Hello, I am a cuber, one who cubes. If you're unaware of what I'm talking about, "Cubing" is the act of solving puzzles based around and similar to the original Rubik's (It's not 'Rubix') cube.
Some cubers try to be the fastest at solving cubes, while others try to solve bigger and weirder cubes. Most aren't even true cubes. My personal favorite "cube," the Megaminx, is a dodecahedron:
There are also many different sizes, from the traditional 3x3x3 to the monster 11x11x11.
I personally prefer to solve weird and somewhat big cubes, with my favorites being the Megaminx, the Mirror Cube, and the 5x5.
Speed Cubing is what competitions focus on, where the goal is simply to solve as fast as you can. I'm more of a casual speed cuber, and I don't participate in competitions, though I practice solving quickly on occasion. The brand Rubik's cube is VERY unreliable for speed cubing, with several third-party Speed Cubes being available on Amazon. These are engineered to move very smoothly, and to cut corners while turning. I personally recommend the Duyong Zhanchi and the FangShi ShuangRen as the best 3x3 speed cubes. Using the Zhanchi, I achieved a personal record of 16.54 seconds, though the world record is around five seconds.
Does anyone else like to cube, or want to get into it? It's a pretty fun hobby for air travel, and I bought a pocket-sized one for those moments where I have nothing else to do. I definitely recommend learning how to solve the 3x3, and more once you master it. Though it will never overcome LEGO, cubing is a great hobby
Anyone have anything to discuss? What is your favorite puzzle?