The Rubik's Cube, invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik, is a puzzle with over 43 quintillion possible combinations. Yes, 43 quintillion! 43,000,000,000,000,000,000! For many, a puzzle with that many possibilities seems practically impossible to solve, but for decades, people have been improving the uses of the Rubik's Cube from just an experiment of the creator, to a logical puzzle game, to a sporting event that features incredible people known as “speed cubers.” Learning to solve the cube offers many benefits, including improved memory and problem-solving skills, the ability to map through the experience in learning algorithms, and improved reflexes from training to solve the cube at faster speeds. The cube also provides intangible benefits like discipline, perseverance, and self-confidence. And, of course, it makes for a hell of a conversation starter.
The benefits of learning the cube have been felt first hand by the team behind Cube Up Solution, a group of young, Black software developers and avid cubers who wanted to introduce more minority children to the wonder world of cubing. The team behind Cube Up Solutions believes that it is their duty to promote cubing in minority communities and help develop problem solving and technical skills of children, teenagers, and adults who may otherwise not appreciate the wonders of cubing.
The team behind Cube Up Solutions believe that the social and political landscape of the United States, especially for the Black community, is shifting and a change of focus and leadership is necessary. We believe leadership needs to shift focus from obtaining political power to acquiring more intellectual and economic power.
We hope to contribute to developing our future leaders of tomorrow by helping develop their problem solving and technical skills. We look at cubing, coding, robotics, genetics as fields that young children should be focusing on now so as they move into their future careers they have a foundation to help further the cause of creating equality of opportunity for all. We look at the Rubik’s cube as a perfect springboard to introduce kids to the skills they will need to survive and thrive in the world of tomorrow.
If you are interested in having your child learn the Rubik’s Cube, or if you want more information about Cube Up Solutions and what they can offer your community, please request more information via email at email@example.com or through Instagram under the handle @cubeupsolutions.
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By Piers Best
Editor's Note: This genre-defying presentation was originally created as a guide for discussions of probability and free will. The author has since revised the work so that it can function independent of discussion, but readers are advised to still consider it in the context of guiding concepts. When the Read.Think.Write.Speak. podcast goes live, this topic will likely be among the first episodes. Leave questions/comments below.
By Ryan Tibbens
(Updated 4/28/2020 -- Scroll to the bottom of the article for some GREAT visual demonstrations from other sources.)
I just saw a time conversion that, when I think about it in dollar figures, is absolutely mind blowing. Here goes...
- 1 million seconds equal 11 and 1/2 days.
- 1 billion seconds equal 31 and 3/4 years.
- 1 trillion seconds equal 31,710 years.
That means if you have one billion dollars in the bank, you can spend a DOLLAR PER SECOND, every second, or $3,600 per hour, and not run out of money for nearly 32 years; and because of the interest you'll be accruing, it will actually be substantially longer than that. Now, let's think about wealthy people in the news. Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and patron of strip-mall whorehouses everywhere, is worth $6,600,000,000 (billion). If he converted all investments to cash, he could spend one dollar per second, every second for over 209 years, even without earning any capital gains. And, get this, he is only the 79th richest person in the United States.
Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest person in the USA, with a net worth of over $160,000,000,000 (billion). That means he could spend a dollar per second, every second, or $3,600 per hour, for over 5,074 years. If we could travel through time (and given his wealth, he probably can), Jeff Bezos could start spending one dollar per second, every second at the beginning of the Bronze Age, and he'd just now be running out of money.
The US national debt is currently about $21,974,000,000,000 (trillion), which means we would need to pay one dollar per second, every second, or $3,600 per hour, for 696,791 years to be debt free nationally.
The average American household carries something like $140,000 of debt, which means that someone in that house would need to make and spend one dollar per second, every second for almost two days just to be even, just to be out of debt.
Something is wrong.
Data Visualization from outside sources
Since writing and posting this article a little over a year ago, I have encountered some great websites, videos, and posts that try to make the same point I did above -- big numbers are not at all what most people think they are. Before expressing opinions on issues that include big numbers -- government spending, economic inequality, personal finance, space travel, or anything else -- PLEASE review the sources below. WARNING: Link #2 might be the most startling and interesting, but because of this website's' formatting, it looks the least appealing. Definitely check out #2. Also remember that data changes all the time, so if you want to reference these sources, it is important to include production dates and context.
1) This 1-minute video uses grains of rice to compare hundreds of thousands to millions to billions.
2) This website offers a scrolling demonstration that includes commentary and explanations. Click the link, start scrolling right, read as you go, and keep scrolling right. Then scroll right some more. Seriously, this will blow your mind. https://mkorostoff.github.io/1-pixel-wealth/
3) This is an oldie-but-goody. It is from late 2012, so the exact statistics are now inaccurate. Unfortunately, the numbers in 2020 are even more uneven and startling. For those who want to put wealth figures into more understandable terms like percentiles, this is a good visualization. (Just remember that the data is old.)
4) This demonstration compares the wealth of some of the leading Democratic candidates for president in 2019/2020. The candidates' names and politics are, for the purposes of the current discussion, less important than the visual comparison of wealth. http://rossblocher.com/hosted/candidatewealth.html
I have copied/pasted this last visual demonstration below. Keep scrolling down.
Because no one else