MIT Science Fiction Society

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MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, April 27, 2001

MITSFS meeting called to order, ``1700'' SST, Jade Wang, President and Skinner, presiding. Ed Keyes is the blue-and-gray Onseck.

Minutes read.

Motion: Commemorate the memory of poor, dead Arm. Not seconded.

Motion: Have John beloved the minutes until he gets a paper cut. This is also thankfully not seconded.


Committee Reports

Mobcomm: I didn't do anything useful, but two boxes of books (actually six) showed up regardless.

Pseudo-Mobcomm: A new member friend of Sarah's donated 178 books for $56 or so. A comparison to normal used-book prices. We have five or six more Gor books for the circulating room! And another copy of John Norman's Imaginative Sex too...

Pseudo-Hasslecomm: Hasslecomm is close to catching up, amazingly enough. This is partially due to Jamie's mercy. There is a discussion of the Hasslecomm ground state: whether it is theoretically possible for Hasslecomm to ever completely catch up, or whether there will always be a zero-point residual of quantum books.

Pseudo-Picniccomm: Yevgeniya wrote a picnic invitation, which is getting sent out almost immediately. The picnic is Saturday, May 12.

Let the minutes note that Jade thinks our non-punched punch cards are cool.

Pseudo-Jourcomm: Jourcomm is depressed.

Motion: Take pity on Jourcomm and all go ``Awww...'' Passes lots-0-1+Spehn. ``Awww...''

Pseudo-Pianocomm: Yay to Andrew for helping out with the picnic mailing.

Pseudo-LHE: John took all of MITSFS's cash.


New Business

In two weeks we will have a new Star Chamber, but it'll look very similar. There is a discussion of how to polish the Star Chamber, and with what. The Star Chamber is reported to have a weird electronic structure, and it smells funny.

John can still mostly see after sniffing isopropyl alcohol. The expired aspirin in the keyholder desk has been tossed. Do expired driver's licenses not count as I.D. anymore?

The banana stamp should be used as a hand stamp at the picnic. Regular members have to pay us $0 to attend.

We have a new contact for someone to buy our extra books. ``Cool.'' We need someone to sell us a bit of curved space, like the TARDIS.


Old Business

There are some ongoing interesting things about lifetime subscriptions. We apparently got thirty years in a ``lifetime'' from F&SF, and at the current rate we'll probably get sixty years out of our SF Chronicle subscription. Will we still be around when it hits issue 999?

Motion: Encourage the Skinner to have knowledge of people. [Ed] ``Is this in the Biblical sense?'' Passes 8-0-1+Spehn.

John reports that the January 1966 issue of Fantastic Universe had a contest that the SFBC was running, the prize being a round-trip ticket to the moon. [Jamie] ``We got gyped on those one-way tickets.'' It is noted that the SFBC cost about the same back then.

Motion: Commend the Skinner for thinking positively. Voting gives 7-2-4+Spehn.

Motion: Condemn the SFBC for trying to moon its members. Voting gives 4-3-3+Spehn.

Motion: Matrix vote! Voting gives 4-7-2+Spehn. [John] ``I think you should count her leg double.'' [Yevgeniya] ``Is it that fat?'' Pentiumcomm reports the determinant as -35 after some deliberation, so all three motions fail.


Future Business

John ponders what to do with a pair of scissors. Putting them back in the desk is just so mundane. The scissors had been used for cutting a corner off the election sign.

Motion: Condemn MITSFS for cutting corners. Passes 5-2-4+Spehn. Spehn will be upset at Jade's shortchanging of his vote.

Jade stands behind Ed, and thus the Onseck is in constant danger of being brained by the gavel. Perhaps this will induce a fear of science-fiction libraries in a future life.

[Jamie] ``Stop going `uh-huh' when you have nothing to add, or I will kill you.''

Motion: Destroy the future with a big yellow banana. Passes 9-2-5+Spehn.

Meeting adjourned, 1600 SST, although it is not specified what day.

Respectfully submitted,
Ed Keyes, Onseck