Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Solve the Rubik's Cube - Check!

I've had a one track mind for the past few days. I've been twisting and turning the Rubik's cube any chance I get. And now, finally, I can solve it. YAY! I'm definitely not a speed solver (I think the record is something around 10 seconds) but I am getting it solved. Anyway, I learned the technique online at this site.

I enjoyed the challenge with the cube and now I'm going to try to learn chess. Online of course. Its been such a long time since I've learned something (I'm not talking about learning things to do with parenting) that I forgot how much fun it is. Chess is something that I have zero knowledge of. I don't know how the pieces move or what the rules are. All I know is that people say "Check" when they are nearly winning and "Checkmate" when they actually win.

So why chess? I'd like to say that my sole motivation is to learn something new. But, its also because I want to teach Aaron (eventually). I don't want to come across as one of those mothers who are over eager about making their children brainy but I do want to do fun things that will help his brain develop as well. Chess might teach him strategy and I did hear that its fun as well. Right?

Anyway, if chess isn't fun enough, I'm also trying to learn how to juggle.

Any other suggestions for things I can learn on the internet?

8 comments:

Nap Warden said...

I never could get that thing! Well done:)

Bilbo said...

If I were you, I probably wouldn't try to learn to juggle on the internet...it's hard to keep three monitors in the air at once. And chess will be more fun to learn if you find one of the animated versions in which the figures move themselves around the board and beat each other up. They're about my speed...

egan said...

Stratego and Pokemon will also teach him strategy. I don't know the first thing about chess so perhaps we can learn it together?

The Rubik's Cube always puzzled me. I could get three sides, but never more. I should buy one as an adult and see if it's any easier.

Perhaps you can teach Aaron geography on the net.

egan said...

...or you could teach him a foreign language.

Mike said...

The fastest way I figured out rubics cube was this way. Turn one side 1/8 turn. Twist the corner piece that is sticking out from cube. Disassemble the rest of the cube. Reassemble with colors lined up. Show your friends how smart you are.
Don't do this IN FRONT of your friends.

GJ said...

Top effort!!!

Amanda said...

Bilbo: Have you seen those live chess setups. They use actual humans!

Egan: When I'm up to speed with the chess, we can play correspondance chess. How about that? I wonder how long that would take. I read that people do this all around the world.

You should definitely get yourself a cube and play around with it. Its completely different trying to do it when you're in your 30s than when you're a teenager.

egan said...

I might have to do this, both the Cube thing and chess. I can't imagine how long a game must take. Months?