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MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, November 3, 2006

MITSFS meeting called to order, 1700 SST, Kevin Riggle, President and Skinner, presiding; Christian Ternus, Pseudo-Onseck, recording.

Minutes read.

Motion to commend the minutes for being in the tradition of Onseckretarial work passes 14-1-0+Spehn.

Note for the Skinner or Onseck: go back and fix last week's minutes.


Committee Reports


Hasslecomm is revising its rites. People should email them to comment on whether the Rites are sane. Hasslecomm will happen Real Soon Now.


Kate is now in Quadravisual. It's like the Four Seasons of Kate. Except it's really like two seasons.

Star Chamber

Brian processed 2 donations on Sunday. Andrew processed a donation today. You may have more fine credit than you're used to. If you're one of the donors. Our members have no (cents|sense).

There are a bunch of new magazines on the shelf. If you'd like to read this month's F&SF or Analog, they're up there.


Y'all should write for Kvetchcomm. It's about writing reviews. We have determined that authors sometimes read our reviews. Elizabeth Bear liked our review of her book. It's easy - take a book that's been written sometime in the last decade, and review it. The more recent the better - it will encourage publishers to send us new books. Kvetchcomm is not interested in ``This book gets 3.7 stars.'' Maidens are important. A few of the new books will be going on the shelves soon. You should review them. Kate will review the vanity published book ``in the proper fashion.'' Reviews should be the truth, they don't have to be nice.


More books got covered. There's a pile over there, yay. Bluebellcomm is attempting to stay on top of things.


Magazine inventory is coming up on Sunday the 12th. We will have a set of known knowns, a set of known unknowns, and unknown unknowns. We will attempt to make the last as small as possible, lest the Vogons get involved. Send an email to Jake Beal or Magdex.


AlohaLenscomm judges a book primarily by its cover, mentioning that it apparently compares favorably to Red Mars, which AlohaLenscomm detests.


Kate asks about Panthercomm. Let's deal with this later.


Old Business

John M. Ford is now deceased. There is a nice obit on He is credited as being one of the first cyberpunk authors. The book ``Web of Light'' is on the Skinner's to-read list.

A question about indefinite-time business results in the onseck losing his place in the minutes.

Ig Nobels were sponsored in part by the Harvard Science Fiction Society (HRSFA). Have we ever, do we now, and will we ever care about the Ig Nobels? LSC will be handling this.

The Mythbusters don't believe in MIT, and consequently will be arriving tomorrow to prove or disprove the existence of the mythical 'hosed freshman'.

Motion that we are all at Schroedinger's MIT chickens 4-2-8+Spehn.

Motion that we should all be glad that how much the Skinner hates Fragile Things didn't come up this meeting passes 21-3-2+Spehn.

Jake Beal's sources are 'comprehensive'.



New Business

Motion about whether the Skinner has to bing succeeds in its failure 7-8-0+Spehn. MITSFS is truly a Red Queen situation.

Move to ban both panting and de-panting fails for lack of a second.

Albanian motion fails for lack of a second.

Finger motions fail for lack of seconds.


Future Business

The Skinner imagines impulses in Fourier space caused by binging. He can create delta-functions with his bare hands.

Asa is going back to Colorado. He got into his school!

Motion to award Asa the Order of the Golden Banana and a free box of used books passes 12-2-2+Spehn.

BING! Meeting adjourned, 1830 SST.

Respectfully submitted,
Christian Ternus, Pseudo-Onseck