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Layer By Layer

By Andrew Nathenson / Kit Clement

This is Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast (ostensibly) about cubing and Rubik's Cubes. Hosted by Kit Clement, a WCA delegate, Twitch streamer (kitstopher), and quiet-event specialist; and Andrew Nathenson, a Youtuber (ColorfulPockets), competition organizer, ZZ-user, and FMC specialist.

Kit and Andrew talk about cube news, organizing competitions, and really whatever they're into at the moment.

You can discuss the show at www.reddit.com/r/layerbylayer/

Happy Cubing!
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42: The Game Show! Featuring Feliks Zemdegs and Jayden McNeill!
42: The Game Show! Featuring Feliks Zemdegs and Jayden McNeill!
Episode 42 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things.  This episode we were joined by Feliks Zemdegs and Jay McNeill for a head-to-head gameshow competition. Recorded Saturday, March 13, 2021 Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Or on SpeedSolving: https://www.speedsolving.com/threads/the-layer-by-layer-podcast.76921/ Topics: IT'S ALL A GAME SHOW! Games: Name that famous solve based on an audio clip Guess the time based on an audio clip Guess the timing of an event in a video Categories Personal Trivia
53:20
April 26, 2021
41: or/and
41: or/and
Episode 41 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Sunday, March 7, 2021 Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Or on SpeedSolving: https://www.speedsolving.com/threads/the-layer-by-layer-podcast.76921/ Topics:  - Bananas, and the banana scale: https://spoonuniversity.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/149/2016/04/Bananas-759x419.jpg - Kit's idea for a BLD championship - New Speedstacks timer design!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qq7wUyZZNA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h08w5bVAPyU - Reg of the Day: 7f1a - Andrew's first forum post: https://forum.worldcubeassociation.org/t/and-or-consistency-with-7f1a/12834?u=andrew_nathenson
59:49
March 14, 2021
40: Memo, Then Sleep for a Year
40: Memo, Then Sleep for a Year
Episode 40 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Wednesday, February 10, 2021 Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Or on SpeedSolving: https://www.speedsolving.com/threads/the-layer-by-layer-podcast.76921/ Topics: - Yunhao Lou 3.86 Clock WR average - Ice Cream Cakes - ALTERNATIVE TITLE GUESSING CONTEST: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdP7PkjtYwguE-b1cAU_Vn8ToU-Rn3dtE8loJgyeCnXhd7Utg/formResponse - Some Unofficial MultiBLD results - Graham and Rowe 60 point attempts, Graham's huge 200 cube attempt       - Graham: 62/64 in 59:17 and 189/200, Rowe: 60/60 in 59:53 - There’s a difference between unsolvable cubes and “wrong color scheme” cubes_art: https://www.instagram.com/cubes_art/?hl=en Pic with all opposite colors: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ9V0tSpkQ6/ - Is Worlds' 30 second registration cutoff too strict? - New SEE Events: Kit: Among Us Cubing: 10 points; Oops all U Moves:  Average of 5: 1.04 1. 