## My first solve was a blindfold solve

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• I was by Macky to post something to this site, so here goes. It all started because I was speaking with a co-worker one day about the rubiks cube and how I had
Message 1 of 10 , Nov 5, 2007
I was by Macky to post something to this site, so here goes.

It all started because I was speaking with a co-worker one day about
the rubiks cube and how I had never figured out how to solve it. Well
he convinced me to take Macky's challenge: "07/09: I'd like to see
someone who doesn't know how to solve a cube learn to solve it
blindfolded. Would some brave soul please give it a try? It really
shouldn't be too hard. You'd be the only person in the world who can
say, "I can solve a Rubik's Cube, but only blindfolded" (ok, of course
you can use the blindfold method with you eyes open, but you know what
I mean)."

Well last night I finally successfully solved the cube for the first
time and it was blindfolded. There were many failed attempts before
that, and I started in July shortly after the challenge. So it only
took me ~4 months to get a completed solve. Now in my defense, I have
a wife and 2 kids (8 year old and a 16 month old), so I was only able
dedicate a few hours a week to this. Plus I was very slow in actually
memorizing the algorithms.

The experience was both fun and frustrating at the same time. The
frustrating part was of course thinking I had it solved then looking
at the cube and seeing it just as scrambled as when I started. The
funny thing is I have trouble looking at the cube now as I do the
algorithms, as I had forced myself to practiced all of them with my
eyes closed.

----- JNetCube Session Statistics for Sun Nov 04 22:47:27 EST 2007 -----

Cubes Solved: 1
Total Pops: 0
Average: 22:03.16

Fastest Time: 22:03.16
Slowest Time: 22:03.16
Standard Deviation: 00.00

Individual Times:
1) 22:03.16 U2 D' L U B2 U' R U D2 R2 L2 B U2 B' L2
U' R B' U' B F' U F2 L' U'

Resolution
CCW: 245
CW: 367
EO: 802 (hex)
CP: 275346
EP: 16.27BC8A.39 (hex)

Yes, it is slow but I am working on the speed (my first attempt which
failed was 56 minutes).
• When you practiced the algorithms, how did you know whether you had executed them correctly? Cheers! Stefan ... Well ... course ... what ... have ... able ...
Message 2 of 10 , Nov 5, 2007
When you practiced the algorithms, how did you know whether you had
executed them correctly?

Cheers!
Stefan

--- In speedsolvingrubikscube@yahoogroups.com,
"jeff_beltz" <jeff_beltz@...> wrote:
>
> I was by Macky to post something to this site, so here goes.
>
> It all started because I was speaking with a co-worker one day about
> the rubiks cube and how I had never figured out how to solve it.
Well
> he convinced me to take Macky's challenge: "07/09: I'd like to see
> someone who doesn't know how to solve a cube learn to solve it
> blindfolded. Would some brave soul please give it a try? It really
> shouldn't be too hard. You'd be the only person in the world who can
> say, "I can solve a Rubik's Cube, but only blindfolded" (ok, of
course
> you can use the blindfold method with you eyes open, but you know
what
> I mean)."
>
> Well last night I finally successfully solved the cube for the first
> time and it was blindfolded. There were many failed attempts before
> that, and I started in July shortly after the challenge. So it only
> took me ~4 months to get a completed solve. Now in my defense, I
have
> a wife and 2 kids (8 year old and a 16 month old), so I was only
able
> dedicate a few hours a week to this. Plus I was very slow in
actually
> memorizing the algorithms.
>
> The experience was both fun and frustrating at the same time. The
> frustrating part was of course thinking I had it solved then looking
> at the cube and seeing it just as scrambled as when I started. The
> funny thing is I have trouble looking at the cube now as I do the
> algorithms, as I had forced myself to practiced all of them with my
> eyes closed.
>
> ----- JNetCube Session Statistics for Sun Nov 04 22:47:27 EST 2007 -
----
>
> Cubes Solved: 1
> Total Pops: 0
> Average: 22:03.16
>
> Fastest Time: 22:03.16
> Slowest Time: 22:03.16
> Standard Deviation: 00.00
>
> Individual Times:
> 1) 22:03.16 U2 D' L U B2 U' R U D2 R2 L2 B U2 B'
L2
> U' R B' U' B F' U F2 L' U'
>
> Resolution
> CCW: 245
> CW: 367
> EO: 802 (hex)
> CP: 275346
> EP: 16.27BC8A.39 (hex)
>
> Yes, it is slow but I am working on the speed (my first attempt
which
> failed was 56 minutes).
>
• Hi, Execute the algorithms on a scrambled cube and track all the stickers? + Hope that you dont accidentally get into the solved state, of course. That would
Message 3 of 10 , Nov 5, 2007
Hi,

