Category Archives: Food-Sorta

3D printing with sugar/Isomalt?

I was reading an Article on Hackaday, /tearing-apart-a-hot-glue-gun-for-a-3d-printer/, and got to thinking about how you could use pastry tips for the same purpose but get a finer detail.

Of course me thinking towards the culinary spectrum also made me recall my ideas of a Isomalt “Glue” gun, for use when making a sugar sculpture.

Anyways I’m pretty much just regurgitating my comments on That article but Hey I wrote em so…. 😛

So I was curious why hasn’t anyone thought to use cake Decorating tips in Conjunction with the extruder.

Just a thought, seeing as you can get VERY fine detail tips for cake decorating, plus they’re stainless steel, also they have weird tips that you could do interesting patterns with.

  • jwsmithc4 says:

    also a variation to the “Sugar Glue Stick” is to use Isomalt, has a better workability than sugar. it can be remelted over and over, it can be colored very easily with food color.

    I’ve done several sculptures using sugar and isomalt…by far I’d take isomalt over Sugar.

    Melting temp of Isomalt is 165°C, no watching for crystallization or anything like that. Also you can just break or remelt any pieces that don’t work for you.

    Isomalt isn’t as hygroscopic as sugar. So another benefit over using plain sugar.

    As long as you keep a desiccant in the container you keep the broken pieces in, you should be able to melt it for quite awhile.

    I learned and also took a class from Stephane Treand, he’s MOF(Master of France) and just a RIDICULOUS artist. Watching him airbrush is amazing.

    The Classes I took were on

    • Pastillage *Say it with me Pas-tee-ahj* (gelatin/powdered sugar/vinegar) I have a recipe if anyone is interested.

    • Isomalt

    • Chocolate.

    Here’s Stephane’s site, showing off some of his work http://stephanetreand.com/

      • He’s a great guy to talk to, kind of a hacker(he doesn’t realize it). He made “Wood bark” by putting silicone on those fake wooden fireplace logs and then painting the mold with two different colors of chocolate.
      • He started airbrushing on Surfboards.

But yea, some interesting stuff. Let me know if you need any help working with it or any of the other stuff I talk about.

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Couple of things…

First off…Happy Mother’s day…Even though the founder of Mother’s day, Anna Jarvis, became disgusted by the commercialization of the holiday only a few years after starting it up in the US. The United States isn’t the only country to celebrate Mother’s Day, the christian faith isn’t even close to being the first either. It was more than likely started by the Hindu…and they have more of a 2 week or fortnight celebration…

Anyways…

I just wanted to put a couple of thoughts on paper…so to speak/type.

First off. or second as it were.

Obama released his birth certificate a few weeks ago…it’s fake. I caught a video posted by my uncle about dropping the pdf file into Adobe Illustrator and it being composed of layers…

I did that. it is. So Either the guy that did this is just plain horrible, like Jefferson Starship(Supernatural reference) or he wanted to make Obama look like a fool. (A FOOL I SAY!)

Either way, the document is a load of Bull-shite.

In Image editing software such as Illustrator or Photoshop or even the Open Source GIMP, Images are composed of layers. These layers can be thought of as those Clear transfer sheets people used to use for projectors. Clear plastic sheets of paper, pretty much.

And if you wrote “Hi” on the top sheet, then laid that on top of another sheet with “mself” on the second sheet, with some proper adjusting it’d look like someone wrote “Himself” on one sheet of paper, but of course he didn’t.

The reason this “Birth Certificate” can’t be real and that there’s no way they scanned this in, is because when you scan something, you get an image file, whether that’s a JPEG or a GIF or a PNG or even exported to a PDF file it’s still just a single layered image…there’s no way an image can be put into layers, short of molecular Slicing the text off and scanning it separately. Which is currently impossible and just plain stupid.

My Third thing is…

While messing with Illustrator earlier, I realized I needed to reinstall Adobe Master Collection Creative Suite 5.

I go through the usual “Start>Control Panel>Programs and Features>Click Adobe Master collection>Click Uninstall”

And that leads me to the uninstaller…which normally works great.

instead I get “There was a problem with the uninstall. Please restart or go to this link and get the adobe uninstaller clean script.”