0.91   R' R' R2 R R2 R' R2 R R' R2 R R R' R R' R2 R R2 R R R' R' R' R' R2 (solved) 2. (0.73)   R2 R' R R' R2 R R' R2 R R R R R2 R' R R2 R2 R2 R' R R2 R2 R R R (solved) 3. 1.24   R2 R2 R2 R R' R' R' R2 R R' R R R R R R2 R' R R' R2 R2 R R2 R R2 (U2) 4. (3.19)   R2 R' R R R' R' R2 R2 R2 R R2 R R' R R' R R' R R2 R' R R R' R' R2 (U2) 5. 0.98   R R' R R' R2 R2 R R' R2 R' R2 R' R' R2 R' R R2 R2 R' R2 R' R R R R (U') Andrew: Among Us Cubing: idk like 8?; Oops all U Moves: Average of 5: 0.80 1. (1.22)   R' R2 R' R R' R R R' R R2 R' R2 R R2 R' R' R' R' R R2 R2 R2 R2 R R (solved) 2. 1.11   R2 R R' R2 R R2 R' R2 R2 R2 R' R' R' R R R2 R2 R' R' R' R R R2 R2 R' 3. 0.86   R' R2 R' R' R2 R R R' R R R R' R2 R R R2 R' R' R2 R2 R R2 R' R2 R2 4. (0.34)   R' R R' R' R2 R R R R R R R2 R R2 R2 R R R' R2 R2 R R R' R R' 5. 0.43   R' R' R R' R2 R2 R' R R R R' R2 R' R2 R2 R2 R R2 R' R2 R R' R2 R2 R'
01:06:07
March 01, 2021
39: Oops, All U Moves
39: Oops, All U Moves
Episode 39 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things.  ALTERNATIVE TITLE GUESSING CONTEST: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdP7PkjtYwguE-b1cAU_Vn8ToU-Rn3dtE8loJgyeCnXhd7Utg/formResponse Fun fact, you can hear Andrew's cat a few times in this episode.  Recorded Monday, October 5, 2020  Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer  Or on SpeedSolving: https://www.speedsolving.com/threads/the-layer-by-layer-podcast.76921/  Topics:   - Martin Egdal of the Day!  4.59 Square-1 World Record Single!  - Cakes  - The Alternative Title Guessing Contest - fill out this form and see how you do!  - "That's Not ZZ, Though"  - When is it okay to go outside the parameters of the method? - Red Bull Competitions, and their terrible country picker.  - New SEE Events:  From last episode:  Mirror Solves:   - Kit: 1:25 average of 5  - Andrew: 1:06.24 Average of 5  Unreal Man Challenge:  Andrew: 7:58. 86 [https://bit.ly/35cuO8r], 3:26.83[https://bit.ly/3ke6eu4], DNF, DNF, DNF   Kit: (DNF(1:40.82))   U B2 U' R2 B2 R2 B2 U L2 D2 U' B R' D L' F U R' F D2 L2  2. 6:03.91[https://bit.ly/3kaL1ky]   D2 R2 B2 L' D2 F2 D2 U2 R' F2 U2 R D' L2 F R2 U B L2 D2 U  3. 6:04.78[https://bit.ly/3jcnDls]   U' R U' L2 D R2 U B2 D R2 D' R2 U B2 R' B' L B2 F' D' R  4. 5:32.20[https://bit.ly/3j9dTbN]   L2 D B L U2 D' F B2 D' B2 R2 L2 U' F2 U R2 D2 F' U' L  5. (4:35.20[https://bit.ly/3lPDHeO])   L2 D2 R2 D2 F2 D2 B' R2 B L2 U2 L2 D' R B2 D U R B' U' L2  New Events:  Andrew - Oops, All U Moves  Kit - Sneaky Among Us Cubing
01:05:02
October 19, 2020
38: Have You Heard About the Rubik's?
38: Have You Heard About the Rubik's?
Episode 38 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Monday, August 31, 2020. Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Or on SpeedSolving: https://www.speedsolving.com/threads/the-layer-by-layer-podcast.76921/ Topics:  - IS COLLIN BURNS IN THE TOP 100? (yes) - Kit's final score for Bad Prediction of the Day: 2/10 - Jabari redesigned algdb - speedcubedb.com - the new, better AlgDb? - Cakes - Is 4x4 parity rigged? - Rubik's Connect cube - Cube Mafia, on Twitch and in Real Life - End segment that we totally do every time, and not just because we forgot to do new SEE events this episode: Is a Pop-Tart a Ravioli?
