Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Oct 16, 2008
In a post by a guy who calls himself Axonoid called 5 Geek Projects To Do In Your Spare Time, the only one that I could relate to was the solving of Rubik’s Cube.
Back in the 80’s, when this craze first came along, I struggled, along with many other people, to solve this bad boy. I finally figured it out one day, and then spent time making sure I had it down and working on my time. I eventually got it under 90 seconds, but by that time the thrill was gone and I decided to move on to other things.
I kind of had a pattern of that type of thing, though. Remember the video game Asteroids? That was my game, so much so that I played it constantly, and almost lost a girlfriend way too early in the relationship when I missed a night with her because I was engaged in a very challenging game with a friend of mine. In late autumn of 1980, I actually won a trophy at my alma mater, SUNY Oswego, and was asked to go to the state championships to represent the school. I deferred in favor of going to the bowling tournament event instead, as I also qualified for that. My crowning glory on the game, though, was one day/night in this particular bar that I’d never been in before and never went to again (I didn’t drink, so I’m expecting they were happy about this fact) when I played one game, on the same quarter, for almost 14 hours. After that I never played the game again; would you?
Anyway, I’m going to post the two videos that show how to solve the Rubik’s cube, for anyone who might want to learn how to do it (and to give me a refresher course, because I’m not about to spend all my time trying to remember how I did it more than 20 years ago), but I wanted to try to make a point before I do. See, I have this thing about being the best, as much as I can, in things that I enjoy; for the most part, and I’ll explain that. I used to play a lot of pool, and, when challenged (if money was on the line), I played very well and usually won. But if I wasn’t challenged than I just liked smacking the balls into each other, because I liked the sound they made hitting each other (I hear Mozart was the same way), and I liked to see what would happen if I hit a bunch of balls at the same time.
Other than that, though, I did things to succeed and be the best. If I wasn’t the best, then I kept at it, and if I still couldn’t be the best, then I wanted to be known as pretty good, if not one of the best. That’s one reason why I’m going to keep writing and marketing this blog, and reading other blogs and websites and testing things and just doing whatever I can to make a real living online. I don’t like to fail at anything, and I don’t expect to fail at this. At some point, I expect it to flow as easily as doing the Rubik’s cube used to be. I shall persevere. So, maybe these videos will be another inspiration to me; let’s see.
And if all that fails, as least I’ll know where to look if I ever need a refresher course. And now, solving Rubik’s Cube: