Weird and Wacky 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 crazy cards. Now, let’s duel!

  • Boycotton Type: Plant/Effect Attribute: Earth ATK/1000 DEF/ 2500 4 Stars Appearance: A worried, sentient mass of cotton that’s being shaved like a sheep. Effect: You take any battle damage your opponent would have taken from battles involving this card, instead. If this card battles, is not destroyed, and you took damage from that battle: Return this card to the hand.

Konami screws us again with a high-defense, 4-star, monster. Without reading its effect, you’d think the card is quite good. However, its defense is its weakness, and rebounds any damage dealt to it, back in your face. I do adore the cute art style though!

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  • Spherous Lady Type: Rock/Normal (Why it isn’t Reptile still confuses me) Attribute: Earth ATK/ 400 DEF/ 1400 Appearance: An incredibly ugly snake, woman, vampire hybrid. Description: Many have been deceived by the beauty of this vampire.

Seriously?! Beauty?! If anything this is a freaking ugly card that has even uglier stats.

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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!

  • 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 Food Adventures In Thailand Part 1 (Nakhon Pathon Market)

Hello everyone, and welcome to my 200 follower special! I promised you something amazing, and boy am I excited! Four weeks ago, I traveled to Thailand to visit my Stepmom’s family. I also went to China for about five days. I had the most amazing time in Asia, and will be discussing my experiences in both places in this multi-part series. I hope you guys will enjoy this as much as I enjoy writing it. Now, let’s go on an amazing adventure together. It’s time for part one, Nakhon Pathon Market.

The Nakhon Pathon Market is a floating marketplace that’s located in the Sam Phran Province of Thailand. I found things that I’ve never seen before, and it was incredible. I will be showing the pictures I took there, as well as a brief description of each one. It was truly an unforgettable experience, and I’m so glad that I’m able to share it with you guys, Now, without any further ado, let’s get started!

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(This is what I believe to be a custard apple. The Thai custard apple is known as Noi na, which means hand grenade. It supposedly tastes extremely sweet, and is filled with many seeds.)

 

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( This is a beautiful Thai dessert that’s known as Khanom Chan. Khanom Chan is a special 9-layer cake that’s made with coconut milk, pandan juice, Mung bean flour, sugar, tapioca flour, rice flour, and talcum flour.)

 

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(This was a very neat dried fruit counter. It had dried mangosteen, muscat, jackfruit, durian, and bananas.)

 

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(Fish were a big part of the marketplace, and you could smell them from miles away. They sold everything, from fish heads, to tiny fish eggs.)

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(This lovely counter had some strange looking fried food, as well as one of my favorite Thai desserts, Pang Chi. Pang Chi is a sweet Thai pancake that’s made with taro, coconut milk, corn, palm sugar, and rice flour.)

 

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(These are delicious peanut cookies. It’s like a peanut brittle on steroids.)

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(This is a rather unsettling picture of some headless fowl. I find the bright red bird extremely fascinating. The unique aroma of spices and onions filled the air when I passed this counter.)

 

Cute Ducks

(Over in this corner, we have some candied rambutan, as well as some adorable sweets in the shape of rubber ducks.)

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(This final picture is of another seafood counter with delicious looking crab. Since the market is on the water, the crustaceans are extremely fresh.)

I hope you guys enjoyed the first part of my Thailand adventure. I would love to hear your opinions in the comments’ section below.

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

Carlson Mondays (Every Last Monday Of The Month)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us take a look at some more trippy artwork. Now, let’s dive into the amazing world of Larry Carlson!

  • THE WEREWOLF by Larry Carlson 2007 digital chromogenic print 

This is my first time seeing this awesome piece, and my god, it’s glorious! Your eyes are immediately bombarded with an overwhelming display of vibrant colors and shapes. Starting from the painting’s top, we see brilliants wisps of blue and green that stick out like eldritch fire. The titular Werewolf is also quite a fantastic site. His ears appear to have two extremely grotesque demons that give off a very ominous vibe. They’re a brilliant blend of reds, pinks, greens, and yellows. A demon actually makes up the canine’s nose, and its eyes seem to follow your every move. The beast’s eyes are giant teardrops that gaze into the viewer’s soul. Then, we get to his mouth, and what awaits us is true fear! His giant maw is filled with ultra-sharp teeth, and an expression that emanates chaotic malice. He actually has a secondary mouth, that’s located just below his first. The bottom of the piece finishes the job with an awesome explosion of rainbow energy. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below. 

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  • Phantom Vortex by Larry Carlson 2014

This hypnotic work is definitely one for the record books. At first, all you see is a multicolored spiral of awesome patterns and shapes. However, if you look even closer, you can make out faces and other creatures within the vortex. The faces are extremely similar, if not taken directly from a Junji Ito manga. Ito is known by many as the “King of Horror Manga”, and his stories even give me the shivers. He has the uncanny ability to make everyday objects look downright horrific. They all portray looks of pure horror that make the viewer’s hair stand on end. This is especially seen with the skeletal men with Glasgow smiles.  It almost seems as if Carlson has portrayed what LSD Hell would look like. We also see some agonizing maws hidden within the chaos. I’ve never seen Carlson create something so dark before, but I completely love how he’s able to adapt to new styles on the fly. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

 

http://larrycarlson.tumblr.com/image/89106879153

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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