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!

  • Emerald Star Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 oz white rum
  • 2/3 oz melon liqueur
  • 1/3 oz apricot brandy
  • 1/3 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz passion-fruit juice

Directions: Shake ingredients, stir into a cocktail glass, and serve.

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  • Candy Fireball Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Aftershock® Hot & Cool cinnamon schnapps
  • 4 oz ginger ale

Directions: Build over ice in an old-fashioned glass. 

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Asher’s Podcast Recommendation Part 1 out of ?

Hello everybody, and welcome to a very special post! This particular topic will cover one of my favorite Podcasts. I’ve been listening to podcasts for as long as I can remember, and always love the diverse subject that they go into. You can imagine my delight when I found out about this one! I discovered this gem when researching information about Kevin MacLeod’s music. He did a very in depth interview on how Kevin produces his Royalty-Free Music. The Podcast is simply titled Composer Quest: A Songwriting and Music Composition Podcast. This podcast covers a variety of musical topics from Royalty Free Music, to Slot Machine Music. The host of this podcast is Charlie McCarron, an incredibly talented Composer and Producer that lives in Minneapolis. From  He has a very quirky personality, and vast knowledge of everything music. Every week, for four years (1/2/13-1/24/17, he interviewed a different composer about a different genre of music. He would give various composing tips, and explain the inner workings in a way that was easy to understand. There’s 177 episodes to choose from, so the possibilities are nearly endless. The best part is that all of the Podcasts are completely free, and easily accessible on his website, charliemccarron.com, and on iTunes. I highly recommend this Podcast, and will share my favorite episodes below. Final Rating: 10/10 (CHECK THIS OUT IMMEDIATELY!)

My Favorites:

  1. Slot Machine Composing
  2.  Kevin MacLeod, King of Royalty-Free Music
  3. Cyriak’s Surrealist Music And Animation
  4. Game Music so Sweet it’ll Make Your Teeth Hurt
  5. Chiptune Composing With Ben Barnes
  6. Eggs, Bacon, and Composer Wisdom from Rick Sowash
  7. Schizophrenic Synthpop Storytelling with Felix Frost
  8. Torley on Creativity, Asperger’s, and Music Production
  9.  Metal 101 with Devin Earlywine
  10. How to write a pooping duck robot song with Matt Schubbe
  11. North Korean Cannibal Songwriting with Joe Graves
  12. Audacity Producer Desmond Simmons is Big in Japan

Asher’s Jukebox Part 177

Epic by Faith No More from the album The Real Thing (January 29, 1990) Genres: Rap metal, alternative metal, and funk metal. Song length: 4:54 

This incredible song first came to my attention when I heard it at the One Up bar. I tried to Shazam the song, but I never could get the timing correct. A few months later, I hear the song again in James Franco’s film, The Disaster Artist. I finally find out the title of the song, and now listen to it on a daily basis. It is a very unique Metal song that has multiple genres built into it. Mike Patton’s impressive vocals reach six octaves, which is the highest range of any popular singer. Throughout the song, he impresses us with his amazing vocal styles, like crooning, rapping, falsetto, wailing, and growling. It resembles a lot of popular bands vocals like, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, and The Beastie Boys. The song appears to be discussing an unknown entity that is only known as “it”. The lyrics “What is it?” continuously repeat through the song, and it almost seems like the band is going crazy trying to figure it out. The chorus is my favorite part of the song, and once it hooks you, you will not be able to get it out of your head. I believe that the song’s meaning can be interpreted in various ways, but I will discuss my thoughts on it. The title, “Epic”, may have to do with the huge variety of different styles in the piece, and how well they go together. I highly recommend this piece to absolutely everyone, and would love to hear what you think in the comments’ section below.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiP87KP5L3cAhWJHHwKHUWSBewQyCkwAHoECAkQBQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DZG_k5CSYKhg&usg=AOvVaw2n-DW6beRXZH6vmxiFbWvk

More Bizarre 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 strange characters. Now, let’s begin!

  • Gator Grant Real Name: Galvin Grant Status: Wrestler Ht: 6’0” Wt: 200 lbs Creator: Marvel First Appeared: Thing I #29 (1985) Powers/ Abilities: Scaly, damage-resistant skin, superhuman strength. 

Grant was an angry wrestler that wanted to become part of the UCWF. (Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation) He used gypsy magic to build up his strength requirement, but this also changed his skin bright green, and gave him scales. The Thing managed to subdue him, before he transformed into an Alligator. He finally reverted back to human form, but his scales are permanent.

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  • Fever Pitch Real Name: Unrevealed Status: Hero/Villain (Deceased)  Ht: 5’9” Wt: Unrevealed  Creator: Marvel First Appeared: Generation X #50 (1999) Powers/Abilities: Heat and flame projection from his hands, flight.

