Max Siauw

North American Record after 28 Hours Without Sleep!

Note: this post is pinned to the top of my blog. On the weekend of February 18-19, 2023, I attended Sleepless in Seattle 2023. It was a special event featuring 24 consecutive hours of cubing! During the Square-1 finals, I managed to break the North American record with a time […]

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Exploring the Field of Bioinformatics!

Recently, I had the urge to deepen my knowledge of programming by exploring computer science from an interdisciplinary standpoint. Specifically, I’ve spent the past few days learning the basics of bioinformatics: the study of applying computing principles to biology! I structured my learning using this list of problems from ROSALIND […]

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My Second World Record: 4.28 Square-1 Single

On December 10, 2022, I broke the world record for Square-1 solve with a result of 4.28 seconds, just barely beating the previous record by 0.05 seconds. I was not expecting this at all. I’m literally speechless. My first thought after breaking this record was simply how poetic and “full-circle” […]

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100 Cubing Competitions!

On November 5, 2022, I attended Spokane Fall 2022, my 100th cubing competition. What a journey this has been, and it’s far from over. Since my first competition in February 2017 (I was still in elementary school!), I’ve competed in 6 countries, been on the podium 412 times, and set […]

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Guinness World Record Certificate!

I recently received a Guinness World Record certificate for my Square-1 world record average back in May! It feels amazing to now have a physical object that recognizes my accomplishment. I remember binging Guinness World Record videos on YouTube when I was in elementary school. I don’t recall much other […]

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Release of QiYi Toys’ New Flagship 3×3

For almost five months, I’ve been using the prototype of the X-Man Design Tornado V3 M, a flagship 3×3 cube by QiYi Toys. I was able to get early access to this product due to my contract with them. Since then, I’ve been able to achieve many results that I’m […]

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