49:43
September 05, 2020
37: Null Sets In Their Names
37: Null Sets In Their Names
Episode 37 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Wednesday, August 5 Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Or on SpeedSolving: https://www.speedsolving.com/threads/the-layer-by-layer-podcast.76921/ Topics:  - Kit is really bad at math - Cakes - More Pyraminx NRs! This time in Norway. - AlgDB is Dead 🦀🦀🦀 - Hollywood weather and Google Search quiz - New SEE Events: Andrew does the Cheapskate 3x3 Relay:  Andrew: Cheapskate 3x3 relay avg of 5: 45.202:  47.190, 43.437, (1:01.066), (40.399), 44.979  Kit: pockets.cubing.net/MirrorCube: avg of 5: 1:54.79: 2:07.31, 1:37.09, 1:59.96, (2:42.44), (1:34.96) - New ones:  Andrew: True Mirror Cube: Average of 5: 1:06.241: (1:25.129), 1:03.405, (57.669), 1:00.621, 1:14.706 Kit: Unreal Man's Average
01:04:55
August 16, 2020
36: Sweet Bread
36: Sweet Bread
Episode 36 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Thursday, July 23 Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Or on SpeedSolving: https://www.speedsolving.com/threads/the-layer-by-layer-podcast.76921/ Topics: - Using Axial Turn Metric to determine +2s with Slice Moves - Cakes (?) - Denmark's Competition:  -- 1.21 Pyraminx NR - Rasmus Stub Detlefsen (longest standing Danish NR) -- Martin got jinx'd -- Two identical pyraminx scrambles in a row: https://rb.gy/qzrqcf - Kit's Cubing Math Corner: Megaminx Scrambles!  Are they representative of random state? - Hollywood, Maryland of the Day: Weather, Hotel Prices, Flights - New SEE Events: -- Andrew does GoCube BLD: avg of 5: 24.311:  29.124, (44.731), 22.456, 21.353, (19.520) -- Kit does GoCube Tutorial Speedrun: 7:14 - Kit's World Record: youtube.com/watch?v=uk448nrg-dw - New Events: Kit - $50 3-cube relay - 51.46 ao5 - Andrew - Mirrored GoCube: https://pockets.cubing.net/MirrorCube/
01:13:45
August 02, 2020
35: Happy Little Trees
35: Happy Little Trees
Episode 35 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Monday, June 29, 2020 Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Or on SpeedSolving: https://www.speedsolving.com/threads/the-layer-by-layer-podcast.76921/ Topics:  - Is Tazzlyn's slower solving a benefit to streaming? - Everybody guessed the Bell - The Pockets Show! Every week on Friday from 4-6 Pacific at twitch.tv/ColorfulPockets - Productivity links from Kevin: https://fortelabs.co/blog/one-touch-to-inbox-zero/ https://fortelabs.co/blog/para/ https://fortelabs.co/blog/the-one-touch-guide-to-doing-a-weekly-review/ - Cakes (??) - Kit's Math Corner: Fibonacci and 3x3 Random Move Scrambles - To what extent is learning algs worth it? - If we had modern hardware many years ago, would a slice turn be a +2? - Hollywood, Maryland of the Day: How Hollywood got its name - New SEE Events: Andrew does 3x3 With Face: 1:20.61 average of 5 Andrew: GoCube App Tutorial Speedrunning (7:12.87) Kit: GoCube BLD (24.71 ao5)
01:09:01
July 02, 2020
34: KUKUKUKUKU
34: KUKUKUKUKU
Episode 34 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded LIVE Wednesday, June 17 Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Or on SpeedSolving: https://www.speedsolving.com/threads/the-layer-by-layer-podcast.76921/ Topics: - Generating random state 7x7 scrambles - rolling the die multiple times - xyzzy: CSTimer FMC scramble filtering - Alpha cuber is awesome on SpeedSolving guessed the bell! - cakes (???) - Andrew and Kit doing streaming - Kit's Math/Cubing Corner: Teaching how to solve a cube intuitively in NCTM journal - Hollywood, Maryland of the Day: Volunteer Fire Department - New SEE Events: Further discussion of Fewest Pockets         - Best fewest pockets solve on example scramble: 10/46 by xyzzy and 10/49 by bartogian         - Kit's attempt: https://rb.gy/riulkb         - Updated Rules: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XjVJxknuwi5HYPCpDak4fxuV0_XTR5f7jwdLhKdL7CI/edit         - Andrew's Bash script: https://github.com/ColorfulPockets/FewestRolls/blob/master/fewestRolls.sh
01:09:51
June 18, 2020
33: "Nice," but Stupid
33: "Nice," but Stupid
Episode 33 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Friday, June 5, 2020. Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer or on Speedsolving: https://www.speedsolving.com/threads/the-layer-by-layer-podcast.76921/ Topics: - Final Fantasy, emulation, etc. - layerbylayer.reddit.com - xyzzy's comment: https://www.speedsolving.com/threads/the-layer-by-layer-podcast.76921/page-2#post-1372092 - 5x5 Random State - Using 3BLD scrambles for everything - Online Competitions: Cubing @ Home, Twisty Puzzle Cup, The Monkey League - 15 Puzzle Parity by Numberphile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI1WqYKHi78 - Hollywood, Maryland of the day: Socks the Cat - Kit does Blindfolded 3x3x3: 41.35 average of 5 - Andrew does 3x3x3 with Mask: 15.13 single - New SEE Events: 3x3x3 with Face, and currently-unnamed-but-pretty-cool-event: For those of you who want to try out Andrew's event, here is an example scramble, rules, and rolls: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19YuG1BmWpYQn_2NCsJRE34FZ9rVp_Ign0QN3yByd1Hw/edit?usp=sharing
