More Delicious Foods From Around the World (Every 3 Fridays)

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more tasty foods. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Kuku is a egg-based dish that comes from Iran. It’s made with walnuts, black pepper, and walnuts. The dish is quite similar to a Frittata.

kuku

  • Pamonha is special dumpling that comes from Brazil. It’s made with sweet corn paste, however many variants have been made with cheese, sausage, minced meat, coconut milk, or pepper. 

panmoha

Asher’s Pub (Thursdays)

Hello fellow Cicerones! It’s Thursday, and my Pub is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome drinks. Now, let me fix you up something special!

  • Land Shark Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/4 oz peach schnapps
  • 1/4 oz strawberry syrup
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1/4 oz lime juice

Directions: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake and strain into cocktail glass over crushed or shaved ice, and serve.

land shark

  • Toasted Almond Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz amaretto almond liqueur
  • 2 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur 
  • 2 oz light cream

Directions: Shake, strain into highball glass.

toasted almond

Even More Creepy Pokedex Entries (Every Other Wednesday)

Hello fellow Pokemon Trainers! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more scary entries. Now, let’s begin!

  • Cofagrigus (The Coffin Pokemon) Ghost Type Ability: Mummy Evolves from Yamask at level 34 Ht: 5’07” Wt: 168.7 lbs 

Pokemon X Pokedex entry: It has been said that they swallow those who get too close and turn them into mummies. They like to eat gold nuggets. (O_O!)

cofagrigus

  • Palossand (The Sand Castle Pokemon) Ground and Ghost type Ability: Sand Veil or Water Compaction Evolves from Sandygast at level 42 Ht: 4’03” Wt: 551.2 lbs

Pokemon Sun Pokedex Entry: Each of its grains of sand has its own will. Palossand eats small Pokemon and siphons away their vital essence while they’re still alive. (What a way to go!)

palo

Awesome/Strange Comic Book Characters (Every Other Tuesday)

Hello fellow comic book fans! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more awesome characters. Now, grab your favorite Graphic Novel, and let’s begin!

  • Spiral Real Name: Rita Wayword Status: Villain sorceress Creator: Marvel First Appeared: Longshot #1 (September 1985) Ht: 5’10” Wt: 150 lbs Hair: Silver Eyes: Blue Powers/Abilities: Enhanced strength, spell casting, six arms, excellent swordswoman, teleportation, genius level intellect

Rita was an extremely talented stunt woman who fell in love with the hero, Longshot. This didn’t last very long, and Rita was soon kidnapped by the spineless Mojo. Mojo erased all of Longshot’s memories of Rita, and she was given modifications at the Body Shoppe. The experiments left Rita with six arms, cybernetic implants, teleportation abilities, and knowledge of the dark arts. The modifications also left her mentally unstable, and Mojo used this to manipulate her into a killing machine. She eventually has a change of heart, and joins the Uncanny X-Force. 

spiral

  • Gambit Real Name: Remy LeBeau Status: Thief and Adventurer Creator: Marvel First Appeared: The Uncanny X-Men #366 (August 1, 1990) Ht: 6’1” Wt: 183 lbs Hair: Brown Eyes: Bright Red Powers/Abilities: Master thief, charges inanimate objects (his favorite being playing cards) with explosively released biokinetic energy, superhuman agility, immune to telepathy, enhanced dexterity, extremely charming, exceptional weapon fighter, great accuracy 

Remy’s early life was downright depressing, and filled with tragedy. He was abandoned by his parents at an early age due to his satanically red eyes. He lived on the streets until the leader of the Thieves’ Guild adopted him into his group. Remy then grew up learning the ways of thieves, and became an exceptional one himself. He joined the Marauders, and grew close with one of the members, Scalphunter. Upon realizing what the team’s main goal was, Gambit left the Marauders, and joined the X-Men.

