Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again. Today’s exhibit focuses on the optical wizardry of M.C. Escher. Now, prepare to have your minds blown!

  • Three spheres 1 by  M.C. Escher 1945 wood-engraving 

This dazzling work causes the viewer to analyze it with all senses. The spheres appear to have an infinite number of lines stretching across it. They remind me of a mesh shirt that has been replicated continuously. I also enjoy the lack of color, and believe that this is an integral part of the work. It makes the viewer fill in the spaces with whatever they think belongs there, and this is how interpretation can increase its uniqueness. Escher also uses distortion to manipulate the work like it was made of silly putty. This is shown with the middle sphere, as it appears to be flattened at the top. I really would like to hear what you guys think of this piece, as well as your perceived meaning in the comments’ section below.

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  • Whirlpools by M.C. Escher 1957 wood-engraving printed from two blocks 

This is one of my favorite of Escher’s works. It is created to be like an optical illusion with a white spiral infinitely looping into the center. The use of repetition makes the titular “Whirlpools” act like a mobius strip, seemingly sucking the red and grey fish into the void. The work is very mesmerizing, and will pull the viewer into the the great unknown. Escher’s heavily detailed piece shows you just how unique of an artist he was, and why his works are still praised to this day. I would love to hear what you guys think of this work in the comments’ section below.

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More Delicious Foods From Around The World (Every Other Friday)

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

  • Chaat is a street food that comes from India. It’s made with fried bread, potato pieces, yogurt, chickpeas, dried ginger, sour Indian chili, and tamarind sauce. 

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  • Tzimmes is a special salad that comes from Israel. It’s made with dried fruits, carrots, and other root vegetables. It’s eaten around Rosh Hashanah.

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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!

  • High Roller Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz Grand Marnier® orange liqueur
  • 2-3 drops grenadine syrup
  • 4 oz orange juice

Directions: Shake Grand Marnier, vodka and orange juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into an old fashioned glass with ice. Top with a few drops of grenadine.

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  • Tropical Dream Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 part Malibu® coconut rum
  • 1 part Blue Curacao liqueur
  • 1 part pineapple juice 

Directions: Shake the three ingredients together and pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a red cherry on the rim of the glass.

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More Strange Board Games (Every Other Wednesday)

Hello fellow gamers! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some strange Board Games. Now, grab your tokens, and let’s begin!

  • Exploding Kittens Type: Card Game Ages: 7+ 2-5 Players 2015 Publisher: Self-published Designers and Artists: Matthew Inman, Elan Lee, and Shane Small Box Art: A very worried cat holding a grenade.

How to play: Apparently this is a cat version of Russian Roulette. Each player takes turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten card. Upon drawing the card, they player will lose. The deck is made up of countering cards, forced drawing cards, and deck shuffling cards. The game will get increasingly hectic as less cards remain in the deck. This sounds like a strange game night indeed!

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  • Munchkin Type: Card Game Ages: 10+ 2001 3-6 Players Publisher: Steve Jackson Games Designer: Steve Jackson Artists: Alex Fernandez, Edwin Huang, John Kovalic, Ian McGinty, Heather Oliver, Philip Reed, and Gabby Ruenes Box Art: A orange-haired warrior with an evil smile, horned helmet, sword, and chainsaw.

How to play: This is a satirical card game that parodies RPGs. Each player starts at level 1, and whoever reaches level 10 wins the game. Players are given a random class with a variety of strengths and weaknesses. Cards are divided into two types, treasures and encounters. During every player’s turn, a door is kicked down, and an encounter card is drawn from the deck. This card usually has the players battling an enemy, and trying to defeat it. It can be defeated with the various skills and weapons they’ve acquired throughout the game. Players can help each other out during these encounters, or completely screw them over by adding extra encounters. Upon defeating a monster, players will collect treasures and level up. However, if they’re beaten by the monster, “bad stuff” occurs, like losing treasure and levels. 

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Hearthstone Special! Some Of My Favorite Hearthstone Cards

Hello fellow travelers! It’s Tuesday, and it’s time for a special post! Last week, I decided to do two Hearthstone posts. You guys seemed to really enjoy it, so I am going to do another one. There’s tons of cards in the game, and choosing my favorites is a very difficult task. So, I’ve decided to share many of the cards I like. Keep in mind, this is in no particular order, it’s just the cards that I find to be the most useful. Now, let’s begin!

