MIT Science Fiction Society
84 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
MITSFS Meeting Minutes
Friday, September 26, 2003
MITSFS meeting called to order, 1700 SST, Ed Keyes, President and Skinner, presiding; Kat Allen, Onseck, recording.
Motion: Approve the minutes as filling in ALC on what happened
Motion: condemn the lateral thinking that requires you to ask for
things you want
Clearly, TZ will be done when Jourcommm has made a sacrifice to Odin on his sacred day.
Discussion of feminist apocolypse fiction.
``The book that's written in shorthand...'' -Andrew
We will be getting some replacements from the SCC: notably, American Gods and a Bujold book. ED suggests that we get ``Quicksilver'', the new Stephenson book.
(The Onseck takes this opportunity to note that there are *12* people at the meeting! 12!. No, wait, 13!)
Discussion of the FDA regulations on monitors, microwaves, and x-ray
televisions going through Customs.
``There is always the magic word, 'wallet'''
Discussion of the correct pricing for black-market Russian nuclear reactors, and Customs stopping the exportation of nuclear technology to the Soviet Union.
``Two branches of the government got into a fight ...'' -- JFC
Note from Sam: ``If you're a visiting alien, you can bring crypto in to the country, but you can't take it back out. You can take your shotgun shells, though, leading to the conclusion that you should engrave your one-time pads onto the shotgun shells.
Discussion of using the UA for studying time dialation properties.
Motion: Commend Bluebellcomm and condemn Mobcomm for there being only
a very few new books on the shelf.
Motion chickens 9-5-9+Spehn
A guy who was a member in '56 sent us mail -- he is looking for the short story that he wrote a thesis on for Course 21, which is in a magazine that may have been accidentally donated by a friend of his.
ALGOL (inc. usual complaints about debate, despite the lack of Malcom) Discussion of how Malcom is nothing at all like Emily.
John has a description of a book about the conspiracy to deny Mary Magdaline's role in Christianity. Extensive argument and discussion ensues about the meaning of the word ``catechizer'', and books that reference themselves in one way or another.
Motion: condemn MobComm for not buying us any books about
Fails for lack of a second.
Discussion of family feuds that begin by rejecting previous wedding dresses, elephants.
Motion: MITSFS get a banaelephant RIGHT NOW! Passes 11-9-4+Spehn
Once the Skinner was informedd that the previous motion contained the
Meeting adjourned, 1742 SST.