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(Google)   In honor of the 40th anniversary, today's Google doodle is a fully functioning Rubik's Cube. Sadly no way to break it apart and put it bock together, solved. Or, pull the stickers off for the knockoffs   (google.com) divider line 36
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2014-05-19 06:48:37 AM
I never understood what all the fuss was about. A little white-out and, bingo!

growabrain.typepad.com
 
2014-05-19 06:59:18 AM
Hmm. I was expecting it to be a canvas or svg element, but it looks like it's just a series of divs with CSS transforms applied. Cool.
 
2014-05-19 07:13:07 AM
Why didn't they put it on the center of the page, where the swipes wouldn't get caught up with the address bar? I guess if you memorized the dozen keyboard shortcuts, this might be more enjoyable. This is one of their lesser interactive doodles, for sure.
 
2014-05-19 07:55:53 AM

djseanmac: Why didn't they put it on the center of the page, where the swipes wouldn't get caught up with the address bar? I guess if you memorized the dozen keyboard shortcuts, this might be more enjoyable. This is one of their lesser interactive doodles, for sure.


Yeah, this the controls were truly terrible. I was hoping for something fun. :(
 
2014-05-19 08:13:52 AM
Bock bock bock...
 
2014-05-19 08:32:23 AM
There must be an easter egg if you actually finish it though?
 
2014-05-19 08:34:02 AM
"When you solve it, it displays the date, how many moves it took, the amount of time and your name."

Oh.
 
2014-05-19 08:52:51 AM
Nope. Still can't do it.
 
2014-05-19 08:54:32 AM
The girl I'm with happily gives me a sparkling political debate, absentmindedly solving rubics cubes the whole time, asking me to mess up the one she just solved while she solves the one I just messed up. She says it helps her keep focused on the debate. It turns me on so farking much. Totally was the hottest thing she could have done on our first 'date'.
 
2014-05-19 09:04:35 AM

uttertosh: The girl I'm with happily gives me a sparkling political debate, absentmindedly solving rubics cubes the whole time, asking me to mess up the one she just solved while she solves the one I just messed up. She says it helps her keep focused on the debate. It turns me on so farking much. Totally was the hottest thing she could have done on our first 'date'.


Live the dream, Sir Dude
 
2014-05-19 09:08:47 AM

uttertosh: The girl I'm with happily gives me a sparkling political debate, absentmindedly solving rubics cubes the whole time, asking me to mess up the one she just solved while she solves the one I just messed up. She says it helps her keep focused on the debate. It turns me on so farking much. Totally was the hottest thing she could have done on our first 'date'.


Brainy women are the BEST.

/married to one
 
2014-05-19 09:20:41 AM
MindStalker

Yeah, this the controls were truly terrible. I was hoping for something fun. :(

kubrick
You're welcome.
 
2014-05-19 10:03:20 AM
i.chzbgr.com
 
2014-05-19 11:37:29 AM

AbiNormal: [i.chzbgr.com image 463x494]


You may be interested to know that such a formation is impossible.
You'd have to crack open the cube to get it to look like that.

*adjusts nerd hat*
 
2014-05-19 11:40:28 AM

tbaughm: Nope. Still can't do it.

 
2014-05-19 12:40:16 PM

Honest Bender: AbiNormal: [i.chzbgr.com image 463x494]

You may be interested to know that such a formation is impossible.
You'd have to crack open the cube to get it to look like that.

*adjusts nerd hat*


That's the joke?
 
2014-05-19 12:46:33 PM

Honest Bender: AbiNormal: [i.chzbgr.com image 463x494]

You may be interested to know that such a formation is impossible.
You'd have to crack open the cube to get it to look like that.

*adjusts nerd hat*


Actually, as that cube sits, there's no way to get it to look like that even by breaking open the cube.

To get it to look like that it would require re-applying some stickers.


Dons exponentially cooler nerd hat.
 
2014-05-19 12:56:02 PM

tripleseven: To get it to look like that it would require re-applying some stickers.


Oh, ha!
I didn't notice the yellow face was still solved.

I thought the corner piece was just twisted. :-)
 
2014-05-19 01:16:59 PM

Honest Bender: tripleseven: To get it to look like that it would require re-applying some stickers.

Oh, ha!
I didn't notice the yellow face was still solved.

I thought the corner piece was just twisted. :-)


That`s why real men don`t say "Watch this, I`m going to do a backflip from that bench without spilling my beer and land exactly on the sweet wrapper on the floor there"

They just say "Watch this" then whatever happens, that was what you intended.

You should have just said "You may be interested to know that such a formation is impossible." and let people tell you why...

Mind you, most real men are a bit dumb.
 
2014-05-19 01:18:29 PM

Honest Bender: tripleseven: To get it to look like that it would require re-applying some stickers.

Oh, ha!
I didn't notice the yellow face was still solved.

I thought the corner piece was just twisted. :-)


If in fact that corner piece had been twisted, we would know that either the opposite corner piece was twisted in the same direction, or the cube had been tampered with.

*collapses under crushing weight of nerd hat*
 
2014-05-19 01:26:33 PM

timharrod: *collapses under crushing weight of nerd hat*


img.fark.net

Snoogins.
 
2014-05-19 01:27:53 PM
I solved a Rubik's cube once when I was a kid.

