Variations on a (Cubed) Theme

Recently, I had blogged about Google’s Doodle to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube.

I thought that it was extremely well done and I liked the connection to mathematics.  The two concepts seemed to flow nicely together in my mind.

I like the options that we, as end users, have as software users.  We could go the traditional route and wait for the “official” sanctioned browser and applications.  Or, we could sit back and admire the talents of exceptional programmers that push the envelope for us with new and exciting things.  (He said as he types this in Scribefire using Shutter for screen captures in Mozilla Firefox running on Ubuntu).

For me, the Rubik’s Cube doodle was an invitation to look further.  As it turns out, the Chrome browser has a whole section on its site devoted to the “Chrome Cube Lab“.

In fact, the site is populated with a number of experiments written by others and shared so that you can see and enjoy their efforts.

As I poked through them, I’m amazed at how creative programmers can be.  If that doesn’t inspire your internal programmer to want to look under the hood to see what makes it tick, i don’t know what will.  It beats the heck out of turning a spreadsheet cell green…

And look under the hood you can.  On the page, there’s a link to allow you to download the source code to the Cube.  From that point, you’re free to modify and make the Rubik’s Cube your own – subject to the terms and conditions, of course.

Have fun!

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