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.

the gross clin


  • 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.




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!

  • Fluffy Dog Cocktail


  • 1 oz Cointreau® orange liqueur
  • 1 oz Bailey’s® Irish cream

Directions: Mix both ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass or over ice.



  • Orange Venom


  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier® orange liqueur
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz orange juice

Directions: Pour ingredients into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange wheel or wedge.

orange venom




Awesome Water Attribute Monsters In Yu-Gi-Oh!

Hello fellow Duelists! It’s time for another Yu-Gi-Oh post! This week, we’ll be covering Kajiki Ryota’s (Mako Tsunami’s) favorite card attribute, Water. Monsters in this card category range from incredible Beatsticks, to stealthy killers. Now, let’s take a look at some awesome hydro creatures!

  •  Blizzard Princess Type: Spellcaster/ Effect  Attribute: Water 8 Stars ATK/ 2800 DEF/ 2100 Appearance: A blue-haired princess with an ice staff and ball-and-chain. Effect: You can Tribute Summon this card in face-up Attack Position by Tributing 1 Spellcaster-Type monster. After this card was Normal Summoned, your opponent cannot activate Spell/Trap Cards for the rest of that turn.

This is one of Alexis Rhodes’ key monsters, and oh boy, it’s a good one! Being able to summon an 8-star monster with one tribute is always a good thing. Also, the negation of your opponent’s Spells and Traps for the rest of the turn can really throw a wrench in their plan. Its large body is also kind of difficult to get rid of.



  • Gendo the Aesthetic Monk Type: Spellcaster/Effect Attribute: Water 4 Stars ATK/ 300 DEF/1800 Appearance: A monk with a demon mask meditating. Effect: Face-up Attack Position monsters on the field cannot activate their effects. This Defense Position card cannot be targeted, or destroyed by card effects. 

Originally, I thought that this card had pretty pathetic stats, until I read its awesome effect. A non-targetable monster is very hard to take care of without battling it, and its defense isn’t half bad. 


More Awesome and Obscure Comic Book Characters (Every Other Tuesday)

Hello fellow comic book fans! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to look at some more obscure characters. Now, let’s begin!

  • Scrambler Real Name: Kim ll Sung Status: Super-villain (Deceased) First Appeared: The Uncanny X-Men #210 (October 1st, 1986) Creator: Marvel Powers/Abilities: Disruption of any living or mechanical system upon touching it. Also, he can mess with the nervous system, causing people to become immobilized, become unconscious, or have seizures.

Kim was an absolutely ruthless member of Mr. Sinister’s Marauders. He took much pleasure in slaughtering the Morlocks. His incredible powers did massive damage to the underground dwellers, and he nearly made Wolverine lose an eye. He met his end in an extremely brutal way at the hands of X-23. She sliced off the villain’s arms, and graphically mutilated his body.



  • Sentry Real Name: Robert Reynolds Status: Hero First Appeared: Sentry#1 (September 2000) Creator: Marvel Powers/Abilities: Flight, Empowered by solar energy, Immense superhuman strength, Incredibly fast, Invulnerability, Can control light.

Before Robert was the ridiculously powerful super hero, he was a pathetic meth addict. During one of his benders, he broke into a lab and stole a secret serum. The serum endowed the addict with incredible powers, and he changed his life around to fight crime. He also met the villainous Void, a physical manifestation of his dark side. The Void tried to take over Asgard, but was finally destroyed by the hero. Robert now serves as a valuable member of the Avengers.


More Random TV Tropes

Hello fellow Pop Culture Enthusiasts! It’s time for some more tropes! Now, let’s begin!

  • Eldrich Abomination: This is a trope that Lovecraft and Giger fashioned their entire aesthetic around it. The trope deals with any type of entity that seems to defy logic. They usually are extremely powerful and very grotesque in nature. Some examples include; The original abomination, Cthulu. Cthulu was created by H.P. Lovecraft, and is depicted as an immensely large, octopus-headed monstrosity with an insanity-inducing stare. Next, we have the Ultra Beasts from Pokemon Sun and Moon. These legendary Pokemon are unlike any creatures in the series. We have Buzzwole, an extremely dangerous and steroid-filled mosquito. We also have Guzzlord, a massive Cephalothorax with a never filled appetite. Lastly, we have Korrok from the excellent Cult Film and Book, John Dies At The End. Korrok is the embodiment of evil that creates all the monsters. It’s depicted as a giant entity made up of multiple animal parts. The entity gains knowledge by eating people.

korrok.jpg(Behold the mighty Korrok!)

  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: This is one of the most common Anime Tropes in existence. It deals with characters in shows with abnormally colored hair. Some examples include; Nel’s green hair from Bleach, Ramona’s ever-changing hair in Scott Pilgrim, 2D’s blue hair from the band, the Gorillaz.

2D2D from Gorillaz.

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!

  • Java Jam Cocktail


  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz coffee brandy
  • 1 1/2 oz cream

Directions: Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.



  • Space Cocktail


  • 1 3/4 oz gin
  • 1 1/4 oz hazelnut liqueur
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice

Directions: Shake, strain into an old-fashioned glass three-quarters filled with broken ice, and serve.


More Fun and Obscure Board Games

Hello fellow gamers! It’s time for another board game post! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome games. Now, let’s play!

  • Food Fight (2011) Published by: Cryptozoic Entertainment Designed by: Matt Hyra Artist: Robb Mommaerts Type: Family, Strategy Categories: Humor, Card Game Mechanisms: Hand Management and Card Drafting. Play Time: 30 minutes. Ages: 13 and up 

The object of Food Fight is to pit each food mascot against each other in a fight of epic proportions! You can power up each mascot by making meals. The person that wins 3 battles wins the games.

food fight.jpg