I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.

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• Joel Finkle

that’s slightly tougher than standard, as the orientation of the center cubie is obvious, whereas you can have a rotated center “red” and not tell the difference.

• Logolepsy

1) “The order is the same than a QWERTY keyboard but in the spanish language”… Not really, the Ñ is normally next to the L (where the semicolon is on standard layout) and the P is next to the O (exactly like the standard layout). So, next to the M, you will find the comma and the period like in on the standard layout. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_layout#Spanish
2) This has been done before, at least 10 years ago. http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pkey=917

• Donald Petersen

I’m not particularly fascinated (I lost interest in Rubik’s Cubes sometime in seventh grade), but I am mildly surprised that someone hadn’t done this before in the past 32 years or so.

• L_Mariachi

Is it possible to solve a Rubik’s Cube facewise while getting the orientation wrong?

• Dv Revolutionary

You mean solve the cube, have the centers in their respective faces but the centers are rotated wrong? Yes that’s possible. That is the challenge of picture cubes. In this case a center key could be in the proper face but after a good scramble and solve wind up rotated by 0, 90, 180, or 270.

The outer edges and corner cubies, if they are solved they are rotated correctly. They are all “keyed” against at least one other face.

• http://weirdly.net Jacob Ewing

If you switch it to a Dvorak layout, the strain on your hands will be reduced and your solving time will improve considerably.