I didn’t want to admit this, but I got addicted to cubing once again, and for just about the whole of July I’ve done roughly nothing of value because I spent a lot of time playing with this cube-shaped toy. So much that my nails are breaking and chipping.
I never was much of a speedcuber, and while getting a better cube has improved my time by a few seconds, I still haven’t managed to break the 30-second barrier consistently. I’ve been assuming that this could be attributed to my fingers being slower than the “average” person’s; after all, I also use the Dvorak keyboard layout and I’m only just on par with the average Qwerty user in the same age group. (I’m a lot faster than people who don’t need to type fast, but that’s not something to brag about.) I don’t know, but that’s not really the point!
My right thumb nail cracked, which was when I switched to playing one-handed, achieving a completely unremarkable average of ~80 seconds. And then my left pinky nail cracked, but I continued anyway. This probably forced a bad form because I was actively trying to avoid using my pinky and the weird posture I adopted is already burnt into my muscle memory.
There’s something ridiculously appealing about solving cubes. With the standard 3×3×3 cube, it takes less than 20 seconds to scramble and I can solve it in under 40 seconds, so a solve-scramble cycle pretty much always takes around a minute. A single solve is not a huge time investment, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of “one more won’t take long, so I might as well go for it”. It’s easy enough to squeeze in a minute here and there, and then for the past few weeks I was carrying the cube with me practically everywhere throughout the house all the time. (Other than the washroom. That’d’ve been unhygienic.) Even if I had to use my right hand for whatever, that left one hand free to cube.
Cubing, however, is not an activity that only involves the hands. It involves attention too, and that meant that I was constantly being distracted from everything else I should’ve been doing. That sucked.
I have a megaminx too, and my most recent timings were about 400 seconds average. I don’t remember if that was better or worse than my timings years ago, but again, that’s not the point! Doing a megaminx solve or a 4×4×4 solve is a considerably larger time investment, not just because the solving takes five to ten times longer, but also because the scrambling takes that much longer too. The difficulty of fairly scrambling a megaminx without a computerised random number generator puts me off from it, which is a bit sad because I feel like I’m done with cubing and I won’t improve any further, so I want to have fun with dodecahedroning (still with the knowledge I won’t even get near world record speeds!), but it’s harder to sink time into that.
I don’t know what to make of this. So I’m sick of cubing, but it’s a “fast” time killer so I do it anyway and I accidentally killed too much time.