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MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, April 12, 2002

MITSFS meeting called to order, ``late'' SST, Jade Wang, President and Skinner, presiding. Ed Keyes is the tax-dreading Onseck.

Jade is sleeping... 1700 SST... 1710 SST... 1720 SST... 1730 SST... 1740 SST...

Jade bings the gavel by an amazing display of telekinesis, courtesy of Jamie's arm.

Minutes read.

Motion: Denounce the minutes as a hyperintelligent squirrel plot. Passes 7-0-2+Spehn.

Jade is sleepy and moving in slow motion. Jamie continues to bing quietly for her.

Motion: Denounce the minutes as not noting ``I'' wasn't present. Passes 7-0-1+Spehn.


Committee Reports

Dexmistress: The reserve paperback shelves have new labels.

War Council: Ed gives a report on the first meeting of the Reading Room working group, but since he's giving the report he didn't get a chance to write any of it down here simultaneously.

Bluebellcomm: Ed is lame. Also, one of the Jordan books actually wore out its plastic cover. [John] ``It was one of the early ones... you know, where things happen.''

Motion: Have the Onseck look suitably ashamed of himself. Jade wakes up to call a vote. Fails 4-8-3+Spehn.

There follows a discussion on sleep deprivation. [Jamie] ``It works better now that I'm on amphetamines.'' There is a rumor of a drug being tested by the FDA which completely removes the need for sleep, apparently now being prescribed for narcolepsy. A discussion of possible psychological effects.

Motion: Encourage LaVerde's not to sell this drug. Not seconded. Jade gives her philosophy on drug control: ``You shouldn't restrict anything, because it'll weed out all the dumbasses in the world.''

Google is put forward as an extension of one's long-term memory. [Jamie] ``I consider it an extension of my senses.''

Motion: Do a series of experiments on the drug with hyperintelligent squirrels out to the LD50 level. Passes 7-4-0+Spehn.

Mobcomm$_2$: After some quick accounting, it turns out that we've been spending about $6500/year on books. [Sam] ``It is good for libraries to buy books.''


Old Business

Bob Klein actually made a large donation on Saturday, a big pile of boxes which is reportedly about half of what he has to give us. The rest is probably to come after we finish processing this.

John has heard of rumors about a squirrel-proof birdfeeder, which tips over when a squirrel climbs on it. One variant of this might actually be illegal due to cruelty to squirrels.

It is noted that the ideal bird-feeder is almost squirrel-proof, so you can watch them try over and over again. Reportedly adding capsaicin to the seeds annoys the squirrels but not the birds.

[Jade] ``I'm tired, let's go home.''

A random thing found at Palmer and Dodge: an ad for a book on how to use science in legal arguments. There's no particular emphasis on actual scientific evidence, just how to argue with confidence.

Usual stuff.


New Business

John discovered the books Satan's Mistress, Satan's Love Child, etc.

Motion: Feed Satan's mistress a banana. Fails 2-8-0+Spehn.

Andrew Boardman went to a British con and came back with a bunch of free books, which were mostly given to us.

Motion: Put Satan's mistress in a birdfeeder for hyperintelligent squirrels... blah blah blah banana. No, wait, give her a banana and put her in one of those new birdcages so we can see squirrels fall and break their backs. Passes.

Meeting adjourned, ``late'' SST.

Respectfully submitted,
Ed Keyes, Onseck