Monday, March 16, 2009

Easy Peasy, Right?

I loved playing with rubik cubes when I was a kid. Sometimes I even got one whole set of colors on one side. Occasionally I would get all of the whites on one side, and most of the blues on another. When I needed it all put back together, I used my insane color matching skills and took off all the stickers and put them all back on where they were supposed to be. You can laugh if you want to, but I know most of you did the same thing.

Chet has no need of my insane color matching skills, though. According to him, he has mathematical solutions. You have to mix up a rubik cube someday, and then watch him as he whips it all together and solves it within a matter of minutes.

He uses the tips of his fingers to flip the edges around, secure in the knowledge that he will win.

Within a matter of moments you can see the colors begin to line up. And not just on one side either. (Should a 12 year old boy have hands this enormous?)

Then the voila! moment occurs. With a flip of a row on the cube and a satisfied laugh, he will hold the perfectly color-coded cube up and gloat in the knowledge that he is half mathematical genuis,

and half mad scientist.

Today he asked me if I would get him one of the ten-sided cubes because he is bored with the standard sized rubik. Of course I will, but I am already wondering how long that will last before he has mastered it. How many different rubik cube styles are there? I don't know, but I am sure we are about to find out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good job, Chet!

Love you...Gramma Pam

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