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some great pieces. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • Monticello by Jean-Michel Basquiat part of the Daros Suite of Thirty-two Drawings 1982-83 Acrylic, oil paintstick, pastel, crayon, charcoal, and pencil on paper 

This is a fascinating work by the late Basquiat. It is a mixture of two different art styles; Surrealism and Realism. The Surrealism part of the work is shown through repetitious text and bizarre patterns. The Realism shines through the semi-realistic human face and detailed lower jaw. There are parts of the face, however, that aren’t completely realistic, such as the multicolored skin, and the third eye. I believe that this adds humor and mystical emotion to the piece. The work’s name is shown in parentheses near the leftmost corner. I really enjoy this painting, and would love to see what you guys think of it in the comments’ section below.

monticello   

 

  • Soir d’ orage by Rene Magritte 1946 Gouache on paper

This is a sublime work by “Belgian Surrealist”, Rene Magritte. I really enjoy the color composition of this piece, and it makes me strangely relaxed. The main focus of the work is the giant bottle of perfume, which is off white in color. The visual trickery of the bottle makes it appear orangish, and the design on it is actually in the distance. The sky is a brilliant blend of purples, blues, and other misty colors. Magritte once again surprises me at his amazing attention to detail. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

sodd

Asher’s Favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Part 1 (Every three Fridays)

Hello fellow Duelists! It’s Friday, and here’s a new edition to my regular post. I’ve been mainly discussing bad card art, and I want to change it up a bit. I have been an avid Yu-Gi-Oh! fan for a very long time, and would love to share some of my favorites. Now, it’s time to duel!

  • Star Eater Type: Dragon/Synchro/Effect 11 stars Attribute:Light Required Summoning Conditions: 1 Tuner+1 or more non-Tuner monsters ATK/3200 DEF/ 2800 Monster’s Effect: Must be Synchro Summoned, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. When Synchro Summoned, cards and effects cannot be activated. If this card attacks, it is unaffected by other card effects until the end of the Damage step. 

This card is an absolute beast with extremely high attack and defense. Its art is gorgeous and depicts a blood-red dragon with a supernova in the background. Its summon is completely unavoidable, and the negation of monster effects is incredible. The only issue is getting it out on the field, however when it does, the opponent is screwed! 

star eater (IT’S SO FREAKING COOL!!!!!)

  • Raigeki Type: Normal Spell Deck Capacity: 1 Effect: Destroys all monsters your opponent controls.

Good old Raigeki! This card was completely broken at the beginning of the card game, and it’s still quite useful today. This red and yellow thunderbolt completely obliterates your opponent’s monsters without any bad side effects. It can be quite expensive to purchase, but it’s definitely worth every cent.

raigeki 

  • Injection Fairy Lily Type: Spellcaster/Effect 3 stars Attribute: Earth ATK/400 DEF/1500 Effect: If this card attacks or is attacked, during damage calculation (in either player’s turn): You can pay 2000 LP once per battle; this card gains 3000 ATK during that damage calculation only.

The deceivingly cute Lily is an absolute beast on the battlefield. I adore this card! The art is very Anime-esque, and I love her strawberry blonde hair. Having a 3400 ATK monster with no tributes is almost unheard of. This is one cutie whose check-ups hurt like a motherfucker!

 injection fairy lilly

Asher’s Pub (Thursdays)

Hello fellow Cicerones! It’s Thursday, and my Pub is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome drinks. Now, let me fix you up something special!

  • Apricot Kiss Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz apricot brandy
  • 1 oz Scotch whisky
  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth

Directions: Pour the apricot brandy, Scotch whiskey and sweet vermouth into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass. Stir gently and serve.

apricot kiss

  • Gecko Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 3 oz vodka
  • 2 oz triple sec
  • 2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
  • 5 oz orange juice

Directions: Add vodka, triple sec, then blue curaçao. Fill with orange juice.

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Yokai Wednesdays (Every Other Wednesday)

Konichiwa everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating Yokai. Now, let’s go on a journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun”!

