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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle Around the World Project
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:06 pm 
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The puzzle arrived in Seaford on the coast of southeast England on Saturday. :D It looks and turns great and I gave it a scramble and solve last night. Today it stopped raining long enough for me to take a couple of photos at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, the former residence of King George IV:

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I am hoping for a sunny day to do some more photos in Brighton and Seaford.

My interest in twisty puzzles was reawakened when I found a few in a box after moving home in 2007. That prompted to me to search "5x5x5" on the Internet, and of course I found that not only had such a puzzle been around for many years, but a 6x6x6 and 7x7x7 were months away from release. A few days later I stumbled upon mefferts.com and ordered a Skewb, and I was hooked. The following summer I discovered the wonderful Gelatinbrain puzzle simulator and was very pleased to manage to solve a puzzle known there as 1.1.7, but more commonly known to us as the Pentultimate. I have always had an affection for this puzzle and so it gives me great pleasure to play with such a fine physical version. I do not have much time for solving nowadays, but I still visit this forum regularly and love catching up with all the creativity and ingenuity shared here. Thanks PAW Team!


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Reminds me of my student days at Sussex Uni! Would be nice to see some pictures on campus... :wink:

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Reminds me of my student days at Sussex Uni! Would be nice to see some pictures on campus... :wink:

I will be at a choir rehearsal at the Uni of Sussex tomorrow evening, so I shall try to get there early with the puzzle and take a few pics. :)


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I'm so glad the puzzle is alive and well and finally made it through all of the complications of customs!

Don't feel bad about the overcast weather in the photos -- that's just the UK is living up to its reputation! Also, I have a nearly identical sweater :lol:

When Nan (schuma) and I met up to kick the project off we discussed how many times we thought the puzzle would be solved on its trip around the world. My guess was "only a few" but so far it seems most participants have solved it!

For the remaining participants, yes we're behind schedule. Shipping and coordination has been much more difficult that originally anticipated. I will draw up new estimated schedule this week.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle Around the World Project
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Julian wrote:
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Reminds me of my student days at Sussex Uni! Would be nice to see some pictures on campus... :wink:

I will be at a choir rehearsal at the Uni of Sussex tomorrow evening, so I shall try to get there early with the puzzle and take a few pics. :)

Cool, the Meeting House Chapel looks beautiful at night. :)

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Glad the puzzle arrived! I'll get my post of the puzzle up sometime this week. :)

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It's great to see PAW again! It's finally in another continent.

Julian, we have known each other for years because of Gelatinbrain's puzzles, and this is the first time I see you!


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@schuma/Nan: Yes, it has been a long time!

@Kelvin: Yesterday evening the PAW Pentultimate visited the Meeting House Chapel at the University of Sussex:

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And this morning there was some sun so I took it to the start of a popular coastal walk from Seaford; the chalk cliff is typical of southeast England:
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And this morning there was some sun


And you claim to be here in England? I call shenanigans! :lol:

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Nice photos and nice to see you in person. :)
I always admired you as one of the brilliant solvers at the TP forum.
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...I call shenanigans! :lol:
:shock: Probably an inside joke? I have never seen this word.

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Julian wrote:
@Kelvin: Yesterday evening the PAW Pentultimate visited the Meeting House Chapel at the University of Sussex:

Thanks! I have such great memories of my time at uni there. Since you set off my student nostalgia I visited the campus last night on google streetview and, my how it has expanded with so many new buildings!

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Konrad wrote:
martywolfman wrote:
...I call shenanigans! :lol:
:shock: Probably an inside joke? I have never seen this word.
The UrbanDictionary comes to the rescue:
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Deception or tomfoolery on the part of carnival stand operators.
"Officer Barbrady, I call shenanigans!"
In common use no carnival stand operators are required, and it means generally trickery or deception.

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Now I had to learn what "carnival stand operators" are.
I'm improving my English every day :lol:
Thanks Dave :)
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A practical joke[1] (also known as a prank, gag, jape or shenanigan) is a mischievous trick or joke played on someone, typically causing the victim to experience embarrassment, indignity, or discomfort. Practical jokes differ from confidence tricks or hoaxes in that the victim finds out, or is let in on the joke, rather than being fooled into handing over money or other valuables. Practical jokes or pranks are generally lighthearted, reversible and non-permanent, and aim to make the victim feel foolish or victimised to a degree, but may also involve cruelty verging on bullying if performed without appropriate finesse.

