Circles & Squares

Posted: January 7, 2011 in Blogging, Cool Things, Kids Fun, Learning, School and Kids
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Hey guys, Ooch here!

What’s your favorite shape? I ask this because I think I might have a new favorite shape. Actually, I never really thought much about shapes until a few minutes ago and the reason why I even began thinking about shapes was because I have a new favorite activity . . . More about that in a few!

If someone were to guess what my favorite shape was, most people would probably say a circle or sphere . . .

This makes sense because yo-yos are such a large part of my life. Circles are round therefore Ooch must love circles. It makes sense! I DO love circles. So many things I like are circular! One person even guessed that I’d like a circle because my favorite color is orange! Why? Oranges are round. Clever.

So yeah, I love circles but I’ve recently discovered the joy of squares! Ladies and gents I can now solve a Rubik’s Cube!!!

It’s so funny because I never thought I’d EVER be able to solve the cube. I was under the assumption that I’d have to figure it out. Boy was I wrong!

So I was on a plane headed to Dallas for a toy show and I found myself sitting next to a guy with a wooden Rubik’s cube. As it turns out he was a rep for the company that makes the Rubik’s cube. I asked him if he could solve the cube and he told me that everyone who works for Rubik’s needs to be able to solve it. I immediately that I’d NEVER be able to work for that company! I’m not smart enough. Then he told me something that changed my life. He said that I could learn how to solve it from a DVD. “Really”, he said. “Solving a cube is a matter of memorizing a series of algorithms.” Algorithms? Sounds complicated. He told me that an algorithm is really a combination you memorize based on patterns found on the cube. “There are about 7 steps to solving the cube,” he said. 7 steps? That didn’t sound too bad. So he agreed to send me a cube with the DVD and when it came in the mail I went straight to work!!

It wasn’t quite as easy as I hoped but vastly easier than I originally thought it’d be. When I first was learning I had to take it very slow. One step at a time. I learned one combination and practiced that over and over and over . . .
I practiced it until I could do it without thinking about it. From there I went to step 2, practiced over and over and over . . . and so on . . .

It took me about a week (practicing a little bit each day) to get it solved for the first time. And let me tell you, the feeling I got from getting those colors matched up on all sides was PURE JOY!!! I felt so good about myself that I wanted to learn how to do it faster and faster. I began carrying the cube everywhere. I now had another trick to put into my bag, so to speak. From there on, no matter where I was, if there was a Rubik’s cube in my midst I could conquer it!!

The best part of discovering the Rubik’s cube was the discovery that I could do something I never imagined possible. My limited knowledge of the cube had me assuming that I needed a certain IQ or skill in geometry or math to be able to do it. When I found out that I could learn how to do it (and did) my perspective on life changed. I now find myself thinking about all the other things previously I assumed were impossible and wonder if I REALLY CAN achieve them! Hmm, I’ve always wanted to learn how to fly a helicopter . . .

What’s also cool is that I’ve taught other people how to solve the cube. It feels so awesome to share my knowledge with people who, like me, never thought they could do it. Seeing others accomplish something new and knowing that I helped gets me pumped!

So now I have two favorite shapes – circles and squares!

Do you have a sweet skill that you can share with others? If so, I’d love to know!

If you want to learn how to solve the Rubik’s cube, CLICK HERE.

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Comments
  1. Dana Wolf says:

    Hey Ooch! Just wondering if the directions for solving the cube are clear and easy enough for a 9 year old. Noah just got one last month and I am sure that he would LOVE to learn how to solve it, but I don’t want to direct him to the link if it will be insanely frustrating for him. Just wondering what you thought about the ease of understanding the directions. Thanks!!!

    Dana

    • ooch says:

      Hey Dana! I learned how to solve the cube with a dvd that came in the package. However, the videos on the site seem to be pretty clear and I think with a little focus Noah will be fine. Also, downloading the solution guide would be helpful. Here’s the link to the solve page – http://www.rubiks.com/solving-center/solve_rubiks_3x3_cube.php It’s all there. Have fun! And if he gets frustrated let me know and I’ll try to track down the videos I used to learn the solve of the 3X3! Good luck!

  2. Dana Wolf says:

    Thanks Ooch!!! I went to the link to see if I could figure it out, but I got stuck after the white cross and the corners were filled in. Maybe downloading the guide will get me to the next step. I figure that if I can figure it out, I will be able to help Noah if he has a problem. Thanks for your help:)

    Dana

  3. Dana Wolf says:

    I did it! The solution guide made all the difference. Thanks:) Now I just have to learn how to do it with out looking at the directions so that I can teach Noah how to do it. I kind of hate to mess it up after it took so long to do it, but practice does make perfect!

    • ooch says:

      Congrats, Dana!!!! I knew you could do it!! I’m glad that the guide helped. Go ahead and mess that bad-boy up!!! If you did it once you can certainly do it again. PLUS, you’ll need to do it over and over and over and over and over so you can eventually memorize it. I’ve found that it’s wicked fun, actually. I solve the cube now as a stress-reliever! Awww yeah!!

  4. Dana Wolf says:

    Well, you must be getting sick of hearing from me by now, but I told Noah that I would send you another message! So, I messed it up and had Noah sit with me while I followed the directions for solving it. Then I gave him the cube and the directions and left him alone for a while. Well, he came to me twice for a little help, but wouldn’t you know it, he managed to figure it out a lot faster than I did! I’m not sure if I should be more embarrassed (for myself) or proud (of Noah)! I think that I’ll settle for a combination of both. The look of pride on his face was worth the embarrassment:) Thanks for the cube help and info! Is there anything you can’t do? My iMac doesn’t seem to be working right…..

    • ooch says:

      I’m not getting sick you you, Dana. 🙂 I love your attitude towards learning and the sharing of your knowledge! I’ve taught a few people how to do the cube and I’m amazed at how fast kids learn! I feel a little slow when I watch how fast they get it, too. I just chalk it up to being a good teacher! Remember, we really had to learn on our own. 🙂 You should see me trying to learn new yo-yo tricks! Yikes. Slow as molasses. . . but I eventually get it. And that’s what it’s all about – getting it! I’m glad you GOT IT!! Rock on! And congrats to Noah, too. And best of luck with the iMac! 🙂

  5. Dana Wolf says:

    Thanks! You made Noah smile yet again (me too). It is funny how the praise means more to him when it comes from you! Ah, the life of an idol!

  6. vishal says:

    i folloewd the step from rubikssolver.com . i got the solition upto 5th step but cannot able to get 6th and 7th step to solve the cube. will you help e me to solve the 6th n 7th step

    • ooch says:

      Hey! I don’t know if I can actually help you because I’m not sure exactly where you’re stuck. All I can say is stick with it and keep trying!! I know that the algorithms get longer the further you progress in the solve. The last two steps may seem complicated but I’ve memorized them so I don’t have to look at the cube for the last step. I’m sure you can, too!

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