MIT Science Fiction Society

84 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02139

MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, January 30, 2004

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

Minutes read.

Condemn the minutes for not explaining why JFC was Albanian'd
Fails 5-8-0+Spehn

Motion to stuff JFC and MHG into a Burma Jet and see if it is better than being intimate with a dragon
Passes 10-9-0+Spehn

Motion to augment MHG in the above motion with a wherry.
Passes 7-4-1+Spehn

Motion to purchase surplus Burma Jets for the Library
Chickens 4-5-12+Spehn

Discussion about whether the government will remove the secret weather control satellites before selling us the jets.

Several motions fail for lack of a second


Committee Reports


JFC covered the anti-superhero book

Discussion about composite wood-and-silver bullets which explode, and how to get rid of invulnerable bad guys.

``Hey, meta-normal! I'll give you a really shiny barometer that I'll give you if you go away''-JM
Explanation: There is a physics question about how to measure the height of a building. The real answer is not as funny as the wrong answers, including:
Drop a barometer off the building and time its fall
Bribe the building manager with a barometer
Threaten the building manager with the barometer, etc.


In order to not do anything, bought a book that he's now going to donate because it's horrible. We will not dignify the book by repeating it here

Motion to Albanian the book
Passes 19-0-0+Spehn


Bought a calendar for the Library, but it was a mutant. The Sentinels will be coming for it shortly.

Purchase a Sentinel for the Library
Passes 14-0-4+Spehn

Move to send a representative to the fruit store to buy sufficient dates for the new calendar
Chickens 4-0-5+Spehn


We have an estimate on a set of renovations which may or may not be what we want to be done, including $5000 in painting. BTS suggests that we ought to get a mural of William Shatner in Zardoz, because it won't cost more than we're already paying, and it would keep the books from being bothered by patrons.


The other box came, dated September 12 or December 9, depending on how you read it. They are the largest collegiate SF group in Britain, and are only 10% our size.

Motion: Evil Laughter
Passes 15-0-1+Spehn
Onseck's Note: The Evil Laughter is recorded in the file ``LHElaughs.mp3''


Old Business

A few weeks ago, maybe longer now, this poster was put on the door saying ``no food, we have a mouse''. We decided that since the mouse is not evident, the sign can come down.

Motion to Albanian JFC's drink
Passes 4-2-2+Spehn

Technique came by to shoot photos for the yearbook. They were fascinated by the Gor books, so they took posed pictures of patrons with the books.

Much discussion ensues about MHG and the Gor books and costumes, which results in a motion that passes 12-8-1+Spehn

Motion to make sure Aloha-Lenscomm is there
Passes 8-4+pillowsandshinythings-1+Spehn

Motion to make today official Pick on Margaret Day
Passes 7-6-2+Spehn

The Skinner and Chancellor will be going to NESFA's business meeting to warn them that we might be begging them for money soon.



New Business

``The premise is that Nebraska has an earthquake, and floods''-JFC
``And gets replaced with a sea of creamy corn, or am I mixing up two things?''-JM The clock says that it's raining in the circulating room. MHG says that the clock is redirecting signals from the Burma Jets and Colorado.

Move that the Society post Burma Jet signs Fails for lack of a second

Move that the the Society acquire Burma Shave signs and then turn them into planes

We could rewrite the minutes in the Burma Shave format, and then post them leading to the Library... or we could take a book that we have too many copies of and then put the pages serialized along the corridor.

``You know someone will complain if we only post every other page''
``Yes, but that's Jhawk: he's a keyholder, so he can let himself into the Library and read them himself!''

Motion to post the last page of every Agatha Christy novel along the Infinite, with a note saying ``Now that you've finished mysteries, come read something better...''
Passes 10-2-0+Spehn

Motion: Make February ``Ask Members if they're Ebay addicts'' month
Passes 8-0-2+Spehn

Motion to declare March ``Ask Bananas if they're Ebay addicts'' month
Passes 7-0-4+Spehn

Meeting adjourned, 1730 SST.

Bonus post-meeting quote:
``Second generation people are cooler. They get special powers''-JM
``Like not being able to leave?''-JFC
``I don't make a habit of gazing into the bottom of the pen-cup''-JM
``That must be one of your special second-generation powers''-JFC

Respectfully submitted,
Kat Allen, Onseck