I restart, do steps over and get the same result. Insanity as a certain someone would say, performing the same action and expecting different results.

So I click the link to download this Miracle Script. http://www.adobe.com/support/contact/cscleanertool.html .. only to find at the bottom of the page, where there SHOULD be a download waiting for me. “Please Note: We are uploading the latest version of the Adobe Creative Suite Cleaner Tool for Windows shortly.”

Now if I was just unlucky this could mean that I caught them in the middle of updating software, which means I’ll have the newest buggiest version or possibly non-buggiest version, depending on your optimism/pessimism on new software.

My luck this is something they are working on and soon=weeks.

I start looking for alternatives instantly.
I try CCleaner ( http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download ) – just opens the normal uninstaller…useless as an uninstaller, it does nothing different from Windows.

I look for a third party version of this Miracle Script and it appears none have been created.

So after all this crap, about 10 minutes of my time…probably hours for the average person, I stumble upon a forum post to http://forums.adobe.com/message/3003775

Which has a link to “resolve installation problems” Sort of what was needed.

Long LONG LONG story shorter….I find a link to the cleaner script that they so nicely didn’t put on the page advertising it.

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/829/cpsid_82947.html#main_Run_the_Adobe_CS5_Cleaner_Tool_for_Windows

or even better the ZIP FILE

http://download.macromedia.com/pub/creativesuite/script/5/WinCS5Cleanupscript.zip

So that’s about it for now.

Besides the fact that I’m working out a design in my head for a Birthday cake for my Nephew…and it mostly certainly won’t look like Pokey took a dump and Gumby piped Pink Frosting on it to make it look like a castle…(just some frustration about how easily people are impressed with a baking hate crime)

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Reasons I dislike… 1.0

Reasons I dislike 5 Guys Burgers and Fries.

Reason #1: Poorly Priced

I don’t like paying $5.49 for a Bad Hamburger. or Paying $2.49 for French Fries that cost a total of $0.50 to make, if that.

Reason #2: Poorly Cooked

If you like Dried out Hockey Pucks as hamburgers, have at it. This is from their FAQ.

“Q: Why does Five Guys only serve burgers cooked well done?

A: By cooking all of our burgers juicy and well done we are able to achieve two goals.

-Ensure a consistent product

-Meet or exceed health code standards for ground beef

We understand that there are varying opinions on what level a burger should be cooked for optimal flavor and our opinion is that our burgers taste best cooked juicy and well done.”

in Short they’re Covering their asses and don’t care how you want it. By Cooking the Crap out of a Burger they won’t have someone complain of food poisoning. Juicy and Well Done don’t really go together, Well done means Cooked to 165°, Completely and totally cooked…Not much on Juice there.

 

I was going to keep on about Why I dislike this but seriously, I don’t care enough. They are no better than McDonald’s or Burger King. Hell Burger King at least says “Have it your way”, unlike 5 Guys, “Have it our way and pay too much”.

 

 

 

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Espresso and things…

Hola.

So things have been I don’t know…stagnant, lately. I feel just bleh about the “same Sh*t, different day” that seems to be happening. I know it’ll come around soon but still…it sucks.

Anyways…

I went with my girlfriend to Orientation at North Georgia College this Wednesday, it was tiring. They have a nice campus, lots of walking, but nice, I guess. They have a little restaurant/coffee thing there and a Poor excuse for a Starbucks(which I feel Starbucks is a poor excuse for a Starbucks now.).

Anyways again…

I ordered a Venti Caramel Machiatto, my usual drink. This complete moron of a woman(want to say much worse but…y’know), hands me the drink and it has about 7oz of liquid in it and the rest filled with a poor excuse for foam…

I asked her why was there no actual coffee in my coffee, she tells me that that’s how it’s supposed to be and that all she can do is add more milk to it…srsly WTF?!? on top of the coffee being weak and not espresso, she only put 7 ounces out of 20 in it. and most of those ounces were milk already…

I asked another starbucks slave what was in a Caramel Machiatto; I was told double shot of espresso; vanilla syrup; milk; and a bit of foam at the top to kind of “Dome it”.

not what I was given…at all.

I just looked up a “How to” on the drink.

