Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Weekly Update for Sunday, October 6th, 2013 - Arrival of the Aparsas!

Three of the some two dozen statues recently arrived.
(15 cm ruler for scale)
It's been my first Saturday off in four weeks, and there's a lot of stuff to catch up on; it's been busy!

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The wireless router that powers the network here at The Workbench failed this past week, and has now been replaced. We now have a much nicer router, and we expect that this will make the podcast - scheduled for Saturday, October 21st - work a lot better; the 'Bloggie' video camera we use is a trifle sensitive to fluctuations in network signal strength. More news on this as we come up with it.

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Mrs. Ambereen Barker, the much esteemed widow of the late and lamented Prof. M. A. R. Barker, has been able to sell the house that she and the Professor had shared for some forty years here in Minneapolis and is moving out to California to be with her siblings. As part of the process of closing up the old house, she has been kind enough to send to us as a memento of the Professor: his collection of some two dozen aparsas; these are replicas of some of the statues on the temples of Khajuraho, in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India.

These replicas were collected by the Professor in the 1950s, he told me, while he was on his Fulbright Scholarship in India. They are plaster, carved by the same stonemasons who maintain the temple carvings themselves, and have been around a bit with the Professor; we're very grateful for the opportunity to give them a home, and to remember Phil.

Thanks, Ambereen!!!

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Two other Divine Maidens are also to grace The Workbench this week; our Youngest Daughter Maya is in from her home in Zurich for a two week visit, and an old family friend, Miss Price of Cornell University, will be arriving this Friday for a weekend visit. I will be running an RPG session for them, with the able help of the game group. It should be entertaining!

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My book about my adventures in Prof. Barker's game sessions, "To Serve The Petal Throne", is now within touching distance of the first 100,000 words. I am also redoing the Table of Contents to make the book's short stories and vignettes easier to use and place within the larger context of Prof. Barker's publications, and I will be including end notes and a timeline of his campaign at the end of the thing.