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Superhero Aprons/Dresses

I saw Some Superhero/heroine Aprons up on Pinterest(Gf made me join), I got bored.
So I decided To make some of my OWN designs, Nothing special just some quick Vectors.

Some of these could easily be turned into Costumes or even Dresses…I just got bored and made about 15 of em.


These are the Designs I’ve come up with so far..Nothing special

I’ll Probably be making a few of these, my gf/sister/friend all want one. I’m not considering them as Useable Aprons(I can make some that way).
Anyways if you’re interested in one Hit me up.
Twitter @JwsmithC4

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Brock Lesnar as Venom/Eddie Brock

So since that shitty Spiderman 3 came out I’ve been pissed…they put a 5 ’10 1/2″ moron from “That 70s Show” as Venom…

Spidey Just pissed himself

THIS is what Venom should look like…well maybe a bit smaller but still MENACING

Venom aka Eddie Brock‘s Stats
Height: 6’3″ (variable with symbiote)
Weight: 260lbs (variable with symbiote)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Reddish Blond

Topher Grace‘s height is like I said 5 ’10 1/2″….and probably weighs around 175lbs..No where NEAR Eddie Brock’s height/weight.

Anyways, I’ve been saying for awhile that The part should have been played by Brock Lesnar, the MMA Fighter.

Brock Lesnar

He Looks So much like Eddie Brock it’s Scary.

Brock Lesnar’s Stats’s
Height: 6′ 3″ (1.91 m)
Weight: 266.8 lbs (121 kg)

This guy is just Huge!

Eddie Brock and Venom

I mean look at that Face, just Screams MMA!

Here’s Eddie Brock in case you don’t know what he looks like.

Anyways On to my Point, and me putting my Photoshopping Graphic Designy talents where my Mouth is…fingers are.


I Took that earlier pic of Brock and Contrasted it up a bit…ok a lot. added Mouth and Eyes and the Venom Symbol


I blackened up the Costume on this one, made it more like how I think it should look. I didn’t Touch the body at all, Those Muscles are all Lesnar as seen in the Previous pic.

Anyways, let me know what you think? Brock Lesnar as Venom? And FYI I don’t care if he can act or not, They thought Topher Grace could and he made that movie that much shittier. (it was already a crap sandwich with diarrhea spread, he added some Foamed crap)
~JWSmithC4 Aka TheITChef

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CNC Tattoo Machine? Part Deux

So After messaging Hackaday about the CNC Tattoo Machine, I did a bit of searching.

I found this baby
Auto-ink Automatic Tattoo Machine

It’s pretty and all, but according to them it’s random, and it only seems to tattoo in ONE color…(unless you physically change it, which to me loses some of it’s “Auto”ing). I just read the little description and it’s mostly just an art piece.

My idea is to work a little bit like those Old Greeting Card Printer machines they had in Walmart way back when.

I think it was the mid-90s, but they had a CNC Kiosk that printed out greeting cards while you watched through a little glass/plexiglass window. After a bit of searching for SOMEONE that remembers these things, I found someone on Etsy that was talking about it. chaps676  Wrote a small article titled “The DreamVendor

They had this little Row of pens that the machine would pick up to change colors. Why not something similar, or even small ink wells so the machine could dip it’s tip to change colors…

Just another weird group of thoughts. One day someone shall read this.

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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

      • 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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[HOW TO] Batch Zipping or Compressing Multiple Folders into Multiple Zip/rar fIles

I’ve tried for awhile to look for a solution to my problem with compressing multiple folders into separate files… I tried Command line to no avail.

Since I couldn’t get the command line to work, instead I downloaded Winrar

Winrar has an option to zip Multiple folders into their own separate Zip Files.

C:/Files/Fables 01/ into C:/Files/Fables

C:/Files/Fables 02/ into C:/Files/Fables

C:/Files/Fables 03/ into C:/Files/Fables

and so on

With Winrar OPEN to the Folder that contains the folders you want to zip

  • Select all folders you want zipped/rared
  • Click “ADD” or “Alt+A” or “Commands>Add files to Archive
  • Select Rar or Zip
  • Go to “Files” Tab
  • Check “Put each file to separate archive” Under the Archives Box

When you’ve got any other settings you like fixed hit OK and boom Multiple Zips of Multiple Folders…worked sooooo much easier than command line 7zip

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Some tips on Using Spybot: Search & Destroy

Just a couple Quick tips on Using Spybot: Search & Destroy or as I will refer to from this point on Spybot.



First thing’s First…. Download and Install it.
When you’re installing Spybot it’ll ask to update the definitions/program/yada/yada/etc/etc…Please do.

After installing/updating, if you are using Windows 7. Right-Click the Shortcut (wherever you may have placed it) and “Click Run as Administrator“. This will help when you do something later and save you the hassle of restarting it and then doing that…

On the program load for the first time, it will have a little “1 of 7” things to do. Backup your registry/update/and so on. Any it asks. Do.

After you finish with the fun little registry backup(always feels like it takes forever) and the like.


You’ll see 3 buttons.

  1. Check for Problems
  2. Recovery
  3. Search for Updates

Even though you may have Just updated when installing. Click Search for Updates. It doesn’t matter which server you choose, usually I go with the Dealer’s choice(let spybot choose).

Definitions are updated CONSTANTLY. This means EVERY TIME you run the program it’s a good idea to update.

it’ll go through some more fun downloading, installing, restarting.

Close any Open Internet Browsers you may have. Next step requires it.

After that fun stuff is finished, Click Immunize. This will block a nice big list of websites that you don’t want anything to do with.  It’ll take a few minutes to do this but it’s worth it.

Immunize after Every Update.

Next Thing to do, Check for Problems

Spybot automatically searches for temporary files and cookies before even bothering to check for problems. it’ll ask you if you want to delete that stuff before you start. It makes it a little faster, so if you want to not sit staring at the program all day, might help.

Once you finish with the temporary files part, it’ll start searching… and searching… and searching.

A Clean(not bogged down with spyware/malware/etc) will have a few things found…like 10 or so. A HIGHLY infected Computer will have close to 800(the record I’ve seen so far), it’ll also require someone like me to even get spybot to even run, so if you can’t even get to your desktop without popups, virus scares and the like…might want to find a professional…or someone that thinks they are.

if you REALLY don’t want to spend $$$ on someone doing routine maintenance on your computer(virus removal, registry cleanup, and all the other crap you can do yourself with a little time).

Worst Case Scenario, You reformat…With Windows 7 you can do a Dirty install, which will put All of the old operating system into a folder, Windows.old.000.

All your files will be in there, usually under C:/Windows.old.000/Users/{Your Username}/

INCLUDING the Infected ones. Best thing to do would be to scan with Microsoft Security Essentials/spybot and try not to reinstall whatever gave you the problems before.

but I digress…

There are some Advanced tools in Spybot…if you don’t know what you’re doing you can screw up your computer…until you fix it 😉


There is nothing that you can do to your computer that cannot be fixed

~My dad


Be Safe and remember to C.Y.A.

~J The I.T. Chef

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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…


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. .. 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 ( ) – 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

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.

or even better the ZIP FILE

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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