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Brighton Pier opened in 1899 as the Palace Pier and has featured in several films, most famously in the final scene of Brighton Rock (1947), based on the Graham Greene novel and starring Richard Attenborough. PAW paid a visit to the pier on Saturday:
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About a mile away is the West Pier, which was nearly destroyed by a severe fire in 2003. Maybe one day it will be restored, but for now it is a cultural icon and tourist attraction as the rusted shell we see today. The turquoise labels on the puzzle match the railings along Brighton's seafront:
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A few months ago Landon (GuiltyBystander) in Vancouver posted a picture of himself holding the puzzle with his legs behind his head. I can't do that, but my partner's daughter can. Charlie, you are now famous on the Internet :) :
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And here is Finn the Irish Wolfhound. At 16 months old he is still growing, but he is quite big already, as you can see:
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Julian wrote:
A few months ago Landon (GuiltyBystander) in Vancouver posted a picture of himself holding the puzzle with his legs behind his head. I can't do that, but I live with a girl who can. Charlie, you are now famous on the Internet :) :
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Any April fools day prank about PAW?


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No, but I'm sure we could make some eggcelent puns about easter !

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Stop yolk-ing about RubixFreakGrEGG, its not runny! :lol: :mrgreen:

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Stop yoak-ing about RubixFreakGrEGG, its not runny! :lol: :mrgreen:

What's a yoak?

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KelvinS wrote:
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Stop yoak-ing about RubixFreakGrEGG, its not runny! :lol: :mrgreen:

What's a yoak?


Edited; made such a silly mistake after being so proud of my joke :lol:

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Any April fools day prank about PAW?

Well I guess now is as good a day as any to admit that the whole PAW project is actually a scam modeled after the moon landing. I figured if NASA could put men on the moon with little more than a Hollywood set, I could send a puzzle around the world with Photoshop and some hush money. I pay forum members to send pictures of themselves holding a MF8 dodecahedron and then I use photoshop to put the PAW in the picture and send the photos back to them to post.

The only difference between the PAW and the Puzzle Around the Solar System project is funding. It takes a lot of money to pay forum members for high quality photos and posts and when you cut back funding production quality suffers.

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bmenrigh wrote:
...The only difference between the PAW and the Puzzle Around the Solar System project is funding. It takes a lot of money to pay forum members for high quality photos and posts and when you cut back funding production quality suffers.
Aah, may I kindly remind you that I'm still waiting for my checkue?

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I pay forum members to send pictures of themselves holding a MF8 dodecahedron and then I use photoshop to put the PAW in the picture and send the photos back to them to post.

I have recieved the PAW this morning and it took a trip with me down to the Las Vegas Strip!

Outside the Riviera hotel/casino, the location of many cubing competitions in the past:
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Some unusual things about this whole ordeal:
I had no idea I was one of the recipients of this puzzle, especially since it was coming all the way from Europe :?:
I was quite shocked and pleased when it came in the mail. The quality is amazing and it turns very well.
Secondly, my hands are apparently very big :shock:

:lol: :lol: :lol: April Fools everyone, i had to do it!

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I am sorry for I have been neglecting this.
I had the PAW puzzle in my posession a few weeks back.
I was so amazed by the puzzle I cant describe it. For me its the perfect pentultimate :) Man I was so amazed!! Turning quality is as close to perfect as one could wish for.
Sadly I could not solve it, so the next in line recieved it scrambled. Hopefully Tom could solve it hehe
I feel so proud of being a part of this project and I look forward to the day where we can see the puzzle stickered with all of the signatures all over it :D
I have to apologize for the lack of pictures on my side. I planned to borrow a good camera, because mine is so bad. but I never got around to do it before the time ran out.

Lastly I wanna thank Brandon and Eric and everybody else who is a part of this. I am proud to be one of the bunch.

Also, hopefully I can find more time for puzzles. Being stressed out is not a good thing for hobbies :D

Edit: hahahah Brandon that post really cracked me up! SSSSHHH!! why do you spoil the truth???

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Hey Sigurd, it's great to hear from you :-) Not everyone has been able to take pictures, that's fine!

The PAW is still moving through Europe without too much trouble. It's been to Luke, Katja, Sigurd, and Tom. Konrad is next and I think the puzzle is on its way to him right now. You folks are still welcome to post any time.

