Monday, January 29, 2007

Anja Rubik's Cube?

Trying to dutifully blog the happenings regarding Rubik's Cube, with a respect toward's its inventor, I discovered that there is more than one Rubik making the news.

Anja Rubik is a model. She's the sort whose photo hits the cover of Vogue and fan sites across the internet. She's no Shilpa Shetty, who is famous by more than the virtue of beauty, but acting and personal charisma as well. Instead, Ms. Rubik is a runway model. Pencil thin with a classic model's tall height - 1.79 meters (5'10").

Born in 1983 in Poland, she went to a British high school in Paris. Still no word on her relationship to the cube. It seems unlikely, but until I read one way or another, I am unwilling to say with certainity.
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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Rubik's Cube In the News

Rubik's Cube is in the news, but, for as much publicity it has received of late, I would think more would be out there. One result includes Anja Rubik. A relation? A later post will answer that.

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Rubik's Cube toys with us again
Newsday, NY - Jan 23, 2007
But only the Rubik's Cube is featured in "Happyness," in which Smith's character solves a cube during a cab ride with a Dean Witter executive he is trying ...

Strange twist: Low-tech Rubik's Cube is back in high-tech world
Flint Journal, MI - Jan 23, 2007
Hasbro Inc., which distributes the Rubik's Cube, said sales were up 73 percent in 2005 and are expected to be up an additional 80 percent this year. ...

Hilary Rhoda Named New Face of Estee Lauder
PR Newswire (press release), NY - Jan 26, 2007
In addition to Hilary, Estee Lauder's current models - Elizabeth Hurley, Carolyn Murphy, Liya Kebede, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anja Rubik -- will continue to ...
Hilary Rhoda the new face of Estee Lauder
South Asian Women's Forum
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'Ambition Facing West:' A Study in Fortitude
Hollister Free Lance, CA - Jan 26, 2007
... (or fingers to PC) to write "Ambition Facing West," he was either in split personality mode or solving a Rubik's Cube puzzle, or both, simultaneously. ...

Dananananaykroyd: What's In A Nanananayme?
Gigwise, UK - Jan 26, 2007
Trail of Dead, At the Drive-In and Jetplane Landing stuck in a Rubik’s cube with Vishnu for a playmate. Spawned from the same Glasgow scene that gave us the ...

Rubik's Cube MP3 player has puzzling design
Sci Fi Tech, NY - Jan 18, 2007
This doesn't have to be a competition — not if you had an MP3

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Will Smith: Pursuit of Happyness

The recent movie Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith has spurred interest in Rubik's Cube. Based on the inspiring story of redemption - a true story - by Chris Gardner.

While I remember the early days when methods of speedplay were yet uninvented, I hope this boost increases awareness for this fun toy. As a child, trying to figure it out, I think it helped focus my thinking, provide me a basis for strategic thought, and helped me see that if I stick with a problem, I might just solve it.

As Fat Albert would say, "Hey hey hey!"

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A heartwarming film that demonstrates how good, hard-working people can become homeless almost overnight, Pursuit of Happyness is a tour-de-force showcase for Will Smith, who convincingly portrays a down-and-out dad trying to better his family's life. Smith, who usually is cast in effortlessly boyish roles (Men in Black, Independence Day), is wonderful in the film--even in the scenes that shamelessly tug at viewers' heartstrings. Based on the true-life story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman forced at times to shelter his young son (played by Smith's adorable look-alike offspring Jaden Smith) in a men's room, there is little suspense to the film in terms of Chris' outcome. (His story and eventual success a successful and wealthy Chicago businessman was well-publicized on the newsmagazine show 20/20.) And let's face it, Hollywood's not too keen on making feel-good movies with unhappy endings. The beauty (and suspense, to a certain extent) of this film is in the way the story is told. Though he is constantly rushing around to get to appointments and pick up his child, things do not happen quickly for Chris. When he accepts an internship with a prestigious stock brokerage firm, there's a catch: The position is unpaid, suitable more for trust-fund children than single parents with no other source of income. In many scenes, the viewer panics along with Chris, wondering how he's going to feed his child. While Smith and his son, Jaden, share many tender moments together, Thandie Newton has the thankless role of playing Chris' shrill wife, who deserts her family early in the film. It's not a particularly challenging part for the talented actress, and her departure doesn't impact the storyline much at all. As for the movie's misspelled title, it's inspired from a scene in the film. (Seeing a mural drawn by the children at a daycare center, Chris points out to the proprietor that "happiness" is spelled incorrectly. She notes that it doesn't matter how the word is written--just that the kids have it.) With Pursuit of Happyness, Smith has come out of his safety zone and, in turn, ends up playing his most heroic role to date.
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Are You Serious About Rubik's Cube?

Looking for that obscure version of Rubik's Cube?

We're not saying we understand all of these products, but there they are. Books, cheats, other related games, themed-cubes. All of it.

Go figure.

Who Invented Rubik's Cube?

Who Invented Rubik's Cube?

Erno Rubik, a lecturer in the Department of Interior Design at the Academy of Applied Arts and Crafts in Budapest, Hungary. He called his invention 'The Magic Cube'.

Rubik invented it in 1974, during the oppressive Communist rule over Hungary. It wasn't produced until 1977 by Politechnika, a Hungarian toy company. Ideal Toys brought the toy into major production in September of 1978. In 1979, Seven Towns Ltd., a London-based company, worked with Ideal to market the toy. Finally, in May 1980, Rubik's Cube got its name and started to be exported from Hungary.

What Is It?
A 3x3x3 cube, with a color on each side. The idea is to twist any side to rearrange the colors so that each is left with a solid color.

Totally Cube Facts
In 1980, Ideal Toys considered renaming the Magic Cube 'The Gordian Knot'! in honor of Erno Rubik, Rubik's Cube received the name we all know.

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor hosted the Rubik's Cube's launch in America, beginning with a Hollywood party on May 5, 1980.

Over 100 million Rubik's Cubes were sold from 1980-1982.

A fun collectible of 1981 in Britain was a Rubik's Cube showing Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (enjoy some paper Charles and Di dolls)

Among the youngest Cube solvers ever back in 1981 was seven year old Lars-Erik Anderson of Norway. How fast can you go?

Did you know Erno Rubik is Hungarian?

Rubik's Cube

Did you know Erno Rubik is Hungarian?

Is a Hungarian friend of yours having a name day, or would you like to give a little gift with, ahem, a Hungarian twist (we couldn't resist!)? Then maybe a Rubik's Cube is the gift for them. Not only does it offer the same kinds of intellectual challenges as chess and Tetris Worlds, but it also conveniently slips into a bag or purse.

Just over 25 years old, this toy has swept onto the toy shelves for good. It is also recommended as a vacation gift -- it makes a long drive go faster!Now, made popular again in Will Smith's movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, Rubik's Cube is enjoying new fame. Search Rubik's Cube. Need a gift? Try an Amazon gift certificate.