Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

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

  • The Gross Clinic by Thomas Eakins 1875 Oil on canvas 

This is a very visceral, yet intriguing piece by Philadelphia-born artist, Eakins. It reminds me of Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp in that it displays an operation taking place in a surgery theatre. The painting can be hard to look at if you are squeamish around blood, but I find it to be very fascinating. Eakins amazing attention to detail makes the audience feel like they are there. It also displays raw human emotion with some of the students paying close attention to Dr. Gross’ techniques, and others moving away in disgust. The work was rejected at first for being too brutal, but now stands as one of the best American art pieces ever made.

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  • Homage to Bleriot by Robert Delaunay 1914 Oil on canvas

This is an awesome Orphic Cubist work by French Artist, Delaunay. Not only did he start a new brand of Cubism, but also incorporated tons of abstraction in his works. This particular piece is absolutely gorgeous and is a tribute to Louis Bleriot, the first man to fly across the English Channel. The work is a brilliant blend of vibrant colors and hidden man-made objects. The leftmost part of the painting reminds more of a pain palette with various colored dots cascading down. We also get the image of the Eiffel Tower in the distance, as well as Bleriot’s plane. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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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!

  • Goombay Smash Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • 1 oz Malibu® coconut rum
  • 1/4 oz apricot brandy
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz orange juice

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a highball glass with ice and shake. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

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  • Electric Bubblegum Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Maui® Blue Hawaiian schnapps
  • oz banana liqueur
  • 6 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 splash sweet and sour mix

Directions: Build over ice in a highball glass. Shake and serve.

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More Awesome Custom Hearthstone Cards Part 2

Hello fellow Tavern Dwellers! It’s time for another Hearthstone post! I really enjoyed doing the last custom post, so I decided to do part 2. Now, let’s have a brawl!

  • Colossal Infernal by SpazzMaticus Type: Warlock Epic Minion Tribe: Demon Appearance: A gigantic green infernal. Mana Cost: 10 Attack: 10 Health: 10 Effect: Battlecry: Deal 5 damage to all other characters.

The Warlock was always a “high risk-high reward” class, and this card fits that mold to a T! It’s a perfect late game card, and can be used as a board clear. Its massive body can also handle a lot of damage.  Keep watch of your health though, as 5 damage is quite a lot. 

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  • Book of Light by ShadowDragonType: Priest Epic Spell Appearance: A flashing book of ancient knowledge. Mana cost: 5 Effect: Add 3 random Priest spells to your hand.

What we have here is a Cabalist’s Tome for Priests. The cost is equivalent to the mage version, and the randomness factor really pleases me. You could get some board clear utility, healing, summoning, or spell damage increasing tools. I’d love to see this card in an upcoming expansion.

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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 delicious foods. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Gulha is a snack food that comes from the Maldives. It’s made from wheat flour, rice dough, tuna, chili, onion, and grated coconut. It’s usually eaten with sweetened hot tea.

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  • Mattar paneer is a spicy dish that comes from India. It’s made with a tomato-based sauce, peas, paneer, and garam marsala. It’s completely vegetarian, and eaten with rice and naan.

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More Fascinating 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 characters. Now, let’s begin!

  • Payback  Real Name: Edward Dyson Status: Vigilante Ht: 5’10” Wt: 170 lbs First Appeared: Punisher War Journal #48 (November 1st, 1992) Powers/Weapons: Various firearms, In peak physical shape, Wore a kevlar vest and protective face mask.

Edward Dyson was a rookie cop from New York. During one particularly nasty case, the Punisher gave the cop some advice, and with it he was able to turn over some crooked cops. The case caused him to become promoted to detective. Unfortunately for Edward, things started to a major turn for the worse. His entire family was massacred by the mafia, causing the cop to take matters into his own hands. He originally blamed the Punisher for the massacre, but was assured by the vigilante that the main responsible would be killed. Outfitted with a face mask, Edward brought some vigilante justice upon his family’s killers. He now resides on a farm in Wisconsin.

