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 Post subject: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:28 am 
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Today I had the great pleasure of not only having dinner with Uwe, but also to spend the entire afternoon with him.

We met today around 3 in Kowloon Tong. And Then headed over to his office/warehouse.
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We first went up to the warehouse to pick up a few packages to deliver to the post office. Sharon his watchdog was hard at work packaging puzzles to be sent out.
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While I was in the warehouse, I snapped a few shots
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From there, Uwe and I went to the post office. He told the girl behind the counter I was the new boss :lol: And I got to ship out your puzzles.
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Uwe hard at work sending out puzzles. (I said it reminded me of Christmas)

The next stop was the bank to collect salary money for the staff in China.

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:32 am 
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From there we headed back to the office to do a bit more work and chat for a while.
I snapped a photo of a few puzzles laying around in the office:
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Yes, there are a few puzzles blocked out! And no, I'm not telling you what they are! :lol:

We left his office around 7 to go meet Tony the sticker guy, and chose colors for upcoming toys. I got a lesson in blades for sticker cutting machines and got to see how the designs for them are made. Next time I meet with Tony, he's going to let me see the machines!

When we left the restaurant, I snapped a photo of an old man carrying a very heavy bag up the steps.
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That bag must have weighed in at around 50 Kilos and he hefted it like a down pillow!

It was a very pleasant afternoon that I was thrilled to have. I adore Uwe and cherish the time I get to spend with him. Puzzles aside, he's a wonderful man and I do love him. He has become a huge part of my life over the past few years, and it is a real joy to be able to count him among my friends. He has taken the spot in my heart that is right there next to my grandfather. I have to say, I often think of him in the same way as I do my grandfather. Today however, I discovered (I'm not sure why I didn't know this before-or maybe I did and forgot) that his daughter is only a year younger than I am. Maybe I should refer to him as a fatherly figure. Although, mentally he is much much younger than my own dad. :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:40 am 
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I love these posts with your puzzle adventures. I love going to the post office to mail out puzzles I couldn't imagine sending out a whole bag of them. Looks like a great afternoon.

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:43 am 
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I also love the adventures. I think one of those packages was mine! Hopefully anyways... :D

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:51 am 
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Actually, it was 3 bags. I'm sure that's why he invited me to go along :lol: :lol:

This part was really neat, I noticed a few names that I recognize, and we were laughing at how small the puzzle community is....or maybe how wide spread it is. Sebuver, I don't know your real name so I can't tell you. :lol:

Just a few notes that you all may be interested in.

The Mf8 gigaminx is the 12 color molded plastic. I played with it today, and some of the pieces are just too small to hold a sticker.

The crazy 4x4x4 III has the same problems.

The pyraminx crystals with the electro plating: the plating is on the tiles not the body. If the body were electro plated, it wouldn't be a puzzle to play with, but as Uwe put it so nicely today "a pretty paperweight" :lol: The plating is going to be different though than what is on the anniversary pyraminx. A different method and a different company.

Other lovely tidbits that I've been sworn to secrecy on, and a view to the future :wink: There are many many more surprises in store.

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:07 pm 
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The mf8 Gigaminx is moulded with the colours on it! Oh... and I was hoping to get a good Gigaminx. :(

Rox, if you ever meet the owner of mf8 again, can you say that I don't like the moulded coloured plastic! Stickers all the way for me! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
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Funny that. I told Uwe the same thing today. There seems to be a dividing line between east and west with these molded color puzzles.

Like you, I like stickers on black puzzles best. But I do understand the reason for it. Some of those little pieces are smaller than a baby's fingernail. It would be impossible to sticker to begin with, and then, even if you could sticker them, use would make them fall off.

I was saddened to hear the gigaminx would be molded plastic, but then it's not my decision.

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
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By any chance do you have a picture of it besides a Cube4You Gigaminx? I'd like to see how small it is.

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
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:lol: :lol: Now that would be interesting. But I was in Uwe's office, and he really doesn't sell junk. Sorry, no C4Y gigaminx in sight. :lol: :lol:

I would guess it was around the same size. In that photo it is even with the Fisher's Golden Cube, so you could compare it to that. Right now, it is the best I can give you.

I will add though that it is finger trickable, and has that nice snap when out of alignment. Mf8 did a great job with this one. My personal opinion is it is a good brand name in the making. Expect to see more coming from them in the future. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
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Expect to see more great products that I won't be buying because they're stupidly colouring the plastic. :lol: :lol:

I can't see the Gigaminx in the picture, but I can see the Golden Cube. And if it's around about the same size as the Cube4You one, then why can't stickers be used?

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
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:oops: that isn't the gigaminx. I forgot the gigaminx was in my bag. :lol:

Stickers aren't being used because Mr. Fok doesn't want stickers. His puzzle, his choice.
Maybe if you beg and cry, or scream and kick up a fuss he may change his mind, but until then....

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
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It seems like one of the puzzles can be seen in the reflection in the mirror :)

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
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Rox, let me get this straight.

Meffert's site says that the Crazy Megaminx will be color-molded, and the Gigaminx stickered.

You're saying that they will both be color-molded?


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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
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The "mystery puzzles" appear to be some kind of pillowed 1x2x4 and a tetrahedral shaped something.

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a tetrahedral m.p?

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
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My 2 cents of speculation:
the mystery puzzle 1 (the lozenge shaped one?) looks like some sort of 1.2.n cuboid. It looks very....odd XD
The second one looks extremely exciting, almost like Shim's proffeseur Pyraminx!

Can't wait for them to be officially revealed (:

(PS Did you leave the reflection for us to see on purpose, just to tease us, or did you forget about it? (; )

EDIT: LOL is that one of those kinetic sculptures from ThinkGeek? I just noticed! :D

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
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It's certainly a Pillowed Master Pyraminx (thank you for the reflection) and a 1x3x4 or a 1x3x5 or something like that. :D

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Upon closer inspection on the reflections previously mentioned, I think that I can conclude that they are a pillowed 1x2x4 and a pillowed master/professor pyraminx.

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
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Jared wrote:
Rox, let me get this straight.

Meffert's site says that the Crazy Megaminx will be color-molded, and the Gigaminx stickered.

You're saying that they will both be color-molded?


^ ^ what he said... The new newsletter says otherwise, and there is a pretty picture of a black gigaminx, so I'll keep my fingers crossed that we get stickers!

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 Post subject: Re: An afternoon of puzzling fun!
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You guys are just too funny! More speculation abound. I've whited it out so you stop trying to guess what you aren't guessing correctly :lol: :lol:

The reflection of the 1x2x? is my puzzle. I brought it along to show Uwe. Another one that I'm impressed by . He has one of Oskar's 1x2x13's, and mine is smaller. Easier for my simple brain. Earlier this year we were talking about the Japanese "elderly puzzlers" and he thought Oskar's would be good. I thought it was too large and daunting looking so I brought him a smaller one that I purchased to gaze his eye across. Nothing more than that.

Crazy Megaminx is definitely going to be 12 colors. I'm sure he said the gigaminx would be too because I asked him for the sample he had when he was done with it. Forward aren't I? :lol: But seeing as how we were discussing no less than 7 puzzles at that point in time, we both may have gotten our wires crossed. I'm seriously hoping for a non colored gigaminx. But as I said it's Mf8's baby so we'll see!


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Its like hanging out with Willy Wonka, except not as trippy and not as fattening.

Boy have you got that right! I said when I was in the warehouse I felt like a kid in a candy shop! :lol: :lol:

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Yes, there are a few puzzles blocked out! And no, I'm not telling you what they are! :lol:


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