This is going to be embarrassing! Hello everyone, and welcome to a very special post. In the past, I have shared many of my favorite songs on Asher’s Jukebox. This is an entirely different beast! I am going to get real personal on this post, and share some of my guilty pleasure song with you. These certain songs don’t have to be widely enjoyed by all, but they are ones that I enjoy for some reason or another. Now, let the cringe begin!
Scream & Shout (November 20th, 2012) by will.i.am and Britney Spears Genre: Dance-pop
Yes, I actually like a will.i.am song! The “mastermind” behind such hits as “Dirty Bit” and “Boom Boom Pow”. I think this song just works really well with both artists. The beat while repetitive, is extremely catchy, and will be in your head for days. The lyrics are complete crap, though, and you have to deal with Britney calling you a bitch for 4 minutes.
Penaby Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band From The Album (Trout Mask Replica June 16, 1969) Genres: Avant-garde, Blues, Experimental Rock, and Art Rock
Good old Captain Beefheart! This man’s life story is incredibly fascinating, and his music is extremely experimental. This particular album is praised by many, and even the Simpsons creator, Matt Groening, states it as his favorite album of all time. I got introduced to Beefheart after looking up strange footage of a video game called Fast and Bulbous. This track, Pena, is absolutely nuts with screamed vocals, abstract imagery, and the strangest musical composition I’ve ever heard. The instruments appear to be screaming at one another, and the time signatures are completely indecipherable. Well it might not be for everyone, I absolutely adore this piece. If you are a fan of Frank Zappa, you’ll love Captain Beefheart! Posted below is the song, as well as a great documentary on the man himself.
Hello fellow Board Game enthusiasts! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating games. Now, let’s play!
Dungeon Dice Category: Dice, Medieval, Negotiation, Adventure (2014) 2-5 Players Playing Time: 20 minutes Ages: 8+ Artist: Cam Kendell Designer: Sam Coates Publishers: Golden Games and Potluck Games
Description: Dungeon Dice is a competitive dice game with an adventurer’s touch. Players battle monsters and try to collect more dice than the others. Players also equip, drink, and battle dice monsters. You level up when you kill enough monsters. The game starts with all players taking turns drawing monster dice from a bag. To win battles, a player’s dice must get a higher roll. They can also sabotage each other using abilities. The first play to get enough impressive dice to claim the throne wins the game.
City Council (2013) Type: Strategy Players: 2-5 60 minutes Ages: 12+ Artist: Giota Vorgia Designer: Elan Goldstein Publisher: Golden Egg Games
Description: This is a world building game where each player takes the role of a council member. You need to maintain the environment, and fund projects. The player that becomes the major first wins.
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 entries. Now, let’s begin!
Banageddon (The Moderator Pokemon) Normal Type Evolves from Warney at Level 40 Abilities: Damp (Prevents self-destruction moves) or Intimidate (Lowers the foe’s attack) Height: 6’07” Weight: 661.4 lbs Based off of: An oni and a moderator with the Ban Hammer. Gender Ratio 50/50 Stats: HP:90 Attack: 150 Defense: 80 Sp. Atk: 70 Sp. Def: 80 Speed: 60 Total: 530 (The highest attack of all Normal type Pokemon) Appearance: A demon with a no sign for a face and two giant hammers. Weak to Fighting and Immune to Ghost
Entry: Banageddon take their jobs seriously. They do it because it’s the only amount of power they will have in their lives.
Smellox (The Rancid Pokemon) #134 Poison type Doesn’t evolve Gender Ratio: 87.5% Male/ 12.5% Female Possible Abilities: Stench (Decreased wild Pokemon encounter rate and 10% chance of making target flinch when hit with a move) or No Guard (Moves will hit regardless of accuracy) Height: 3’11” Weight: 52.0 lbs Based off of a foot fetish. Stats: HP: 92 Attack: 87 Defense: 71 Sp. Atk: 63 Sp. Def: 71 Speed: 66 Stat Total: 490 Appearance: A red trash bag with stinky feet, big horns, a pinched nose, and large eyebrows.
Entry: Smellox devours litter across its habitat. Due to this diet, many Pokemon run away from its putrid scent.
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 strange characters. Now, let’s begin!
Animal-Vegetable Mineral Man Real Name: Sven Larsen Status: Villain Creator: DC First Appeared: Doom Patrol #89 (August 1964) Powers/Abilities: Animal, Vegetable,and Mineral shapeshifting.
Sven Larsen was a brilliant scientist and former student of Doom Patrol’s founder, Niles Caulder. Upon visiting the scientist, Niles is shown Sven’s latest work, plans for an anti-decay ray. Sven accidentally falls into one of his vats of Amino Acids. This causes him to transform into AVM Man, one of the strangest villains of all time. Using his bizarre powers, AVM Man fights against the Doom Patrol, only to have his own decay ray turned against him.
Thousand Real Name: Carl King Status: Villain (Squished) Creator: Marvel First Appeared: Spider-Man’s Tangled Web #1 (May 2001) Powers/Abilities: Sentient mass of spiders, paralyzing bite, host invasion, extremely durable, can survive with one spider alone
Carl was a big brute who bullied Peter Parker throughout High School. When Parker got bit by the radioactive spider, Carl out of jealously, ate the arachnid. A few days later, Carl was eaten from the inside by a nest of spiders, and the horrors began. After consuming his mother, Carl began eating more and more people to try to get strong enough to beat Spider-Man. He would’ve been able to do it, if not squished by an innocent bystander.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Motherfuck (The Annoyance Pokemon) #209 Based off of the most annoyingPokemon. 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.