The puzzle will be in Germany for basically all of June before heading off to Greg in France.

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bmenrigh wrote:
The PAW is still moving through Europe without too much trouble. It's been to Luke, Katja, Sigurd, and Tom. Konrad is next and I think the puzzle is on its way to him right now.


I live, more or less, in the same area of Germany. We are experiencing very bad weather and some towns, like Rosenheim, have been heavily flooded. So, well, the puzzle should be on its way to Konrad, but there may be delays - and of course I hope that Konrad was not inconvenienced (at least not too much) by this…

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Thank you Sigurd, for your post!
I'm looking forward to the PAW arrival within the next days.
Tom, is it in the mail already?

@Roberto:
Actually I live close (ca. 400m) to the river Mangfall that caused real problems in the city Rosenheim further down the river.
We live here in this little village for 34 years but the water was never as high as yesterday.
We are lucky enough that they improved the dam after the last flood water back in 1999.
So, the PAW is not in danger to get drowned.
I hope to meet you with the PAW in Munich :)

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@Roberto… So, the PAW is not in danger to get drowned.

This is wonderful news but I was actually more worried about YOUR well-being than of the PAW or of your collection!

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Hopefully soon!

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@Roberto… So, the PAW is not in danger to get drowned.

This is wonderful news but I was actually more worried about YOUR well-being than of the PAW or of your collection!

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I was joking a bit, but did not want to use the little laughing guy. Things are too serious.
In the city Passau the high water mark is higher than any since 1501 (They started the recording back then). I'm in Munich today, but unfortunately the PAW has not yet arrived.
Probably the distance between the two of us is less than 15 minutes walking.

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Konrad wrote:
I'm in Munich today, but unfortunately the PAW has not yet arrived.
Probably the distance between the two of us is less than 15 minutes walking.


Probably more, since I am working from home today, in Pasing (today is also my birthday). If I had known in advance…

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Today, the PAW arrived in my house.
For those who are not so familiar with Germany:
It is now in Bavaria (Bayern) one of 16 German states.
Especially, the PAW lives currently in Upper Bavaria (Oberbayern), not far from Austria.

The PAW made a little hiking tour, today. After the long journey it enjoyed some fresh air on the countryside.
The strong rain around the last weekend caused a lot of trouble in many areas of Germany.
While I'm writing this, the TV reports about many, many problems in Germany and especially in Bavaria, too.

The PAW was probably delayed a bit, but it is not harmed.
It is a wonderful puzzle, quite heavy (compared with other Shapeways puzzles - I like some weight in my hands), very smooth turning. I have not to add much to other excited reports.
I solved it first, because I thought that it looks nicer on the photos this way.

I really hope to own such a beauty myself, somewhen in the future.
I feel honoured to be part of this community project. Thanks to Brandon and everybody else involved!

You can look at this Picasa album, if you want to get an impression of day one "PAW in Upper Bavaria"
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In our garden:

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PAW on tour:

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WeiĂź-Blau (Blue-White) are the colours of Bavaria.

The PAW found some companions here, three brothers and three cousins:
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The only other Bavarian twisty puzzler I know, Roberto, is from Italy :)
I hope to meet him within the next few days.

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So many pictures! It's great to see the German countryside and the PAW sharing a good beer :D

You have such a nice collection of face turning dodecahedra so I'm glad the PAW got to visit the family.

Edit: your Picasa album picture of the box is the first time I've seen it. Is it holding up okay? I can't tell if the tap is trying to hold the box together or if it's just to attach shipping notices to the box. The box is supposed to work for at least 100 shipments and up to 200.

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bmenrigh wrote:
So many pictures! It's great to see the German countryside and the PAW sharing a good beer :D

You have such a nice collection of face turning dodecahedra so I'm glad the PAW got to visit the family.

Edit: your Picasa album picture of the box is the first time I've seen it. Is it holding up okay? I can't tell if the tap is trying to hold the box together or if it's just to attach shipping notices to the box. The box is supposed to work for at least 100 shipments and up to 200.
The box looks fine.

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You mean the brown tape around the box? It crosses your note for Customs. I do not think that the tape is necessary, but your note is still readable.
If you didn't apply this tape, maybe somebody could tell us, who put it on and why?

Some older shipping notices are on top of the box.

