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More Cubin' Than Cubin' [Jun. 12th, 2010|03:48 pm]
susan smitten

Two years ago, I posted this picture of my cube collection.

Earlier this month, antivert went to Hong Kong and came back with about thirteen new cubes! Nice ones. Cuddly, smooth, well made ones. So here. Enjoy some cube porn!

This is my new favorite cube. The Rubik's version is called a Void Cube, but this one wasn't made by Rubik's.

Isn't it beautiful? It's a very high quality cube that is slightly trickier than a 3x3x3, due to a sneaky parity error that crops up in the last layer.

Here it is solved. Still gorgeous.

The cube on the right is the Rubik's Mirror Blocks I picked up in Hong Kong last month. The three on the left are excellent reproductions.

Mahjong Cube!

Mahjong Cube, other sides!

He brought home two of these. They handle better than Rubik's, the colors are deeper, and the faces aren't stickers - they're silk screened on, or something.

I don't know what to think about this.

Not really even sure how to scramble it.

It's fun to try, but I haven't gotten too far.

Obviously, this is a dodecahedron. I love it. It has two sides each of six colors; so far I've managed to solve up to four faces at a time. The twisting mechanism is smooth and the stickers are all reflective. I'll be taking this one with me to Mauritius tonight.

Before Don went to Hong Kong, I asked him to bring me a cube keychain. I didn't expect the haul he brought back.

Other faces of the keychain.

Neither of these is new, but I'm showing them to you anyway. The forward one is the Rubik's Icon Cube that Barnes & Noble has been selling. It's black, white, mirror, and three shades of grey. The rear cube is just a smooth little friend I got in Thailand a couple years back.

It occurs to me that my 4x4x4 isn't pictured in the first (older) picture, nor is my huge Doraemon cube, so I guess another post like this lies ahead. Seems I make posts about cubing when I should be sleeping (see title of above archived post). I meant to go to bed an hour ago to rest for tonight's flight. Oyasuminasai.

[User Picture]From: oonh
2010-06-12 12:09 pm (UTC)
have you tried any of the java magic hypercubes?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2010-06-12 12:24 pm (UTC)
Not yet! Have you?
(Or, wait... did you create any of those?)
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[User Picture]From: oonh
2010-06-12 12:49 pm (UTC)
I didn't. I'm not that good. But they exist.
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[User Picture]From: beeooll
2010-06-12 03:29 pm (UTC)
How does the one on the furthest right of this pic move?

Isn't movement restricted? Somehow, I picture that locking up when the thin row isn't aligned with the rest of the thin row.

Nice collection.

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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2010-06-12 07:11 pm (UTC)
All four of these are the same. They're a trip to play wth!
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2010-06-12 06:22 pm (UTC)
It's too bad you don't fly to Havana. Otherwise, there'd be Cuban cubin'!

("Hi, I'm dubaiwalla and I'll be leaving annoying comments in your journal all through the year.")
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2010-06-12 07:11 pm (UTC)
I'm chu_hi, and that's why we're friends!
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[User Picture]From: hitchhiker
2010-06-12 06:41 pm (UTC)
wow, i don't even cube, and i still want a mahjongg cube just for the sheer pleasure of owning something that pretty.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2010-06-12 07:12 pm (UTC)
Now I know what to get you next time I'm in Hong Kong or Guangzhou. :^)
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[User Picture]From: mrputter
2010-06-12 07:13 pm (UTC)
> More Cubin' Than Cubin'

You have no idea how hard I'm giggling at this subject line...
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2010-06-12 07:16 pm (UTC)
You're on LJ! Yay!
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[User Picture]From: twiggypiggy
2010-06-13 04:23 am (UTC)
I saw a Nissan Cube with personalized licensed plates: RUBIX. They had a silver Rubik's cube on a black furry bed on the dash board. Super cool.
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[User Picture]From: doc_cathode
2010-06-13 10:55 pm (UTC)


I love your cube collection! Personally, I'm great at the tetrahedron but stink at the cube.

I have another friend who is great at the cube. I made her a cube with sides featuring different textures so that she could try cubin with her eyes closed.
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[User Picture]From: premkudva
2010-06-14 06:05 am (UTC)
Wow! I am completely speechless. And unable pick my favorite.
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