# How to Solve the Rubik’s Cube

A Rubik’s Cube is a cube made up of multi-colored blocks. It is a puzzle with parts that can be moved so that all 6 sides are made up of the same color or pattern. It can be solved by moving the sides.

Start by choosing a corner square located in the upper right hand of any side. Turn the cube around so that the corner square that you chose and the center square are of the same color or pattern.

Twist the whole cube to the left side. Turn it so that the new right upper hand corner has the same color with the box on the front and on top center. Do the same procedure until all the top corners are of the same color.

Find and position the cubes to finish the uppermost level. Keep in mind any upper cubes you must reposition out of space. Remember how to put them back in the end.

Work out the middle part of the cube by bringing the center cubes into line and placing the edges. Change the mid-level of the cube such that the centers are all on the proper sides, then position the center edge cube in their correct positions.

Invert the entire cube such that the final undone level is on top, and make the corner cubes correspond with the center cube on the uppermost level.

Make sure the remaining two edge corners coincide with one another. The cubes with dominant color or pattern should be shaped like a fish on the top side or an H.

Finish the only remaining two cubes. By then, the side of the cube is solved. Repeat the procedure until all sides are solved.

## Algorithms

There are algorithms that give instructions for solving a Rubik’s cube. The one above is just an example.

It is vital to adapt the instructions for your hands. Individuals’ hands and coordination vary; some are left-handed, some are right-handed, and some may favor algorithms which only use 2 or 3 faces so that alternating movements from right to left hand are avoided. There are even algorithms that are better performed with the inverted cube. Some even combine algorithms to minimize turning of the cube.

Adjust and adapt any algorithms you choose. Practice and patience is needed to solve the whole cube.

# How to Skateboard

A skateboard is a platform placed on four wheels. It is used by people to travel by using one leg to gain momentum. Once enough momentum is gathered, people can balance themselves on the board and ride on it.

The hobby has evolved into an extreme sport. Athletes try to do a number of tricks on the skateboard, including riding on ramps and pipes.

## Gearing Up

Purchase or borrow a skateboard. Choose one you are comfortable with. Make sure the board can hold your weight and is sturdy enough to withstand use.

Safety gear should also be purchased. Skateboarding can cause some accidents. Some of the common items used are kneepads, elbow pads, and helmets. Make sure to also wear comfortable clothing, particularly pants or shorts that will not snag on the board. You should also use comfortable shoes. There are specialty sneakers sold especially for skateboarding, but any comfortable and durable shoes can be used.

## Tips for First Time Skateboarders

Take time to become comfortable with your skateboard. Feel how the wheels spin and how the board leans. Start skating on the sidewalk or your driveway.

1. Find an open area that is free from vehicular traffic. An area with level ground and few obstructions is best. Make sure there are also few pedestrians you can collide with.
2. Position your front foot at an angle about 2 inches from the front of the board.
3. Position your back foot in the direction where you want to go and push at a speed that is comfortable to you.
4. Once the board has gotten enough momentum, slowly place your back foot at an angle near the back of the board. Balance yourself on the board.
5. Try bending your knees and you will feel that you can turn and balance better.
6. If you want to turn, shift your weight to one side of the board, towards the direction where you desire to go.
7. If you wish to stop, push your back foot to the ground and pull up the nose of your skateboard, and scrape the tail against the ground.

## Practice Makes Perfect

Once you have mastered the basics of skateboarding, you can learn more complicated stunts and tricks.

1. Watch skateboarding videos in slow motion. The best way to learn a new trick is by observing it again and again. You could also learn by looking at sequence photos.
2. Get someone to teach you. You can get lessons from a professional or ask a friend who has been skateboarding longer.

# How to Play Pool

There are a number of games that can be played on a billiards table. One of them is called pocket billiards, also called pool. The main objective of this game is to shoot billiards balls on any of the 6 pockets (or holes) placed at the edges of the table.

## Pool Equipment

• billiard balls – 16 are used in the game

– balls 1 – 7 have solid colors

– balls 9 – 15 are striped

– 8-ball is black

– cue ball is white. This is the only ball the player is permitted to strike with the cue stick. It is used to guide the other balls into the pockets of the table

• cue stick – average length is 58.5 inches
• pool table – common dimensions are 4 feet in width and 9 feet in length.

– 4 pockets are placed at the corners of the table and 2 in the middle of the longest sides.

– A white dot is placed at one end of the table. This is called the Head Spot where you position cue balls when breaking the rack of balls.

– Another white dot is placed at the other end of the table. It is called the Foot Spot and marks where the rack of balls will be set up.

