How to Solve Rubik’s Cube with your kids

“R U, R U crazy” said my wife to me, the other day.

“R U R U” were the sounds that we all kept hearing all this weekend at our house. Every one was pacing down the floor as we keep avoiding to crash into each other, while saying “R U R U”

Some of us were audibly loud, while the others were doing it in their head. If you are wondering what I am talking about, it’s about solving the Rubik’s Cube. I had recently written about the fact that our household is trying our hands at new things every week, as many of you have. My wife keeps coming up with new ideas every week, whether it was learning to count upto 20 in various languages when washing hands, or practicing tennis strokes in the garage (somehow) OR, like this week, Rubik’s cube.

Going back to “R U R U”, you will soon see that we used the beginner’s method to solve the Rubik’s cube. This method uses a lot of Right face turns (called R) and Upper face turns (called U) etc. When we needed to make the following movements (Right Upper Right Upper), we would say “R U R U” and so on on. Hence, the title.

Saying it out loud actually helped us remember those steps. So, we suggest that you do a lot of “R U R U” as well. It gets funny, and somehow addictive.

Back to the story about learning the solve the Beginner’s way.

Being a geek myself, when I saw that Rubik’s cube was on the list of things to try this week, I got excited about it and starting watching some YouTube videos that tried to explain the concepts to us.

Unfortunately, most of the videos we found online were trying too hard to keep the length of their videos rather short. The downside was that that sometimes, a key concept was not explained in detail, or assumed. The issue in that case is if you are trying to do this with elementary school kids (like mine), it can get frustrating.

But hey, we got time on our hands and after about 2 days of trying our hands at it, we are all Rubik’s Cube solvers.

Wifey, our 5th and 3rd grade daughters and myself have all learnt to do it. We used the beginner’s method to do this and we don’t need any notes to do it anymore. It’s all in our heads. And, we are going to make it easy for you

Kids are enjoying learning more and helping put more online resources to help other kids. So, we also invested the time in making detailed notes and steps to show you the steps so you can learn it easily.

Here are the series of videos you can watch and join us in the Rubik’s Cube Challenge. All you need is a cube, patience and practice. Hope these videos and notes help. Enjoy!!! Happy Cubing!!!

Understanding the Basics
Step 1: Daisy At Top
Step 2: Flower on Bottom
Step 3: Bottom Corners
Step 4: Edge Pieces on Middle Row
Step 5: Flower on Top
Step 6: Align Edge pieces to the Face Color
Step 7: Corner Colors in Place
Step 8: Solve the Top Face

Enjoy and Happy Cubing.

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Our Data+Kids project continues to move into its 5th week as we learn how to use Tableau to learn about Data

My next post will be about “What does an Algorithm mean to a non techie person?”

How to add corporate branding to your Tableau dashboard

Wouldn’t it be great if you could add some corporate backgrounds to your Tableau viz just like you do in powerpoint?

Well, you can and here’s how

Once you have created the Tableau Viz, just add an image to the dashboard, make it floating and add to the your dashboard and cover the entire space.

Step 1.

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How do I display incidence frequency in tableau

So, you are interested in displaying the frequency of a specific type of event over time.

For example, what if each of my orders isn’t making a profit for me and I would like to show the frequency of each of these orders rather than showing the sum total of profit for each week

If I were to show the total of the profit over time, I might show something like this

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But, the issue is that this shows the total of the week but doesn’t show the frequency of the loss making orders.

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How to build skyscrapers in tableau

So, you are thinking of making a visual to show the distribution of the various line items to the total within the category as well as overall categories

In our (beloved) superstore example, let’s say you want to see how one Sub-category is doing compared to others. In addition, you would like show often an order (or a customer) is providing profit for that sub category, consider a skyscraper graph

Here’s how to build one in 6 steps

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How to analyze your outlook email with Tableau?

So, if you are like me, you must wonder how much email do you get everyday and if you are able to keep up with it.

For me, I am getting to the point that I feel that others shouldn’t expect that I will respond to every single email. In fact, if something is urgent, I think I have come to expect that I will be called.

Regardless, I do get a lot of email at my work, so I thought of doing some analysis of the data.

This article will describe how you can analyze your outlook email with Tableau

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How do I conduct scalability testing with TabJolt

Before you setup a Tableau Server, you have a lot of questions

  • Do I have enough servers for my users?
  • How will my user mix (viewer/interactor) impact my server capacity planning?
  • How many VizQLs do I need for my user community?
  • Can I configure 8 VizQL instances on a single server?
  • …… to name a few.

The idea behind this post is to guide you on how to do some of your own tests to get some of the answers

So, lets get started and understand a few things about scalability tests

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The idea is to understand how many users of a particular type of load can a server support

Now, since I currently work for Tableau and have had exposure to some of their tools, I used one of their tools (TabJolt) to conduct some of the tests

The rest of the article follows an approach. You can most certainly follow the same approach and use a completely different tool

Getting Started with TabJolt 

I don’t plan to re-invent the wheel so if you haven’t even started with TabJolt, please refer to this great blog on¬†TabJolt

How do I start?

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