LASFS Minutes ("Menace")
Meeting # 4030, Nov 06, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Marty Cantor presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Woody Dodge


(Portions read at the meeting are highlighted like this.)


President Marty Cantor called meeting #4030 to order at 8:00


Comments from the President

This evening, we nominate for the Board of Directors.


Under Special Orders of Business:

George Edgar Slusser, whose determination to develop the study of science fiction as an academic discipline led to the growth in size, scope and international reputation of UC Riverside’s Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy, died Nov. 4 at his home in Highland, Calif. He was 75.


Menace from the previous meeting were read.  Nick Smith bid $2.00 name them “These minutes are looking at me!” They were so accepted.


Treasurer’s Report

We have money.  You can’t spend any of it.

 


Patron Saint Woody Dodge


From the hagiography:

Fanac unknown. Old minutes note that he was in a Subaru commercial and once helped a fellow fan (Matthew Tepper) with his Subaru.


Patron Saint Woody Dodge was given three cheers and seven sisters!


Registrar Michelle announced Theresa C Trapp, referred by a friend.


Board Member comments

Meeting Sunday.


Elayne Pelz has the new donation list, current through Sept 30.



Committee Reports


The Committee to Gouge had an auction.


Programming (CLJII)

While his Lovely Assistant passed among the members with the Lantern O’Jack, CLJII announced the Winter Holiday party will take place on 12/25, 2PM - 10PM. At 8 PM, we will pause for the meeting.  You can celebrate any winter holiday you like, except New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Remember, Valentine’s day is a winter holiday, as the return of the swallows to Capistrano.

11/6/14: Board Nominations.

11/13/14: Board Elections

11/20/14: Big Auction (and sodas)

11/27/14: Very light meeting because so many people will be off at some convention.

12/4/14: Begin procedural officer nominations

12/11/14: Elect procedural officers.

12/12/14: Gift Exchange

12/18/14: Probably, Big Auction


David Okamura rose to report on some science.

One item this week.  You’ve probably heard about last Friday’s crash.

The Chinese recovered the satellite they slingshot around the moon, and this was overshadowed by the crash.

The Russian engines do seem to have caused the Orbital Sciences crash. OS wants to fulfil its contract, but may have to contract out to another rocket company.

Jerry Pournelle rose to speak on the subject.

One problem arises from the use of nitrous oxide as an oxidizer. We have very little industrial experience in handling the gas.


Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


Tad Daily reported on a quote about the crash: In many ways the human future depends on hard days like these.


Okamura: Fairplex, Saturday, So-Cal Maker Con.  Building 6 will be filled with robots, drones, and the like.


Nick Smith: The science fiction play LASFS members were invited to has a kick-off party Saturday. Sci-Fest. Formosa Cafe 7156 Santa Monica, $10 admission, includes raffle entry.

Tad Daily reported last year in DC gala dinner of Arthur C Clarke foundation. He’s got another ticket, this year’s awardee is Larry Niven.


Debra Levin: Safer: 11/15 TSPC Sherman and Peabody


Waller: Creature Features this Saturday is Iron Giant art exhibition


Old Business


We opened nominations for members of the board of Directors.

Nominated were

*Christian McGuire

*Robert Powell

*Elayne Pelz

*Darnell Coleman

*Charles Lee Jackson II

*Nick Smith


Tad Daily suggested we find some way to rope in those under age 18 in service to the Board or the club.


There were no further nominations.



No New Business


Reviews


Rob powell saw Interstellar. They were quite good, and made an effort to be scientific. The visuals are stunning and spectacular.  But it is hollywood…


Milt Stevens saw Winters Tale. It’s not a christmas story. Russel crowe does a fine job as a demon, and Will Smith is lucifer, not at all funny. Every human has a miracle inside, and has to get to a certain situation to manifest it, and the powers of darkness are to stop that from happening.


Richard Costas: The Book of Life, a marvelous retelling of Hispanic and Mexican oriented otherworld myth including the explanation behind the Day of the Dead. It does a very good job of conveying the flavor. Good animation, child safe but adult friendly plot.


