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MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, 24 February 2012

MITSFS meeting called to order, 66.6 Ksec SST, Kaleb Ayalew, Vice and pseudoSkinner, presiding; Lemur Rowlands, Onseck, recording.

Minutes read.

WHAAT!? PASSES 7-0-1 plus Spehn.



Old Business

Two weeks ago there was Charles Stross. He read us a chapter from The Apocalypse Codex, so we know it's real, although Kendra still doesn't want to believe in it. He also told us about some of the other books he will have coming out soon. Neptune's Brood sounded really neat, it's a space opera set in the far future of the universe of Saturn's Children, and is hard SF without even near-light-speed travel. He's also writing a sequel to Rule 34 that will deal with transgender issues in the near future. And said that there will be about nine Laundry books, and that the fifth is where everything changes.

Last week was Boskone. There was much filk. There was also trivia for chocolate. And sword demonstrations by people from the Higgens Armory Museum in Worcester. And a talk by Guy Consolmango, an ex-Skinner Jesuit at the Vatican Observatory who talked about the history of astronomy and major errors people made because they had too much trust in their models.


New Business

We have new keyholders. Laura McKnight, LAM; Emerald Ferreira-Yang, EFY; and Cathy Douglass, CED!

We may know what's going on with the neutrinos. It looks like there were some loose wires, which makes the Onseck feel much better about all the loose wires in its lab.

Apparently there are rocket squid! A new study in the Journal of Mollusc Studies found that squid can save energy when traveling long distances by flying above the surface, powered by a rocket of water.

All hail our new rocket-squid overlords!


Future Business

There was a motion to put what the Onseck said about having possibly deleted the minutes into the minutes.

Motion to chastize the bananas in the library for reminding Lee that she wishes she'd brought the ones she had at home FAILS for lack of a second.

The apocalypse comes in the future. Motion for us all to look forward to that day PASSES 10-0-2 plus Spehn.

Miller Motion PASSES 12-01 plus Spehn.

BING! Universe adjourned, 68.4 Ksec SST.

Respectfully submitted,
Lemur Rowlands, Onseck