Asher’s Favorite Animations (Special Post)

Hello everyone, and welcome to an extremely special post! I have been a major fan of Web Animation for my entire life, and have finally decided to share some with you. Most of these animations will be found on Youtube, with the exception of one. Now, let’s be blown away by these fantastic works of art!

  • Kaizo Trap by Guy Collins 2015 Music by Leslie Wai 

I just found out about this video yesterday, and my god, it’s fantastic! The animation is essentially a loving homage to the classic rage games. If you’ve ever played “I Wanna Be The Guy” or “Cat Mario”, you’ll know exactly what’s in store for you. The movie is about a couple that gets sucked into the most punishing Video Game ever made. The boy gets kidnapped, and its up to the girl to save him. The animation is incredibly fluid, and the pulse-pounding Dubstep soundtrack really adds tension. I’m not going to ruin the ending, but let me just say, it’ll leave you in tears!

 

  • Me! Me! Me! by Teddyloid (feat. daoko) 2014 Warning! This Music Video contains nudity, blood, gore, and adult themes.  

Me! Me! Me! is a mind-blowing music video by Japanese DJ, Teddyloid. It tells the story of a Hikikomori Otaku or “shut in”. He’s visited by a harem of busty anime chicks, and crazy stuff starts to happen. The music does a fantastic job of portraying suspense and anxiety. The piece is extremely catchy, and you’ll be humming the tune for hours on end. This video, however, isn’t for kids, as the subject matter and content is very adult.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=9&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjGt8Xz567bAhV1OX0KHRwjDP4QtwIIZjAI&url=https%3A%2F%2Fvimeo.com%2F181617274&usg=AOvVaw0CBpSKJBwoTcuU2Ei7tx04

 

  • MOO! by Cyriak Harris 2007 HD Version 2015 Genre: Comedic Animation

I feel like I’ve done Cyriak a major disservice for never mentioning him in any of my posts. In was you don’t know, Cyriak is a British animator whose style is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It’s usually a mix of crazy fractals and shapes with some hints of surrealism. I absolutely adore his wacky style, and binge his animations frequently. This animation, is about a war between aliens and cows. The artwork gets extremely bizarre, and it’s accompanied by an even stranger soundtrack. I highly recommend this video, as it will get you a first look at Cyriak’s humor and style.

 

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More Awesome Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards (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 awesome cards. Now, let’s duel!

  • Steelswarm Sting Type: Fiend/Effect 4 stars Attribute: Dark  ATK: 1850 DEF: 0  Effect: When this card you control is sent to you Graveyard: Target 1 face-up Ritual, Fusion, or Synchro Monster on the field; destroy that target. Appearance: A metallic bee with yellow wings and a large stinger.

Steelswarms are a very fun archetype in Yu-Gi-Oh! They’re all Fiend types, and focus on overwhelming the opponent with powerful monsters. Its high attack power and amazing effect make it extremely versatile in any Fiend deck. It also helps that its effect can be used outside of battle. I highly recommend this card to dry your opponents crazy!

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  • Tribe Infecting Virus Type: Aqua/Effect 4 stars ATK: 1600 DEF: 1000 Effect: Discard 1 card from your hand and declare 1 type of monster. Destroy all face-up monsters of the declared Type on the field. Appearance: A swirling embodiment of chaos and pestilence.

This chaotic card was the bane of many people’s existence when the game first began. Unfortunately, the card has been banned for many years, and for good reason too. Its effect is way too good, and you can clear your opponents field extremely easily. Nevertheless, I adore this card, and from what I hear, it’s going to be coming back to the game quite soon.

tiv 

 

Asher’s Guilty Pleasure Songs

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. 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwi9h4Xq5o3bAhVPCKwKHTrHBw4QyCkILDAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DkYtGl1dX5qI&usg=AOvVaw3eK7YKNu1lyVjhlfYKTHuK

 

  • Pena by 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.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjDg-OY743bAhXr8YMKHYEtD2kQtwIIODAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DnlcZYOENgcQ&usg=AOvVaw2DXXRfJ9xDccmQqGCdKuGF

 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiH9_Gk743bAhWs7IMKHX2rDpsQyCkIKzAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DdBa8bS_vZkM&usg=AOvVaw1aif-pbQXPb2-YRl34KMi3

Hall Of Champions: Fantastic 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 another look at some awesome characters. Now, let’s begin!

  • Korvac Real Name: Michael Korvac Status: Villain/Possible Destroyer of Worlds Ht: 6’3” Weight: 230 lbs Publisher: Marvel First Appeared: Giant-Size Defenders #3 (January 1st, 1975) Powers/Abilities: Manipulation of cosmic energy, time travel, can absorb all forms of energy, telekinesis, telepathy, neigh invulnerability

Michael was an extremely talented computer technician living in the 31st century. He helped out the Badoon, a species of advanced reptilian beings, invade Earth’s solar system. One faithful day, upon collapsing from exhaustion, the Badoon amputated his lower body, and transformed him into a cyborg. Enraged by this, Korvac turned against his superiors, and killed them. His newfound abilities made him an incredibly dangerous force. His most famous feat is absorbing the power of Galactus’ spaceship, and transforming into a god-like entity. He was finally destroyed by Hazmat, who blasted him apart with an anti-matter wave.