Misc


Karl Lembke: 700 units of platelets in the bag.

Anyone interested in Euro games, come by tomorrow after 6 PM.


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 9:20 PM
 
Meeting # 4029, Oct 30, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Marty Cantor presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saints Francis Hamit, Bill Rotsler


(Portions read at the meeting are highlighted like this.)


President Marty Cantor called meeting #4029 to order at 8:01


Comments from the President


Menace from the previous meeting were read.  Marcia Minsky bid $1.50 name them “And the power really did fail”. They were so accepted.


Treasurer’s Report


We have money. You can't spend any.


Patron Saint Francis Hamit


Scratch: both he and I were Vietnam vets. I was Navy, He was Army. He gathered information, and has been a reasonably successful wordsmith in civilian life. We celebrate the same birthday week.  This caused a 60th birthday party with 120 candles on a Bundt (or is that Burnt) cake.


Joe Zeff:  Francis was army, Joe was navy. We had two interestingly different impression of B-52 raids. He was in country walking the ground afterward.


[Cake for the 80th birthday of the club is now ready.]


Jerry Pournelle: Francis did some pioneer work on self publishing.  He is a securities expert, and my favorite liberal.


Hare Hobbs: He did writing in the Army, including stories about rock stars visiting troops overseas.


From the Hagiography:

Historian, scriptwriter, playwright, columnist)

Has written a series called The Shenandoah Spy, (available electronically through Amazon)

Very involved with copyright issues and authors' rights

Knowledgeable about a broad range of subjects

Interesting raconteur and conversationalist


Patron Saint Francis Hamit was given three cheers and a Civil War Spy Novel!



Patron Saint Bill Rotsler


He was a Renaissance man of sorts.


Scratch: he would send out Rotsler Christmas cards.

Hare” one of the cards was Rotsler book-ended by two topless models, “I hope Santa is as good to you as he was to me.”


Jerry Pournelle: Tasteful is how you define it. In Baja, he’s standing in a circle of 30 nude models lying in a circle around him.  “Having wonderful time. Wish you were here.”


Milt: He invited male friends to come and help set up.  Even invited Milt to come along, but he realized the photos would show up when he least wanted it.

Ron Ellik was supposed to come by in a gorilla suit and pick up the model, but she was ticklish. Rotsler kept shooting, and the shots got better and better. Last shows woman and ron sitting down, gorilla head is off, and both laughing.


Marty Cantor: Bill once helped Marilyn Monroe house hunt.

When he was at the clubhouse, Marty would ask him for a couple of covers, and produce two wonderful, complex covers, drawn while he was conversing. The Hugos in the cases are for Bill Rotsler.


Joe Zeff:  Points out Rotsler was so prolific that still, long after he has passed away, he remains eligible for best fan artist Hugo because of the large number of unpublished illos that get published every year.s


Marty: Bill Warren and others went to Rotsler’s house after his death, and found lots of illos. Gave envelope after envelope after envelope to Marty. He’s been distributing them around the world to fan-eds. In 2004, at Corflu, he brought two large stuffed manila envelopes stuffed with illos.  With the concom’s permission, at the very end of the banquet, he said a few words about Rotsler, and then dumped two full envelopes of illos onto the table. There was a mad scramble for the illos.  As a person, he was a wonderful person.


Frank Waller: he came to one meeting Frank was present at, and he was just that phenomenal a person.


From the hagiography:

Writer, storyteller, photographer, cartoonist, movie maker, raconteur, DUFF winner.

Won many fan artist awards

Drew a lot on lots of things

At the 1966 WesterCon, he drew faces on some hard-cooked eggs [No, sunny side up, not had-cooked, ASAIK], after which Harlan Ellison exclaimed, "I can't eat these, they're looking at me!"  Ellison took the eggs to the art show, where they interested the judges.

Also drew on plates, napkins etc. These spontaneous works of art are much treasured by fans who were lucky enough to grab them.

very generous with his art

Left many drawings, with the request that they be distributed and published freely in fanzines. Some say that the publication of the last Rotsler cartoon will usher in the End Times.



