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MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, 18 November 2011

MITSFS meeting called to order, 66.6 Ksec SST, Lee Fuchs, pseudoSkinner, presiding; Lemur Rowlands, Onseck, recording.

Minutes read.

"It's very short." PASSES by pseudoSkinnerial Decree

We have a couple of reporters visiting from the MIT Division of Student Life, so the pseudoSkinner explains how to vote to them.



Committee Reports


Instead of our usual media showings, we have an author here, Jennifer Chung! Tomorrow we will have more authors! Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette are visiting the library at 15:00!

The awesomeness of Jim Butcher PASSES by pseudoSkinnerial Decree.


There was more Leibowitz donation and someone else's donation, and prentices did work!


We got a new Prentice, and it did work.


There are books that are damaged.


Our space application is submitted. We're hoping for more space this year!

Motion to pray that War-Council finally succeeds PASSES 7-0-1 plus Spehn.


We had an author named Stephen Wilk visit yesterday looking for particularly bad, quotably bad, books that have been pulished by real publishers (as opposed to self-published or book-mill published). He also recommended Galaxy 666 by Pel Torro as a particularly good example of this. The Onseck read a section aloud with great expression:

"Tell us what is happening," came the thought, as the alien's nearest pseudopod touched Oski.

"This is Bronet's answer," said Oski. "We are living in a corner of the universe that can only be described as insane. This is the negative to the positive universe in which we live. This is the confusion which makes our order possible. This is the chaos which makes it feasible for us to live in a universe which is governed by scientific principles.

Oski was getting almost eloquent in his oratory.

"This crazy galaxy is the price that the universe pays for order. 666, eh? By the seven green moons, it was well numbered! There's something strangely capreicious about this place. Just as our universe is a motivated universe, this one is motiveless. The real universe, the universe to which we belong, has purpose. This is purposeless. Our universe is straight-forward; this one is whimsical, fanciful, and fantastic. This is a temperamental galaxy, an [sic] hysterical galaxy, a mad galaxy. This is an insane, freakish, wonton, erratic, inconsistent galaxy; it's a completely unreasonable galaxy. It's undisciplined, refractory, uncertain and unpredictable. It's a volatile galaxy, a mercurial galaxy."

He turned round and shouted up an air vent: "It's a frivolous galaxy; it's inconsistant and inconstant; it's variable; it's unstblae; it's irresponsible and unreliable.

He suddenly collapsed on he [sic] floor of the alien ship, his arm across his face. "This is a playful galaxy," he sobbed, "and we are the toys with which it plays."

Motion to never read anything Pel Torro wrote out loud again PASSES 10-0-1 plus Spehn.

Anyway, if anyone has other recommendations of things as bad as this or worse, they should email the Onseck ( and it will pass them on.


Old Business

Jennifer Chung used to be a Keyholder, JKC.

Last weekend there was a Guild Game based on the lovely Jim Butcher series, Dresden Files.

Jim Butcher is still awesome.

JPW: Back in the day, prentices only worked for ten hours before they were keyed. Where's my cane?


New Business

Jennifer Chung is an author! And here!

We have Division of Student Life reporters here.

NaNoWriMo is going on. There are write-ins during Naomi's hours!

Motion to commend all the people who aren't horribly lazy and are doing NaNoWriMo CHICKENS 6-2-7 plus Spehn.


Future Business

Motion to make Jennifer Chung start MITSFS West in Seattle with all the other former keyholders there PASSES 8-0-4 plus Spehn.

The library will be closed on Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving.

Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette will be visiting the library at 15:00 tomorrow.

Motion to develop a recipe for banana-colored turkey. (1-2-9 plus Spehn)

Motion to develop a recipe for vegan turkey made of bananas. (11-0-1 plus Spehn)

Motion that all previous motions are completely transparent (8-0-0 plus Spehn)

BING! Meeting adjourned, 68.4 Ksec SST.

Respectfully submitted,
Lemur Rowlands, Onseck