The man only known as Fever Pitch got his powers at an unknown time. When they manifested, they blew his face off. After a while, all that remained of him was a flaming skeleton. He tried to fight agains the X-Men, but was quickly defeated and seemingly killed by the mutants. 

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More Crazy Pokemon Clover Pokedex Entries (Every Other Monday)

WARNING! NSFW CONTENT AHEAD!!!!

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

  • Reagain (The Signpost Pokemon) #355 Ground/Dark Ability: Dry Skin (Recovers 1/8 of maximum health in the rain, but loses 1/8 of maximum health in the sun. It also absorbs Water attacks, and transforms them into 1/4 of maximum health.) Evolves from Signot at Level 30. Gender Ratio 50/50 Ht: 11’06” Wt: 143.3 lbs Base stats: HP: 100, Attack: 70, Defense: 110, Sp. Atk: 80, Sp. Def: 90, Speed: 45 Stat Total: 495 (Highest base Defense of all non-Legendary Dark Types) Name Origin: Read+Again Appearance: A living worm signpost with crudely drawn genitalia, a laughing face, and a smiley face. Immune to Water, Electric, and Psychic. Weak to Fighting, Bug, Grass, Fairy, and Ice.

Entry: Did you know that Fochun and Ebin contain hidden secrets unknown to man kind? Be sure to find them all.

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More Fascinating TV Tropes (Every Other Saturday)

Hello everyone! I’m finally back from vacation! A post on that will be made in the near future, so be ready for it! It’s time for us to once again look at some more awesome tropes. This will be done randomly, so that each entry is unpredictable. Now, let’s begin!

 

  • WTH, Costuming Department?: This hilarious trope deals with questionable taste of the fashion department in films and other media. What starts as a cool concept in theory, soon deteriorates into pure cringeyness. It makes matters worse if the creator was being totally serious. Some examples include; Batman & Robin’s “bat nipples”, and Astaroth’s costume in Soul Calibur 3.

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  • Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death: This trope occurs when Horror movie titles try to be more edgy. This can involve stringing together several scary words. Unfortunately, this doesn’t emphasize terror, but disgust or confusion. Some titles include; Demented Death Farm Massacre, Johnny Sunshine Maximum Violence, Lesbian Zombies from Outer Space, and Violent Shit.

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TV Tropes Randomness (Every Other Saturday)

Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new topic! Every Other Saturday, I will be searching for some random tropes, and describing them in a spoiler-free way. In case you didn’t know, a trope can be defined as an expression or overused cliche found in movies and other media. TV Tropes.org categorizes thousands of these expressions and cliches throughout the world of media. This ranges from certain character quirks, to the series as a whole. I find it to be quite enjoyable, and I hope you guys will too. Now, let’s begin!

  • Depraved Kids’ Show Host: This trope deals with the stereotypical “Kiddie Show” host. They always appear to be happy, and love making little kids smile. Unfortunately, this is all a disguise, and backstage is where they let their true colors shine. They can be addicted to drugs, have lecherous behavior, be sex offenders, swear enough to make sailors transform into prudes, and makes everybody’s life around him a “living hell”. This trope is frequently found in The Simpsons with Krusty the Clown. Krusty can be found backstage yelling at everyone, and seems to be addicted to everything. It can also be found with Pierre from Tim And Eric Awesome Show Great Job. Pierre loves to dance with kids, and seems to be fascinated with the audience’s dads.

 

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  • Technology Porn: This trope is used in almost every Science Fiction film ever created. The trope occurs whenever a sequence in media goes into great depth showing the inner workings of gadgets and other mechanical tools. This trope always appears in the Iron Man films when Tony Stark “suits up”. It also can be found in numerous parts of 2001: A Space Odyssey. One of my favorite examples of this trope is the use of it in Blade Runner.     

 

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  • Warning! This Will Make You Hungry!! Food Porn: This trope is pretty self-explanitory, but can be divided into two definitions. The first is food that’s usually used to symbolize something suggestive. The second is food that’s portrayed in such a manner that the audience salivates and experiences lust as if they were watching porn. I adore this trope, and I always am eager to see what people think of next. One of my favorite examples of this trope is in the film, Chef. Chef’s use of food is so important in the movie, that it actually becomes a main plot point. Then, we get to its use in Anime, and I can’t think of a better example than Shokugeki No Soma (Food Wars). This Anime was created by a Hentai artist, and the use of food in the series applies to both definitions. People literally have “Foodgasms” so intense that their clothes will occasionally rip off! The food in this show is so jaw-dropping, that even the most simple dishes, like scrambled eggs look like it should be framed in the Louvre! As an added bonus, Japanese chef Yuki Morisaki, adds real recipes from the series that you can replicate in each Manga volume!    

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