  • Unstable Portal Mage Spell Mana Cost: 2 Rare Effect: Add a random minion to your hand. It costs (3) less.

The great and incredibly useful Unstable Portal. This card has been around for ages, and god, it’s amazing! The randomness of the card makes it very fun to play, and the ability to summon ANY minion makes it have endless possibilities. It’s a card that can make or break a game. The card is so much fun to use that a Tavern Brawl incorporates a full deck of them. I highly recommend this card even if the RNG isn’t always in your favor.

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  • Ragnaros the Firelord Legendary Neutral Elemental Minion Mana Cost: 8 Stats:   ATK 8 Health 8  Effect: Can’t attack. At the end of your turn, deal 8 damage to a random enemy.

DIE INSECT!!! If that cry doesn’t make you tremble in fear, you’ve obviously never met this deadly foe. He was one of the first incredible Legendaries in Hearthstone, and god, he packs a punch! Not being able to attack aside, his effect is cataclysmic to the enemy. 8 points of random damage to anything is extremely damaging, and can end the game in a matter of turns. Even if you silence it, it still can hurt, and it dies with great difficulty.

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More Crazy Pokemon Clover Pokedex Entries (Every Other Monday)

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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 begin!

  • Machmona (The Luchador Pokemon) #070 Ghost/Fighting Type Possible Abilities: Pressure (Removes one additional PP from a foe’s move) or Vital Spirit (Prevents sleep) Gender Split 50/50 Doesn’t evolve Ht: 2’11” Wt: 9.7 lbs. Stats: HP:80, Attack: 110, Defense: 80, Sp. Atk: 50, Sp. Def: 80, Speed: 80 Stat Total: 480 (Decent) Weak to: Flying, Ghost, Psychic, and Fairy. Immune to: Normal and Fighting.  Appearance: The purple ghost of Macho Man Randy Savage Brother!

Entry: Machmona fights with intense focus. It uses its disappearing ability to sneak behind opponents for a surprise punch!

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  • Motherfuck (The Annoyance Pokemon) #209 Based off of the most annoying Pokemon. Ground/Flying Type Gender Split: 50/50 Ability: Shadow Tag (Prevents foes from escaping) Ht: 4’07” Wt: 234.8 lbs. Doesn’t Evolve Stats: HP: 55, Attack: 95, Defense: 115, Sp. Atk: 45, Sp. Def: 100, Speed: 90 Stat Total: 500 (Highest based Defense stat total of all Flying type Pokemon) Immune to: Electric and Ground. Weak to Water Appearance: A fusion of Graveler, Tentacruel, and Golbat

Entry: It finds great joy in torturing other Pokemon, even if it faints in the process.

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More Of My Favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards (Every Other Friday)

Hello fellow Duelists! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for me to show some more of my cards. Now, let’s duel!

  • Number 49: Fortune Tune Attribute: Light Winged Beast XYZ Effect Monster Rank: 3 ATK/ 400 DEF/ 900 Effect: Requires 2 Level 3 Monsters. During each of your Standby Phases: Gain 500 Life Points. This card cannot be targeted by card effects. If this face-up card would be destroyed, you can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card instead. When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: Target 2 Level 3 monsters  in your Graveyard; shuffle them both into the Deck, and if you do, return this card from the Graveyard into the Extra Deck. This effect can only be used once per turn. Appearance: A light blue heron with red tail feathers.

Ah, the good old Fortune Tune. I both love and absolutely despise this card. If you use it, it’ll drive your opponent completely crazy! If you play against it you’ll pop a blood vessel. Its immunity to being targeted makes this card harder to deal with than pulling teeth! Then, if you finally kill it, it just goes back into the Extra Deck, make your life hell once again.

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  • Superdimensional Robot Galaxy Destroyer Attribute: Light Type: Machine XYZ   Effect Monster Rank: 10 ATK/ 5000 DEF/ 2000 Effect: Requires 3 Level 10 monsters. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; destroy all Spells and Traps Cards your opponent controls. Your opponent cannot activate Spells/Trap Cards in response to this effect’s activation. Appearance: An awesome robot with giant wings and a blue body.  

This card is extremely powerful, and has a very fantastic effect. The only issue is trying to summon it, but if you do, your opponent is as good as dead! They’ll have to rely on monsters, and it’s very difficult to top a 5000 ATK behemoth. 

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