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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Nerdy weekends are the new awesome

Lest you think that Salt Lake stole all the fun this weekend, I would like to report on a few pretty important (albeit nerdy) things that happened in San Francisco while Betsy was off eating sno-cones.

First of all: the US National Rubik's Cube Championship

Turns out that there are 3x3 cubes, 4x4 cubes, 5x5 cubes, and some strange new cube that twists into un-cube-like shapes. I never knew there was such a variety! I can't even solve the easy ones. I am more inclined to take all the stickers off and put them back on in the right order rather than actually try to solve one of these things.

Highlights of the competition include the 3x3x3 speed solve and blindfold cubing rounds. I guess everyone got sick of seeing these guys solve an entire rubik's cube in 5 seconds, so they had to think up ways to make it tougher. Even blindfolded, these guys could solve the puzzle in about a minute.

We saw plenty of diehard fans:

though if you still are not that sure you love rubick's cube, you can woos out and just go for the fan teeshirt instead.

We even had our own celebrity siting. Eagle-eye em spotted Tyson Mao from season 2 of Beauty and the Geek. He got on the show for his incredibly geeky rubik's cube skills, and was totally running the championship. Emily even got his autograph.

here is the other great half of the weekend. maybe you might be wondering what ever happened to this guy:

matt lemmon. turns out he sold all his earthly possessions, bought a 4runner and is going to take a year to drive around the americas raising poverty awareness. you can read all about it at lucky for me, san francisco was the first stop in his travels. we went sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge together...

...and amused/humiliated ourselves by reenacting the King of the World scenes from Titanic on the bow of the boat. That is pretty nerdy, right?

Then we picked up betsy from the airport together, and ate at In N' Out to celebrate. Matt had the great idea that we should dance in the parking lot. I know, I know. Almost as nerdy as being able to solve a 3x3 rubik's cube in five seconds. But check out our sweet moves!
Then Betsy realized that we were taking photos of ourselves, and got all embarassed.

So matt and I were left to dance alone. Thanks alot, Bets.


  • At 3:28 PM, Anonymous aaron said…

    word on the street is that a company has invented new internal mechanism that will allow for rubick's cubes up to 11x11. i haven't confirmed it, since it's too cool sounding to find out that it might be false.

  • At 3:57 PM, Blogger bex said…

    i don't know. i think if it were true, all the kids at the competition would have been talking about it. i guess we can only hope?

  • At 4:00 PM, Blogger bets said…

    wait. how on earth do you solve a rubik's cube blindfolded? come on.

    i think matt slept in my bed.

  • At 5:04 PM, Blogger bex said…

    no. matt slept ON your bed.

    the blindfolded people had 10 seconds to look at their cube and memorize how to solve it. Then they were blindfolded and it was good luck to them. Or the other variation was that they never saw the cube, and had someone sitting next to them looking at the cube and explaining to them how to solve it.

    pretty ridiculous.

  • At 5:13 PM, Anonymous kylie said…

    my missionary brother is pretty obsessed with his rubik's cube. he totally wore his out and needs one sent to him in Argentina PRONTO. so anyway, he would be really jealous that he is not at this event.

  • At 6:32 PM, Blogger Cindy said…

    Oh, so jealous. I love that Matt Lemmon guy. I wish he were coming up here so that he could sleep in my bed too.

  • At 7:08 PM, Anonymous tom eby said…

    You folks sure can pack a lot into a weekend! Where's the episode that has the new awesome as your M-F job?

  • At 8:06 PM, Blogger Cache said…

    i thought it said that he was rasing poverty awesomeness.

  • At 10:07 PM, Blogger Aluwicious said…

    I can do the cube in 10 mins. Yep, it took me 4 insomia nights and 3 lessons from my friend Collin from painting class to accomplish it.

  • At 9:47 AM, Blogger Steph said…

    I was just at the exploratorium the other day volunteering and I had no idea that the rubik's cube competition would be held there last weekend. How did I miss that?! Dang!

  • At 9:47 AM, Blogger MissEm said…

    I saw that cube contest a few years ago! It's crazy how fast the solve them. I guess there is some sort of formula for figuring it out based on the colors at the corners?

  • At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Matt Lemmon said…

    I had so much fun visiting you guys! Thanks for the hospitality. Sorry for the "delayed comment," I've been away from the internet.


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