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 Post subject: A request for help from Uwe Meffert
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:00 pm 
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Hi all, I've just been asked for some help by Uwe. Guess what! I can't do it, so I'm posting here.

He's looking for some solving tutorial videos for the following puzzles:
original Pyraminx, Skewb, Skewb Diamond, Skewb Ultimate, Megaminx, Pyraminx Crystal, Holey Megaminx, the Pillowed skewb line, pillowed Pyraminx, and the Prof. Pyraminx.

If you can help him, please post a link to the video here. I'll pass it on.

He's also looking for a written solution for the Professor Pyraminx. Has anyone written one of those?

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 Post subject: Re: A request for help from Uwe Meffert
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:54 am 
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I remembered that Uwe used solutions written up by Jaap in the past, with his consent.
Why no teaming up with him again?


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 Post subject: Re: A request for help from Uwe Meffert
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:35 am 
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I can write up a Professor Pyraminx solution; I'll try and get it done today.

EDIT: It would make things much more easier if there is a written tutorial for the regular Pyraminx that I can link to in my tutorial; the vast majority of my methods don't use written algorithms, I generally combine parts of other methods when solving. Alternatively, if someone can give me a written Professor Pyraminx tutorial, that would be great. :)

EDIT 2: Scratch all of that. I'm lazy. I'd rather make a video, but I'd have to do it next weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: A request for help from Uwe Meffert
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:08 am 
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I can probably do a Pyraminx Crystal tutorial and a Skewb tutorial today.

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 Post subject: Re: A request for help from Uwe Meffert
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:17 am 
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I hope these are helpful. I made them a while back.

Pyraminx Crystal pt 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dPHEV4wLUM

Pyraminx Crystal pt 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCBU91WosYo

Jade / Jing's Pyraminx: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJTKJbFcEjo

Megaminx Pt 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCv9Z1WI61w

Megaminx Pt 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEofPsE2LaU

Pyraminx: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIm4GcLL51A

Skewb Pt 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itKvGBLFDFY

Skewb Pt 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPrgFV67n60

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 Post subject: Re: A request for help from Uwe Meffert
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:23 am 
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Thank you all. I'll forward that all on to Uwe.
As for Jaap. He seems to have disappeared. Uwe has been trying to get a hold of him but....I do hope he is alright.

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 Post subject: Re: A request for help from Uwe Meffert
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:59 am 
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Here's something to stumble on that might help:
Professor pyraminx part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLj2aDBDLhY
and part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqBKM17A_pE


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 Post subject: Re: A request for help from Uwe Meffert
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:52 am 
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Because of the request for a Professor Pyraminx tutorial I have revisited my PP. I had not played with it for some time. The weird thing is, that the two yellow stickers with the transparent "Meffert's challenge" and "Timur Evbatyrov" have become completely loose. I had to use superglue. All other stickers are fine. (They are of the fluorescent kind.)

Has anyone else made a similar observation?

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 Post subject: Re: A request for help from Uwe Meffert
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:23 am 
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I remove most of the 'Meffert's Challenge' and the signature stickers pretty shortly after I get the puzzle, mainly because they're really badly aligned. On the Professor Pyraminx though, one of my fluorescent stickers was actually loose, but luckily I managed to get it back on with a bit of glue.

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 Post subject: Re: A request for help from Uwe Meffert
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I've heard of people having mis-aligned stickers on Mefferts puzzles before, but never had a problem myself. I thought it was only a major issue on the first run of gear cubes.

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 Post subject: Re: A request for help from Uwe Meffert
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QJR4DOs0PA

I've re-recorded my pyraminx tutorial using the Pillowed Pyraminx.

It's not the fastest method, but it's probably one of the easiest to learn.

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 Post subject: Re: A request for help from Uwe Meffert
PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:42 am 
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katsmom wrote:
...He's also looking for a written solution for the Professor Pyraminx. Has anyone written one of those?
Geert had contacted me about this tutorial, because I had contributed a bit to the "Professor Pyraminx" thread. Unfortunately, nobody seems to have such a written tutorial and what I could find on the Internet is pretty vague. (Videos exist, but I have not looked at them).

I believe that writing a good tutorial for the naive reader (I assume that Uwe is looking for this) is some challenge and a lot of effort.
If I interpret Luke's latest EDIT correctly, he has withdrawn his offer to write a tutorial an plans to add yet another video.
Unfortunately, I will not have much time within the next 8 or 10 weeks to write something.
Brandon (bmenrigh) has given me some help and feedback, already.

