Friday, August 10, 2007

In the Pursuit of the Rubik's Cube

I just saw "In the Pursuit of Happyness" on DVD. It was an excellent movie based on a true story about a man's struggles with life, his job, homelessness, money, and son. It was an inspiration on how the main character, Chris Gardner, worked hard and made sacrifices to overcome all these obstacles and become a multi-millionaire.

What does this have to do with Rubik's Cube? In the movie's timeframe of 1981, the Rubik's Cube was just coming out. Chris impressed his future boss by solving the Rubik's Cube during a shared cab ride.

I have to admit that I have never been able to solve the darn thing other than a single side and I was pretty proud of myself for doing that year's ago.

Some people were able to solve them under 20 seconds, otherwise known as SpeedCubing. More amazing, one guy solved it one-handed or even blindfolded! That is just crazy! Can you say Rubik's Cube Wrist Syndrome?!

If you think the original cube was tough, they now have the Rubik's Revolution out with 6 puzzles in 1 cube.

- AV

6 comments:

Scott said...

Great movie and great location for filming the movie, too. Never was too good with them rubik's cubes..been years seen/messed with them

AVCR8TEUR said...

I agree Scott. Since it takes place in SF, I was trying to name all the places I recognize.

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

Yes, it was a good movie - saw it when it came out at the movies....and I too loved San Francisco - hope I can visit your city again sometime soon :)

I can't do a Rubik's cube to save my life, even if someone told me how.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Dana, I know what you mean. I can't even understand the Rubik experts when they try to explain the solutions.

Ross said...

wow, i thought it was agreat movie too, luckily, i know how to do the rubik's cybe, fairly fast, if u want to learn how to do the rubiks cube, go to www.rubiks-cube-solutions.com

AVCR8TEUR said...

Thanks Ross for the tip. It's on my list to master someday.