01:06:52
June 09, 2020
32: Hyperdimensional Supercomputer
32: Hyperdimensional Supercomputer
Episode 32 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded LIVE Friday, April 10, 2020. Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics: - The Wandering Tuttminx Meme: https://www.reddit.com/r/Cubers/comments/fw0j21/when_listening_to_layerbylayer_last_night/ - Cubing at Home - Andrew Reveals the Bell - Shoutout to Hollywood, Maryland - Andrew invented a new OH M2 fingertrick - Delegate fistfights - Thought experiment: what if 3x3 scramble generators could only generate half of all states, but It’s an arbitrary half - Megaminx is alg-resistant - Livestream Q/A - SEE Events of the Day: 3x3 with Mask, and Blindfolded 3x3
01:09:16
April 18, 2020
31: Tip Parity
31: Tip Parity
LBL LIVESTREAM: FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 3 PM PST - we forgot to say the date in the episode itself. Episode 31 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Friday, March 27 Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics: - Magic: The Gathering update - Topppits' Great Comment - Dobeye's Flow Chart: https://i.redd.it/4txrtk5504p41.png - Cubing At Home competitions - New SEE Events - the challenge Results: Andrew w/o oven mitts: 59.79; Kit: 2:15.77
01:07:34
April 04, 2020
30: Haha Sans (Featuring Mark Boyanowski and Graham Siggins)
30: Haha Sans (Featuring Mark Boyanowski and Graham Siggins)
Episode 30 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Friday, March 6, 2020 Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer The video for this episode: Coming soon on ColorfulPockets! Topics:  - Special Guests Mark Boyanowski and Graham Siggins! - Follow-up: Why the Reddit link thing happened - Why people underestimate how large gaps are at the upper end of MBLD skill - THE GAME OF FOUR - The first WCA shirt - "Corner Twist Kid" is back! And doing well! - Outdated thoughts about Coronavirus - Sitting at competition stations - People don't understand what parity is - Cubeography is not a thing - Karate Chop Stops Scores: - Mark: 9/30, + 17 Bells =  -1 points - Graham: 25/41, + 21 Bells = 30 points
01:23:14
March 24, 2020
29: Head (NOT Shoulders) Above the Field
29: Head (NOT Shoulders) Above the Field
Episode 29 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Monday, February 3, 2020 Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics: TRY THESE LINKS! - http://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer/posts/?=3 - https://www.reddit.com/r/tf2/comments/posts/tf2_trading_guide/?=3 - World Records: Max Park 5x5, 6x6, 7x7; Cale Schoon Fewest Moves - Graham Siggins' dedication - Feet is Gone 🦀🦀🦀 - Unofficial events and restructuring the WCA - Speedcubing Extra Events (SEE) - What can Andrew do with a 3D printer for cubing? - Bad cubing memes - A GREAT cubing meme
01:15:15
February 08, 2020
28: The Elbies 2019
28: The Elbies 2019
Episode 28 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Friday January 3, 2020 Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics: - The Elbies 2019! Spoilers for the winners below: - Best New 3x3: Welong WR M - Best New Non-3x3 Puzzle: Valk 5 M - Best Episode of Layer By Layer: 16 - I Put It In A Vending Machine - Best World Record: Graham Siggins 59/60 MBLD - Luckiest Official Solve: Andrew Huang - Skewb U-Perm - LBL Subreddit Comment of the Year: Issun_x: "I'd like to see Kit comment on how the WCA regulations views folding your FMC scramble sheet into a paper aeroplane and throwing it to the delegate to finish, in order for increased efficiency in submission of solutions." - LBL Subreddit User with a Gandalf-related Username: YueXiaoNotPass - Cuber of the Year: Sean Patrick Villanueva - Andrew's Bad Prediction: Rowe Hessler will have one of the next 4 solves above the current world record or solve above the other solve that was above the world record/below the time of the world record from previously in the same day, or by the end of the year
01:16:35
January 20, 2020
27: Congratulations, You've Won an Elbow
27: Congratulations, You've Won an Elbow
