So I mentioned back in June that I got myself a Rubik's cube, and I learned (from the instructions) how to solve it.
But! Over the last month or so, I've figured out a few "algorithms" on my own. These are sequences of moves that produce a specific effect on the orientation of the squares. In particular, I figured out an eight-move algorithm that swaps the positions of three edge squares--two on opposite sides of the center face, and the third on the far back edge of the top face.
Well, having figured out this algorithm, I've been able to create my own solution sequence. Not that I claim that it's original; I suspect zillions of people have discovered it before me. And to be fair, my solution incorporates a couple of the algorithms from the solution sequence in the instruction booklet. Nevertheless, it has removed at least a smidgen of the shame that I mentioned back in June.
I own this cube.
Enter today's XKCD comic strip, which is probably Not Safe For Work.
I tell you, if my wife ever gets stuck in one of those, I'm ready for it. ;-)