My brother won 1st place in Rubik’s 4x4x4

Rubix Champ

My little brother has been cubing since January of this year. From him, I learned that a Rubiks cube can be solved by just learning some formulas, or commonly known as algorithms among cubers. And just last month, he competed in a Rubik’s cube event held at Asia Pacific College. The cubes provided were of low quality and not lubricated, which made it more challenging. But even so, he finished the 4x4x4 (Rubik’s Revenge) in 2:44 (2 minutes and 44 seconds), which won him 1st place in the 4x4x4 speed solving category. He also ranked 2nd place in 3x3x3 speed solving, where in he finished the cube in 2:28 (2 minutes and 28 seconds). But when he is using a high-quality lubricated cube, he can solve a 3x3x3 in 1:30 at most. Continue reading My brother won 1st place in Rubik’s 4x4x4

Criteria for Judging on Singing Competitions

Looking back, singing competitions used to have a criteria for judging (e.g. Star for a Night, Sing Galing, Star in a Million, and Pinoy Dream Academy). The criteria helps judges evaluate the singer’s vocal range, versatility, originality, and stage presence. Fan base is not included.

Another thing that I like about singing competitions is I get to hear amazing vocals that I don’t usually hear on the radio. Singing contests are different from MTV and MTV is not a singing contest.

So what makes a singer better than the other? For me, these are what I always look for: Continue reading Criteria for Judging on Singing Competitions