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MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, February 22, 2002

MITSFS meeting called to order, 1700 SST, Stephanie Fried, LHE and Pseudo-Skinner, presiding. Ed Keyes is the too-to-two Onseck.

Minutes read. Applause.

Motion: Condemn the minutes as falsely implying unanimity on the criticism of Tad Williams. Chickens 5-5-5+Spehn.

A discussion of who Spehn was and why.


Committee Reports

Chronicomm: It's out! It's out!! It's OUT!!! There was a big envelope-stuffing party yesterday, and we filled up two mailboxes. The newsletter was sent out to alums and interesting folks.

[Jamie] ``Steph isn't ripe yet, so she doesn't get one.'' Young and succulent indeed. Jamie is too bony to be succulent, it is noted.

A discussion about the use of botulism poison to prevent wrinkles. People are confusing this with the use of bubonic plague. Food poisoning on your forehead. [John] ``What if you lick the person's forehead?''

Mobcomm: We didn't do anything at all this week, except for starting a list of books we don't have.

Pseudo-Pianocomm: Andy became a prentice. Brian Sniffen also became a prentice, yay. Bluebellcomm stuff in progress. Eric Armstrong offered to help repair books.


Old Business

SNF! It's done! It's done! Ed can have his key finally. There follows a discussion of the symbolism of keys versus cards, and banana-shaped keys.

This segues into a discussion of all of the banana-shaped things in the library. The Skinner's studded leather banana is pulled out, causing a member to remark, ``Oh wow, that's... special.''

A discussion of time-sharing Jens. ``I'll trade you two units of Jen Chung for a unit of Jen Clay.''

[Laura] ``I'm going to hide behind my hair now.'' This is one of the least old meetings in a while due to all the people Steph brought.

Usual stuff.


New Business

We have two new sponges, to be used with non-adhesive stamps.

[Steph] ``Become an apprentice.'' ``Why?'' ``To stop me from killing you.'' This argument, plus a few others, appears to work.

When Ed thinks of cloning, corruption, and power, he thinks of John. Namely a flyer for a book.

Potatoes from flakes? Are flakes better than powder? Can you deep-fry either of them? Deep-fried mashed-potato balls with cheese. [John] ``I'd eat those.'' Do it twice to get an extra coating, like candles. There is a discussion of whether potatoes are flammable. Almost everything is flammable with enough heat and oxygen, except maybe sapphires.

``She's like an angst vampire with a soul.'' ``Jen Clay will eat us all!!!'' Angst agriculture for civilized angst vampires.

[Laura] ``You're talking about me! You're talking about me talking!'' Steph is planning to use Laura's voice for some sort of music project. John pulls out Tarl, but it was just a bluff. Laura proceeds to squeak, and John pulls out the oil. Harmful or fatal if swallowed...

[Laura] ``So... about that monkey...''

Jamie looks for volunteers on Monday for a shelving expedition from among the new prentices.


Future Business

John pulls out a CD for Steph to destroy. [John] ``Would you like Earthlink or Cocoa Puffs?'' BANG! BANG! CLANG! THUD THUD BING! Everyone gathers around to examine the shards, and admires them.

[Laura] ``Ooooh I wish I were an Oscar Monkey weiner...''

Motion: [Laura, singing] ``Bananas... in pajamas... are coming down the stairs.'' Passes 7-0-0+Spehn.

Meeting adjourned, 1750 SST.

Respectfully submitted,
Ed Keyes, Onseck