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 Post subject: new addition to my collection?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:15 am 
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alright, this is my collection so far:

+ new

(3) 3x3
(1) 4x4
(1) 2x1x1
(1) sodoku cube +
(1) brick by brick
(1) block by block
(1) bootstrap (need help)
(1) string barrel
(2) marble maze
(1) megaminx +
(1) rubiks twist +
(1) backspin
So heres the question, What puzzle should I get next? (for cheap)


Thanks!

PKRTCN


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in whatever order, youre next 4 puzzles should be a 2x2, 5x5, pyraminx, and square 1. then you have all of the official puzzles, and they're all pretty cool to solve. Then i suggest a skewb.


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emr1028 wrote:
in whatever order, youre next 4 puzzles should be a 2x2, 5x5, pyraminx, and square 1. then you have all of the official puzzles, and they're all pretty cool to solve. Then i suggest a skewb.


I agree with that 100%.

You should make a puzzle. I'm gonna make a fisher cube.

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3x3x3 . . . PB: 11.32 Avg: 17.33
4x4x4 . . . PB: 1:11.32 Avg: 1:27
5x5x5 . . . PB: 2:26.47 Avg: 2:36.04
Pyraminx . PB: 4.18 Avg: 8.43


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It would be okay to get eastsheen 5x5 and 2x2's.

but When I replace my 4x4, what is the difference between the A4, E4, and M4?

Except for mefferts, Where can i get a good pyraminx?


I am going to use my rubiks 4x4 and make a mod with that,


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My 2x2,3x3,4x4,and 5x5 are all rubiks. Are eastsheen good?

For the pyraminx, I have a white one with blue,green,orange,and gold vinyl stickers that I got from ebay. I think its one of the original (not the tomy one though)

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3x3x3 . . . PB: 11.32 Avg: 17.33
4x4x4 . . . PB: 1:11.32 Avg: 1:27
5x5x5 . . . PB: 2:26.47 Avg: 2:36.04
Pyraminx . PB: 4.18 Avg: 8.43


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sirajali05 wrote:
My 2x2,3x3,4x4,and 5x5 are all rubiks. Are eastsheen good?

For the pyraminx, I have a white one with blue,green,orange,and gold vinyl stickers that I got from ebay. I think its one of the original (not the tomy one though)


That's right. The one with gold vinyl was one of the first knockoffs called simply "The Pyramid Puzzler" if I recall correctly. But the parts are so perfectly identical to the Tomy Pyraminx that there was widespread speculation that it was manufactured in the same molds as Tomy's.

Someone else might be able to confirm that or fill in the rest of its history.

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It was a knock-off? Well I think its still a good pyraminx.

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2x2x2 . . . PB: 1.65 Avg: 5.32
3x3x3 . . . PB: 11.32 Avg: 17.33
4x4x4 . . . PB: 1:11.32 Avg: 1:27
5x5x5 . . . PB: 2:26.47 Avg: 2:36.04
Pyraminx . PB: 4.18 Avg: 8.43


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sirajali05 wrote:
It was a knock-off? Well I think its still a good pyraminx.


Yes, it's every bit as good as the Tomy. Like I said, the parts are perfectly identical and probably made by the same company. By "knockoff" I just meant it wasn't the Tomy branded one, which had yellow stickers instead of gold ones.

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PKRTCN wrote:
but When I replace my 4x4, what is the difference between the A4, E4, and M4?

nothing, except the price and packaging, and one of them ( i forget which one) comes un-assembled, so it is more of a diy than the others. all of them, though, contain instructions on how to dis-assemble and re-assemble, and are marketed as diy, so it really doesnt matter. just go for the cheapest one.
to answer your original question, i would highly recommend a 5x5 as your next puzzle.


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sirajali05 wrote:
My 2x2,3x3,4x4,and 5x5 are all rubiks. Are eastsheen good?

i also have rubik's brand 2-5, and thought until recently, that i wanted to stick w/ rubik's brand (just because, i dont know, ya know, it IS rubik's, but whatever).
and then, about 2 weeks ago, i got my first eastsheen 2x2, 4x4, and 5x5, and i gotta admit, they are MUCH nicer than the rubik's brand cubes. it is a very noticeable difference. a HUGE difference. after playing w/ my eastsheens, i dont even like messing w/ my rubik's anymore.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:50 pm 
we've had this argument many times before of eastsheen vs rubik, and here are the key points:

1. eastsheens turn much better right out of the box.
2. Rubik's get amazing if you out in alot of time and effort into them.
3. eastsheens don't get much better than when they first start.
4. i love eastsheens
5. eastsheens are generally cheaper


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emr1028 wrote:
2. Rubik's get amazing if you out in alot of time and effort into them.


i only kind of agree...
i think the eastsheen cubes are MUCH better, especially straight out of the box.

as far as rubik's being amazing after alot of time and effort...i feel that this only applies to the 5x5.

the 4x4 (rubik's) seems to get looser, but MUCH more fragile and uncompromising and prone to popping. the 5x5 (rubik's) may get faster and looser (mine did, as i heard it would), but faster doesnt necesarily mean easier and smoother. yes, my rubik's 5x5 is nice and fast and smooth and forgiving while doing corners, and especially the centers slices are extra smooth and nice, but it is STILL much smoother on my eastsheen...


