Message #3813

From: Mike Pannekoek <>
Subject: Re: [MC4D] Time for another speedsolving contest!
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:08:05 +0000

Discord would work for me, I have an account.

On Wed, 8 Nov 2017 at 9:06 am, Melinda Green
[4D_Cubing] <> wrote:

> Hello Ty,
> Yes, Discord or slack look like they would serve nicely, especially as it
> seems we can also share log files this way.
> So who else is interested? I know there are a bunch of new members with
> speedsolving experience but I’ll need to hear from a few more of you if you
> want to see this happen. That’s because we’ll need to do a test run and
> make sure everyone can connect to whatever service we use, pick a time
> suitable for everyone, and make sure not to leave anyone behind due to
> technical problems. You can message me privately with any questions or,
> date/time preferences, etc.
> Also, I’ve been informed that the Shapeways link I sent didn’t work. I
> think it was just incomplete. Try this one:
> Happy Puzzling!
> -Melinda
> On 11/7/2017 9:30 AM, Ty Jones [4D_Cubing] wrote:
> Thoughts on something like a 4D cubing Discord or Slack or something
> similar? I’m not sure how active that would be but just a thought :)
> On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 10:26 PM Melinda Green
> [4D_Cubing] <> wrote:
>> Dear Cubists,
>> It’s been far too long since our last speedsolving contest so I would
>> like to hold another one soon. This time I thought I would throw in a twist
>> and not announce the particular puzzle in advance and only say that it will
>> not be a cube, simplex, nor very large or small. Macros will be allowed
>> though maybe we should require that they be created during the contest.
>> This way you will want to practice with a wide variety of puzzles so that
>> you’re ready to attack whatever it turns out to be. These are just my
>> thoughts and am happy to change it if potential participants prefer
>> something else.
>> The last time we conducted the contest over the Yahoo Instant Messenger
>> which turned out to be a lot of fun but nobody seems to use that platform
>> anymore. I guess some things like this are done over Steam or Twitch these
>> days. If one of those platforms is popular here I’m willing to try it out
>> though I’ve never used either one. Still another possibility is a YouTube
>> live-stream. I’ve not used that either, but I have a channel, so it’s
>> somewhat familiar. If nothing else, we can certainly do it without any live
>> platform. I could email the scramble file to the list but Yahoo email
>> delivery is very unpredictable. I could also just upload the file to a
>> predetermined URL at a predetermined time. The last time we decided that a
>> reasonable time for everyone was 11 AM Pacific time on a Saturday. Perhaps
>> November 25th or any Saturday in December? Please reply with your level of
>> interest and your opinions on the dates and other details. Feel free to
>> message me privately too.
>> Best of all, this time there will be a very special prize of your very
>> own signed & numbered physical 2x2x2x2! How does that sound? And speaking
>> of the physical puzzle, I’m proud to announce that it’s now in a
>> reproducible form, including even by people who would like to build their
>> own. I have created a Shapeways product that you can order here
>> <>. Note
>> that it’s still not public, so please don’t share it outside our community
>> just yet, but you can order from there if you like. The price there
>> currently has no mark-up. If you like, I’ll even send you a completed
>> puzzle for $99 which is less than the printing cost alone. Just send me a
>> private email if you would like that. Of course you may want to wait and
>> see if you can win one for free first. It’s up to you.
>> Happy puzzling!
>> -Melinda