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 Post subject: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:42 am 
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As many may know the San Francisco Open 2009 is coming up next month. As is tradition a number of us locals get together for a meet up at the competition. With so many cubers and puzzles, who would miss it? This time the organizer, our very own Lucas Garron, has asked my assistance in organizing a more formal meet up. He has reserved a room with some tables so we have some space to put the puzzles out.

A few things will really help make the meet up work well for everyone.

First, the Exploratorium will have a lot of visitors and competitions already have a large number of people. It is a public venue, and the space we have needs to be available to all.

Given the number of rare, expensive and fragile puzzles people will bring it would be great to have volunteers that know each other to help protect puzzles and steer interested people to the safer and less valuable puzzles. We want to share but want to know our puzzles are safe as well.

So who is coming? And what time? It would be nice to try to schedule when people will be around, who might be able to help out and such.

I'll be there, and I know Lucas will (although he will be busy running the competition).

Post if you are coming, and when, and if you are competing (I will).

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
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I'm hoping I can go, but it's a little far. I know that people take planes and drive for many hours to get to these, but I can't even (legally) drive on my own yet so it may be out of the question.

However, if I can make it, I would be competing in 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, and possibly clock, magic, and/or pyraminx (if they even happen).

I would also definitely be interested in an organized meet up. I don't really have anything of interest to bring, but it's always very cool to see other people's creations. At the last competition I went to (Call Tech Fall 08, also my first competition) I got to play with a 3x3x4, a gigaminx v1.5, and a nesting cube! But again, I don't know when or if I can come.

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
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Oh nice! I didn't know there was one in this area. I live near Sacramento so I may drive down there to take a look at everything and meet some of you guys. I don't think I'll have my first "unique" build completed by then, among the 7 other puzzle projects I'm working on all at once, but now I have a larger motive! I'm a perfectionist, so building these puzzles is taking a long time. I'm sure it will be worth it.

I am not sure I will compete in any of the competitions since I'm still kind of slow at solving a 3x3 (PB 1:08:32, avg 1:20) and the other puzzles under competition. I wouldn't mind helping out while I'm down there. I'd like to see the competitions early so I'll be there at 10am most likely. I want to leave before it gets dark though, so let me know Dave ;)

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I'm probably going to be solving or judging for a lot of the day, since I do a lot of helping out at competitions, but can someone take the time to bring me down to the meeting area? I'd really appreciate it. I haven't played with (let alone seen) even most of the oldest and most common mods, so I would really prefer not to miss this opportunity.

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
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I might be able to go if I don't have anything that Sunday.

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
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I'll plan to come! But I won't be able to show up until about 2pm.

I'll plan to bring some rare puzzles. Time to get some plastic boxes to hint at which ones are too rare for public fiddling. :)

David, is the room he has reserved in the Exploratorium? I'm trying to imagine where it would be.

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
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David, is the room he has reserved in the Exploratorium? I'm trying to imagine where it would be.

Their webcast area I believe. I don't know the size, but apparently you can see the competition area from there.

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I will be there. I arrive late Friday Night and Leave early Monday Morning.

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
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You know ... I may just have to show up to this one!
Anybody else planning on coming by plane?


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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
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I prefer driving that distance myself.

And drive I might. I'll need a break after our December madness.

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
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NeoDarkHaven wrote:
I am not sure I will compete in any of the competitions since I'm still kind of slow at solving a 3x3 (PB 1:08:32, avg 1:20) and the other puzzles under competition. I wouldn't mind helping out while I'm down there.

Why do people think so much that they should compete because they are slow?
I went to this competition 3 years ago, before I had any idea what cubing was, and got a 1:30 average. No one cares how bad your first competition solves are, but the experience is worth it.

(Anyhow, if you pre-register and only do 3x3x3, you pay less for museum entry + competing than you normally would for museum entry alone. :wink: )

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I want to leave before it gets dark though

Competition will be over by 4:30PM (museum closes at 5). Of course, it does get dark pretty early, but that should still leave a lot of time for getting back.
(What about your signature? :P )

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I can help guard puzzles, all that I need is a sponsered flight over.
(I'm 6'1" so I should be pretty intimidating :D )

I'll reimburse you up to $1 for your flight. (Seriously.)

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io wrote:
David, is the room he has reserved in the Exploratorium? I'm trying to imagine where it would be.

Their webcast area I believe. I don't know the size, but apparently you can see the competition area from there.