The shots of espresso need to be added after the steamed milk. The actual recipe for the Grande Caramel Macchiato is 3 pumps vanilla syrup, add steamed milk with a bit of foam on the top, add double shot of espresso, and then make a criss-cross pattern on top of the foam with the caramel.

And that’s for a Grande not a Venti. You would think a Venti would be a bit more than a Grande given that it’s the Larger of the drink sizes…

Anyways this experience and the general raising of prices and lowering of quality has pushed me to just raise two fingers in the air. One on each hand and say “F*ck Starbucks”. I’ll make my own coffee from now on.

or if I’m out, I’ll take the $1.79 cup of Powdered coffee from Quiktrip/Racetrac, mixed with a bit of their Fresh Brewed. This saves me about $3 that I wasted on a cup of coffee that had no flavor besides sweet and aggravated  the hell out of me for a good hour after talking to the drone working there.

I’m sick of that Franchise. It went from an innovative idea to a corporate POS in no time.

Best thing you could do, buy a “Non-paper cup” from World Market, or a carafe or Travel mug or any one of those Travel cups they sell at Gas stations now. World Market’s Non-Paper Cups

Enough of my ranting…something I do a bit of.

I found an interesting site, well my gf did. My point being I found this site and they have some eclectic items that make my inner geek happy. Also my inner “Wine Enthusiast”.

ok I’m distracted now so…
~J

.Energy Drinkers United or .EDU

I totally thought that title up in about 3 seconds, gotta laugh at EDU.

Anyways…

I figured I’d do a bit of Review-age(more reminisce than review)  on Energy Drinks I like/miss/want/currently digesting…

Some of those drinks I’ll miss/want/like.

  • Josta — Mmmm Josta, a drink from way back in 1995(Ancient times of Middle school), it was the very first soft drink I had found with the miracle berry of Guarana. This drink was Pepsi’s response to Surge or Vice versa, it was ruity, purple and gave you incredible energy for a soda. I miss my Josta dearly, I’ve seen people try to recreate it but you can’t replace something that was so perfect.
  • Pepsi Blue — Translucent Blue Sugar Juice. It was one of those sodas you just couldn’t drink more than one a day of, and as a member of Carbonated Beverage Drinkers Anonymous (lol jk of course), that’s saying something. Sugary, Berry Flavored and gave you hand jitters.
  • Jolt Cola — The Double Caffeinated Cola. Jolt doesn’t taste like coke or Pepsi, it’s more so on the Kola nut flavor, almost like a flatter version of coke. One of my favorite reasons for this drink was a scene in the movie HACKERS where Razor and Blade do a bit of a commercial in their broadcast saying “Jolt Cola: The soft drink of the elite hacker.” Funny stuff.
  • Mello Yello Afterglow — I normally can’t stand citrus drinks for some odd reason, but this was more of a peach-flavored citrus drink. It was a very rare drink to stumble upon, I think I purchased it about 4 times. Afterglow had one of those flavors that are just, Je ne sais quois, apparently it was peach according to wikipedia(accuracy?).
  • Mountain Dew LiveWire — Tangerines, so good yet hardly thought of. Livewire has a great bite when you first sip it, almost like that first taste of a fresh Tangerine but not as harsh with the citrus. Apparently this drink is still being sold, just not anywhere near me.
  • Bawls — Yes that’s the name of a drink…Dirty minded people. I laughed when I saw it too and just had to buy two bottles of it. This is one odd drink, it’s clear, guarana flavored, and Highly carbonated. Energy wise I’m not too sure, I don’t remember much of a buzz from it, I do know it’s a great taste though. If you’ve ever in major Metropolitan, I suggest buying this if you see it.
  • Hansen’s Energy Drink(Green can) — Such an awesome flavor and packed a punch too. I would buy this one whenever I saw it, Pre-Red Bull days. Hansen’s came in an 8oz can and beat Red Bull to the Energy Drink market by about 2 years at least. For some reason they just couldn’t market the product well enough, and I think they either went out of business or retracted their range. Who knows…

Eh I’m getting tired of thinking about all the great drinks that aren’t out there anymore so I think i’ll call this a night…day?….1.5am so whatever that is.

~TheITChef