Even though I’ve been absent for the past few years I’ve still been picking up some new releases and puzzles to add to my collection. A few days ago I received a parcel with the above puzzles: MoYu AoLong GT Green Body, Dreidel 3×3, and a stickerless MoYu Wheel of time.
Finally, after several years, I updated my site. I cleaned up some pages as well as added a portfolio and new resumes. The past few years have been pretty crazy both professionally and personally and I had to step away from the social world but now that I’m slowly getting back up to speed I’m hoping to do some regular updates, puzzle solutions, and other odds and ends. I have some new puzzles heading my way and collected quite a bit since I disappeared, if there are any puzzles you are struggling with let me know and I’ll try and do write up on it in the days and months to come.
This is a minimalistic guide for solving 3x3xN cuboids, where N does not equal one or three. Prior knowledge of solving a 3×3 required for higher ordered versions, preferably experience in scrambling/ solving a cube using 180 degree face turns.
Lets start at the beginning with the:
3x3x2 or Domino Cube
Hasbro released a computer game, Rubik’s Games, back in 1999. I remember playing with a computer simulation of the 3x3x2 before playing with a physical version.
The first version I’ve seen of the 3x3x2 was the Domino Cube, released by Rubik in 1983. These rare puzzles would pop up on ebay and fetch $400 back in the 90’s. I picked up my first domino cube in 2005(ish) for $50 as more and more started resurfacing. Unfortunately, now the puzzle is being knocked off and recreated by various vendors.
Back in the late 90’s early 2000’s, a member of the Twisty Puzzles forum posted a cool thread about creating 2x2x3 and 3x3x2 cuboids by attaching regular sized 3×3 pieces to a keychain cube. Many brave puzzle builders jumped on building their own cuboids by hacking their cubes apart, I too attempted to build one but mine didn’t come out all that well and ended up being fragile and falling apart…
But enough history, lets get to solving!
The past week or two I picked up a couple new released puzzles. Unfortunately, these new puzzles don’t offer much challenge as they are simply platonic shifts of pre-existing puzzles. The first being the Helicopter Dodecahedron.
Many puzzle enthusiasts have probably already jumped on the Helicopter Cube which was released over a year ago. Solving the Helicopter Dodecahedron doesn’t offer much more of a challenge other than more pieces to place and the newly added inner edge pieces. Though, this may not be a new addition for you if you had a chance to play with TomZ’s Curvy Copter variant. Read More…
Sorry folks for the delay, I ran into some complications with editing software for the videos. Hope these help you out 🙂
These videos reference an earlier post with the Walk-through for solving the Master Skewb: http://jakerueth.com/blog/?p=293
Solving the Edges:
Solving the Inner Corners:
Well, things have been pretty busy for me lately. I’ve gone to several conventions all over the midwest and having a great time hanging out with art friends and meeting new people. Lately I’ve also been watching a lot of Doctor Who, so I created an illustration inspired by the show. I used to watch the old Doctor Who episodes on PBS when I was little but haven’t gotten around to watching the new series until it popped up on Netflix.
One of pieces “Catch a Big One”, has been getting some big exposure online. It was featured as a Daily Deviation on DeviantArt.com! This kept me busy with the flood of comments and emails for quite some time. The piece was also noticed by, Artist and Director of Community Operations, Fiona Hooley, who selected this piece to be included in the Community section of Digital Artist Magazine (Issue 19 – page 18). Read More…
On Monday I received two puzzles in the mail. One was the Tutminx by Very Puzzle and the other was the Professor Pyraminx by Mefferts. The Tutminx is kinda crazy. It comes blank and requires stickering which is kind of fun. The actually puzzle itself is a bit annoying as you have to keep track of your turns as its easy to jumble the puzzle. If you jumble the puzzle up too bad the puzzle will cease up and certain face will not move.
The Professor Pyraminx was by far, way more fun to play with. After playing with it for a few minutes in the Post Office parking lot, I came up with a fairly decent method for solving the puzzle. It may not be the best or most efficient method, but it gets the job done. Here is how I solve the Professor Pyraminx:
Well, I got my new Mosaic Cube from Mefferts today. Honestly the cube, though manufactured professionally, is still highly unstable. The puzzle exploded several times on me after the first couple turns and isn’t very easy or fun to maneuver. Which is too bad, as for a puzzle, this is a fun one to solve.
My first attempt, before the cube exploded, was to solve the corners, solve the edges, and then solve the centers. But when the pieces went flying I learned that the centers aren’t floating pieces but actually joined together to the centers on the adjacent sides. So after seeing the mechanics I realized it might be easier to solve corners, then centers, and then the edges. This solution proved to be quite efficient, and I had the puzzle solved before leaving the post office parking lot.
I was doodling to some tunes in the Brickhaus Cafe in Jefferson, WI again, and a song popped up on my Zune. I haven’t listened to it in several years. The band is called “The Death Set” and the song is titled “Negative Thinking”. Its probably my favorite song on the album but the song got me thinking how important it is to have positive outlets to vent our negativity.
Whenever I feel bad, or feeling stressed, I block away a set amount of time to draw. I feel a million times better after a drawing session and not only did it make me feel better but I’ve been productive too!
Several of my friends have told me, “Jake, thats cool that you have that kind of outlet, but I am not that lucky. I can’t draw!” Read More…
My Latest Illustration is up on DeviantArt and its kind of a weird one how it came to be.
I was at the Brickhaus Cafe, in Jefferson, and while cranking up some tunes and sipping a chai latte, I doodled this out. It was a silly idea where in this world there are these water creatures and they are so timid and afraid that when the break the surface of the water they are paralyzed by fear. There are these land creatures that realize these water creature’s fear and use that to turn the creatures into their homes.
The little guy on the tongue in the bottom right corner is fishing for an addition to his cool home.
Once I finished the doodle, I sat back in my chair and thought, “Wow, this sort of parallels my current living situation.” Read More…