  • Otakemaru is an infamous deity of Japanese folklore. He is a kijin; an oni so ridiculously strong that he is also known as a god. He was once considered to be the most fearsome yokai in Japanese history, and is part of the Great Three Yokai. He is depicted as a gigantic demon with a large sword and incredible dark magic.

otakemaru 

  • Todaiki are extremely strange creatures of Japanese mythology. They’re depicted as human lamp hybrids with candle heads and colorful robes. They have tattoos covering their entire bodies, and can’t speak. The spirits are said to be the bodies of vanished individuals.

todai 

Asher’s Game Reviews (One Every Two Months)

This post discusses some pretty controversial subject matter. You have been warned!

The Binding of Isaac+the various expansions Creators: Edmund McMillen, Nicalis, Tyrone Rodriguez, Florian Himsl (Only for the initial Flash versions) Music: Danny Baranowsky (For the Flash game) Matthias Bossi and Jon Evans (For Rebirth and Afterbirth), Mudeth (For Antibirth)  Release Dates: Vanilla Isaac (September 28, 2011) Wrath of the Lamb (May 28, 2012) Rebirth (November 4, 2014) Afterbirth (October 30, 2015) Antibirth (December 23, 2016) Afterbirth+ (March 17, 2017) Genres: Roguelike, dungeon crawler Platforms: PC, 3DS, Switch, Xbox One, PS4, IOS, Wii U, Linux, PS Vita, Mac OS  ESRB Rating: M for Blood and gore, Violence, and Crude humor

This is one of my absolute favorite video games, and I have been following it since its Newgrounds demo in 2011. I was always a fan of McMillen’s work, and this project was no exception. It was originally made in Flash, but the speed of the engine was quite slow, and the frame rate often glitched up. During Rebirth, the product was completely remodeled, and the game moved at a much faster rate. A year later, a new expansion called Afterbirth was created. During the wait for the latest expansion, the community made an exceptional add on known as Antibirth. The last expansion made was Afterbirth +, and this allowed people to mod the game by creating new items, characters, bosses, and floors.  The game tells the story of Issac, a bald child that lives with his extremely religious mother. One day, Issac’s mother hears the voice of God, which tells her to sacrifice her son. Upon hearing this, Issac rushes to his room and quickly locks the door. He then finds a trapdoor hidden under his rug, and the game begins. You travel through various worlds, fighting monsters, collecting items, defeating bosses, and eventually facing your own mother. In the PC version, Isaac moves around with the WASD keys, and fires tears with the arrow keys. These tears are Isaac’s main form of attack, and can be changed around with the astronomical number of items in the game. You always start the run in the Basement or Cellar, which is comprised of two floors. You also have a money counter, bomb counter, and key counter, which max out at 99. Upon pausing the game, can see your stats, which are divided into health, damage, tear rate, range, shot speed, speed, and luck. Each of the 14 characters have different stats, and these either make the game harder or easier.  The floors contain various enemies, secret rooms, libraries, bedrooms, I Am Error rooms, sacrifice rooms, boss battles, item rooms, shops, arcades, and devil or angel rooms depending on your game style. You start at zero percent of both angel and devil, and depending on what you pick up, increasing or decreases it. You boost the devil chances by literally selling your hearts for power, collecting satanic items, like a pentagram, going into curse rooms, and blowing up beggars. Angel deals are more defensive in nature, however some of the best items appear here. While they’re rarer than devil deals, they can be picked up without any life cost. The items can be categorized into two different categories, Active and Passive. Active items take up a spot above your character, and can be used at different times depending on the recharge time. Passive items are permanent increasing or decreasing items, which can grant Isaac new tears and cosmetic changes. Some of these items can be extremely unsettling, like Proptosis, which causes Isaac’s eyes to bulge and fire large, rapidly shrinking tears. Trinkets, Runes, Tarot Cards, Playing Cards, and Pills also play a major role in the game. These are all, with an exception of trinkets, single use items that have a variety of useful and horrific effects. The trinkets are collectables that contain passive bonuses, and you can usually only have one of these at a time. The main appeal of Isaac, is that every run is randomized, which can lead to incredible game-breaking item synergies and completely different playing styles. I have had many amazing and chaotic runs due to this feature, and it is always exhilarating to see what the RNG has out for you. Now, the game does have permadeath, which means if you die, you can’t continue the run. The game has a steep difficulty curve, especially with some of the characters. (This means “you” The Lost!) However, if you can look past this, you will find out why I love it so much. I also can’t go on without discussing the soundtrack. The original game’s music was composed by the amazing Danny Baranowsky, who also did music for Super Meat Boy. The pieces are extremely well written, and invoke a multitude of emotions for the different parts of the game. Bossi and Evans composed the Rebirth and Afterbirth soundtracks, which are also fantastic. Then, we get to Mudeth’s Antibirth soundtrack, and my god, this is 100% ear candy. From the super catchy basement theme, to the dark and theremin-heavy womb theme, this is my all time favorite music in Issac. I highly recommend this game to Roguelike enthusiasts, and fans of the first Legend of Zelda, but be warned, many of the items and subject matter is very disturbing and sacrilegious. If you can look past this, you’re in for a hell of a good time!

