MIT Science Fiction Society
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MITSFS Meeting Minutes
Friday, September 19, 2003
MITSFS meeting called to order, 1700 SST, Ed Keyes, President and Skinner, presiding; Kat Allen, Onseck, recording.
Motion: Commend the Onseck for reading two weeks worth of minutes
while only tripping over her tongue a little bit
Discussion of Laurie Ward's Reality Distortion Field and appropriate finance-sensitive sunglasses to wear.
Motion: Appropriate money for finance-sensitive sunglasses for the LHE
We may have to backtrack through the possible places where they may have sent our package.
Discussion of warped space in the Stata Center.
Discussion of oil tanks calling people and hanging up.
Discussion of weird prank phone calls and appropriately disturbing comments, and what to do to people who repeatedly call the wrong number.
ALGOL (including usual random noise from Margaret)
We were visited by John Kuenzig, from Kuenzig Books, and he offered us an extra 10% discount when asked how much the discount ought to have been.
John elected not to buy the Latin translation of Harry Potter, but it is in the Coop. If someone wants to donate it, though, we'll buy it. ``There's weirder stuff that we could buy for people to not read. In fact, there's weirder stuff that we do buy that people don't read'' -JFC
Discussion of pseudo-Latin incantations and what you'd use to replace them in a Latin translation. ``Linear B'', maybe? Greek? Phonecian? Egyptian? Hebrew?
Discussion of Ancient Greek god promiscuity and Egyptian lineage one-upping, as well as the effects of Digital Rights Management on Greek Culture between 1200 and 700 BC. We have a book called ``Etruscans''. We don't really have ``American Gods'', because a member has had it out for two years.
Motion to condemn JFC for not bringing any new banana animals into the
Motion chickens 4-3-5+Spehn
The Koala did try to escape - he was busily climbing down the cabinet when JFC arrived. JM suggests that we put the Koala into the polyhedron, but the offspring of a Bananakoala and a Bananaroo would be disturbing.
MHG is disturbed by the baby Bananimal. JM points out the egg.
``Maybe you won't want to be around when that hatches'' -JM
``But it has been dormant for a while...'' -MHG
``Legendary creatures have a long gestation period'' -JM
``Anyone for omelette of legendary creature?'' -MHG
Malcolm tells JFC that face-huggers are not allowed in the Library, since they prevent people from reading.
Timewarp to Committee Reports:
Sara wrote a review for TZ. The book has not been published yet, so maybe it and the current TZ will coincide nicely.
Motion: Put the Koala-Bananimal and the Bananaroo in the same
polyhedral cage so that they will breed.
(Post-meeting bananimal discussion) MHG wants to either sell the offspring or use them as her unholy army of the darkness. JM thinks we may need to keep them for scientific study.
Meeting adjourned, 1746 SST.