MIT Science Fiction Society

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MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, October 24, 2003

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

Minutes read.

Move to approve the minutes as being Shakespearian
Fails for lack of a second

Motion: Quack
Passes 5-0-1+Spehn


Committee Reports


JFC asked about the mysterious Wednesday, and apparently he meant Wednesday October 1, 2003.
``So now we're missing specific deadlines instead of general deadlines'' -ED


Processed things on the Skinner shelf
We have some Choose Your Own Adventure books now.


JFC reads a strange sentence from the back of a book that he got from the remainder place in Waltham. ``an earthbound comet named Kali''...

We got an Amber prequel from a place that specializes in bad books.
We have a 119 page Terry Goodkind book. The meeting is collectively in shock.

``I really enjoyed 'Wizard's First Rule', when I first read it, but every book since has been exactly half as good as the book before, and they're on about book 8...'' -ED

A horrible Pun from Malcolm results in an Albanian Motion
Passes 6-1-0+Spehn


Will work on getting at least the new Pratchett covered.


JFC says that the leak we had a few years ago is just like the new leak.

The super washer-buffer squeegee machine was back to clean up the Technique flood, which was compared to a mini-zamboni.

Motion: Charter a committee to evaluate the possibility of taking the ice rink as Library space.
Passes: 6-1-0+Spehn


Old Business

KHA email'd the Salem donator, and will try calling her.

CJ Cherryh books are really popular donations.

ALGOL without a usual trip to Khatavar. BING!

New Business

No new Bananas this week, but there are some new people.

The CPs have decided that sending their officers to visit 4-5 FSILGs per night is a good idea.

``I assume they are checking for alcohol, freshmen and other controlled substances'' -BTS

``If freshmen are outlawed, only outlaws will have/be freshmen'' -ED

There is a Dead Chicken mode. If you don't have a number you need, you just pick something and move on. It has incredible performance.

Amazon has taken 120,000 books and made them full-text search able, and they are working on putting in more. ED searched on himself, and found that someone had quoted a section of his web-page in a book.

ED wrote the original HackMaster, and is thus a scapegoat for the loss of millions of bytes of data on Palms.
JFC, looking at the web page, notes that the page was last updated in 1998.

BTS motions that, given JFC and other people's inability to use computing machines, we start acquiring all the documents relating to ``Interface Guidelines'' which claim that normal people might be able to use Computing Machines, and reclassify them as Science Fiction.
Fails for lack of a second, with the Albanian-translated comment that nobody in the Society knows what a normal person looks like.

New people are checking out books. They tried to apologize, but we told them that we *wanted* books to be checked out.

``That's Chinese with a Swedish accent, in Albanian'' -ED about Malcolm.

Discussion of HackMaster the Game, HackMaster in ``Knights of the Dinner Table'', and AD&D 3rd Edition.

JFC relates a favorite quote from Project Athena about doing UNIX on old Macs: ``Here is where it patches the ROM''

BTS and ED reminisce about the Palm OS and the Mac OS, and how each have evolved.

Our Illustrious Skinner is featured on a webpage, ``between a generic teenage basement hacker and a serial killer'' -JFC peterc/pilot/ga/gallery.html

Motion: to compensate all people who make applications for teensy weensy software with a banana
Passes 8-0-4+Spehn

Meeting adjourned, 1734 SST.

Respectfully submitted,
Kat Allen, Onseck