I figure it was dumb luck.

Then I try to imagine the odds of solving a Rubik's cube by dumb luck.
 
2014-05-19 01:29:32 PM
Then its not FULLY functioning is it?
 
2014-05-19 01:35:35 PM

sendtodave: I solved a Rubik's cube once when I was a kid.

I figure it was dumb luck.

Then I try to imagine the odds of solving a Rubik's cube by dumb luck.


If you started at the Big Bang and made a random move a second, you'd have about a 1 in 100 chance of being done by now.
 
2014-05-19 02:02:57 PM

timharrod: sendtodave: I solved a Rubik's cube once when I was a kid.

I figure it was dumb luck.

Then I try to imagine the odds of solving a Rubik's cube by dumb luck.

If you started at the Big Bang and made a random move a second, you'd have about a 1 in 100 chance of being done by now.


Well, I sure didn't have any plan for solution while I was doing it.   So, intuition, then.

Which I have lost to years of alcohol.

Takes me a bit to figure out how to fold a cardboard box these days.
 
2014-05-19 02:41:22 PM
Preferred the Rubik's Magic, though I don't recall the specific goal. Wish I hadn't lost it all those years ago.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-05-19 03:23:16 PM

Mateorocks: Preferred the Rubik's Magic, though I don't recall the specific goal. Wish I hadn't lost it all those years ago.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 600x327]


Mine got all twisted and messed up.

I remember getting a book one time that had a bunch of math formulas that guaranteed solving the cube if you could follow the formulas.
 
2014-05-19 03:24:29 PM

Mateorocks: Preferred the Rubik's Magic, though I don't recall the specific goal. Wish I hadn't lost it all those years ago.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 600x327]


I liked that thing, too. You had to link the rings together, I think. It seemed quite a bit easier than the cube when I was a kid.

It was great until one of my friends tried turning it the wrong way and broke the little tennis racket string thingys.
 
2014-05-19 04:04:17 PM

Mateorocks: Preferred the Rubik's Magic, though I don't recall the specific goal. Wish I hadn't lost it all those years ago.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 600x327]


It was to link the rings on the back side of the 'magic'

I got one gifted to me the year they came out, and can prolly still solve one today, as I had it down to about 5 seconds. Took me a year of fiddling to work it out (it's not as logical as the cube)

there was a five ring one iirc. Master Edition. Never owned that one.
 
2014-05-19 06:59:38 PM

Mateorocks: Preferred the Rubik's Magic, though I don't recall the specific goal. Wish I hadn't lost it all those years ago.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 600x327]


Holy crap!  I had that too!  Havent thought about that thing in like 3 decades.
 
2014-05-19 08:27:01 PM
I used to be able to solve it in sub-minute time, regularly. 24 seconds was my best. I played around with the google app and couldn't remember the mid patterns, the ones to orient and align the bottom corners. If I had it in my hand, might be able to do it, but not this klugey app.
 
2014-05-19 08:46:19 PM
Back in the 80's I had a friend that had one of these...

2.bp.blogspot.com

And I remember fiddling with it at random while we were watching
TV, not even really paying attention.  He said, "Hey, you got it!"
and I looked down, sure enough I'd solved the damn thing with random
twists and turns. I had to turn it over and look at all the sides a
few times before I'd convinced myself I'd actually solved it.

I think it's the only rubik puzzle I solved that didn't require cheating
with hand tools.
 
2014-05-19 09:18:31 PM
After such a long time I figured I should finally learn how to solve these things. I read a few how to's and played with the Google object (terrible controls) and didn't get too far. I think I need a better practice space and a more in-depth primer.
 
2014-05-19 11:29:13 PM

Cobere: I used to be able to solve it in sub-minute time, regularly. 24 seconds was my best. I played around with the google app and couldn't remember the mid patterns, the ones to orient and align the bottom corners. If I had it in my hand, might be able to do it, but not this klugey app.


I'm no speed-cuber but I do the 3's 4's and 5's from time to time just as a mental exercise.  I also did the dodecahedron one which my wife got me as a present.  Once you can do the 3's the others are just an extension really.   But yeah I had the same problem with the online version.  Translating finger memory into mouse swipes proved too difficult to my (drunken) mind.
 
2014-05-19 11:31:23 PM

Honest Bender: AbiNormal: [i.chzbgr.com image 463x494]

You may be interested to know that such a formation is impossible.
You'd have to crack open the cube to get it to look like that.

*adjusts nerd hat*


*swipes nerd hat and stomps it*.  Nope!  You'd have to switch the stickers.
 
2014-05-20 12:13:11 AM

moike: Back in the 80's I had a friend that had one of these...

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x400]

And I remember fiddling with it at random while we were watching
TV, not even really paying attention.  He said, "Hey, you got it!"
and I looked down, sure enough I'd solved the damn thing with random
twists and turns. I had to turn it over and look at all the sides a
few times before I'd convinced myself I'd actually solved it.

I think it's the only rubik puzzle I solved that didn't require cheating
with hand tools.


That was the 'Pyraminx.' A much greater challenge was the Megaminx, an honest-to-god dodecahedron where every face was twistable.

I solved it, but I was a teenager. Please don't ask me to try now.

/not saying i couldn't, just don't ask me
 
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