Episode 27 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. DON'T FORGET TO VOTE IN THE ELBIES: https://forms.gle/S69CHxQaJMa5uaui7 Recorded Friday November 22 Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics: - Kaijun Lin 5BLD WR - Andrew Doesn't Forget the Bell this time - Red Bull World Cup 2019 - FMC Americas 2019 - Domino Reduction - The Elbies 2019 - MEOTD: Food - Bad Prediction of the Day: A GAN cube will not win the Elbies listener's choice
59:25
December 06, 2019
26: Sure, We Can Dunk on Clock Too
26: Sure, We Can Dunk on Clock Too
Episode 26 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Wednesday, November 13. Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics:  - THE NEW MOYU CLOCK IS HERE!!! - A bunch of World Records: Yunhao Lou 4.38 Clock, Graham Siggins 59/60 MBLD, Stanley Chapel 1:06.23 4BLD, and of course, Feliks Zemdegs 5.53 3x3 - Sean Patrick Villanueva and Leo Borromeo  - When will we stop finding new Algorithms? - Kit is good (but actually bad) at FMC, and bad insertions are demotivating - Martin Egdal of the Day: Nordic Championship 2019 overview, 17.61 3bld - Bad Prediction of the Day: Whoever wins FMC Americas 2019 will have a 26.67 mean of 3 or worse
01:08:35
November 16, 2019
25: The Salmon-Savage Rivalry
25: The Salmon-Savage Rivalry
Episode 25 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Wednesday, October 16. Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics: - Congrats to Gundolf for actually guessing the last bell! - Max Park OH single (finally) - 49 point MBLD WR by Graham - The Awards Show: Send us your ideas! - Linus Frész's 24.00 FMC Mean - Andrew is off Facebook; but where can he find cubing news? - Andrew's only cubing goals - Kit Clement of the Day: Best counting 2x2 single - Bad prediction of the day: The second place 3x3 average at UK Championship 2019 will be sub-6.2
58:41
October 25, 2019
24: Baba Is Cube
24: Baba Is Cube
Episode 24 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Tuesday, October 1. Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics: - Baba is Cube - Last names that break statistics - FMC North America West 2019: Bad scrambles, or just being tired? - World Records: 4x4 by Sebastian Weyer again, 4x4 BLD by Stanley Chapel again - Kit guesses for whom the bell tolls - Groupifier - WCA's growth slowdown - Rob's Challenge Pen Capping WB: https://youtu.be/X3gQvCoD4W0 - Fresh Moyu Clock rumors
01:06:44
October 08, 2019
23: I Want to Have a Way to Judge You
23: I Want to Have a Way to Judge You
Episode 23 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Friday September 6.  Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer  Topics:  - Follow-up: You know, the thing we talked about last episode  - Andrew forgot to bring his cubes to San Diego Summer 2019  - Scramble Signatures  - Our strategies for FMC NA West - What should Kit's goal be in the prediction game?  - Bad Martin Egdal of the Prediction of the Day: UFC Fights
52:06
September 20, 2019
22: As Long As You're Not Herding Anyone
22: As Long As You're Not Herding Anyone
Episode 22 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Friday August 23.  Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics:  - Follow-up: Oreos  - World Records:  Max Park 7x7 single, Max Hilliard 3BLD single, Stanley Chapel 4BLD single/average, Juan Pablo multiple Megaminx averages, Daniel Rose-Levine Feet average, and a surprising 4x4 single from Sebastian Weyer - US Nationals and Bronycon - What to do with a duplicate scramble? - The current State of the Smartcubes - BLD buffer: Should you choose a different buffer from everyone else? - Martin Egdal of the Day: Farming - Prediction of the day: Collin Burns will be out of top 100 in a year
01:09:30
September 06, 2019
21: U-Perm Contest
21: U-Perm Contest
Episode 21 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Tuesday July 23. Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics:  -  Andrew figured out why he doesn't like 4BLD and 5BLD - A whole bunch of world records from the World Championship and beyond! - Kit is 1/2 on bad predictions - New 3BLD formats - What is the ideal venue for a large competition? - Martin Egdal of the Day: 3BLD ERs - Bad Prediction of the Day: 69/69
01:19:38
July 27, 2019
20: Q Tier
20: Q Tier
Episode 20 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Wednesday June 19. Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics:  - Kit makes a prediction - The weird and wonderful world of Fewest Moves world records, and FMC 2019 - A very strange incident - 3x3 Tier List - Kit's bad prediction of the day: No 4BLD or 5BLD mean WRs before the end of the year, and neither Max nor Feliks will win worlds.
