Yesterday Anna and I watched the 40-minute documentary film "The Speed Cubers" on Netflix. We both enjoyed it, and found it a lot more interesting and surprisingly touching than we expected, when I impulsively said "Hey, look, there's a short documentary film about Rubik's cube, let's watch!"
It focuses on two world-class competitors, Max Park and Feliks Zemdegs.
There are some genuinely cool interesting scenes showing various amazing fast feats and impressive information about how fast cubers develop their skills, learning dozens of algorithms, etc. For us, however, the film was especially interesting due to its focus on the touching friendship between Max, who has autism, and Feliks, who is older and became a sort of role model / mentor as well as a sort of big brother and good friend to Max.
Over several years, Max and Feliks each break various world records that the other had achieved, but there is a clear inspiring sense of friendly camaraderie and encouragement, without the nasty rivalry that sometimes happens in tense high-profile competitions. The film also has a lot of interesting footage interviewing Max's parents, who realized that the Rubik's cube community could be a good way to help Max connect socially with people, learn to deal with defeats in life, and so on.
We were both impressed and touched by their story!
The impressive scenes of speed solving (including one-handed, and even with bare feet), made me ponder how people learn skills, then practice to make them more automatic and faster, thus progressing to higher levels. Automaticity -- doing without consciously analyzing and thinking about each individual action -- is so crucial for progressing in so many skills, e.g. languages, musical instruments, etc etc.
I had a Rubik's cube as a kid and learned to solve it by one technique, but never stuck with it long enough to become physically fast, nor did I learn dozens of different techniques and develop the higher level skill of rapidly assessing which technique to use! A few years ago I received a cube again (as a prize at some event), and again I reached that low basic level of learning one technique to solve it. (Which I've since forgotten!)
I suppose many boardgamers have played with a Rubik's cube at some point in their lives!
Max kaj Feliks, du rivaloj,
solvas kubon (jes, de Rubik)
kaj aspiras en turniroj.
Ili rompas siajn tempojn
reciproke, ne kun mokoj
sed kun karaj bondeziroj
kaj apreca amikeco.
06 Aug 2020
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