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MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, July 12th, 2002

MITSFS meeting called to order, 1700 SST, Ed Keyes, President and Skinner, presiding; Jamie Morris, pseudo-Onseck, recording.

Minutes read.

(JFC) Move to note that it was actually an Adjournment Chant rather than an Adjournment Song.

Motion vanishes in a puff of dragons.


Committee Reports

(JFC) Mobcomm: Updated statistics on what books cost us are about $13.50 cover price or $11 S-CC price per two regular paperbacks (not trade pbs).

(ED) Those nicely bracket the one-year membership rate, so we'll keep the same rates this year.

Mobcomm could do an extra hardcovers run to fill up the bubble in the hardcover space. 'course, then we wouldn't have that space anymore and it would suck.

hBarcomm: We think the summer mailing probably happened ok but don't remember whether we've actually asked hBarcomm to be sure.


Old Business

There is a prentice theoretically assigned to distributing the rest of the hardcover bubble, Brian T. Sniffen, but he was given too many options for when to come in and be instructed on it so he hasn't been able to pick one yet. Should re-ping him about that.

Maggie Gee's The Ice People is discussed. It has wacky Wiccans, chemical castration, and good grounds for class-action lawsuits.

Ex-Keyholder Ted Allison is here (at MITSFS) while visiting the area. Is he responsible for JFC's cold? Are the books carriers of disease? Should we laminate all the members' hands to protect us?

We'll scan in all our books and abandon their physical forms, right after Hayden gets around to doing that for all their books. The MIT Libraries do have an ongoing program scanning some stuff in, including theses--students are required to turn in extra hardcopy of their theses for the Libraries, which the Libraries then scan in and store digitally, which is sort of inefficient when the theses are all being written online in the first place.


New Business

JFC tried to cheat with the voting to ratify AMB as summer Onseck, but his evil machinations were foiled. The Skinner gloats triumphantly.

Ted Williams, the famous baseball player who is not the same as Tad Williams the SF author, has disappeared posthumously. He may have been frozen. Senator John Glenn was asked to intervene to have the body thawed and cremated. It is unclear whether Glenn's Senatorial position or experience as an ex-astronaut is what makes him a good candidate for hunting down a missing corpse.

Some people think there is ``a technical solution for death.'' Why does freezing your head help? Because in order to debug something you've got to be able to reliably reproduce the bug first....

The new rates are up. They look a lot like the previous/current rates.

Still need to get prentice Eric together with the Surgeon so he can work on the Surgery backlog. In the meantime he might work on the hardcover bubble.


Future Business

Soon the count of indexed-online items will reach 45,000. The distribution of #copies is approximately Poisson, with a bit over 40% chance that we have at least $n+1$ copies of a book that we have at least $n$ copies of.

Inventory will be on Saturday August 3rd. The announcement will go out shortly.

Miller Motion fails.

Second Miller Motion passes 3-3-1+Spehn.

Meeting adjourned, 1752 SST.

Respectfully submitted,
Jamie Morris, pseudo-Onseck