Message #1149

From: Nan Ma <>
Subject: Re: [MC4D] intro from a new member
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 00:42:19 -0000

Hi Brandon,

Thanks for your warm welcome. It’s great to see you here.

I’ve solved 3^4 only once. That was not fast at all. I’m still in the learning phase and not comfortable to compete yet. I’m struggling about the notations like 2C, 3C, etc. Maybe I will join the next competition. Thank you for introducing the challenge to me.

Talking about California, I went to San Diego few months ago to have an interview with UCSD. But I didn’t know you at that time. I was closed to coming to UCSD. But eventually things worked out in Berkeley. I will definitely have other chances to meet you in the future.

Nan (schuma)

— In, Brandon Enright <bmenrigh@…> wrote:
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> "Nan Ma" <mananself@…> wrote:
> > Hello everyone. My name is Nan Ma and I use the username "schuma" in
> > some places. Yesterday I solved the 3x3x3x3 and was invited to this
> > group by Melinda. Thank you, Melinda!
> >
> > I am 30 yrs old. I am originally from China. Currently I am in Boston
> > MA, but will move to Berkeley CA at the end of Sept. I will be a
> > post-doc there, doing research in the area of information theory.
> >
> > Although I’m new for 4D cubing, I have some experience in 3D cubing.
> > I’ve solved all 299 puzzles on Gelatinbrain’s applet page
> > <<br> > > > . I recommend that place to all of you. Hope you guys won’t say that
> > 3D puzzles are trivial. I’ve recognized another Gelatinbrain solver
> > Brandon Enright in this group. Nice to see you here, Brandon.
> >
> > My basic strategy is to categorize pieces into several groups, like,
> > edge pieces, corner pieces, etc. Then I construct 3-cycle algorithms
> > using commutators and save them as macros. Then I solve a group of
> > pieces first, and then solve another group. This method is kind of
> > systematic, but it leads to a large number of moves.
> >
> > Nan
> >
> Hey schuma, welcome to the group! I was hoping to see you here. I
> wish there was more overlap between the different twisty puzzle
> groups. Your conquest of Gelatinbrain’s puzzles was a real
> tour-de-force so I look forward to seeing what you can do with the more
> exotic polytopes available in MC4D 4.0.
> You solve very quickly with macros, maybe you should think about
> practicing the 3^4 a couple more times and then joining the
> Hyperspeedcube Challenge on the 18th:
> Good luck with your move, Melinda’s in the Bay Area too. As a native
> Californian I’m pleased to have one of the best living here. Perhaps I
> will have stop telling people that you’re actually just a puzzle solving
> AI running in a secret government installation in the basement of a
> Boston University lab ;-)
> Finally, I think your "Rubik’s Square" program is of some interest to
> this group:
> Best,
> Brandon
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