Author Archive

Siamese Mirror Blocks Algorithms

Posted in Blog, Cubing with tags on March 8, 2014 by slateman

siamese-mirror-blocksI got this one a few months back and was entirely stumped. It’s only the second cube to leave me without a solution completely. (The other is WitEden’s Camouflage 3x3x4 – and I think I broke that one!) Anyways, thanks to MartyWolfman’s marvelous tutorial; I can now solve it! I love cubing but I’m not the most brilliant at coming up with my own algorithms and solutions. For this one, he used a lot of beginner’s method algorithms: something I’d forgotten entirely! For purposes of going back to this puzzle, here are some algorithms and methods of solving. I might need this entry someday!

Inserting Middle Layer

Right + Back
R / U / R / U / R / U’ / R’ / U’ / R’

Right + Front
R’ / U’ / R’ / U’ / R’ / U / R / U / R

Last-Layer Situations

  • If Dot (Algorithm 2x)
  • If L (Place L in F & R)
  • If Bar (Place on L & R)

Turn top 2 layers to the R face = Y
Y’ / R / Y / R / U / R’ / U’ / Y’ / R’ / Y

Then fix BR bottom corner
R’ / U2 / R (to orient)
R’ / U’ / R

Then re-fix middle layer

Orient Last Layer

One top piece last layer facing you on left
R / U / R’ / U / R / U2 / R’

Put proper piece on BR
R / U2 / R’ / U’ / R / U’ / R’

Final Layer Edge-Piece 3-Cycle (correct piece in back)
R / U’ / R / U / R / U / R / U’ / R’ / U’/ R2

New Cubes On The Way!

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Cubing on March 7, 2014 by slateman

crazy3x3x2Even though I haven’t been updating much; I have been adding to my cubing collection. The biggest & best is the 4x4x6 cuboid. I feared this would be too similar to my 3x4x5 but it’s better in almost every regard. It’s a lot more fun to solve and since it shape-shifts on all faces; it’s a more interesting puzzle. In addition it’s much more durable than that 3x4x5. Anyways, that’s the old…I’ve got a pair of new cubes on the way. The first is a crazy 3x3x2. I’m curious; I think this should be a unique puzzle. The other is a silly and cheap addition to the collection. This will be a 3x3x1 mirror cube. This one is just filler; it will look good on the shelf though!

Since I haven’t updated in a bit, I’ll toss this new stuff on the cube collection page.

Dragon’s Crown: Old School & Fun!

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Games, Reviews with tags on March 2, 2014 by slateman

Dragon's_Crown_LogoI’ve waited for this game to come down in price and it finally has. While full retail was a bit too steep for me, $17 was perfect and I caved and got the PS3 game this past week. Now, I still fully expect this to be free on PS+ some time in the next year; so I’m hoping that’s the Vita version. However, after a few hours of play, $17 is nothing when compared to the fun that this game is!

In recent years, I’ve enjoyed some new/retro beat-em-ups. However, most don’t have a great balance of old (the action game) and new (well…anything else). The newest Double Dragon is pretty bad and Final Fight Double Impact is really only great because of Magic Sword. Dragon’s Crown on the other hand, is an impeccably-animated romp in a wonderful setting. Swords & magic & loot…what more do you need? Oh…a dragon, clearly. See the title.

In any event, I hope to get some good hours in on this in the coming weeks and while it won’t be a platinum trophy title, I’m going to enjoy the heck out of it while it lasts!

4×4 Edge Parity Algorithm

Posted in Blog, Cubing with tags on February 21, 2014 by slateman

4x4I hate this algorithm and I always forget it. Having just purchased a 4x4x6 cuboid, I found the first time I got close to solving it, I ran into this familiar parity. So…for the purposes of ease (i.e. I can look it up on my site whenever!) here’s the algorithm!!!

r2, B2, U2, l, U2, r’, U2, r, U2, F2, r, F2, l’, B2, r2

Mamorukun Curse! Nice!