Execute the algorithms on a scrambled cube and track all the
stickers?

+ Hope that you dont accidentally get into the solved state, of
course. That would suck, if you tried Macky's challenge ;).

Congratz on your first solve, though, Jeff ;)

- Joël.

--- In speedsolvingrubikscube@yahoogroups.com, "Stefan Pochmann"
<pochmann@...> wrote:
>
> When you practiced the algorithms, how did you know whether you
> executed them correctly?
>
> Cheers!
> Stefan
>
> --- In speedsolvingrubikscube@yahoogroups.com,
> "jeff_beltz" <jeff_beltz@> wrote:
> >
> > I was by Macky to post something to this site, so here goes.
> >
> > It all started because I was speaking with a co-worker one day
> > the rubiks cube and how I had never figured out how to solve
it.
> Well
> > he convinced me to take Macky's challenge: "07/09: I'd like to
see
> > someone who doesn't know how to solve a cube learn to solve it
> > blindfolded. Would some brave soul please give it a try? It
really
> > shouldn't be too hard. You'd be the only person in the world who
can
> > say, "I can solve a Rubik's Cube, but only blindfolded" (ok, of
> course
> > you can use the blindfold method with you eyes open, but you
know
> what
> > I mean)."
> >
> > Well last night I finally successfully solved the cube for the
first
> > time and it was blindfolded. There were many failed attempts
before
> > that, and I started in July shortly after the challenge. So it
only
> > took me ~4 months to get a completed solve. Now in my defense,
I
> have
> > a wife and 2 kids (8 year old and a 16 month old), so I was only
> able
> > dedicate a few hours a week to this. Plus I was very slow in
> actually
> > memorizing the algorithms.
> >
> > The experience was both fun and frustrating at the same time.
The
> > frustrating part was of course thinking I had it solved then
looking
> > at the cube and seeing it just as scrambled as when I started.
The
> > funny thing is I have trouble looking at the cube now as I do the
> > algorithms, as I had forced myself to practiced all of them with
my
> > eyes closed.
> >
> > ----- JNetCube Session Statistics for Sun Nov 04 22:47:27 EST
2007 -
> ----
> >
> > Cubes Solved: 1
> > Total Pops: 0
> > Average: 22:03.16
> >
> > Fastest Time: 22:03.16
> > Slowest Time: 22:03.16
> > Standard Deviation: 00.00
> >
> > Individual Times:
> > 1) 22:03.16 U2 D' L U B2 U' R U D2 R2 L2 B U2
B'
> L2
> > U' R B' U' B F' U F2 L' U'
> >
> > Resolution
> > CCW: 245
> > CW: 367
> > EO: 802 (hex)
> > CP: 275346
> > EP: 16.27BC8A.39 (hex)
> >
> > Yes, it is slow but I am working on the speed (my first attempt
> which
> > failed was 56 minutes).
> >
>
• Congratulations! How did you do the scramble given above without a solved cube? Did you have someone else solve it first? [Non-text portions of this message
Message 4 of 10 , Nov 5, 2007
Congratulations!
How did you do the scramble given above without a solved cube? Did you have
someone else solve it first?

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• i think it would easy to follow along with the solution book or a website to solve it regularly without knowing the full method, then apply the scramble. i m
Message 5 of 10 , Nov 5, 2007
i think it would easy to follow along with the solution book or a website to solve it regularly without knowing the full method, then apply the scramble. i'm sure he means its his first solve without some sort of cheat sheet or external help. either that or he just buys a new one everytime :)

James Stuber <jestuber@...> wrote: Congratulations!
How did you do the scramble given above without a solved cube? Did you have
someone else solve it first?

