I got a bug up my ass. I decided to buy a Rubik’s Cube and learn how to solve it. Technically it’s not a Rubik’s Cube. It’s a Gan 356 M stickerless magnetic speed cube. I didn’t go as high end as I could have. I coulda spent twice as much as I did. I spent $32.01. The cube is getting here on Sunday.

Why did I do this? Why did this bug come to my anus for shelter? Cubes always mystified me. I couldn’t imagine any way to even begin to approach solving one. Best I ever did was two colors. 42 years the cube’s been out. It’s almost as old as I am. And I’ve been in awe of it that entire time. And now I’m gonna solve the motherfucker. And then I’ll have this really fucking nice fidget toy on my desk that I can fuck with whenever I want.

I want you to see the cube I got. Go look at it if you want. Maybe I’ll do a followup post when it gets here and when I solve it and that kind of thing. I don’t know. I’m excited.

2 thoughts on “Cube

  1. Josh W March 7, 2022 / 10:05 am

    I just bought one of these myself! My nephew was playing with one and I felt like an inadequate uncle not having any clue how to solve it. Haven’t gotten anywhere yet but I’m determined to figure it out without googling.

  2. ethanabides March 7, 2022 / 12:51 pm

    After writing this post, I learned that solving a cube isn’t really like solving a puzzle. You do some solving, but then for the hard stuff, you just do prescribed sequences of moves, called algorithms. “Solving” the cube seems to be a matter of memorizing algorithms and recognizing when to apply them.

    So I don’t know how far you’ll get eschewing google on this one, but we know it’s possible, since it came out in 1980 before there was google. Best of luck!

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