MIT Science Fiction Society

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Cambridge, MA 02139

MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, June 27, 2003

MITSFS meeting called to order, 1700 SST, Ed Keyes, President and Skinner, presiding; Kat Allen, Onseck, recording.

Minutes read.

Comment the minutes for being lengthy and humorous Passes 6-1-4+Spehn

Motion to approve the minutes as flaming sharp cheese Passes 6-4-2 +Spehn

Discussion of whether the minutes would burn, and whether the Onseck should pause after saying ``BING''.

Motion to do something. Something passes, 3-0-2+Spehn

Discussion of whether we should use the other chain for the Anita Blake books, or the Piers Anthony books.


Committee Reports


Reports its existence, despite all other


Got some books.

``The Gor books are trying to escape!'' -MHG
Move to commend the Gor books, fails for lack of a second.

MobComm's Harry Potter policy is when asked about buying the Harry Potter book, the person who asks will be mocked. The Onseck asked him to get the book, claiming that she does not mind being childish, but MobComm did not mock her, other than asking if BTS if she was always this childish. He declined to comment.

Move to condemn the Bluebellcomm backlog (seconded by Bluebellcomm representative. BTS)
Passes 6-3-6+Spehn

Move to condemn the Bluebellcomm backlog to being suffocated and wrapped in plastic.
Passes 7-1-3+Spehn


Knows it needs to buy magazines.

MHG is not being reimbursed for buying more chain, no matter how pretty it is.


The movies mentioned last week are being shown this week.


Old Business

The bookshelves that had been held up by punch cards are now being held up by wood.

The anti-radiator is dripping on us. Discussion about why the DustBuster can't be used to fix this.

Discussion of early vacuum cleaners, and whether the pump-action could double as a super-soaker *and* a Larami gun.

Discussion of BTS and KHA's game, running under the Assassins' Guild this weekend.



New Business

The gifts office has received, on our behalf, the first part of the collected works of Jack Vance, in approximately 40 hard-cover volumes. John says that Prentices or bored, obsessive keyholders should flip through the books to make sure all the pages are in order.
``But we don't have any ... wait, never-mind''

Move to institute a Board of Obsessive Keyholders

Discussion of what happens if you send two people to Albania, and whether they can talk to one another. The question is never fully resolved, but the meeting moves on as everyone is distracted.

Motion to recommend that the Star Chamber nominate a more permanent People's Albanian Embassy, or an assistant deputy secretary...fails for lack of a second, but:

Move to make BTS the assistant deputy secretary to the People's Albanian Embassy.
Passes 14-4-1+Spehn

Discussion of Baen covers, Manga, Zen, dinosaur alcoholism, and tasteful cloaks.

Move to commend James Baen for inducting so many people into SF by such well-targeted advertising.
Passes 8-2-2+Spehn

Discussion of JM being the test case for the exploding chain-mail chastity belt.

``Oh, dear. I said that, didn't I?'' -MHG

Discussion of plaid-shifting MHG with a really big catapult.

``I don't think I have anything else to share'' -JFC
``Oh, thank God'' -BTS


Future Business

We have new Psi-Phi shirts, but the font is much smaller. They are black.

Discussion of beaver-eyed monsters, and the MIT seal.
Discussion of the horrible MIT logo, and previous horrible logos.
Apparently MIT has not learned not to waste their money on ``image consultants''.

Motion go commend the South Pacific for being banana-colored
Fails 5-7-2+Spehn

Discussion of whether Susan has a parasitic head slinky.

Motion to have the Secretary translate banana into Albanian.
Passes 9-8-0+Spehn

Meeting adjourned, 1730 SST.

Respectfully submitted,
Kat Allen, Onseck