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What a beautiful part of the world you live in. I have been to Austria many times, and Berlin a few times, but never to the German mountains. And the puzzle looks to be having a great time, but seeing it perched above that raging torrent with the old lady shows that it has a wild side! What next, bungee jumping :lol:

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Thanks for your comment, Gus. I have been many times to England (mostly London) and I had always fine weather -even in the rare cases when it was raining. :wink:
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What a beautiful part of the world you live in. I have been to Austria many times, and Berlin a few times, but never to the German mountains. And the puzzle looks to be having a great time, but seeing it perched above that raging torrent with the old lady shows that it has a wild side! What next, bungee jumping :lol:
More likely, it has a tendency towards rock climbing. I showed it some pictures e.g.
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and it seems to prefer this compared with bungee jumping. :lol:

Hint: The picture was taken in the very same year when I got my first Rubik's Cube.
I gave up rock climbing when our youngest daughter was born. She is thirty since a few weeks.

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Wonderful Konrad, beautiful pictures!

Your area seems like a great place to live, a nice lush setting surrounded with beautiful mountains. You have persuaded me to take more photos of my local area rather than to travel to Sydney for the `postcard shots`, it's much more personal.

Thanks,
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Back in 2010 we had this nice thread where I posted this picture from 1981
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Therefore, I took a similar photo with logs, a twisty puzzle and me, today.
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I mean, the logs look similar not the man and the puzzle :lol:
(OK, the sun was blinding me :wink: )
Who would have dreamed of a Pentultimate at that time?
(BTW, not many have taken pictures with twisty puzzles in the old ages. The 1981 photo is the only one with me. I could find more rock climbing photos, though :lol: )

I made this album of PAW's day 2 in Upper Bavaria.

The hiking tour yesterday was at the mountain Heuberg a few kilometres from here towards Austria..
I added some captions to yesterday's album explaining some details.
Today's pictures (with captions in the album) were all taken in a walking distance from our house.

Here are some extracts:

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The river Mangfall which caused a big flood downstreams at Rosenheim a few days ago:

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View from the hill Irschenberg above our village:

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Konrad you live in a pastoral paradise! The PAW almost looks like a piece of alien technology in your beautiful backdrops. I'm glad you're having a good time with it. I'm jealous the puzzle gets to go so many places without me!

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Burgo wrote:
Wonderful Konrad, beautiful pictures!

Your area seems like a great place to live, a nice lush setting surrounded with beautiful mountains. You have persuaded me to take more photos of my local area rather than to travel to Sydney for the `postcard shots`, it's much more personal.

Thanks,
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Thank you Burgo! I hope to add a few Munich photos, too. Roberto (mocenigo) lives in Munich and this would be my very first meeting with a human being hooked to puzzles as well.

On day 3 the PAW went to Tyrol / Austria.
(It started raining after we were back home.)

"Wilder Kaiser" was one of the favourite climbing areas for Munich climbers.
When I showed the climbing picture above, I thought the PAW would like it here.
So many memories...
I know, I know, I'm exaggerating a bit with this flood of photos, but you are not obliged to look at them :)

Here is a link to album of day 3.

Here a few extracts:

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This is not exactly the skiing area of "Wilder Kaiser". :lol:
It is not far away, though.

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Beautiful pictures, Konrad. BTW, it looks like you already had the red PAW box back in 1981, and yet it wasn't in your 2013 photo by the logs, very wierd! Has the PAW been time traveling?? :shock:

Hoping the PAW will stop for a glass of wine by Lake Geneva on its way to France. :wink:

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I love the album and the last photo in your post with the PAW right at the bottom of the frame! Your photos remind me of a recent visit of mine to Yosemite.

I didn't realize the Alps and related mountain ranges made much of an appearance in Germany. Apparently I'm worse at geography than I thought :?

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bmenrigh wrote:
I didn't realize the Alps and related mountain ranges made much of an appearance in Germany. Apparently I'm worse at geography than I thought :?
Well, you are an American after all :lol:

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KelvinS wrote:
Beautiful pictures, Konrad. BTW, it looks like you already had the red PAW box back in 1981, and yet it wasn't in your 2013 photo by the logs, very wierd! Has the PAW been time traveling?? :shock:

Hoping the PAW will stop for a glass of wine by Lake Geneva on its way to France. :wink:
That was an orange table back in 1981, not a time travelling red box from 2013 :wink:
Time travelling would be nice and the PAW would love to be at lake Geneva instead of being in a black mail bag for so many days.
I know, the mountains near Geneva are far more impressing than little "Wilder Kaiser". The harder routes are all around 400 m, but pretty steep too. I have been in the Mont Blanc area many times for climbing and skiing, but I admit that I preferred touching warm rock against snow :)
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I love the album and the last photo in your post with the PAW right at the bottom of the frame! Your photos remind me of a recent visit of mine to Yosemite.

