MIT Science Fiction Society

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MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, March 5, 2004

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

Minutes read.

Correction: JFC did not say that he read all the Anita Blake books. He read only 1-10

Motion to condemn JFC for doubting the truth of the minutes
Passes 6-4-4+Spehn

BTS demonstrates that he can pull books off the ``to be shelved'' which are horribly painful.

``We do have good books in here, don't we?'' -ED

Motion: Have the Society experiment to see if you can read one of ``those'' books and a real book at the same time, since they use different parts of your anatomy.
Passes 6-0-0+Spehn


Committee Reports


WBS There are approximately 3.5 people working on Bluebellcomm--perhaps there should be Bluebellcomm parties.
Discussion about whether there is a net loss in tablespace in the last year.
Discussion about the psychology of quotas, complaints, and how to remind people to do committee work with or without swords.


Is going to order cover material before putting the computer away after the meeting today.

Y mentions TSR writers guides, in which they explain that they are against Lichs and Ancient Evils Reawakening.

Motion: Get the society a TSR writers guide
Passes 11-0-1+Spehn

Why don't people ever melt down the token required to release the ancient evil? * They acquire powers of their own * You might need to use the ancient evil to fight off the more-ancient evil.


Needs Star Chamber people to come assist in buying books.


TZ is real soon now as ever. In particular, it has been admitted that there are no difficulties between us and the completion of TZ--but the delay may or may not be related to motor-biking through Chernobyl.

There is a new road from Moscow to Vladivostok.

``Can you say that again?''-KHA
JFC does so
blank look
``How about I spell it for you''
``Oh, Vladivostok!''

Move to insert ``that'' word for word in the minutes.
Passes by Skinnerial Decree.

THAT word for word

Discussion about AlohaLenscomm, which proceeds to torture the Onseck.


Old Business

JFC and ED encountered an apparition that claimed to be nothing at all like Erin P.

JFC got email from Joy Sumner, who says to say hi to everyone.
Motion: Hi Joy!
Passes 8-0-1+Spehn

The Microcanonical Ensemble is really cool. Its temperature varies.



New Business

Larry Niven wrote a story called ``SmutTalk'' that appeared in Playboy, which JFC does not recognize.

WarCouncil has no update. However, our current lease on warehouse space ends either near the end of this month or beginning of April, so we'll need at least a month more.

Y gives a television report:
Enterprise was forcefully moved from 8-9 PM, which is said to describe what video game characters do when not at work. Called something like ``Game Over''

BTS reports that the Firefly movie has gotten approved (Joss Wheaton's sci-fi thing) and Alan Moore has totally disassociated himself from the HellBlazer movie, after a messy lawsuit happened where some people who'd pitched a script idea to Fox years ago that resembled League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, before Moore wrote the comic. They sued Moore claiming that he'd been a patsy for Fox, so now he's not willing to deal with it.

SFBC has sold out to spammers in Hong Kong, who send all-image html.

KHA is recycling labels for the calendar.


Future Business

Extensive discussion about how running a Library involves chores, and potential classes in Bluebellcomm disguised as origami.

Andy, who is visiting, reveals herself to be both a professional Librarian and to do origami, but is not being drafted to Bluebellcomm.

In the future, the TIFF may rotate.

JFC starts to read, resulting in a
Fails 8-11-0+Spehn

Albanian Motion
Chickens 4-5-7+Spehn JFC gets bored and stops reading anyway.

BTS starts singing ``John Carr has no tail at all...''

Miller Motion: make it stop
Passes 12-1-7+Spehn

Meeting adjourned, 1730 SST.

Respectfully submitted,
Kat Allen, Onseck