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How to solve a Rubiks Cube – Cheatsheet

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

So you own one of those nifty little cubes? And want to solve it?

Let me tell you, if you follow some simple instructions, you will be able to solve the cube, no matter what the initial setting is. But if your not familiar with the terminus or just started to play with the cube, i highly recommend Dan Browns instruction on youtube. The entrypoint can be found here:

If you are familiar with the terms and the algorithms and just need the instructions again, read on. The instructions assume a standard color cube and the following notation:

rubic cube notation

notation for the cheatsheet

1. Green cross (green color on top)

– bring green each piece to bottom side

– turn bottom until the other color of the edge piece is underneath the right side color

– turn side twice

2. Green corners (green color on top)

– bring a green cornerpiece underneath the right corner or at the right position (wrong direction)

R’, D’, R, D until corner fits

– repeat with all green corners. The sides should form little T’s

3. Second layer (green color on bottom, blue on top)

– if edge pieces in top layer only contain blue:

— turn cube until edge piece in question is on front middle right

U, R, U’, R’, U’, F’, U, F

– if edge piece in top layer does not contain blue:

— turn top layer so the edge piece color fits the side color

— top color belongs to left side:

U’, L’, U, L, U, F, U’, F’

— top color belongs to right side:

U, R, U’, R’, U’, F’, U, F

4. Blue cross (blue on top)

– top shows a little L form (middle, and two edges are blue): put L in back-left of top

– top shows an I form (blue line): put I horizontal

– top shows no shape at all: do nothing

– then perform: F, R, U, R’, U’, F’ until blue cross on top

5. Arrange blue cross (blue on top)

– if two edges of top layer correspond and are:

— beside each other: put one in back and one right

— opposite sides: put one in front and one in back

– perform R, U, R’, U, R, 2U, R’ (+U)

6. Prepare finish (corner place, blue top)

– if one corner is in the correct place (dont mind the orientation, just the colors): put it in top right front

– perform: U, R, U’, L’, U, R’, U’, L

– repeat with correct corners on top right front until all corners are in place

7. Finish the cube (corner orientation, blue top)


– with the unfinished corner in the top right front: R’, D’, R, D until corner is on correct orientation

– ONLY TURN TOP, to bring next corner to top right front, keep your front color the same. Repeat above algorithm until all corners are oriented correctly.

– turn top und bottom layer to fit the middle layer and you are DONE.

Those instructions are also available as a PDF:

PDF Download


Sunday, January 25th, 2009

So sometimes when i think about something funny, i try to draw it, i know it sucks, but with 6.5 billion people on the world and with 1/5 of them beeing connected to the internet, the chances are pretty high somebody will get a funny second out of it. And just to maximalize the chances, heres the translation: “Can you give me a light”.

Actually i just wanted to post something again and since the picture was rotting on my desktop i wanted to clean it away.

Making a clip with a Nintendo DS

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

With its touchscreen input method, a Nintendo DS can also used to draw pictures. what about a software that combines pictures and makes clips out of them, directly on the device?

well, check out Animatee DS! its rather powerfull, user friendly and efficient. you need to be able to run homebrew (software that private people wrote and are not available in nintendo cartridges) software. there are different methods e.g. putting a M3 Simply into the slot1.

after you start Animatee DS you get an interface where you can draw frame by frame. Whilst in drawing mode the buttons ‘L’ or ‘R’ bring up a menu where you can perform different settings like color, framerate, onion mode (where you can see the last frame so its easier to build upon), undo, play and the thickness of the pen.

i made some short clips but actually only one made it to the net. its about a trip we took after graduation at school.

Robot love – love robots!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

So when i have a little time (or not…), i like to play around with different ways of expressing art. of course some electronics are involved, but this time its a little more.

so i took my digital camera, attached a tripod and set up a setup. Since im into robots, i have some of them laying around (thanks to my brother who keep on donating their robottoys to me), so i wanted to make a little ‘use’ of them. why not make a stop-motion-clip?

the process itself was pretty easy:
– think of a plot
– set up the camera, props and lighting
– take pictures, move setting, take picture, etc.
– edit pictures, for me paint.exe did its job
– combine all pictures to a clip. i think i used some random gif-animator and converted the gif to avi with mencoder

A very special valentines gift

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

So back in 2007 it was feb and therefore time for valentines day. Since i wanted to make something very special (hand crafted) i decided to do something with electronics and something that represents the love i feel for my girlfriend. I really liked the idea of combining some e-stuff with the symbol of love.

i made an instructable (uh whats that? its a page thats meant to share instructions for building things, very cool!). check it out here: Instructables

The final result is a seethru heart that can shine in different colors.

she really liked it and the fact that the batteries ran out soon (of course refillable) speaks for it as well!