If really nobody else is volunteering, I could start something, but I cannot promise anything, when I will be able to finish it.

Here are a few guide lines, how I would do it:
- I would describe a reduction method, where the Professor Pyraminx is reduced to a Halpern-Meier tetrahedron (Jing's Pyraminx). I would not describe this last part, besides the situation where you need a 3-cycle of centres. I would rather include something existing (e.g. Jaap's Pyraminx solution, if he agrees and if somebody can make contact with him.)
- I would use photos and Gelatinbrain 5.1.10 producing pictures and diagrams (I have to check with Gelatinbrain first, if it is OK with him. Maybe, he could make a little change showing the cuts for the trivial tips? But I do not think, that is a big deal, if they are missing. I would not like the effort to do them in Photoshop or Coreldraw)
- I would use Word 2007 to combine text and pictures. The final result would be a downloadable pdf document. An html could be produced with additional effort.
- I would introduce a notation for face and vertex moves and provide picture sequences for important move sequences (bhearn, if you read this, you see that I try to avoid the word "algorithm" :lol: )I would post a proposal for this notation here and listen to your feedback.
- I would introduce names for all seven piece types and again, I would post a proposal for these names here and listen to your feedback.

First of all, Rox and Geert, please check with Uwe, if he can wait for another two months or so.

And please, everybody reading this, check your material and if you could provide a tutorial with a better timeline.

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 Post subject: Re: A request for help from Uwe Meffert
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:14 am 
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I have made the tutorial I had been talking about in the previous post.
If you want to contribute something, you can contact me via PM and you would get two links, for a Word 2007 file and an identical pdf file. Be warned, though, that the document has (due to many pictures) 25 pages.
Some updates on my project
Konrad wrote:
katsmom wrote:
...He's also looking for a written solution for the Professor Pyraminx. Has anyone written one of those?
....I believe that writing a good tutorial for the naive reader
I mean the "not so experienced twisty puzzler"
Konrad wrote:
(I assume that Uwe is looking for this) is some challenge and a lot of effort.
...
If really nobody else is volunteering, I could start something, but I cannot promise anything, when I will be able to finish it.
Ready for review, September 27th
Konrad wrote:

Here are a few guide lines, how I would do it:
- I would describe a reduction method, where the Professor Pyraminx is reduced to a Halpern-Meier tetrahedron (Jing's Pyraminx). I would not describe this last part, besides the situation where you need a 3-cycle of centres.
I have included the Jing's Pyraminx part as well.
Konrad wrote:
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- I would use photos and Gelatinbrain 5.1.10 producing pictures and diagrams
I have not used Gelatinbrain, because I wanted less confusing diagrams, showing unimportant pieces (do not care at the current stage) in grey colour. Therefore, I have used Coreldraw a lot and that can have caused errors.
Konrad wrote:
...- I would use Word 2007 to combine text and pictures. The final result would be a downloadable pdf document. An html could be produced with additional effort.
A review would be easiest in Word "track changes" mode.
Konrad wrote:
...- I would introduce a notation for face and vertex moves and provide picture sequences for important move sequences (bhearn, if you read this, you see that I try to avoid the word "algorithm" :lol: )I would post a proposal for this notation here and listen to your feedback.
This is my try getting feedback.
Konrad wrote:
- I would introduce names for all seven piece types and again, I would post a proposal for these names here and listen to your feedback....

First of all, Rox and Geert, please check with Uwe, if he can wait for another two months or so.
I have not heard from Uwe, if he is interested, but I want to finish the tutorial in a decent quality, in any case.

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 Post subject: Re: A request for help from Uwe Meffert
PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:11 pm 
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Here is a link to my Professor Pyraminx tutorial.


Thanks to bmenrigh and Burgo for your great reviews! :D :D

Please, remember that the target audience is the not so experienced puzzler.

Anyway, I want to bring it to your attention that it exists.

EDIT: Instead of an attachment I have made it a link to the improved version (some formatting improved)

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 Post subject: Re: A request for help from Uwe Meffert
PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:00 pm 
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Konrad wrote:
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Please find attached my Professor Pyraminx tutorial
Attachment:
Tutorial10.pdf


Thanks to bmenrigh and Burgo for your great reviews! :D :D

Please, remember that the target audience is the not so experienced puzzler.

Anyway, I want to bring it to your attention that it exists.


This is definitely article.

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