Posted in Blog, DoDon Pachi, Games on December 1, 2013 by slateman

mamorukun-curse-logoI saw this title a few weeks ago but for $20, it didn’t quite tickle the fancy. But, once again, thanks to Sony’s stupid non-stop sales…This week’s 50% of deal was too good to pass up. 1.3Gb later, I’m playing one of the few Japanese shmups on Sony’s machine. After an evening with it, it’s certainly no DDP or even most of the other legendary shmups. However, for $10 it includes the DLC featured on the 360 version and has a ton of modes and options. There are a crap ton of trophies, the different characters really control differently and there are varying difficulties and versions of each stage. It’s certainly worth the cash and I’ll play this here and there for a while. Good stuff!!!

Playstation Plus: Damn You!!!

Posted in Blog, Games, Resident Evil on December 1, 2013 by slateman

PS+I was a day-one subscriber to Playstation Plus and have not one second regretted that decision. Alternately, I accidentally renewed my Xbox Live subscription and went an entire year without ever using it once. I digress. I love me my PS+ but man…this isn’t good!

My HDD is full, or close enough to it, and I went through my download list only to find several titles ‘purchased’ but not downloaded. Shadow Of The Colossus, Dragon’s Dogma, the first Resident Evil Chronicles game…Kingdoms of Amalur and Binary Domain there were more too. This is in addition to the dozens of games on my HDD already. Guardians Of Middle-Earth – barely even touched. Ico, the same. The list goes on. Then…let’s not forget the discounts. Mamorukun Curse for 50% off? OK. Ys Seven for $7.50? Must…resist..? I bought the Aliens game even though I knew it was garbage simply because it was so cheap! I grabbed the first Ratchet & Clank for $3.75. Three Seventy Five!!! Madness.

PS+ is ideal for hardcore gamers and I hope it remains to be so with the current generation (PS4), seeing as how it’s mandatory for multiplayer. However, on the other hand, I cannot keep up! And most of those games listed above were just PS3, that’s not including the Vita and eventual PS4 games. I cannot complain, really…I just also don’t have enough time to dedicate to this stuff. What dreadful times we live in, eh? (Oh…and I don’t own a 3DS, but the new Zelda would be a must-own, and while I do have a Wii U, I haven’t figured out how I’m getting the new Mario game. And that too is a must-have)

Did Someone Say PS4?

Posted in Blog, Games, Hardware on November 22, 2013 by slateman

PS4I’d been saving for this one for a long while and last Friday was the awesome day. The PS4’s arrival! Now, it’s still an Xmas gift, so it has to be under the tree. That means for the next month I’ll be boxing/unboxing to keep the secret going. It’s all good though. The menus are blazing fast, the hardware is sexy as shit and the games are…well, launch games…but I’m quite enjoying Resogun. Still can’t believe we’re at the fourth iteration of the Playstation brand. Now, for them to add DNLA. Excluding that’s ridiculous IMO. Digging this purchase definitely. \m/

Castlevania: Mirror of Fate HD

Posted in Blog, Games, Reviews with tags on November 22, 2013 by slateman

Mirror of Fate HDThis $15 title was about perfect…for $15. Had I paid full price on the NDS, I may have been upset. However, the quick jaunt through the title was fun, and appropriately priced.

The Good
The music was pretty cool. It was moody, we didn’t get any Vampire Killer tunes and that’s OK. It was different. The story was a bit strange, and at first, I couldn’t figure out WTF happened at the end. However, SPOILERS! Trevor turning out to be Alucard was a pretty awesome take on this non-canon side-story.

The So-So
The game’s combat was pretty weak. I actually preferred exploring the castle over actually fighting. Some of the platforming was ok at best.

Overall, it wasn’t the best Castlevania, nowhere near it. In actuality, it may have been one of the worst but I’m still glad I played it. It’s made me interested in Lords of Shadow 2 and made me wish I never lost my first LoS save game. After getting 100% w/ Simon, Alucard & Trevor though; I’ll likely never touch this game again. :) That’s OK. It was fun while it lasted.

New Bone Fire MP3: Thirteen VI

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on November 22, 2013 by slateman

Six recordings this year? Remarkable. This was a fun one and it sounds heavy. This was just an excuse to record; I like the results. That’s all there is to say!

Cube Collection Update

Posted in Blog, Cubing on October 24, 2013 by slateman

cube-collection-2013I haven’t been updating at all. I go through these waves from time to time…and it’s quite possible this blog is dead…ish. Anyways, with some new cubes in my collection, it was time to update this site! I actually have quite a number of cubes!