It's not huge, but significantly larger than where we've held previous meetings. :P
This is the best photo I could find online:
(Imagine the area in front of the people, but slightly more wall-contained.)
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I'm eventually going to make a PDF of the competition floorplan, but for now, see this. The competition stage is where it says "Robot Snake." :)

This post already looks way longer than it should be...
Anyhow, if you go to the competition, be sure to talk to David for organizing the meeting.
I hope to see lots of (safe) puzzles there!

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
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The Exploratorium has asked me for a list of people who are going to be displaying or talking about puzzles. I don't yet know if this is for signs, a schedule, or any other purpose. I suppose there is a small chance it may help with entrance fees, but I really don't know (I asked, but they haven't replied yet)

If you will be attending and wish me to put your name on this list send me a PM or email in the next few days (I have to get them the list in a reasonable amount of time). Be aware if you do, I don't exactly know how they intend to use it.

My name will be on the list :)

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
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Taylor wrote:
(I'm 6'1" so I should be pretty intimidating :D )

Sorry... you're not :P

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
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Lucas Garron wrote:
Taylor wrote:
I can help guard puzzles, all that I need is a sponsered flight over.
(I'm 6'1" so I should be pretty intimidating :D )

I'll reimburse you up to $1 for your flight.


I can reimburse at least $2 but no more than $5. I will only accept if you agree to in turn reimburse an equal amount in gas money so I can make the 9 hour drive up there (on 2 gallons of gas) :lol: .

But yea, close to 0% chance I will go, the 438 mile drive isn't exactly something I can just "decide" to do. Oh well :( . Its in one of my favorite parts of SF too.

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Taylor wrote:
(I'm 6'1" so I should be pretty intimidating :D )

Sorry... you're not :P


I'm 6 foot 7, so you're out of luck. Unfortunately, I probably won't be there. But the Seattle comp is still in planning.

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I'm 5'8" and stocky. Out of luck in this crowd, I guess :P

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
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Bumping this to remind people to PM (or email) me about being on the list of presenters. I need to send it to them by next Thursday.

So far I have:
DLitwin
Aleh
io

I know there are more. Lucas will be too busy with the competition to do much presenting I would think. Frank and qqwref, any interest in having your names on the list? TBTTyler, are you going to be ablet to make it? Myke? Jin can't make it but has been generous enough to send a few puzzles anyway (thanks Jin!).

Here is some text they will use to describe our event:
Exploratorium wrote:
Beyond the Cube: Twisty Puzzles

Sunday, January 18 2009
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Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Twisty Puzzles are often described as "sequential movement puzzles" or "permutation
puzzles." The most well-known of these mechanical puzzles is the Rubik's Cube, but there
are hundreds of puzzles in this genre. Most are based on Platonic or Archimedean solids
and rotate pieces around faces, although some rotate pieces around corners or edges. They
range from having two pieces to hundreds of pieces.

Meet Twisty Puzzle enthusiasts from the Bay Area and beyond and discuss their collections
and creations. Like the Rubik’s Cube, Twisty Puzzles are enjoyed by a worldwide community
of collectors, builders, and solvers.

Due to the rare and fragile nature of some puzzles, not all will be available to touch.
Please ask before touching or handling a puzzle.

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If I am very, very lucky, I might actually be able to fly up there for the weekend. It will be a stretch, but it might work out. I don't really have anything cool to show but it would be cool to meet everyone whos going :)

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Sorry this is a quick post, but I wanted to let it be known that I have been loaned a few (really) amazing customs by Adam Cowan and Andrew Cormier for this weekend!

Relaux Master Tetrahedron
Elite Tetrahedron
Helicopter Cube
Super X
Praxis Cube
Master Skewb
Relaux Mastermorphix

It's an amazing group of puzzles! See you there!

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One more bump: If you are attending and want to be on the list of "presenters" for the Twisty event, let me know now. I have to get them the final list, and right now it is just me, jason (io) and Aleh. Come on guys, we can do better than that. Just think, it may get you free admission! (no promises on that...)

Since Jason put down a bunch of puzzle to see, remember Jin has sent me his Master Pryaminx to show off, and I'll have a few items as well: Kilominx, Chromium Prototype, a few Neons, a few Neon DIYs.

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This is just a request for tons of videos and pictures of the gathering please!

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
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Oh, wow, almost missed this. And I live walking distance from the Exploratorium. (Mmmm, P-o-f-A... tasty tasty neoclassical architecture.)

Is this the latest thread on TwistyPuzzle regarding fellow fans that will be attending? Is there a secret handshake for TwistyPuzzles members? Alas, the bulk of my Twisty collection is in storage in Seattle so I can't bring anything to share. (Not that I have anything unique...)


