Awesome 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 begin!

  • Lifeguard Real Name: Heather Cameron Status: Hero (Former Lifeguard) Ht: 5’10” Wt: 156 lbs First Appearance: X-Treme X-Men #6 – Paradise Lost! ( December 1, 2001) Powers/Abilities: Subconscious manifestation of whatever power or ability is necessary in a given situation.

Heather was a lifeguard that lived in Australia with her brother, Davis. After her father was killed by the Chinese Triad, Heather and her brother were saved by the X-Men. Her powers, while incredibly useful, transform her into an alien-like entity. Heather briefly became a member of the team, but left when she found out that she was half alien. She now resides on Utopia with her brother and boyfriend. 

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  • Bible John Real Name: John Carik Status: Vampire Hunter and friend of Blade Ht: 5’10” Wt: 170 lbs First Appeared: Blade I # 1 (1994) Powers/Abilities: Precognitive dreams, Mystical tomes and weapons, Protect wards against magic

Bible John is a guardian of a gargantuan library known as Chiaroscuro. The library is used as headquarters for a mystic group of people called the Cathari. His knowledge of the undead, and incredible holy weapons have proven to be quite useful against vampires. He has become a very good friends with Blade, and helps him against evil on multiple occasions.

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

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

  • Eco Atlas by Alex Grey (2017) Mediums: Spiritual and Psychedelic art

This impressive work was created by “Psychedelic Artist”, Alex Grey. Grey is incredibly popular in the music industry for providing art work for many album covers, including Lateralus (Tool), Untying the Not (The String Cheese Incident), and III Communication (The Beastie Boys). His work reminds me a bit of Larry Carlson’s but with its own unique twist. This specific painting absolutely blew me away when I first locked eyes upon in. It depicts a transparent humanoid with its rib cage, nerves, and brain visible. Grey adds heavy detail to each of these areas, which really makes it stand out. The humanoid is holding up what appears to be the Earth, and has a determined expression on its face. The Earth is anything but normal, as it’s covered with eyes that follow your every move. The work is covered in a very misty blue that gives it a mysterious vibe. I also adore the blend of realism with the Earth, and surrealism with the trippy designs. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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  • La lumiere, la solitude by Yves Tanguy (1940) oil on canvas

This is a beautiful work by “French Surrealist”, Tanguy. It depicts a gorgeous, rainbow sky with a multicolored ground. Placed on said ground are a variety of different sculptures. The sculptures all appear to be connected by a razor-thin wire, and some are shaped like pieces of candy. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 179

Dream Catcher by Bassnectar & Gnar Gnar from the album Unlimited Released (June 17th, 2016) Genres: Electronic, dubstep, drum step, glitch, trip hop, and downtempo. Produced by Lorin Ashton under the label, Amorphous Music

What can I say about Bassnectar? He’s easily one of my favorite Electronic musicians of all time. My best friend introduced me to his music many years ago, and I’ve loved him ever since. The man’s real name is Lorin Ashton, and he has some of the most epic hair in music today. He’s extremely active on social media, as well, and is very kind to his fans, which are known as “Bassheads”. I got to see Lorin at the Electric Forest last year, and his concert blew me away. As his name suggests, his music is very bass heavy, and you can hear the pulse-pounding beat for miles. This particular song is one of my favorites off of the album, and I’ve listened to it countless times. It starts with a base-heavy beat that gradually amps up in volume. The beat continues to build up, and the sound gets intense. It does this for about a minute, and then the drop happens. Our ears are met with an incredibly intense beat and epic synthesizer. I highly recommend this piece to anyone who loves intense Electronic music. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

 

 

 

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Asher’s Adventures In Thailand (Temple of The Emerald Buddha) aka (Wat Phra Kaew)

One of the most amazing things about Thailand was the various temples scattered throughout the country. This particular place moved me on an emotional and spiritual level. I took many pictures there, and will be discussing them below. Keep in mind that I wasn’t able to take pictures of the titular Buddha due to the amazing importance to Buddhism and Thai culture. Now, let’s begin this spiritual adventure!

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(This was the view of the temple from the outside, and it completely blew me away. The preservation of the temple is incredible, and its elegant design makes it a very popular monument.)

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(As we travel into the temple, there are many Buddhas scattered around, and each of them look different. This photo is of one of these Buddhas, and it seems to emit a serene aura. Also, behind it is a tower made out of pure gold. It’s nearly too beautiful for words.)

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(This fearsome looking creature is known as a Yaksha. Yaksha are sacred guardians of temples that ward off bandits.)

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(Here’s another picture of the interior. As you can see, many people came to the temple, to admire and respect the Buddhas. I absolutely adore the gold plated towers, and have never seen anything like it before.)

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(This particular picture is of the decor of the Grand Palace. The roof looks as if it were made out of dragon scales or ribbon candy. If you look closer, you can see the dragon insignia on each arch way. 

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(This final picture is of a golden walkway that leads to another Buddha. As you can see, the structures seem completely untouched for thousands of years.)

 

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.

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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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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 share some more of my favorite cards. Now, let’s duel!

  • Greedy Venom Fusion Dragon Type: Dragon/Dark/ Fusion/ Effect 10 stars ATK/ 3300  DEF/2500 Monster Requirements: 1 “Predaplant” monster + 1 DARK monster whose original Level is 8 or higher. Appearance: An awesome purple dragon with shining scales. Effect: Must first be Fusion Summoned. Once per turn: You can target 1 face-up monster; until the end of this turn, change that target’s ATK to 0, also that target has its effects negated. If this card is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard: Destroy as many monsters on the field as possible, then you can banish 1 Level 8 or higher DARK monster from your Graveyard and Special Summon this card from the Graveyard.

 

This insane dragon is one of the best Fusion Monsters ever created. Its attack rivals Blue-Eyes, and it’s quite easy to make. Your opponent will have a very hard time taking care of this beast. It also acts as a dark hole when removed from the field.

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  • Lonefire Blossom Type: Plant/Effect Attribute: Fire 3 stars ATK/ 500 DEF/ 1400 Appearance: A set of bomb plants with short fuses. Effect: Once per turn: You can Tribute 1 face-up Plant-Type monster; Special Summon 1 Plant-Type monster from your deck.

This card is a absolute staple in any Plant-Type deck. It goes especially well with “Predaplant” decks, and can search out any Plant monster in your deck. It’s very good for an OTK.

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