrissian Blaxploitation film:Read More
Your parents told you not to play with your food: Try telling that to Adam Melonas, world-class chef and creator of these amazing scallop, fois gras, and roe rubiks cubes. Adam is Head Chef in Charge of the Lab at Paco Roncero, at 2 Michelin Star La Terraza del Casino at the ultra-exculsive Casino De Madrid. He developed this dish while coaching the 2008 Spanish team for Bocuse d’Or.Read More