59:42
July 03, 2019
19: There Are Spiders Everywhere And I Can't Get Out
19: There Are Spiders Everywhere And I Can't Get Out
Episode 19 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Monday June 3 . Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Ask us for advice!  Email Layerbylayerpodcast@gmail.com Topics:  - Email your advice questions - WRs: Jake klassen 3BLD 19.79, Jackey Zheng Squan 4.95, Siggins MBLD 50/52, Max Hilliard 3BLD 18.28 - Podcast apps/Spotify/Luminary - Discussion of several (possibly unfair?) practices in the WCA - Weird interactions with friends and cubing - Martin Egdal of the Day: Most solves in one comp - Reg (Guideline) of the Day: a1a2+++
01:11:24
June 17, 2019
18: One Our Time Limit
18: One Our Time Limit
Episode 18 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Wednesday May 8, 2019. Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics:  - BIG WR CHECK IN: -- Tymon pyra, as predicted -- Feliks! 5.69! -- Yunhau Lou 4.43 clock average -- Reto Bubendorf FMC mean -- Mark’s 19 -- Stanley Chapel 4bld: 1:10 -- Tijmen Van Der Ree - 4.98 squan - BigBLD means - FMC with erasable pens - Jay fingertricks - "FMC" is a bad name for the event - Martin Egdal of the Day: sub 20 3bld - Reg (Guideline) of the day: 4b2++ Ask us for advice! Send emails to LayerByLayerPodcast@gmail.com
01:25:23
May 11, 2019
17: World Record Behind Door Number 2
17: World Record Behind Door Number 2
Episode 17 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Wednesday April 3, 2019. Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics:  - Revisiting the cubing Battle Royale, with GAN 356i or other virtualized cubes - Clock Single WR: 3.29 by Suen Ming Chi - The Shared Judging System - WE WANT MORE STICKERLESS SHADES - The Nod Don - MEOTD: Sleep? - Reg of the Day: 1e
51:16
April 12, 2019
16: I Put It In A Vending Machine
16: I Put It In A Vending Machine
Episode 16 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics:  - World Record Check-In: Stanley Chapel 5BLD WR! - The Stackmat Conspiracy - Online competitions and sketchy results - Tetris 99 - Can we make a cubing battle royale? - Worlds 2019 - the FMC Prisoner's Dilemma, and superrationality Vsauce2 video: MrBeast's $1,000,000 Dilemma - First North American FMC 21 - The WCA stole our idea - Martin Egdal of the Day: Blindfolded success streak - Reg of the day: tendies
01:33:32
March 29, 2019
15: OKAY
15: OKAY
Episode 15 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Saturday, February 16, 2019. Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics:  - Follow-up: there is no Follow-up - Should the WCA create more incentives to record your solves? - Similar to Layer by Layer... - Andrew's magical GTS3 fix - The FMC Database - Skeletype, Andrew's FMC tool: https://youtu.be/bVY31jW16do - Martin Egdal of the Day: Water - Reg of the Day: A6e https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#A6e
53:04
March 01, 2019
14: Cube Yoga
14: Cube Yoga
Episode 14 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Discuss the show on Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/layerbylayer Topics:  - The bell - RECORD CHECK-IN: 17 FMC single - Predictions: will 17 be tied before all other WRs are broken? - Re-thinking Worlds - Why was Nats so late? - What are comps like on the west coast? Are results predictable? - Podcon! - How to keep older cubers in the community? How to keep friendly atmosphere despite growth? - Martin Egdal of the day: chess! - Reg of the day: 9M https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#9m Does anybody read these notes?
01:37:59
February 08, 2019
13: Eating Our Words
13: Eating Our Words
Episode 13 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Discuss the episode on Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/layerbylayer/  Recorded Wednesday January 9, 2019 Topics: - Follow-up: Cameras aren’t as cheap as we thought - Optimizing methods for good singles/one-off averages - What current WR will stand the longest? - YouTube premiers - Ephemeral events - Martin Egdal of the day: SOR! - Reg(s) of the day 10f4: https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#10f4 
01:21:03
January 25, 2019
12: Giant Red Button
12: Giant Red Button
Episode 12 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Discuss the episode on Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/layerbylayer/ Recorded Monday December 23, 2018 Topics: - Dodgecubing happened!  And we have the rules. - Cameras might not be as expensive as we thought - So you're an old dude and you want to go to a comp? -  The Fewest Moves Deal or No Deal! - Martin Egdal of the Day: Worst NR - Reg of the Day: 12g2 https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#12g2
01:02:48
December 31, 2018
11: Is this a Horrible Idea?
