Message #609

From: Roice Nelson <>
Subject: Re: [MC4D] Re: Noel’s Solution on YouTube
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2008 11:27:53 -0600

I’m really glad you liked it :)
I added a little more info, a few more tags, and some links. Thanks for
that suggestion and the example.

As another programming-laziness thing, the log files don’t record any of the
4D rotations, or the visibility settings of the puzzle Noel used when
solving …or projection settings either for that matter. So in truth, this
is likely very dissimilar to what he was working with. aside: Noel, I am
curious which of the visibility settings (if any) you used. This is one
part of the program I’m still not happy with (in terms of trying to have a
polished, intuitive interface).

Anyway, thanks again for the enthusiastic feedback!


On Sat, Dec 20, 2008 at 2:19 AM, Melinda Green <>wrote:

> What a lovely holiday present, Roice! The frame skipping works
> surprisingly well. I hope you get a lot of appreciative comments. You might
> want to add some more tags and a longer description that includes
> appropriate links. See the "more info" link for this megaminx record video<>for some ideas.
> I can sense Noel’s unseen hand moving masterfully over the puzzle. I love
> the slow rotation which gives a great 3D effect without being distracting.
> I’m a bit surprised that there are no rotation moves. Did you skip those, or
> does your log format skip them, or did Noel really just not perform any
> rotations? In some ways it’s nice to see the solution without rotations, but
> in other ways I think it might be even more apparent that a human was
> solving it if the rotations were shown.
> I’ve updated the main MC4D web page with the news of Noel’s solution and a
> link to the video. Someone should also update the Wikipedia page<>that says it’s still unsolved.
> Great stuff, guys!
> -melinda
> Roice Nelson wrote:
> A compression version anyway (1 of every 10 actual moves are shown at 30
> fps).
> I recommend watching in high quality if your computer/bandwidth can
> handle it (the link I provided is for a higher quality version). If you’d
> like to download the even higher resolution version (800x600) I initially
> uploaded to YouTube, here is another link. But to warn, it is 35 MB…
> I hope you enjoy :)
> happy holidays everybody!
> Roice
> .