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MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, February 15, 2002

MITSFS meeting called to order, 1700 SST, Jade Wang, President and Skinner, presiding. Ed Keyes is the very much colder Onseck.

Minutes read, complete with a large smiley-face visual aid.

Motion: Commend last week's minutes as enthusiastically something-something. Passes 2-0-many hearts+Spehn.

The ispell program corrected the spelling of ``noseface''.


Committee Reports

Pseudo-Plantcomm: Apparently the side radiators can blow warm air, although the central one only blows cold air.

Jamie attempts to lift a box of SNF onto the ZGT.

Chronicomm: SNF #0 is now copied and stapled and stuff. We're looking for a cheaper color copy place for #1.

Jadecomm: She was accepted to Stanford, yay! A discussion of visiting colleges and whether they reimburse you for travel expenses.

Andy volunteers to be a new prentice. The cloud of doom wafts over and takes position over his head.

Pianocomm: We got a prentice! His name is a Norman word meaning a depression by a hill (Clough, pronounced Clef).

A discussion of how Jamie's Russian/Polish Jewish family ended up with ``Morris''. Morrisovich?

Jade invites everyone to a celebration dinner. Unfortunately a Guild game starts tonight.

Mobcomm: By mistake more than intention, we got both the British and American editions of the same book. They have the same page count but a 50% difference in bulk... I guess those Brits have different trees to make paper from.

There are retroactive cliches in Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. That is, the ending ruined the earlier cool parts of the book.

A discussion of ``plot coupons''. The usual structure of trilogies. Prophecies and whether trying to follow them actually works.

Jamie proceeds to spoil the ending of Lord of the Rings for John. [Jamie] ``Read the bloody books, dude!''

Mobcomm$_{n+1}$: We missed a Lackey book last week.

A discussion of why profile shots of people on magazine covers always face to the right.


New Business

Jade goes to find something to destroy with the gavel.

Did our outside bank report get turned in?

BING! BING! The little banana guy falls down, maybe from the gavel shock wave. [Jamie] ``And the suction cup can be on top of the ball if you like, so they can mind-meld.''

John reads an interesting cover blurb into the minutes. ``A child and a dead cosmonaut, joined in the brain of a giant whale!'' This is from The Jonah Kit.

We got a deactivation sticker in the mail.

There are some new spaces on tables where computers and stuff used to be. Phys Plant may or may not have just trashed the stuff in the hall, but that's okay.


Old Business

The bulletin board is momentarily completely clean, except for the thermometer. [Jade] ``What does it read?'' [John] ``Robert Jordan, mostly.''

The reserve paperback bubble has propagated farther.


Future Business

We need to get some envelopes for SNF.

Jamie finds some planet identification posters in the stationary drawer. There is a discussion of where to post them: inside or outside or outside facing inside. We are missing Pluto.

Someone should remind John to bring his digital recorder.

It is reported that boring everyday birds are called LBB's by bird-watchers: little brown bastards. Sparrows and stuff, that is.


We have a future.

Jade contemplates the depressing candy hearts put out by ``The only consistent feature of all your dissatisfying relationships is you.''

Jamie starts trashing stuff out of the WTF? box.

Motion: Have come up with something depressing involving mixing chocolate and bananas together... apparently the combination is bitter. Passes 8-0-1+Spehn.

Meeting adjourned, 1740 SST, no sorry, 1750 SST.

Respectfully submitted,
Ed Keyes, Onseck