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

Hello fellow food lovers! I’m finally back from my birthday break. I hope you guys had a pleasant Valentines Day! Now, lets dig in to this weeks’ post!

  • Gado-gado is a hearty salad that comes from Indonesia. It’s made with fried tofu, hard-boiled eggs, steamed vegetables, boiled potatoes, tempeh, and peanut sauce.

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  • Chhena poda is a dessert that comes from India. It’s made with homemade cheese, raisin, cashew nuts, and sugar.

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More Of The Schmidt Pain Index (Every Other Tuesday)

Hello fellow Entomologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, its time for us to take a look at some more dangerous insects. Now, let’s begin!

  • Maricopa harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex maricopa) Size: The tip of your finger Pain Index: 3 Diet: Seeds Habitat: Arizona 

This species of harvest ant is mainly found in Arizona. It has a bright, red body and a very potent venom. The ant species harvests seeds for consumption, and make their homes in gravel or rock-rich environments. The sting is infamous for being extremely painful, and 12 stings call kill a mouse. Schmidt describes the pain as: “A drill wedged into an ingrown toenail.” o_O! To make matters worse, the pain can last for up to four hours!

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  • California carpenter bee (Xylocopa californica) Size: 12-25 mm Diet: Nectar Habitat: California, Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah Sting Index: 2.5

The California carpenter bee is a large, black bee with big wings, powerful mandibles, and a stinger. The females are the only ones who sting, while the males focus on pollination. Schmidt describes the pain as: “Swift, sharp, and decisive, like slamming a fingertip in a car door.”

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Carlson Mondays (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more trippy works. Now, let’s begin!

  • India Love 98 by Larry Carlson 1998 

This is a very old work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It’s an extremely gorgeous piece that focuses on exotic beauty and trippy patterns. The main focus of the work is the beautiful Indian woman that is in the center. She has a very calm expression, and her body is made out of various people. She’s surrounded by a trippy network of colorful spirals and shapes.

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  • Untitled by Larry Carlson May 22 2017 

This is an absolutely incredibly work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. It’s a rainbow-patterned outdoor piece that has some optical trickery. The forest is covered in a prismatic shine, and there’s a tiger hidden within the trees. The shine really gives the piece a glassy effect, and is guaranteed to impress any glassblower.

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Crazy Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Art (Every Other Friday)

Hello fellow duelists! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more strange card art. Now, let’s duel!

  • Twin Long Rods 2 Type: Aqua Attribute: Water 3 Stars Atk: 850 Def: 700 Normal

Aside from the name sounding like a penis, this creature is just strange! It has an extremely odd body, and an absolutely terrifying face. Its eyes are popping out of its head and it has a horrifying expression that shows all of its teeth. The body almost resembles a dildo, and the veiny purple coloring doesn’t help at all!

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  • Doom Donuts Type: Fiend/Dark Flip Effect Atk:0 Def: 0 1 star

I guess pastries are evil now?! This monster actually looks kind of cool, however its effect is questionable. What we have is a yellow, demonic looking donut with sharp teeth and bright red eyes. It can kill every monster with 0 attack and defense if its flipped up. This absolutely destroys cubic monsters, and all of those annoying XYZ creatures. Although the card is quite useful, it’s still just a living pastry! 

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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!

  • Painkiller Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Pusser’s® dark rum
  • 1 oz cream of coconut
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz orange juice

Directions: Shake or stir ingredients, and pour over ice in a tall glass. Sprinkle nutmeg on top, and serve.

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  • Maverick Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz amaretto almond liqueur
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 tsp Galliano® herbal liqueur

Directions: Shake ingredients with ice; strained into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.

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Special Music Post

Hello fellow followers, and welcome to a very special post. I have reviewed many pieces of music in my time on WordPress, but this particular one has personal value to me. It not only sounds amazing, but it was created by my soul brother, Ben. He’s been going to the Berklee College of Music for the past three years, and I have yet to find a better College pianist. He’s currently studying Electronic Production. The name of the piece is Rainbow Avenue, and I will post a link below. The following is Ben’s own words:”Hi Asher, thanks so much for having me! Let’s jump right into it, shall we? The inspiration for this track surprisingly started off as a school project. To summarize the project briefly, we each had to create a ten second demo of different musical genres. One of the genres I decided to do, was Drum & Bass. I ended up liking what I did with it so much, that I decided to turn it into an actual song. It starts out with a simple, rhythmic pattern of chords. Using that foundation, I started to layer other elements on top of that. Then I brought in the drums to build up the hype, and then threw in the vocal chops here and there. During the drop, I decided to add a lead synth to play a melody line over the drums and chords, as well as using the vocal chops I used before. The first drop is eight bars long. After that, we go back to the original rhythmic pattern: as we go into the B Section of the piece. This section starts with a bunch of beautiful sounding broken chords layered with a sine wave. Then, you hear a bass playing in sixteenth notes as the kick and snare pattern of the drums slows way down. We have now entered the genre known as Vaporwave. After sixteen bars of this, the drums start to pick up, and you here a loud brass sound to signify drop number two. The second drop has a very Trap feel to it, because the drums are really slow, and you have only have one really heavy bass synth. The drums start to go back to the Drum & Bass feel as we go back into the first drop. We have eight more bars of drop number one, only this time, we have that lead synth playing an improvised solo. Towards the end of that solo, we start to hear a riser that peaks into silence. To end the song, we have just a solo piano playing for eight more bars, and on the last chord, we also hear a soothing exhaled breath, as everything fades into silence.”

            

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwizh8TdopXZAhXK4IMKHfWICtIQtwIIKTAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DiLuoTQ_5yno&usg=AOvVaw0nL11KxOnpqAWS-h7zVVUj

 

 

More Weird and Unique 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, let’s get started!

  • Big Bertha Real Name: Ashley Crawford Status: Model/ Adventurer Creator: Marvel First Appeared: West Coast Avengers #46 (July 1, 1989) Powers/Abilities: Mass manipulation, super strength, can revert to normal size by regurgitation, invulnerability when bulk is increased, skilled aircraft pilot.

Ashley is the most popular supermodel in all of Wisconsin. She has the power to change her mass from perfectly thin, to morbidly obese. When not modeling, she’s fighting crime as the huge behemoth, Big Bertha. She joined the West Coast Avengers after responding to Mr. Immortal’s advertisement. She considers the team to be a surrogate family, and she’s an invaluable asset in power. Hilariously enough, her team was forced to change their name to the Great Lakes Champions after a legal dispute with the Avengers.

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  • Mr. Nobody Real Name: Eric Morden Status: Villain and member of the Brotherhood of Dada Creator: DC First Appeared: Doom Patrol #86 (March 1964) Powers/Abilities: High intellect, exists in a pseudo-dimmensional state, can physically induce insanity and anarchy in other human beings, possible invulnerability and immortality, can enter dreams, possession of people’s bodies. (Also one of my favorite villains due to how strange he is)

Eric Morden is a very strange villain with a confusing past. Nothing is known about his early life, and we first catch a glimpse of his story after he becomes an adult. Apparently, he once was a member of The Brotherhood of Evil, until he was kicked out for failing his first mission. With the Brotherhood planting a target on his head, Eric fled to Paraguay, where he met with an ex-nazi scientist. He volunteered to be experimented on, and this drove him to insanity. It also transformed his body into a half-present abstraction. He then began to assembling an equally bizarre group of characters, creating the villainous Brotherhood of Dada. He continues to be a thorn in the Doom Patrol’s side. I will being discussing more of the members in upcoming blog posts.  

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