MIT Science Fiction Society

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Cambridge, MA 02139

MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, July 4,(BOOM!) 2003

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

Minutes read.

Motion to condemn last week's minutes as being not-nearly long enough
Passes 5/3/1+Spehn


Committee Reports


The shelf of Panthercomm and Bluebellcomm is all full.


Mobcomm failed in its Harry Potter policy. It paid too much for Harry Potter, but that's okay since ``it's the Library's money, and it's my job to spend the Library's money. If the Library has bad taste, that's not my fault'' -JFC

``The Library has poor taste. This is not in dispute'' -ED

Motion to set up a betting pool for how many Harry Potter books will be donated. Discussed, but fails for lack of a second.

NJ blue laws prevent bookstores from being open at midnight on a Saturday, so the ``poor'' people in NJ had to wait for Harry Potter until 9 AM.

Motion to commend the government of NJ for protecting the moral innocence of its constituency
Passes 8-0-1+Spehn

Discussion of books which tell you how to end the world by playing Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

The MobComm mobile lost a battle with a speed bump today. All the oil is now on Vassar street.


Old Business

Motion to commend the speculative fiction act for promoting government.
Passes 7-0-1+Spehn

Move that all future minutes should have a section reading ``the usual minutes''
Passes by Skinnerial Decree

Minutes from 10-15-1999 read very quickly. JFC ( who was that day's pseudo-onseck) says ``That's a lot faster than I remember that meeting.''

ALGOL to prevent more singing from Malcom


New Business

They're going to re-enact a big battle later tonight, in about 4 hours.
``Do you know which one?'' -JM
``Moscow is traditional'' -JFC
It is explained that the 1812 overture is about the Battle of Moscow.


Future Business

``wheeeeer BOOM!'' -Malcom

``I live near the Charles river. Not this one, the one upstream'' -JFC
``Is that not the same river?''-ED
``It is, but not such that you can tell'' -JFC

The explosions start at 10:30. Discussion about it being late, and how this is likely for advertising reasons.

Discussion of the SuperBowl.

Discussion of glow-in-the-dark football, with no illumination.

Discussion of the glowy stock-market desk toys, and whether we can get them to flicker in ``Pokemon Time'', 13 cycles per second.

JFC is very upset that they need power, and are not powered by vibrations, or like Magic 8 Balls.

Motion to condemn the stock market for being bananna colored.
Motion does nothing 3-1-3+Spehn

Estonian wife-carrying competitions are upsetting the Finnish, reports BTS,,SB105709469097077300,00.html
``The Finnish wife-carriers are like the Boston Red Sox - they're fun to watch, but you know they'll never win''

Motion to ask ESPN to give us money to have a wife-carrying team
Thankfully, fails for lack of a second.

Apparently, the women must be 49 kilograms or more, the weight of the last Finn to be crowned Miss Universe.

JM suggests that MIT have a Wellesley-girl carrying team, which requires that you carry the girl back to MIT.

Move to commend the Finns and Estonians for having good taste (they require bananna-colored backgrounds)

Meeting adjourned, 1731 SST.

Special post-meeting link:

Respectfully submitted,
Kat Allen, Onseck