11: Is this a Horrible Idea?
Episode 11 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Discuss the episode on Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/layerbylayer/  Recorded Tuesday December 11, 2018.  Topics:  - Multi scoring  - Dodgecubing  - 3x3 world record: should the WCA record solves? Security cam footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB3ut65SFUU  - Max Hilliard 16.55 3BLD WR  - XC3E skeletons  - Martin Egdal of the day: 7x7  - Reg of the day: 9b https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#9b
01:28:48
December 17, 2018
10: That's in the 10%
10: That's in the 10%
Episode 10 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Discuss the episode on Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/layerbylayer/  Recorded Monday November 19, 2018.  Topics:  - Dodgecubing Update  - Computer Vision for scramble verification https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaW1dmqRE0o  - Andrew is a BLD accuracy god  - The crazy FMC World Record weekend  - Force Cube Hell (trying to make force galaxy megaminxes) https://www.reddit.com/r/Cubers/comments/9ufb7f/i_hesitated_about_it_but_heres_my_first_video_be/e95cvou/  - There are three Rouxers in the top 7 OH solvers (or 1 in the top 2, or 2 in the top 5)  - Martin Egdal is an unstoppable nemesis  - Reg of the Day: 9f12c https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#9f12c
01:16:01
November 30, 2018
9: First!
9: First!
Episode 9 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Discuss the episode on Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/layerbylayer/  Recorded October 24, 2018.  Topics: - Biking Accident  - Film (like, actual film) sucks  - Starting a non-WCA league with the intention of merging with the WCA if it’s popular and the WCA wants to  - We review WCAT applicants: Here's an imgur album with all of the applicants: https://imgur.com/a/7Wgrxv5  - 5 people 5 FMC scrambles The best FMC analogy  - When should competitions be announced? Subtopic: Is the new distance policy a bad thing?  - FIRST!  - Reg of the day: 4b3 https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#4b3 The incident: https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/incidents/28?fbclid=IwAR2Sr1O07nznLjg9HDFwS5aRgg0iBbPfMI0QRXjVMhL6RJ0chh4FNs6USxA
01:35:31
November 02, 2018
8: Black Magic
8: Black Magic
Episode 8 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Discuss the episode on Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/layerbylayer/  Recorded September 28, 2018  Topics:  - Andrew pulled a Kit  - Walker’s journey  - Kit’s classes  - Everything you need to know about ZZ and ZZ-CT  - Should the WCA add another puzzle? Is there a better system?  - The snack registration fee (FMC-A Atlanta)  - Reddit pros and cons  - Reg of the day https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#3d1b
01:05:49
October 12, 2018
7: In Tillamook We Trust
7: In Tillamook We Trust
Episode 7 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Discuss the episode on Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/layerbylayer/  Recorded September 18, 2018.   Topics:  - Weird Sleep Schedules and traveling  - Kinch improvement: Linear Transformation of all Kinch scores  - Tillamook - Andrew forgot about his competition, but did well at FMC  - Kit remembered his competition, and did kinda bad at everything but still won  - An improvement to multiBLD techniques  - Podcasts we listen to:  Dear Hank and John: https://www.patreon.com/dearhankandjohn  The Pitch: https://www.gimletmedia.com/the-pitch  Beautiful Anonymous: https://bit.ly/2vZbSsW Hello Internet: www.hellointernet.fm  Relay.fm: https://www.relay.fm/  The Glass Cannon Podcast: https://glasscannonpodcast.com/  99% Invisible: https://99percentinvisible.org/  Hardcore History: https://bit.ly/2DaN1UD  - Team events: How to make them engaging and unique   Relays, TeamBLD, Rob's Challenge, Wild card: dodgecube  - Reg of the day: 1c10 https://bit.ly/2ObYYlL
01:33:32
September 26, 2018
6: Your Least Favorite Cube You've Ever Not Solved
6: Your Least Favorite Cube You've Ever Not Solved
