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MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, December 27th, 2002

MITSFS meeting called to order, 1700 SST, John Carr, Mobcomm and Pseudo-Skinner presiding; Jamie Morris, Pseudo-Onseck, recording.

Minutes read.

Move to approve the minutes as unread. Motion does nothing, 1-1-0+Spehn.


Committee Reports

Apathycomm says ``Yay.'' Is Justin here?

Mobcomm: Due to intensive preparation for being Pseudo-Skinner this week, I was unable to do serious Mobcomm work. Might have ordered a few British books.

MiniCult: DARPA's funding a Sloanie's software for finding terrorists and criminals by analyzing and correlating Web sites, email, etc.

Bluebellcomm: The pile hasn't changed since last week, including a dozen new books.

Dexmistress: New dexes soon for the new year. Also, the shelfcode system may be revamped soon; this would be user-visible. Also, the bibliographic database may be revamped, with design starting soon; this would not be user-visible until much later. Also, the system for tracking what's in boxes instead of shelves will be revamped very soon, to decouple the prescriptive and descriptive functions.


Old Business

The phone bill claims the same amount owed as the N bills that have yelled angrily about it, but the yelling itself has vanished. Did Ed's attempt to have it charged to our account convince them we're trying and shouldn't be yelled at (even if it didn't actually work so far), or did they just decide we're not listening anyway?

All 2002 minutes so far that hadn't gotten into HTML yet now have, including the minutes for October 32nd.

The boxed SFWAs may manage to be repackaged before IAP starts since there are some workers around.

JFC asks JPM to divide the Prentices into naughty and nice, but doesn't think the list needs to be checked even once, let alone twice.

NESFA has made GF (more) canonical by defining ``to george'' and ``to georgify.'' Oddly, the definitions only involve asking George to proofread things, not getting him to bless their final forms.

The Tuttle donation is almost processed enough to write the acknowledgement. It and the Klein donation will both be done and their acks out (barring odd delays getting signatures) well before Jan 31st, which is the general date by which charities send out donation acks.


New Business

Analogcomm: We have amusing IAP schedule headers.

Margaret isn't present but JFC proxies a Screeeeeeeeeeeeehhh! for her.

The donor of the Vance Integral Edition to the MIT Libraries is going ahead with it knowing it'll get passed to us, even though the donor turns out to be the publishers, who have some amount of anti-SF sentiment. It'll arrive in halves, in early 2003 and in late 2003 or early 2004. The MIT Libraries may or may not be sending acknowledgements for us.

The Star Chart has fallen and it can't get up.

Only a Boris calendar awaits the New Year. Save us!


Future Business

Move to have the Architecture department design a new, infinitely expandable, hyper-banana-shaped building to house MITSFS. Passes 7 hypervotes to none to 2 Heinleins plus Spehn.

Meeting adjourned, 1740 or so SST.

Sloppily submitted,
Jamie Morris, pseudo-Onseck.