Final Rating: 10/10 (Absolutely Incredible!)

Here’s a link to the womb theme, it’s fantastic!

 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjmj8Pz7vvZAhXIyoMKHWlTCooQtwIIKTAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DFGWkTYMdt8Y&usg=AOvVaw3kztuHJqcE1rF5wfEejWJ_

More Crazy Pokemon Clover Pokedex Entries (Every Other Monday)

NSFW Content Ahead! 

Hello fellow Pokemon trainers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more crazy Pokedex entries. Now, let’s dive into the wild world of Pokemon Clover!

  • Vaultevour (The Chest Pokemon) #230 Dark/Steel Type Ability: Strong Jaw(50% Boost to biting moves) Gender Ratio: Split 50% male /50% female Ht: 4’07” Wt: 5551.2 lbs Evolves from Chompest when a Metal Coat is used on it. Stats HP: 80 Attack: 140 Defense: 105 Sp. Atk: 50 Sp. Def: 110 Speed: 40 Total 525 (The highest base attack of all Steel and Dark types) Appearance: A vault with red eyes and sharp teeth. It has the poke dollars symbol on its back. Immune to Psychic and Poison. Weak to Ground, Fire, and extremely hurt by Fighting. Name origin: Vault+devour

Entry: It snaps its mouth shut on any hand trying to reach inside for its treasure, locking its jaws tight. (Its cry is the sound of Link opening a rare chest plus a chomping noise)

valut

 

  •    I have no idea why this exists! Quiboom (The Pussy Bomb Pokemon) #338 Water Type Ability: Aftermath (Fainting damages the foe) Gender Ratio: 50% Male/ 50% Female Ht: 2’04” Wt: 24.0 lbs Evolves into Gynuke when exposed to a Fire Stone. Stats: HP: 49 Attack: 54 Defense: 45 Sp. Atk: 54 Sp. Def: 45 Speed: 74 Stat total: 321 (Abysmal, but evolves into a Pokemon with the highest speed of all water types) Weak to Grass and Electric. Appearance: A pink, orange, and peach slug-like creature with the head of a bunny and a closed mouth. Based on an extremely bizarre and fake Japanese video.

Entry: Occasionally Quiboom comes to beach shores to observe people. If frightened, they won’t hesitate to explode.

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  • Endranther (The Decay Pokemon) #148 Poison Type Legendary Ability: Poison Point (Posions foes on contact) Genderless Ht: 8’02” Wt: 1433.0 lbs Doesn’t Evolve  Stats: HP: 100 Attack: 150 Defense: 100 Sp. Atk: 100 Sp. Def: 105 Speed: 95 Stat Total: 625 (Incredible and has the highest base stat total of all Poison types) Weak to Ground and Psychic Appearance: An awesome, purple dragon-like creature with sharp spines that cover its body. Its face is based off of the “Yee” dinosaur.   

Entry: Endranther fled from a faraway region after a chaotic battle. It represents the decaying rot of death. (So freaking cool!)

endranther