• billiard rack – a triangular shape made of wood or plastic. This allows players to arrange the 15 balls before the players break them with a cue ball. The 8 ball is always placed at the middle of the triangular shape.

## How to Play the Game

Pool can be played by 2 to 4 people split into 2 teams. The goal of the game is to shoot all of a team’s balls in the pockets. One team will handle all the solid colors while the other team takes the striped balls.

The teams take turns striking the balls. If one team is unable to sink one of their balls into a pocket, they have to give the other team a turn. This continues until all solid and striped balls have been shot into pockets. The last ball to be targeted is the 8-ball. The first team to successfully shoot all their balls into the pockets, including the 8-ball, wins.

## Proper Form and Stance

Hold the thick end of the cue stick in your dominant hand. Find the spot along the shaft of the cue where the surface is evenly balanced. Place your thumb and index finger or middle finger at this part to guide the cue stick.

When striking the cue ball, use your dominant hand to push the cue stick forward while your other hand guides where it will strike the cue ball. The amount of force you use when striking a cue ball depends on the position of the ball you will strike and your purpose.

Players can only strike the cue ball with their cue stick. They can aim the cue stick directly at their target, or bounce it off another ball or one of the sides of the pool table to hit their target.

# How to Play Lacrosse

Lacrosse is a team sport that uses a rubber ball and a lacrosse stick, a racket with a long handle. The ball is about the same size as a standard baseball.In the past, the sticks are were of wood, but modern versions use metal alloys. The lacrosse stick is made up of three parts:

• the head – located at the end of the stick and used to control the ball;
• the mesh (a.k.a. springing) – the net inside the head that can be used to hold the ball; and
• the shaft – the long handle of the stick, which the player holds.

Lacrosse is a full contact sport, meaning the players are allowed to engage in body contact as part of the defensive or offensive moves.

Two teams with ten people each play against each other. Each team is made up of one goalie, three defensemen, three middies, and three attackmen.

A score is gained if a ball is shot from the lacrosse stick to the goal net of the opposing team. Each game consists of four quarters. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Members of the other team can take the ball away from you by hitting you with their bodies or their sticks. You can get past the other team’s defensemen by doing several types of dodges.

There are three basic moves used in the game:

1. Cradling is practiced so that players won’t lose the ball while going against other players. This is done by placing your dominant hand on the part of the shaft closest to the head of the stick. Use your other hand to guide your stick by placing it on the butt of the shaft. Move forward while keeping the lacrosse stick steady. The goal of this is to keep moving while keeping the ball in the net.
2. Passing allows players in the same team to transfer the balls from one another. Place your dominant hand on the middle of the shaft and the other on the end of the stick. Push your dominant hand away while pulling the other hand towards your body. This will cause the ball to jump from inside the netting and launch towards another teammate.
3. Once the ball has been launched, another player has to catch it. To catch a ball, put your dominant hand near the head of the stick and the other near its butt. Position the netting where it will catch the ball. Once the ball is in the netting, pull the stick an inch or two toward you to prevent it from bouncing out of the stick.

# How To Do Card Tricks

Performing card tricks on the street is not an easy job. With a deck of cards, you have to master the different grips and sleights to maximize the effect of the trick. You will have to be dynamic as certain parts of the tricks will require you to tell stories.

## The Grip

The first thing that you need to master is the way you should grip the cards. There are two grips to choose from: the mechanic’s grip and the biddle grip.

For the mechanic’s grip, hold the deck of cards face down with your palm facing up. Your index finger should be on the side facing away from you. Your middle, ring, and pinky should be on the left side of the deck. Lastly, your thumb should be on the right side of the deck. Take note that this grip allows you to hide most of the deck while allowing you easier access to different sleights that you might want to employ.

The biddle grip will let you hold the deck and allow you to hide certain sleights while giving the spectator a view of the deck and convince him that nothing is amiss. To do this, however, you need to hold the deck in the mechanic’s grip. Then take your left hand and put it over the deck. Your thumb should be on the side facing you while your middle, ring, and pinky should be on the side facing away from you. This means that your thumb will be on the bottom side while your other three fingers will be on the top side. Your index finger should be curled on the back of the deck to support the grip.

## The Double Lift

With the grips done, it’s time for the basic sleight: the double lift.

The double lift is done by first separating the top two cards of the deck from the rest of the pack. You can do this by using your pinky to break the space. Widen the gap and slowly pull the two cards out and at the same time making it appear that the audience is looking at the first card of the pack, when in fact they are actually seeing the second card.

You can also try the double lift by trying out the two-card monte but this will entail another article.