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  • Gorgon Real Name: Gorgon Pentragon Status: Personal Bodyguard and Commander Ht: 6’5” Wt: 450 lbs First Appeared: Fantastic Four I #44 (November 1st, 1965) Powers/Abilities: Superhuman Strength, Hooves that replace legs can cause extremely powerful earthquakes.

Gorgon was an army leader that was exposed to the Terrigan Mists at a young age. The mists replaced his legs with ridiculously strong hooves. He lost his parents at war with Maximus, and now servers as Black Bolt’s personal bodyguard. Due to his mutant nature, he distrusts humans, but wants to learn more about them to strengthen his militia. 

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 183

Marble Machine by Wintergatan 2016 Genres: Folktronica, post-rock, Experimental Pop

Wintergatan is a very unique band from Goteborg, Sweden. They are known for creating some truly inventive songs, as well as some equally cool instruments. This specific song, “Marble Machine”, was released to Youtube in 2016, where it soon became a huge viral hit. It now stands at over 96 million views, and it continues to increase each day. The video has one of the band members, Martin Molin, showing off his incredible musical instrument, a hand-cranked music box that is played with 2,000 marbles. The marbles are dropped into many different tubes, which connect to various instruments like vibraphones, snare drums, and cymbals. The ending result is a uniquely satisfying and funky melody that stays in your head. I was completely blown away upon my first watch, and have showed the video to many people. I highly recommend watching the video and checking out more of their work, because they are so cool and innovative. Tell me what you think of it in the comments’ section below.

 

 

Bizarre and Wonderful Books Part 1

Parental Advisory! These books may discuss some controversial themes. You have been warned!

Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new post! I’ve wanted to discuss this topic for a very long time, and I thought that today would be a good place to start. Throughout the years, I’ve read some absolutely bizarre books. When I discovered “Bizarro Fiction” for the first time, it was like a match made in heaven! This genre is insane, and covers some of the most mind-blowing stories I’ve ever read. I see it as the “Abstract Art of Literature”. It has different meanings depending on who reads them, and isn’t afraid to touch on some offensive subjects. If this post makes you interested in this wonderful genre, then I’ve done my part. Now, let’s dive into the amazing world of Bizarro Fiction!

  • John Dies At The End by David Wong 2009 Genres: Bizarro Fiction, Horror, Humor, Science Fiction  464 Pages Age Rating: 17+ (Strong Language, Gore, Violence, Disturbing Imagery, Drug Usage) 

I’ve talked about this book multiple times in the past, and I still love it to death. The story is about two college kids that fight the paranormal occurrences in their undisclosed town. It also has to do with an absolutely insane drug known as “Soy Sauce”. The book was made into an equally awesome film, and spawned two sequel novels which are just as crazy.  Unlike most Bizarro Fiction books, this one can be found at local bookstores and libraries. I highly recommend checking this book out, and would love to hear what you think of it in the comments’ section below.

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  • Zombies and Shit by Carlton Mellick III October 17th, 2010 Genres: Bizarro Fiction, Horror, Survival, Punk, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Fantasy 312 Pages Age Rating: 17+ (Gore, Blood, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Shocking Imagery, Cultural Issues) 

What is there to say about Carlton Mellick III? He easily is one of the godfathers of Bizarro Fiction. His crazy look and explosively intriguing books make him standout in the crowd of literature. I first discovered him when I was researching books that were similar to the one mentioned above. The crazy artwork alone pulled me into the rabbit hole, and there I stayed. This particular novel is one of his coolest and most fascinating. It literally is what would have happened if you were to put Battle Royale, Mad Max, and Dawn of the Dead into a blender. If you like survival novels, you will adore this book. It is equally humorous and tragic with an excellent blend of hardcore punk. The twenty different characters are also very unique, and the story has many ridiculous plot twists throughout. Once again, I highly recommend picking up this book because it is one hell of a unique ride. (Zombies and Shit can be purchased on Amazon for $13)

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The main picture on this post is of the “Godfather of Bizarro Fiction” himself, Carlton Mellick III.