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 Post subject: Mantras
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:50 am 
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Ideally, a mantra is a saying (audible) that is relatively unforgettable. I use it as a memorisable form of an algorithm.

The more meaning that can be read into the mantra, the better. And the more euphonious it sounds, the better. E.g. "feebee reelee peedee". This is euphonious, because it follows the pattern consonant-vowel repeated. Words with successive and excessive consonants are found in languages less suitable for songs and opera.

But "feebee reelee peedee" are not recognisable words and have no meaning. We can improve this mantra by rewriting it as "Phoebe really purdie".

To decipher this we need to know what notation is being used. The standard notation FRUBLD is used as a basis, needing only one change: to FRPBLD, giving a set of 6 consonants.

For mantric purposes, each consonant must be followed by a vowel. We use i for a CW turn, o for a double turn, and e for a CCW turn.

So FBRLUD becomes fibi rili pidi. Do it twice to flip 8 edges.

I maintain that remembering "fibi rili pidi" is easier than remembering "ef be ar el you dee". And even more so, "febo relo pedo" is much easier than "ef-dash be-two r-dash ell-two pee-dash day-two".

Here's another nice mantra: sPeeDy Fee: Pay-Day! (= pidi fi pede). Perform twice to get a couple of nice L's, a couple of I's and two monocolour faces.

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 Post subject: Re: Mantras
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:06 am 
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I met a woman who teaches children to solve a Rubik's cube by using a story for each sequence. The motions / actions in the story have corresponding moves on the cube. She has tutorial videos at http://rubietysociety.com/.

Now I only use sequences I've come up with myself. Each move has a purpose in the sequence and I use that purpose as the key to memorization. Each time I use the sequence I play through the 3-cycle in my head imagining all of the things that need to happen or get out of the way for the cycle to work out. This makes the memorization more visual and easy for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Mantras
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:20 am 
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bmenrigh wrote:
Now I only use sequences I've come up with myself.

Does that mean that you've invented a new method? I'd be very interested to hear more about those sequences, and your method.

I also prefer to use my own methods, with as few sequences as possible (I only need 3!). I'll probably be starting a thread about those soon. My mantras include one that is a bit like your purpose-oriented ones: it goes "Down, in-from the right (or left, or far, as the case may be), up, in from far, down, out to the right, up, out to far". I also think in terms of "cages", "pillars", and "wheels".

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