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Rotate Centers Algorithms

Posted in Blog, Cubing with tags on September 16, 2014 by slateman

moyu-crazy-yilengI’ve received my new cubes and one of them is a strange one. The MoYu Crazy Yileng Fisher Cube (long title!) is a cool 3×3 shape mod but it requires the flipping of centers. Since I generally dislike picture cubes, I never bothered to know these.

In working on this puzzle, I need to remember these. One isn’t bad. The other may take me a bit. Therefore: Algorithms! This is just for my future reference. Which I’ll need.

180º (place on top)
R U R’ U (x5) or
(R U R’ U’) (R’ F) (R2 U’) (R’ U’ R U) (R’ F’)

90º (place on top & right)
[(R U' R U) (R U) (R U') (R' U' R2)] X 3

New Bone Fire MP3: MMXIV-III

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on September 13, 2014 by slateman

A little drop-D tuning led to a heavy, minute-long recording. Far from perfect, it’s just like all the other shit I shovel out at sporadic intervals. No surprises here!

New Bone Fire MP3: MMXIV-II

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on August 31, 2014 by slateman

This is from a few weeks ago. Same story: house to myself, Chinese food, some games and some metal! The usual applies here, so we’ll leave this as a brief intro.

New Cubes: Order #1 – Rex Cube & Face-Turning Octahedron

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Cubing on July 11, 2014 by slateman

rex-octahedronTwo new additions to the ever-growing and rather-large Cube Collection. Today we have the Flower Rex Cube by LanLan and the same brand’s Face-Turning Octahedron. The weirdest thing about these two is how they share the same core. Due to this, their solution isn’t far removed from one another. That’s a good and a bad thing. Good for ease, bad for diversity. This is particularly true because I don’t find them overly fun to solve. It’s more of a chore (so far. I haven’t solved the Octahedron yet) and not as much of a challenge as it is a task. However, I don’t care…they were both cheap (~$12 each) and they’re great additions! Now, order #2 is coming and I’m psyched about this one! It’s Calvin’s 2x4x6 – an ultimate shape-shifter! This should be cool! More soon!

Oh, solutions might help – if and when I forget how to solve these guys!

Mushihimesama Futari Black Label

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, DoDon Pachi on June 27, 2014 by slateman

mushihimesama-futari-blI haven’t written much, but now that summer is here, perhaps that might change. After re-launching BeeStorm, I’ve been on a Cave kick and I finally opted to grab Mushihimesama Futari: Black Label. I never quite understood the passion for this title. So many people seem to love it and while I liked it, I never felt the same devotion. However, after getting back into it, it’s so much fun! Now with Black Label, we have three totally separate games (1.5/Arrange/BL) and each plays so differently (particularly when you account for Regular/Maniac/Ultra & God modes). I’ve always loved the art of the game and the music has grown on me, even if it has nothing as magical as Like A Night Of Falling Stars. In any event, I’ve also been playing DDP:DFK BL and version 1.5 which is pretty friggin’ awesome.

EFM8: I Am Your Father

Posted in Blog, Movies on April 23, 2014 by slateman

So psyched to present this. I’ve waited a long time to make this movie. :D This is a short, three-minute film devoted to the film series of my youth. Enjoy the usual stupidity!!!

New Bone Fire MP3: MMXIV-I

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on April 17, 2014 by slateman

The first recording of 2014. It’s heavy. It’s stupid. It’s the usual…Fuck Yeah!!!

Crazy 3x3x2 Get + Algs

Posted in Blog, Cubing with tags on March 22, 2014 by slateman

crazy3x3x2I think I like this puzzle. The standard 3x3x2 is just a quick solve, not one I dedicate much time or effort to. However this is a different take on things and perhaps I’ll extend my collection into the bigger crazy cubes. I’d like a basic Crazy 3x3x3. In any event, for now, I wanted to write up some notes. Here is my solve method and my latch piece is red/green/yellow. That’ll lock the center circle in place.

  1. Solve inner cross
  2. Solve inner corners (on Right) (R2/U2/R2/U2)
  3. Find ‘latch’ corner – keep on bottom (left)
  4. Solve bottom outer edges (keep latch out of the way)
  5. Solve bottom corners (use a dummy piece)
  6. Adjacent corner swap (latch on back-left)(headlights in front)
    • Turn 180 degrees and move headlights to the right side)

    • Reverse (2L/U’/2L/U/2L – rotate clockwise – 2L/U/2L/U’/2L)
  7. Last-layer edge swaps (keep latch out of the way)

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.