Tags and Categories

I’m giving some thought to the whole tags and categories thing on this blog, and particularly to how people might be searching for past posts / areas of interest etc.

When I started, there was only the option of Categories, and through a series of changes, there are now also the ability to tag posts (which from a search point-of-view is exactly the same, so the difference in some ways is a bit academic).

However, the one noticeable difference, is Categories allow the use of the drop down selection, tags don’t. Also tags don’t allow any sort of hierarchy.

What I’m thinking of doing is limiting the number of categories to each of the main machines (tablesaw, router table, drill press, powered handtools, shed, etc), and have the tags be more specific, and varying.

Be a bit of work going back and adjusting all the old posts to the new format (over 360 posts!), but it might be worth the effort to get it more right. The category method has been altered by WordPress, and is a lot harder now to assign the right one, so for a while I’ve just been too lazy to bother, so that is probably going to be the final push to change to the new system. It has to work for me, as well as the readers!

Disaster – UBeaut EEE is no more

EEE Ultrashine (pronounced Triple E) was one of those amazing products – a cut and polish for woodturners. The name was a play on Tripoli – the mineral (like talc) that is used as the cutting agent in the wax.

Unfortunately, too many out there just didn’t “get it”. Not whether the product was any good or not, just the name 😉

So the product is still being sold, but now it is just called “Ultrashine” Whew 🙂

“An ‘Ex’ is a Has-been”

“And a ‘Spurt’ is a drip under pressure.

This was bought to the attention of the Australian Woodwork Forums – thought I’d show it here as well.

The “Expert” is apparently a Master Craftsman with over 20 years experience.

As a rule I don’t ‘have a go’ at the efforts of others in bringing their expertise to the internet, but this one is an exception. My response to the video series was:

And here I have been stupidly clamping my stock before planing it. How dumb am I.
I couldn’t figure out if it was for real, a joke, sarcasm, a “how to”, a “how not to” etc.
In the end, I came to the conclusion that this is a perfect example why sometimes we’d be better off without the internet at all……and why the Darwin Awards exist.

I certainly won’t be relying on the Expert Village site for reliable information based on this.

It was originally spotted by a US based woodwork forum and posted under the title “Is this guy on drugs?”

Apparently there is also a video set by the guy (sorry – the “Expert”) on using the Tablesaw. To quote: “One thing about safety features is that often times they’re just in the way. This guard here is removable, and that’s what we’re going to do right now, is get it out of the way.” -Rob McMahon for Expert Village

Have a read of the comments on the Bulletin Boards too – very amusing to see the responses.

Just watched his “Saw Stop” video – he doesn’t have one to actually show.

“The Expert” says it is an Airbag for the tablesaw, so convincingly that for a while there I thought he meant it was a real airbag, but I think he knew it wasn’t.

Apparently, the brake on the Saw Stop is a “plastic shoe”. Boy – that would be something to see. I’m sure there is plastic out there that might cope, but where did “Expert Village” find this guy? He should immediately be given a commission by Saw Stop – after all, if their mechanism renders a machine safe enough for him, it will be safe enough for pretty much everyone on the planet.

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