# Message #157

From: Sebastian Dumitrescu <portoseb37@hotmail.com>

Subject: new member

Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 09:44:23 -0000

Hello all 4D cubists!

I am for now the newest solver of the 3^4 cube. I first solved it on

the online java applet at

http://www.plunk.org/~hatch/MagicCube4dApplet/

one day when my brother and parents were away for the whole day, so

that I had time for solving the whole cube in the same session.

But let me introduce me first: My name is Sebastian Dumitrescu and

I’m a Romanian living in Tampere, Finland. I first came here for one

school year in 2000-2001 and then came here second time in the

summer of 2003. I want to stay here for the rest of school (I have

two years of school left) and possibly for university. I’m 16 years

old. My main interests are music - I play violin and some clarinet

and piano - and mathematics. And of course, Rubik’s cube.

I started cubing in 2003, when I still was in Romania. I learnt to

solve it (the 3x3x3) using a beginner’s method learnt from an old

book. When I came to Finland I forgot about it for a while, but one

day in January 2004 I saw a guy with a cube so then I remembered

that I have one too. I learnt another solution from the web:

http://lar5.com

and now my record for solving the 3x3x3 is 21 seconds. An average

solve takes around 30 seconds.

Now for 4D cubing: I discovered the online java applet a while ago

and I solved the 2^4 cube in the winter holiday of this year. I used

algorithms (macros) invented by me, and that made it hard to solve

it again, because I always needed to re-find algorithms. This summer

I found how to use algorithms from the 3x3x3 method for the 3^4

(their effects are very much alike), and after that it became quite

easy to solve. The method I used is basically the same as for the

3x3x3 cube. I can detail it if you want me to.

More about me (and also my cubing story which is the same as the one

I just wrote above) at my website:

http://www.geocities.com/portoseb

Sebastian