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I just came back from e-sheen.com and I can't find any pricing! what site can I go to? Is there an eastsheen shop?


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cube4you.com of huskyomega on ebay. husky also has a website and an account here, but i don't remember the url.


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i, as always, higly recommend http://www.puzzleproz.com for your eastsheen cubes (as well as the best diy cubes i've found)
very cheap prices, exact shipping charges, and ships from the u.s.a. (although, from hawaii, but still...)


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I don't know if these are cheap anymore because they may be obsolete; but I suggest the Skewb, the Square-1 (both nearly the same size) and the 2x2x2. I would hold off on the Rubik's 5x5x5 until they fix the sticker problem.

Next should be RushHour, the Snake (now known as the Twist) and finally Rubik's Magic. The reason I like these puzzles is because they are not just another "match-the-colored-sides-of yet-another-polyhedron" type puzzle, but something quite different.

The Tantrix Discovery set is a nice puzzle, even though it's a not a "twisty". $10 cheap!

Don't buy the Clock - too easy to solve, and probably obsolete as well.

If you see these at the thrift store, I would highly recommend:

1. Rubik's Missing Link
2. Binary Art's Stormy Seas
3. Pyraminx (Tomy version with black backgorund).
4. Pyramorphix (a truly simple but exotic puzzle).
5. The Brain, a good wake-up exersize
6. If you ever come across a Rubik's Domino, hang onto it for dear life until you can sell it at e-bay for at least $100. Or just keep it for yourself, knowing that $100 ain't gonna make you or break you.

cmcf

PS... I started to read the binary, but after 6,9,6,6,4,2,0... and after realising maybe I should combine the nibbles to ASCII characters, I had to quit (1:00 AM = sleeptime!)


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destro wrote:
i, as always, higly recommend http://www.puzzleproz.com for your eastsheen cubes (as well as the best diy cubes i've found)
very cheap prices, exact shipping charges, and ships from the u.s.a. (although, from hawaii, but still...)


They sell C DIYs, dont they?

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2x2x2 . . . PB: 1.65 Avg: 5.32
3x3x3 . . . PB: 11.32 Avg: 17.33
4x4x4 . . . PB: 1:11.32 Avg: 1:27
5x5x5 . . . PB: 2:26.47 Avg: 2:36.04
Pyraminx . PB: 4.18 Avg: 8.43


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pyraminx, skewb

these are both fun, and pyraminx is sometimes competitive at cube meetings, so it is not completely useless.

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I just read the binay...

IF ANYON

...and then it stops.


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cmcf wrote:
I just read the binay...

IF ANYON

...and then it stops.


huh?


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Oh, sorry, I guess it all doesn't fit in the signature. It was supposed to say: IF ANYONE CAN READ THIS PLEASE PM ME.

I'll try something shorter.


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Back in the 90's a colleague showed me his Timex wristwatch that stored phone numbers, appointments, etc. The data was loaded into the watch from a computer by flashing lights on the screen.

I noticed his watch band had binary digits etched in it and translated them. It said "Listen to the Light"

A very clever little easter egg! I wondered how many other people noticed it, let alone decoded it.

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im confused, lol. as an electronics student i use binary like every day. i thought it was just for numerics. a quick google search for binary text yielded nothing.


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p|astic wrote:
im confused, lol. as an electronics student i use binary like every day. i thought it was just for numerics. a quick google search for binary text yielded nothing.


Could someone please teach me to read the binary code to because I also thought it had to do with numbers and I learn how to read that in numbers because I understand it but this I don't(making words).

This I can read.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/watches/6a17/

This I can't read and please help me to understand the code for it.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts/generic/38db/zoom/

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p|astic wrote:
im confused, lol. as an electronics student i use binary like every day. i thought it was just for numerics. a quick google search for binary text yielded nothing.


Binary encodes numbers, true enough, but the numbers can be assigned meanings: ASCII, UTF-8, UTF-16, SHIFTJIS, EBCDIC, etc.

I didn't decode PKCRTN's message, but I can explain why it was so easy to decode the binary on the Timex watch band: each character was encoded on a separate line and I noticed the distinctive pattern 010 0000, an ASCII space. It was arranged like this:

100 1100 L
110 1001 i
111 0011 s
111 0100 t
110 0101 e
110 1110 n
010 0000
111 0100 t
110 1111 o
010 0000
111 0100 t
110 1000 h
110 0101 e
010 0000
100 1100 L
110 1001 i
110 0111 g
110 1000 h
111 0100 t

It seems like a clever secret message to hide on a wristwatch that receives communications through flashes of light.


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