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A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.

Saw Stop vs. Bosch

April 26th, 2015

Bosch REAXX_03_hero (1)Recently, Bosch announced they were coming out with a jobsite saw that had a similar safety feature to Saw Stop and would probably cost much less.  It seems like only a matter of time before Bosch starts putting out a big cabinet saw as well. I’ve seen the wars start, the Saw Stop fanboys vs. the Saw Stop haters and one thing has come to light that both surprises me and makes me shake my head at the same time.

Lots of Saw Stop owners are saying they’re now paying more attention to coming into contact with the blade because they don’t want the brake to ruin an expensive blade.  Well, dumbass, isn’t that the whole point?  Not to touch the blade?

Comic Review: Grayson #1-8 (2014)

April 25th, 2015

Grayson_Vol_1_1I actually promised to review this a while  back when I took a look at the first Grayson annual but unfortunately, this first arc was longer than I figured it would be, thus it took longer than expected.  Oh well.

Grayson is the reboot of the old Nightwing comic, something I dearly loved and hated to see come to an end, but is this new version of the Dick Grayson tale as good, or even better than the old Nightwing tale?  Read on and let’s see how it stacks up.

J-Drama Review: Fugoh Keiji (2005)

April 23rd, 2015

Fugoh KeijiAs if I don’t have enough to watch, I went looking for what some people considered the “best” detective J-dramas and came across this series from 2005.  Since it was available and sounded interesting, I grabbed it and after having it sit in my massive “to watch” list for a while, finally got into it.  It’s about the granddaughter of an incredibly rich man who becomes a police detective at a station that considers her a rich little girl, but this girl has some skills.

It might be an older series but we can’t let that stop us as we look at this 10-episode series called Fugoh Keiji.

Elitism in Woodworking

April 19th, 2015

elitistsNow I don’t think this is intentional for the most part but I’ve seen a bit of a problem recently while hanging out in some woodworking forums. There is an unfortunate tendency for people to insist that you either own the biggest, most expensive equipment or you’re somehow inferior.  Oh sure, they don’t say inferior, they just make it very clear that they’re looking down on you from their workshop in the clouds, filled with equipment they don’t really use. but it makes their egos feel good that they spent the money.

This certainly isn’t an issue only in woodworking, in fact I’ve noted it in many other groups, it’s really a human problem, not a woodworking problem, but once again, it rears it’s ugly head.    There are a lot of people who suggest, quietly, that they’re a better woodworker because they have a Saw Stop or a Festool, tools that are extremely expensive and frankly, I don’t think are really worth it. I’ve already made my thoughts known on the Saw Stop but I still see people arguing that the brake is worth the extra expense.  I still don’t think so, I’ve been woodworking for more than 30 years, I still have all my fingers and toes and I was thinking that I don’t even have a single permanent scar attributed to woodworking.  That’s because I’m careful, I follow safety rules, I use my guards and, unlike the people who are acting like they’re special for buying an expensive saw with “safety features” but take off the saw guard all the time.  I am responsible for my own actions.  I don’t need some nanny being careful for me. That means I can spend more money on other things than waste it on safety features that are entirely unnecessary.

By the same token, there are lots of people out stroking their egos, pretending that expensive tools make them better people.  They don’t.  I find this is really prevalent with the Cult of Festool.  There are people out there utterly addicted to owning green tools, whether they’re actually superior or worth the money or not. They go to absurd lengths to argue that they’re better when honestly, I can produce the same work with a “lesser” tool for half the cost.  Honestly, what a lot of Festool tools do is simply cater to lazy woodworkers.  I mean, you have their TS55 Track Saw, which essentially takes the human element out of cutting wood.  You set up the track, you push a button and it cuts the wood for you. Well how damn lazy is that?  You can’t push the saw yourself?  Seriously?  And again, it has a safety feature that makes it foolproof.  Maybe fools shouldn’t be working with power tools in the first place.  And the cost?  $615 MSRP without any of the extras.  Compare that to a Makita track saw at Home Depot which sells for $399. Even an equivalent DeWalt saw only runs $499 at Lowes. But wait, those aren’t green, they’re not as good!