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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• One of the first things I had to do was be able to recognize the colors for each of my positions. I used the numbering scheme on http://www.cubefreak.net. I
Message 6 of 10 , Nov 6, 2007
One of the first things I had to do was be able to recognize the colors
for each of my positions. I used the numbering scheme on
http://www.cubefreak.net I chose blue as my top and green as my
front, mainly because the java app on http://www.cubefreak.net had the
cube oriented that way and it was easier for me to visualize what the
algorithms were doing and what it should look like when it was done.

I practice the algorithms on both a solved cube and a scrambled cube.
Practicing means I was looking at the algorithm on a cheat sheet and
executing them on the cube under the table. Of course I looked after I
had executed the algorithm to see if I done it right. If I ended up
scrambling it accidentally while practicing an algorithm on a solved
cube (which happened quite a few times) I had co-worker, Mike Hughey
solve it for me.

Initially I stared with only the corner algorithms until I had those
algorithms memorized. I even tried solving just the corners on a 3x3,
which I guess technically was a blindfold 2x2.

Then I worked on edges which took me a while, but I didn't try just
solving the edges on a scrambled cube. If I needed the cube solved I
gave it to Mike and he solved it.

When I was actually trying to solve it blindfolded and failed, Mike, who
is very patient, would solve it so I could scramble it again. Initially
I was just messing it up randomly, then he pointed me to JNetCube which
I started using.

Of course technically I could after having memorized all the algorithms
(or just some of the really key one) could have solved it sighted, I
just didn't solve one unless it was blindfolded.

--- In speedsolvingrubikscube@yahoogroups.com, Clancy Cochran
<perscription_death@...> wrote:
>
> i think it would easy to follow along with the solution book or a
website to solve it regularly without knowing the full method, then
apply the scramble. i'm sure he means its his first solve without some
sort of cheat sheet or external help. either that or he just buys a new
one everytime :)
>
> James Stuber jestuber@... wrote:
Congratulations!
> How did you do the scramble given above without a solved cube? Did
you have
> someone else solve it first?
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
>
>
>
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• I d hate to have been the other guy. did you mess it up again, you blindfold dummy?! Michiel http://vanderblonk.com ... who is very patient, would solve it
Message 7 of 10 , Nov 6, 2007
I'd hate to have been the other guy. "did you mess it up again, you
blindfold dummy?!"

Michiel
http://vanderblonk.com

--- In speedsolvingrubikscube@yahoogroups.com, "jeff_beltz"
<jeff_beltz@...> wrote:
> When I was actually trying to solve it blindfolded and failed, Mike,
who is very patient, would solve it so I could scramble it again.
• I noticed you memorized with hexadecimals. At the US Open I heard Mike explain how he used them to memorize orientations. Makes sense now that you know him;
Message 8 of 10 , Nov 6, 2007
I noticed you memorized with hexadecimals. At the US Open I heard
Mike explain how he used them to memorize orientations. Makes sense
now that you know him; I haven't seen others use the same method.

Congratulations. Quite an achievement.
• Quite the contrary! Why do you think Mike made Jeff do this? He was bored of scrambling for himself and wanted someone else to do it for him. Cheers! Stefan
Message 9 of 10 , Nov 7, 2007
Quite the contrary! Why do you think Mike made Jeff do this? He was
bored of scrambling for himself and wanted someone else to do it for
him.

Cheers!
Stefan

--- In speedsolvingrubikscube@yahoogroups.com, "Michiel van der
Blonk" <blonkm@...> wrote:
>
> I'd hate to have been the other guy. "did you mess it up again, you
> blindfold dummy?!"
>
> Michiel
> http://vanderblonk.com
>
> --- In speedsolvingrubikscube@yahoogroups.com, "jeff_beltz"
> <jeff_beltz@> wrote:
> > When I was actually trying to solve it blindfolded and failed,
Mike,
> who is very patient, would solve it so I could scramble it again.
>
• Pure genius.
Message 10 of 10 , Nov 7, 2007
Pure genius.
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