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Who is Bananas Foster?

Title page for Bananas Foster, Issue 4, Squeeze Box Man

Who is Bananas Foster? Find out in Issue 4 of the Squeeze Box Man graphic novel. Copies are $12 + postage. Email me: Back issues are also available. Squeeze Box Man is based on a book of short-short stories I wrote (yes it’s available on Amazon) called Squeeze Box Man – The Lazy Allen Stories. The graphic novel contains most of the stories from the book as well as several new stories. All the fabulous drawing in the graphic novel is done by Jacob Yerex, who has also contributed to story and character development.

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Ennio Morricone RIP

Composer Ennio Morricone, who among other things scored over 400 film and television projects, has died at 91. RIP.

Here is the Danish Symphony Orchestra performing the theme from For a Few Dollars More. What a great performance of a fantastic piece of music!

And now let’s listen to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain have a go at the theme from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, perhaps Mr. Morricone’s best known work.

Finally, here is Mr. Morricone conducting the Munich Radio Orchestra, performing The Ecstasy of Gold, also from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. This one really affects me emotionally.

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Dead Man’s Fingers

This afternoon, Tuffy P discovered some Dead Man’s Fingers or Xylaria polymorpha at the back of our yard, tucked in under a fence. It’s a saprobic fungus, meaning it lives on decaying organic matter, such as a decaying stump or roots. It is apparently common but the only place I’ve seen it is in our backyard. We had some a few years ago as well.

Aren’t they weird?

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ASMR Cooking?

Do you like to cook or enjoy learning about cooking or watching food being prepared? Check out Culinary Frank.

Nobody speaks in these videos, which are referred to as ASMR cooking. They progress at a steady, chilled out pace. The shots are beautiful. Ingredient amounts and any comments about approach are given in subtitles in English and Vietnamese. I deduce that Frank is a Vietnamese guy living in Australia. His videos cover lots of numerous Vietnamese dishes but also Korean and Chinese dishes and even things like French Toast. I love the care taken filming these videos. Without anyone talking at you, each of the shots is beautifully framed and easy to understand.

I’ve watched several of these so far, and eventually, I suppose I’ll catch up.

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Squeeze Box Man – Issue 4 is here!

What is Squeeze Box Man all about?

Issue 4 of the Squeeze Box Man graphic novel is now available. For those of you who have subscribed to the whole set, I’ll be sending out the new issue to you this week! Anyone interested in copies of the new issue or back issues, please email me. Issues are $12 each + shipping. Payment for Canadian orders will be by Interac transfer. For those of you in USA or other parts of the world, email me and I’ll figure out the cheapest way to ship to you and the best international payment method.

Here are some sneak peeks at Issue 4…

Lazy cleans up his act! He gets his haircut at the same place I do, The Nite Owl. We even have the same barber, the fantastic Steph.

History and fiction come together in Issue 4 of Squeeze Box Man. In the story Staashu vs Modern Art, we feature Toronto artist Andy Fabo and a fabulous true-life exhibition called CHROMALIVING. This was a really important art show at the time. Were you there? Maybe you saw Staashu and Lazy.

Also in Issue 4, NPK get a manager, the irrepressible Bananas Foster. Is the big time just around the corner for the guys?

The Squeeze Box Man graphic novel is based on a book of stories I wrote called Squeeze Box Man – The Lazy Allen Stories. This book is still available on Amazon if you want to get a copy, OR…..if you order any 3 issues, I’ll include a copy of the original stories with your order.

When Toronto artist Jacob Yerex read the stories, he told me he thought they were well-suited to the graphic novel format and offered to do the illustrations. The graphic novel features some of the stories from the original book plus a group of new stories. Jacob has brought my characters to life and has helped develop them further, sometimes in ways I hadn’t anticipated.

We really appreciate Steph at Nite Owl and Andy Fabo for being great sports and allowing us to insert them in our fiction. Thank you!

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Go with Vox

Vox won 3/5 games last night. The first one was the most interesting in that it was a big come-back kind of game. Vox took a big moyo on the bottom and the situation looked grim for me. However, he left a good deal of aji on the board. I was able to exploit it in 3 areas, killing enough stones for a 25.5 point win. Here’s one of my attacks….

Game 1 white attacks from within

My move at G11 exposed the weakness of Vox’s shape in this area.

I’ve been giving Vox 2 stones handicap and taking a half point komi. If we had been playing our previous handicap in which I take 6.5 points komi, game 3 would have been mine. I think right now the appropriate handicap is either where it is or where it was just previously. Vox will be trying to change that in the coming weeks to be sure.

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Do you call them Saskatoons or Serviceberries? Either way they’re delicious. We have a bush in the front garden and today was my first berry-picking of the season. Judging from the number of berries on the bush, I’d say I’ll get at about 2 weeks of picking the ripe ones each day.

If you’re thinking of growing some berries, I can tell you that these plants are fast-growing and require little to no care. They seem to like growing anywhere you plant them and they produce loads of berries.

We also have blackberries out back and we’re going to get a good batch of them this year as well – after the Saskatoons are done. Saskatoons are great as a snack, with cereal, in baking, whatever you like. I read that some varieties are better for eating than others, but I read that after planting the one out front, which happens to produce great fruit.