I didn't realize the Alps and related mountain ranges made much of an appearance in Germany. Apparently I'm worse at geography than I thought :?
I climbed a little bit in the Yosemite back in 1986. Actually I had given up climbing in 1983, so I was not very well trained.
On a prolonged weekend during a business trip, I met a friend who had just climbed the Nose on El Capitan. He was very happy and very relaxed after his success and he showed me many beautiful routes. No big walls, for sure :)

Actually, Germany has not many high mountains. The highest one, the "Zugspitze", is just below 3000m. And we have to share it with our Austrian neighbours. Little Austria has many above 3000m.
In Germany's crazy times, they had planned a big building on top of the Zugspitze, so Germany would have at least one mountain above 3000m.

So, my posts have at least some educational aspect :lol:

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bmenrigh wrote:
I didn't realize the Alps and related mountain ranges made much of an appearance in Germany. Apparently I'm worse at geography than I thought :?

Well, as Konrad pointed out, Germany's mountains actually top at just shy of 3000 meters, but this is only part of the story: most of Germany is relatively low. Undulated, with a lot of hills, but not very high. The highest places of Brandenburg, around Berlin, only reach 200 meters, everything in Lower Saxony, Assia, Nortrhine-Westfalia, Thuringia, is under 1000 meters, while Baden-WĂĽrttemberg's Feldberg tops at a it less than 1500 meters.

You get real high peaks only in Bavaria. All the 30 or so highest peaks in Germany are located there, and this is one of the main aspects by which Bavaria is set apart from the rest of Germany: Bavaria has its own culture, language (even when the Bavarian speak High German they have their own words, like "Bub" for a boy, and their own greetings), it is itself the union of four different ethnicities, and has its own history. I spent many years in other parts of Germany, and came to Bavaria only relatively recently. I became a german citizen before coming here and now I feel again a bit "foreigner" here - like most Germans!

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On day 4 it was a bit rainy and we had a few guests besides the PAW.
We stayed indoors most of the day.

So, we played around a bit with Photoshop. Album day 4

I showed a memory of the 1986 Yosemite visit to the PAW

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We borrowed the stele of my wife's iguana iguana.

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and I presented my collection to the PAW:

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The iguana and the PAW are now on friendly terms. Probably, the iguana thinks that she produced a pretty big egg :lol:


@Roberto: As many Bavarian citizens I'm not born in Bavaria either. My father was from East Prussia, my mother from Baden-WĂĽrttemberg and I was born there. Since high school (Gymnasium) I lived mainly in Bavaria. I studied in Munich, I worked in Munich and I met my wife in Munich. When our first daughter was born, we moved to the little house in the little village at river Mangfall. We like it here and Munich's culture is not far. Not many cultural things here in the village :) (if you do not count the catholic church - and we are no Catholics) OK, the Maibaum is Bavarian culture :lol:

One good reason, why we like living here is the nature around us, the Alps, the lakes and the close neighbourhood to Austria and Italy :)

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Today I finally met Konrad in person. We chatted a bit then walked towards the Isar river and took a few pictures. They are almost all in Konrad's camera, but I also took a pic of Konrad with my phone. It is attached - with the PAW of course. It's a place not far from where I work, close to a famous (?) old public indoor swimming pool.

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Actually, the "Muellersche Volksbad" is quite famous in Munich.
Youtube video in German

Here is an album with more photos of our meeting.

Actually today was my birthday and it was nice to meet Roberto on this special day.
It was the first time, too, that I met a twisty puzzler in person.
I'm sure it will be not the last time. :)

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On day eight the PAW affair is over.
It is back in its box and on its way to Claus.

Yesterday, after my little PAW meeting with Roberto, I met the larger part of my family in a nearby "Biergarten" (beer garden).
We had a very pleasant birthday dinner, good food and good drinks. We took afterwards our two granddaughters with us to our home in the Mangfall valley. On day 8 the PAW met the little girls. Now, this intensive week is over and Little Big PAW got a well deserved rest in its red box.