I also think there’s a bit of wishful thinking and a refusal to deal with reality that I see far too often.  In another post, someone said they had 500 board feet of cherry in lengths from 12-18 feet long.  His storage only has room for 9 foot long boards so he wanted to know how long people thought he ought to cut it.  There were an unfortunate number of people who figured he could just bend the laws of nature and not cut at all, but get an 18 foot long board into a 9 foot tall space. I figure this guy knows what kind of room he has, if not cutting the lumber was an option, he wouldn’t have asked how long he should cut it, but there are a lot of people who can only think of what they would do in their own space and not really care about the question being asked.

That’s really the problem, so much of this is about ego and not actually trying to help other people.  Woodworkers will come on the forum, ask a very specific question about two potential tools they might buy and the Festool brigade will come out and desperately try to talk the buyer into something from their cult. Someone asks about table saws that aren’t Saw Stop and the only thing the Saw Stop faithful can do is push their religious idol.  Guess what guys?  It isn’t about you.  Either help people with the questions they ask or don’t bother.  We know about your loyalty.  We know that you wear your pride for throwing away money on your sleeve.  I’m wondering if they don’t secretly feel bad for doing it and are now trying to get others to repeat their mistake so they don’t feel alone in their error.

Fanatics should not impress anyone, they shouldn’t be catered to, they shouldn’t be respected, these people have a problem.  They lack self-control, they lack objectivity and they certainly want to push their fanaticism on others, just like the religious do.  These people need help, not a defense.  Unfortunately, I doubt that will happen any time soon.  That’s my problem with elitism.

Comic Review: Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #1-4

April 18th, 2015

Captain America Mighty Avengers 001 CoverI had written a review a while back on The Mighty Avengers, a comic that caused a lot of uproar by a ton of liberal race-baiters who were claiming that it’s poor pre-sales were because comic shop owners were all a bunch of racists. I actually liked it but it never really sold that well and it relaunched after issue #14 as Captain America & the Mighty Avengers.

Has it changed?  Let’s find out as I review the first arc of this new version.

J-Drama Review: Sakura (2014)

April 16th, 2015

SakuraI will admit to going into this series with a fair bit of  trepidation, after all, from people who had seen it, most that I saw were critical, saying that every single episode was exactly the same.

Well of course it is, this is a trope-driven procedural detective show!  I guess these people don’t recognize specific tropes when they see them, the knowledge that the cases are all going to end the same is part of the charm!

So let’s take a look at this 9-episode detective series about Sakura, the woman whose ears solve crimes.

Saw Stop Owners are Dicks to the Curious

April 15th, 2015

Tool+Fanatic+LogoI unfortunately see this a lot, but on woodworking forums, I’ll see new people pop on and ask for suggestions for a new table saw or other tool within a particular price range, saying that their absolute top end is $x.  Invariably, those Saw Stop fanatics will chime in, saying that they should throw away their budget and buy an expensive Saw Stop, because… well, Saw Stop!

The Solo Nature of Stamp Collecting

April 14th, 2015
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This is unfortunately typical of most stamp shows today.

I’ve been thinking about this recently, seeing that the hosts of my favorite stamp collecting podcast Stamp Show Today started commenting on a previous post. I had said that I’d try to get to a couple of local big stamp shows, which I didn’t do, mostly because I forgot all about them.  The next local show of any size is Sescal, sometime in the fall, and once I have actual dates, I’ll put it on my calendar in an attempt to remember it.

But the more I think about it, the more I’m asking myself why.

The Breeding Game

April 12th, 2015

Fancy ratHere’s a “secret” that most people don’t know about me.  I love filling out opinion polls.  If I’ve got nothing to do, mostly when I’m listening to a podcast, I’ll be on one of those polling sites filling out questionnaires about cars and food and electronics, etc.  It’s fun to give my opinion and I get rewards out of it, why not?  I have more than $200 in rewards sitting in my Amazon account at the moment, just from spending a couple of minutes here and there clicking through some polls.

Recently, one poll asked if anyone in the family had ever  been involved in breeding dogs or cats and while nobody ever has, certainly I and my wife were heavily involved in breeding rabbits, rats, mice and hamsters in the distant past. It’s something I’ve never really talked about, so here goes nothing.

Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.