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 amazing paintings. Now, have fun exploring the gallery!

  • Peptic Ulcer by Jean-Michel Basquiat (Part of The Daros Suite of Thirty-two Drawings) 1982-83 Acrylic, oil paintstick, pastel, crayon, charcoal, and pencil on paper

This is a great work by “Master Surrealist”, Basquiat. This particular piece has a lot of emphasis on anatomy. His usual tropes are seen in the piece, such as, repeated text, and complex designs. I especially love his morbidly adorable depictions of various organs and teeth. The strangest object in the painting would have to be the chainsaw that’s located near the leftmost corner. I would love to hear what you guys think of this work in the comments’ section below.

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  • The Knife Grinder by Kasimir Malevich Oil on Canvas 1912-13 Genre: Cubo-Futurism 

This work is extremely fascinating in design, and I love Malevich’s intricate shapes and use of fractals. The repetition of some of the objects make the main figure appear to be in multiple dimensions, and this is awesome. I also adore his choice of colors, being metallic blue, silvers, bronzes, and golds. This really adds to the industrial appeal of the work. He clearly is influenced by Escher, and the entire piece almost seems like a love letter to his trippy geometric patterns and shapes. If you really examine the piece, you can see what appears to be a man working on a knife with a saw. I might want to dedicate a topic to this specific style of art, and would love to hear your thoughts about that idea and this piece in the comments’ section below.

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More Horrible 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 terrible cards. Now, let’s duel!

  • Larvae Moth Type: Insect Effect 2 Stars Attribute: Earth ATK/ 500 DEF/ 400  Appearance: A green caterpillar with spike-like protrusions. Effect: This monster cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card can only be Special Summoned by Tributing “Petit Moth” on the 2nd of your turns after “Petit Moth” has been equipped with “Cocoon of Evolution”.

God, where to start with this card! Summoning Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth is a major pain in the ass anyway, but this is unacceptable! You have to go through so much just to get this on the field, and when you do, it can basically get killed by anything! Just run “Cocoon of Ultra Evolution”, and you can get the stupid Great Moth out without having to worry about using this trash!

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  • Ally of Justice Garadholg Type: Machine Effect Attribute: Dark ATK/ 1600 DEF/ 400 4 stars Effect: If this card battles a LIGHT monster, it gains 200 ATK during the Damage Step only. Appearance: A vibrant, red machine with a purple, plasma sword.

Why does such a cool machine have such an awful effect? The main premise of the “Ally of Justice” archetype is to destroy LIGHT monsters, and they usually do very bad job of doing such. This card is no exception with below average stats for a 4 star monster, and an incredibly weak ATK increase.

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Asher Recommends (Every Month)

Hello fellow followers, and welcome to a new topic! Every month, I will be discussing one of my influences on creating this blog in the first place. Now, let’s get started with the blog, Thirsty Dudes. 

Thirsty Dudes is a drink blog that was created in 2009 by Mike Literman, Jason Draper, and Derek Neuland. Each drink reviewer has a unique style, and the reviews range from text-based, to video. There are also many categories of drinks on the site, my favorite being Other/Weird, Energy Drinks, Jelly, and Chunky. The drinks are rated on a 1-5 bottle scale, with 1 being revolting, and 5 being sublime. I first came across the blog after trying a strange Bird’s Nest drink from Chinatown, and the rest is history! I highly recommend checking the blog out, and I’d love to hear your opinions on it 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=2ahUKEwjn-Nvd1ZPdAhUC0awKHZSYAYgQFjAAegQICRAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thirstydudes.com%2F&usg=AOvVaw3nVSGcZzjE0o0ljxwcm9Bi

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 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

My Favorite Tavern Brawls

Hello everybody, and welcome to another Hearthstone post! This post will cover one of the most fun aspects of the game, the Tavern Brawl. A Tavern Brawl occurs every Wednesday, and lasts until 1:00 A.M. on Monday. You must have reached Level 20 with one class in order to play. The brawl essentially rewrites the rules of the game, either giving you a random deck with strange perks, or you create one from scratch. You also get a standard pack for your first victory. The following is a list of my favorite brawls, and the rules that go along with them.

  • Spiders, Spiders, EVERYWHERE! This excellent brawl has the classes battling it out with a deck full of Webspinners and 7 random class spells. Webspinner is a one cost minion with a deathrattle that adds a random beast to your hand. There are 104 beasts in the game so the random number generator is extremely diverse. I adore this brawl for its random factor, and the fact that you’ll never get the same minions. The brawl made its first appearance on July 5th, 2015. 

 

  • ShiftCon: This brawl has classes fighting with randomized decks filled with Shifter Zerus’ and random class spells. Shifter Zerus is a Legendary minion that transforms into another minion every turn. You start with three mana crystals, so it’s easier to get a minion to summon. The brawl first appeared on June 29th, 2016.

 

  • Too Many Portals! This could possibly be my favorite brawl of all time! Players battle with decks full of Unstable Portals and 7 random spells. Unstable Portal adds a random minion to your hand, and it costs 3 mana less. The brawl first appeared on July 29th, 2015.

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). 

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