Episode 6 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Discuss the episode on Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/layerbylayer/  Topics:  - Tillamook  - Andrew’s new podcast, Brain to Board https://overcast.fm/itunes1430844944/brain-to-board  - Pranking Walker  - MBLD Basket Case  - Follow-up on MBLD N/N situation  - KINCH KINCH KINCH (and other ranking systems)  https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/results/misc/sum_of_ranks/  http://wcadb.net/kinchranks.php  - GTS3 Ridges: Gimmick or Useful (or other??)  - GAN 354 discussion  - Kit's color scheme  - Reg(s?) of the Day!  12c4 and 10f4 https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#12c4  https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#10f4
01:31:33
August 31, 2018
5: Once I Sniff It, I Know It
5: Once I Sniff It, I Know It
Episode 5 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things Discuss the episode on Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/layerbylayer/  Topics:  - Taking pictures of a cat  - 3D printing for cubing  - Andrew’s method, camp classes  - RIDDLES WITH ANDREW!  - Max Siauw vs. Kevin Hays: a correction  - Is Kit’s GiiKER cube defective? (Follow-up)  - We totally predicted Max Hilliard’s WR  - DRL feedback (or should we say, feet-back)  - FMC H1a-like reg  - Max Park OH, official misscrambles  - Reg of the Day: https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#4g  - WRs: Juan Pablo Huanqui mega, Shivam MBLD  - Basket case for MBLD  - Types of learners  - Most efficient way to practice 3BLD
02:01:27
August 17, 2018
4: Wake Up and Eat Snack (Live at CubingUSA Nationals 2018!)
4: Wake Up and Eat Snack (Live at CubingUSA Nationals 2018!)
Episode 4 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Recorded LIVE at CubingUSA Nationals 2018!  Discuss the episode on Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/layerbylayer/  Topics:  - World Records, Megaminx OcR in the lunch room  - Andrew's World Best with Mark: Rob's Challenge FMC  - Andrew's possessed stopwatch  - Why wasn't there a snack room at Nats??  - Who is the best cuber without a Wikipedia page?  - Reg of the day: Crazy regs from 2006 https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/history/files/regulations2006.html  - How would someone organize a competition if they've never seen or been to a competition?  - Multiple World Records in the Same Day  - You mean you're not on the football team?
48:26
August 03, 2018
3: Plus Plus Plus Plus Plus
3: Plus Plus Plus Plus Plus
Episode 3 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Discuss the episode on Reddit: www.reddit.com/r/layerbylayer/ Topics:  -Vidcon  -Japan  -Western Champs  - GiiKER Cube  - Andrew racing Alex Davani to silver membership  - Shadow M  - Is Kit's GiiKER cube defective??!?!?  - Alberquerque - almost learned how to spell it (it’s Albuquerque)  - Double Jeopardy - discouraging videos isn’t the issue?  - PB vs PR - Rise of cubing on Twitch twitch.tv/kitstopher  -Reg of the day A1a2+++++ https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/guidelines.html#A1a2+++++
01:28:45
July 19, 2018
2: Albuquerque
2: Albuquerque
Episode 2 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Discuss the episode on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/layerbylayer/  Topics:  - Oregon State Favorites recap - Go Cube / Giiker Cube  Go Cube: https://goo.gl/1mw6ZE  Giiker Cube: https://goo.gl/XnWGD2  - World Records: Kevin Hays 7x7 Single: https://goo.gl/ovQZm8  Daniel Rose-Levine Feet Average: https://goo.gl/YS7iLo  Jeff Park 3x3 Blindfolded Single: https://goo.gl/WdXXB5  - Regulation of the Day: A5b https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#A5b  - Video Evidence used to retroactively apply penalties Max Park's 6x6 WR mean (DNFed): https://goo.gl/Fp7KZZ  - Andrew's beginner's method: Hexagonal Francisco B https://goo.gl/WBS3CG
01:04:15
July 03, 2018
1: Shoot the Hay
1: Shoot the Hay
Episode 1 of Layer by Layer: a Cubing Podcast, the show (ostensibly) about Rubik's Cubes, speedcubing, and only occasionally/often about other things. Discuss the episode on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/layerbylayer/  Topics:  - Using a different method for OH vs 2H https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCfLsh5vDt0  - Andrew gets a lot of LL skips with ZZ  - Low attendance at CubingUSA Regional Championships  - Regulation of the Day: H1a https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#H1a
58:36
July 03, 2018