MIT Science Fiction Society

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MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, May 3, 2002

MITSFS meeting called to order, 1700 SST, Jamie Morris, Chancellor and Pseudo-Skinner, presiding. Ed Keyes is the proto-librarian Onseck.

John demonstrates the procedures of Bluebellcomm to a prentice.

Minutes read.

Motion: Condemn the minutes for not mentioning my (John's) name enough. Fails 2-4-2+Spehn.

[John] ``I would have chickened the motion, but it would have involved kicking Emily.''

Motion: Condemn the minutes for not being comment-worthy enough. Passes 2-1-2+Spehn.


Committee Reports

Jadecomm: Jade gave her masterworks presentation, but now has to give a longer version at Lincoln Labs, so is hosed now.

Pseudo-Theftcomm: [John] ``I'll finally be able to spend more time at MITSFS.'' The use of words like ``incompetent'' featured large in his resignation letter.

Theftcomm: The Tyrannical Iron Fist sheets will probably rotate in June.

Analogcomm: The hours request envelope is up.

The Star Chamber has been slightly less lame recently, as we have plastic now, but no money quite yet. Soon, though, as the forms have been turned in for the transfer.

Pianocomm: We have a new keyholder, Susan Born. She will be SEB to avoid the SB confusion with JSB?

Pseudo-Bluebellcomm: We have gloriously large amounts of covering material, and already four covered books to show for it, due to the efforts of prentice Emily.

Minicult: The brothels in Tazmania have been put on alert because a US aircraft carrier is coming into port. Apparently they wore out the workers in Perth a few months ago. [John] ``Be proud of our men in white.''


Old Business

We got a letter from Sherrian Lea with a wonderfully overdone story about avoiding a $2 overdue fine, due to a tongue-in-cheek poke sent by the VGG.

Ex-Skinner Tim Huckleberry '84 is now at Games Workshop and is arranging to get us some of their Black Library stuff.



New Business

NASA is irradiating plants with microwaves to see what happens. ``Are these live plants or dead plants?'' ``At the beginning or end of the process?''

This veers into a discussion of power satellites, the Illuminati, NASA, orbital mind control lasers, and using atomic bombs to light cigarettes.

We have a new filing cabinet thrown out by the UA. Or are our file cabinets breeding? In any case we'll use it to replace one in Damnation Alley that's rusty. At the moment it may be permanently locked until we set jhawk loose on it.

A new Finboard request was put in. Just a usual request, since we don't have to refrain any more in order to put in a big request for the Reading Room move.

Outside bank accounts for groups are apparently going away. This sucks, and was only even announced now because the info was leaked.

The Los Angeles Sci-Fi Society, to support the war against terrorism, will pull sensitive materials from their site... or put some up and then pull it if there isn't any there already.

Motion: MITSFS should support the war on terrorism by reporting the LASFS to the government and then claim their Century Fund as war spoils. Passes everyone-traitors-the faint of heart+Spehn.


Future Business

Elections are in one week in 5-216, the Star Chamber, with even more in-jokes. The picnic is the following day, meeting at the library at 10:00 am. At the moment we even have enough cars.

A discussion of rental cars and paddle-shifting in particular. Audi faked gears in their continuously-variable transmission to avoid confusing people. There is a suggestion to put speakers in electric cars to make engine noises for the benefit of pedestrians.

The summer rates will shortly go up. We will even have a summer-only membership, since the VGG approved the idea.

We never actually check to see whether non-members pay us $2 for the picnic, although it doesn't come up much. Old picnic invitations have references to co-ed members making the sandwiches.

In the next two weeks, Emily will become famous as the designated Star Wars fan in a Boston Herald story. A discussion of the Star Wars movies, old and new, and special effects, old and new. There is an ASCII animation of Star Wars on the web.

No one is planning to graduate soon...

Susan is now sweeping the library as part of her new keyholder duties.

Jamie tries to get people to sing, to no avail.

Motion: Miller motion. Fails 2-3-2+Spehn.

Jamie tells people the lyrics to the adjournment song. John tells a story about rabbits and the use of their tails to hide themselves.

Motion: Second Miller motion. Not seconded.

Motion: Third Miller motion. Third second! Passes 5-0-3+Spehn.

Meeting adjourned, 1742.3 SST.

Respectfully submitted,
Ed Keyes, Onseck