Expect more photos to come about the days 5, 6 and 7.
I have not yet finished the editing. :wink:

One remark about my Photoshop editing: The PAW is unchanged on each and every photo were you see it .
I cut off unimportant stuff and adjusted sometimes the lighting, only.
The depth of sharpness is a problem in many cases, because I held the camera in my right hand and the PAW in my left. So, the PAW was extremely close and the other objects very often far away.
Most of the time, I focused on the other objects and the blurred PAW wanted just to say "I was here".

It was a very busy time this week, because I had other business to do as well.

You can say, that I exaggerated a bit my enthusiasm :lol: for the PAW project, taking so many photos.
On the other hand, I feel that Brandon's community project deserves more enthusiasm than shown by some of my predecessors. I do not mean those, who have posted here, just those who have not.
I tried to encourage them via PMs to post belated, but have not got any response.
Has the interest in twisty puzzles and in this specific project decreased during the lifetime of the PAW project?
I feel sorry for Brandon a bit, who had this great idea and put so much effort into it. So I made it up a bit with my over-enthusiasm :lol:

I wish the PAW a good and safe journey and I hope my posts encourage the future PAW participants.
You do not have to beat may number of photos :lol: , but I would love to see at least any kind of posts here!!!
Claus wants to beat at least my picture of the "PAW sharing a good beer" from day 1. He has announced to present a better beer to the PAW. As you might know, there is a good humoured battle between Bavaria and Western Germany (mainly the area around Köln), who has the better beer brands :)

Here is the album of day 8.

Here a few extracts:

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I had some business to do in Munich on day 5 (last Tuesday).
I could spend two hours walking around with the PAW in the innermost centre of the city.
Within a few hundred metres around the "Marienplatz" (Place of Virgin Mary) you find a lot of history.
We had pretty bad weather, dark grey sky and sometimes a bit of rain

One interesting observation:
When I shot photos with the PAW on the countryside or while hiking, a lot of people got curious and wanted to know about the puzzle and why I would take photos, in Munich nobody cared about us.


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Abandon all hope — Ye Who Enter Here
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PAW on paw of Lion at "Feldherrnhalle"

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Last Wednesday (PAW in Upper Bavaria day 6) it was a sunny day in the Mangfall valley and I had some spare time to solve the PAW twice.

Just six photos of the scrambled PAW in our home:

Album of day 6

That's life in a TP household: The puzzler solves real problems (e.g. solves a Pentultimate), while the other one (not necessarily a female) does the trivial work as working in the garden :lol:

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I do not know if any participant tried to disassemble the PAW. I didn't dare to try. :roll:
So, I cannot say anything about the design differences between the PAW and Tom's 30 mm..
It is very easy to dissemble Tom's design and to remove the outer pieces only.

The main difference between my two 30 mm Pentultimates and the PAW (Eric's 40 mm version) is that mine are much looser. Still Tom's turn very well and I do not encounter much catching on both versions.
Brandon told me that there are issues at Shapeways with Eric's version. Obviously, the change regarding the number of polygons doesn't allow any more prints and Eric has to do some design changes.
I can certainly recommend Tom's, still I hope to get a 40mm in a similar quality as the PAW.

The other difference is the weight, the PAW being much heavier.
Roberto has compared both at our meeting (because this post does time travelling to last Wednesday, this will be tomorrow :lol: ). Roberto agrees that both turn very well.
I lent one of Tom's 30mm Pentultimates to Roberto.
Maybe, he will say something here how he likes it, when he will have solved it.

BTW, Roberto asked me if the FT Starminx or the Pentultimate is easier to solve.
Roberto showed me his incredibly well turning Starminx (purple transparent), which is much better than my black version.
I don't know if everybody agrees, but I think the Starminx is easier. It has much more pieces, but the redundancy of the star tips makes the setup moves much easier.
@Roberto, as you want to solve both on your own, please, avoid reading the following spoiler [spoiler]Here is my outline for the Starminx:
1. edges [1,1] as edges on a Pyraminx Crystal
2. centres impure by a [3,1]
3. star tips pure with [3,1] or Pentultimate 10 move sequence from Brandon
Pentultimate solutions can be found on page 2 of this thread including the 10 move sequence from Brandon
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