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Oh, wow, almost missed this. And I live walking distance from the Exploratorium. (Mmmm, P-o-f-A... tasty tasty neoclassical architecture.)

Is this the latest thread on TwistyPuzzle regarding fellow fans that will be attending? Is there a secret handshake for TwistyPuzzles members? Alas, the bulk of my Twisty collection is in storage in Seattle so I can't bring anything to share. (Not that I have anything unique...)

Show up! There won't be very many of us, and you will probably know us by:
Dave: Neons, Kilominx, Master Pyraminx (from Jin)
Jason: Pentultimate, and some east coast imports (Praxis!!!)
Aleh: Circle cube and a ton of cool things Aleh has made and not posted about...

Don't worry about bringing anything. Hang out and chat. And help keep curious puzzle novices from accidentally breaking masterpieces :)

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DLitwin wrote:
Show up! There won't be very many of us, and you will probably know us by:
Dave: Neons, Kilominx, Master Pyraminx (from Jin)
Jason: Pentultimate, and some east coast imports (Praxis!!!)
Aleh: Circle cube and a ton of cool things Aleh has made and not posted about...


Tyler: Lots of masters and a Gigaminx
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Don't forget that Adam Zamora is bringing up the white master tetrahedron I bought from Drewseph and also (most of) my original 3x3x4.

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I guess the meetup is currently underway!

Wish I could be there, but its kindof far away :lol:

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I was able to stop by and say "hi" but with my 6-year-old in tow I didn't get a chance to chat. (He was in a "grabby" mood, so we popped in and out of the display area.)

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The meetup was pretty fun and I was quite impressed with a lot of the unique puzzles out there. The pictures you see of them will never do them justice. I will upload everything tomorrow after I get some rest. The two-hour drive and helping Dave with keeping the little kids from messing with/destroying the fragile puzzles took a lot out of me.

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I had wanted to post pictures and video of the meet up, but instead I find my self just very sad and upset at the fact that I am missing my domino and magic octahedron. I can hope they were accidentally packed up with the many puzzles Aleh and Jason brought, but I doubt it. More likely someone just walked off with them.

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Yea, I don't like to take things to competitions anymore. People just walk off with stuff. Luckily I've caught the people who "forget" to give the puzzles back.

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David, I just double checked my puzzles in hopes that I had packed yours-- But sadly I dont' have any extras you mentioned--

However, I now have two Unscrambled puzzles! It must have migrated over to my table. Can the real owner please PM me?

Someone walked off with the Ghost Cube-- actually walked away across the room. They noticed what they were holding and came back to drop it off.

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Makes you want to lose hope in humanity when someone thinks it's ok to just walk off with your stuff. In some ways it's even worse than someone breaking into your house because it's someone taking advantage of your generosity. Makes you want to make people to leave $300 cash deposits before they can "check out" your puzzle...

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Jason, the extra unscrambled belongs to Tyler.

There were a bunch of extra cubes left over at the end, after everybody had packed up their stuff and left. Nobody claimed ownership with them, so I walked off with them. If anybody knows who they belong to, please let me know.


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DLitwin wrote:
I had wanted to post pictures and video of the meet up, but instead I find my self just very sad and upset at the fact that I am missing my domino and magic octahedron. I can hope they were accidentally packed up with the many puzzles Aleh and Jason brought, but I doubt it. More likely someone just walked off with them.

Dave :evil:


Hi Dave,
I checked my bag and didn't find over there your puzzles.
I'm sorry to hear it and I hope you will find them.

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Please forgive me for the quality of these photos.. I was guarding my table and could only take photos in the snatches between visitors.

In some cases I left my table ungaurded to run and take photos.

I didn't get ANY of David's table, but I'm sure someone will post some pics. :(


The Ghost Cube made its entrance.
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Bram holding Drewseph's Master Skewb
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My table part-way setup. See if you can identify everything...
Andrew and Adam's puzzles were very popular with the crowd.
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A young man scrambling the egg.
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Visitors rotated through, working on some of the less fragile examples.
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With the egg fully scrambled, the young man moved on to the star puck. Once again, it's blurry because I had to be quick to keep watching the crowd. :)
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I literally looked away for about 15 seconds and the Ghost Cube looked like this.
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Bram helped with the guarding, and explained some of the puzzles to visitors.
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This guest stumbled on the jumbling and thought he had broken the Helicopter Cube!
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TBTyler- "Don't worry.... I can fix this.... I can fix this...." as Aleh looks on.
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Tyler's getting into the layers method.
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"Pentulti-what?"
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More visitors--- came and went all day!
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Looks like a great event! I recognize that Skewb star I sold to you a couple months ago :)

Yea, I don't blame you for locking up the Pentultimate. I know first hand how easily that puzzle can become "Turn-apart" if you don't know exactly how to turn it.