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  • Hazmat Real Name: Jennifer Takeda Status: Hero and member of the Avengers Publisher: Marvel  First Appeared: Avengers Academy #1 (August 1st, 2010) Powers/Abilities:  Produces toxic substances and radiation from her body, immune to toxins, can explode after absorbing enough radiation (this isn’t lethal to her), anti-matter blasts, can generate EMP

Jennifer was an ordinary teenager, until she almost killed her boyfriend with a kiss. The discovery of her toxic powers forced Jennifer to be confined to a hazmat suit. This also caused her personality to become angry and standoffish. After being invited to the Avengers Academy, Jennifer doesn’t get along with many of the others, until she strikes a relationship with the metallic Mettle. This unfortunately doesn’t last, as Mettle sacrifices himself to save her in a battle with the villainous Arcade. During the Avengers Arena arc, Hazmat learns to fully control her powers, and doesn’t need the containment suit to protect her anymore. Fueled with rage and sadness, Hazmat kills Arcade and that’s the last that we hear of her for the time being. (A very interesting character that I hope will get her own movie in the future). (Fun fact: Hazmat is actually considered to be a tsundere, someone who is cold upon introduction, but slowly starts to warm up as the story progresses). 

hazmat

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 pieces. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • A Sunday on La Grande Jatte 1884-1866 by Georges Seurat Oil on canvas 

This is a fantastic work by “French Painter”, Seurat. It belong to a genre of painting known as Pointillism. The genre incorporates applying color to the piece in the form of tiny dots. The great attention to detail is shown by the use of multiple colors. It also changes appearance depending on how you view it. The painting is an outdoor scene with many rich people, a blue ocean, various umbrellas, and gorgeous, green grass. It also has a bit of a creepy feeling, as the people in the piece don’t have facial features. Nevertheless, I adore this work, and would love to hear your opinions in the comments’ section below.

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  • Techu-Anpu by Jean-Michel Basquiat one of the Thirty-two Drawings of The Daros Suite 1982-83 Acrylic, oil paintstick, pastel, crayon, charcoal, and pencil on paper 

This is a great work by “Master Surrealist”, Basquiat. It has many of his signature quirks, like repeated words, strange machines, and bizarre faces. There’s also a unicorn near the center of the piece. I have always loved Basquiat’s randomness, and this piece is definitely no exception. Tell me what you think of it in the comments’ section below.

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Hearthstone Special! Some Of My Favorite Hearthstone Cards

Hello fellow travelers! It’s Tuesday, and it’s time for a special post! Last week, I decided to do two Hearthstone posts. You guys seemed to really enjoy it, so I am going to do another one. There’s tons of cards in the game, and choosing my favorites is a very difficult task. So, I’ve decided to share many of the cards I like. Keep in mind, this is in no particular order, it’s just the cards that I find to be the most useful. Now, let’s begin!

  • Unstable Portal Mage Spell Mana Cost: 2 Rare Effect: Add a random minion to your hand. It costs (3) less.

The great and incredibly useful Unstable Portal. This card has been around for ages, and god, it’s amazing! The randomness of the card makes it very fun to play, and the ability to summon ANY minion makes it have endless possibilities. It’s a card that can make or break a game. The card is so much fun to use that a Tavern Brawl incorporates a full deck of them. I highly recommend this card even if the RNG isn’t always in your favor.

unstable portal

 

  • Ragnaros the Firelord Legendary Neutral Elemental Minion Mana Cost: 8 Stats:   ATK 8 Health 8  Effect: Can’t attack. At the end of your turn, deal 8 damage to a random enemy.

DIE INSECT!!! If that cry doesn’t make you tremble in fear, you’ve obviously never met this deadly foe. He was one of the first incredible Legendaries in Hearthstone, and god, he packs a punch! Not being able to attack aside, his effect is cataclysmic to the enemy. 8 points of random damage to anything is extremely damaging, and can end the game in a matter of turns. Even if you silence it, it still can hurt, and it dies with great difficulty.

rag

 

My Least Favorite Hearthstone Cards (Counting Down to Witchwood)

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the Witchwood countdown! With the expansion getting released tomorrow, I’ve been binging hard on this game. With 1,459 cards already in the game, not all are created equal. I have decided to share with you guys some of the cards that I find useless. Keep in mind, that this is my own personal opinion, and that yours may be different. Constructive criticism is most definitely welcome, so be sure to tell me what you think in the comments’ section below. Now, let’s begin!

  • Millhouse Manastorm Type: Legendary Mana Cost: 2 4 ATK 4 Health Battlecry: Enemy spells cost (0) next turn.

Ugh! I absolutely hate this card! The amount of attack and health is very good for a 2-cost minion, but the Battlecry is just hot garbage! Spells are an integral part of the game, and this makes your opponent obliterate you with them. If you use this against a Mage, you’re as good as dead! 

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  • Unlicensed Apothecary Type: Epic Warlock Minion (Demon) Mana Cost: 3  ATK 5 Health 5 Battlecry: After you summon a minion, deal 5 damage to your hero.

The Warlock class is known for “high risk high reward” gameplay, but this card overdoes it! You only get 30 health, and every time a new minion is summoned, you get closer to death. I highly recommend dusting this crap ASAP.

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  • Magma Rager Type: Common (Elemental) 5 ATK 1 Health No Effect

The pathetic Magma Rager has been a joke ever since its creation, and it’s completely rubbish. First, the stats on this minion are terrible, and it can’t be played easily. Second, it can’t attack the turn it’s summoned, so it’s easily killed. Hearthwiki even rated it as the worst card in the game.

magma rager