I'm excited to see what Dave, Aleh, and Drew brought along.

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Is that a Pentultimate using the Megaminx -> Pyraminx Crystal -> Pentultimate build up method? :o

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Excellent and brilliant photos... please share more! :)

Dave, it is sad to know you lost valuable puzzles. :?
I sincerely hope a friend has accidentally took them
and that they will be found soon.

Regarding the photos, the ones with the mixed pieces are my pick!
(Tyler can you elaborate what happened over there???)

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kastellorizo wrote:
Tyler can you elaborate what happened over there???

Sure can
I decided to make it to this thing 2 days ago, and when I got up that morning, there was a moment of panicked "Oh no, I didn't pack up any of my puzzles!"
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Looks like a fun meet-up... Sorry I missed it.
And Dave, sorry that some of your puzzles walked away...
Not good...

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I'm starting to wish I lived in San Francisco now! :P


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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:55 pm 
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I've got pictures of Dave's table, but seeing how the camera wasn't mine and I was in a rush when taking them, they aren't the best but will give you a good idea. I have someone over at the moment that I need to entertain but the second I am free, those pictures will be uploaded! :D

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:57 am 
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It seems the person responsible for taking my puzzles (not a member of the forum) has admitted their misdeed and will be returning them.

With that issue hopefully closed, perhaps I feel like posting the few pictures I was able to take in the chaos of the day:
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Tyler (TBTTyler), Kevin (NeoDarkHaven) and Aleh
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Tyler's Pentultimate shell, a bit of Polaris and a mostly complete Gigaminx
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Jason's (io) table, with all of the puzzles I never had the chance to play with :(
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What I took home from the competition (not a picture from the competition).
Left bottom are Jin's puzzles, above that my rare and custom puzzles (minus the Domino and Octahedron)
Center front are puzzles from my general collection, in back are my speed solving puzzles and backups.
Right front are the puzzles that were damaged (Morph head, keyboard cube, transparent 3x3x3 with Hidetoshi transparent stickers)
Right back are all the "go ahead and handle" puzzles I put out on tables for the general public. All but one are present and Bram found it on his way out.
So I had 78 puzzles out there.

I was able to re-assemble my Morph head, re-glue and assemble my keyboard cube and a member of the Exploratorium staff found the blue center cap for my transparent 3x3x3 and will be mailing it to me.
My stolen puzzles are to be returned and Bram found the missing promo 3x3x3 so it seems, after a day or two, my collection will be back to normal.

Dave
P.S. Thanks to Kevin for Myke for watching over my stuff while I was away competing. I couldn't have done it without you guys!

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:24 am 
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Dave, that is fantastic news indeed. I'm glad that whoever took your puzzles is returning them. I have to give them some credit for doing the right thing.

Although I am a bit surprised that you guys were so busy that you never had an opportunity to play with puzzles at the other tables. Almost seems like an awful lot of trouble to go through to demonstrate puzzles to a majority of people who might not truly appreciate the work that went into some of those pieces.

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:37 am 
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Whew, that is great news that everything was found/returned/repaired without complication. I was feeling bad that we had missed those being taken, but with so many kids running up to them, it was extremely difficult to keep track of it all.

Again, it was really a great experience and I was honored being able to handle and view such amazing puzzles. I'm glad I was able to be there to help!

My pictures, though I'm disappointed in how some of them came out. I don't have the time to place notes on the photos at the moment, but enjoy as I did!

Jin's Master Pyraminx is not displayed in these photos since Dave did not pull it out until later after the crowds died down. I unfortunately forgot to take a picture.

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I'm missing the day already :P

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:30 am 
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I'm missing the day already :P


Yea, looked like a great day. I like the pic of the pentultimate.

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:57 pm 
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OK, I finally got around to uploading the small bit of video that I took from the meet up.

Enjoy,

Dave

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:26 pm 
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What a brilliant video!

It really gave a good taste of the atmosphere!
Thanks for sharing it.

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Open 2009 meet up
PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:12 pm 
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Dude,

Dave that video was awesome! It really makes me want to go to the next SF meet up! I hope I have more interesting puzzles to bring and show by then! I really love the energetic atmosphere.

And about the orange and red. I was stickering them based off of the layout for the HC. forgive me for the error =(

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