Patron Saint Bill Rotsler was given three cheers and a reasonably clean butter dish!


Registrar Michelle announced no guests this week.


Board Member comments

Meeting a week from Sunday.


CLJII: Board elections are coming up. These are important, as the Board is the interface between the club and the government, among other things. Show up next week, get to know the people running,


Committee Reports


Programming (CLJII)

While his Lovely Assistant passed among the members with the Lantern O’Jack, CLJII announced the Winter Holiday party will take place on 12/25, 2PM - 10PM. At 8 PM, we will pause for the meeting.  You can celebrate any winter holiday you like, except New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Remember, Valentine’s day is a winter holiday, as the return of the swallows to Capistrano.

10/30/14: The Golds, a native guide to the web page.

11/6/14: Board Nominations.

11/13/14: Board Elections

11/20/14: Big Auction (and sodas)

11/27/14: Very light meeting because so many people will be off at some convention.

12/4/14: Begin procedural officer nominations

12/11/14: Elect procedural officers.

12/12/14: Gift Exchange

12/18/14: Probably, Big Auction


There is one city in California that uses the LASFS automatic run-off system -- Oakland.


David Okamura rose to report on some science.

The commercial space launches have become so routine the media have ignored them. Orbital science had one that wasn’t ignored. Their third launch to the ISS ended somewhat short of that goal.

Space-X launches early next month.

There’s been a lot of finger-pointing at the engines built by the Soviets.

The Chinese have launched an experimental craft to fly around the moon and back to Earth. This is in preparation for an unmanned return trip to the moon.

Tomorrow when going out for candy, remember: healthy people who drank chocolate for three months performed better in memory tasks, by a decade or three. Dose is 300 grams

Karl Lembke spotted an article stating that the vast majority of planets may be “rogue” - drifting through interstellar space. Satan’s World from the Poul Anderson story may be the rule rather than the exception.


We had a small auction, raising some money and getting rid of some stuff.  The last slot of the soda will feature Cactus Cooler.



Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


No Old Business


No New Business


Creature Features in Burbank will have a special event Sunday, commemorating Disney’s 20,000 leagues under the sea, 60th anniversary.  Noon, standard time.


Oh yes, standard time begins this weekend.


Frank Waller reports they have a wide screen at the store, and may be showing the movie.


Reviews


Eric Hoffman: Hammer films -- there are SF films, including the Quatermass movies. He came across a book by Bruce Hallenbeck. Hammer, Fantasy and Science Fiction. There are two editions of it. It covers every fantasy and SF film Hammer made. It’s worth tracking down.


CLJII: wanted to review the Autumn Holiday Party. Everyone was having a good time. We had films, we had food, we had Mah Jong, donations of food, a pumpkin patch.  Thanks to Karl and Marcia and a couple of others for sticking around and tidying up. We had food left over. We have a head start on Christmas.


Thorson: even though I don’t have TV reception, has been watching the new Flash series online. The effects and stories are good. Unlike previous, the character was not immediately upstaged by the recurring supervillain.


Marcia: you forgot to mention the blackout. The lights went out all over the building, and people went “wooOOOOooooo”.  it happened in the scariest part of The Ghost and Mr Chicken, just as the lawyer was about to be introduced.


Misc


CLJII misced about a recent discovery of why the return to standard time has been moved back: several years of lobbying by candy industry to get DST to last through Halloween, giving kids more time to collect candy.

At a lecture on halloween practices: money spent for halloween has been going up in most sectors. Costumes purchased for adults now outnumber and out cost children’s costumes by a significant fraction of a million dollars. Costumes for pets have increased.

The decrease is in candy. Kids don’t trick-or-treat all over. They go to hot spots and malls, and malls buy cheap stuff in bulk.



Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 8:55 PM
 
Meeting # 4028, Oct 23, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Marty Cantor presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saints Lee Jacobs


(Portions read at the meeting are highlighted like this.)


President Marty Cantor called meeting #4028 to order at 8:00


Comments from the President


Specia Orders of Business:

Velma “ViJay” Bowen, TAFF delegate, died Saturday Oct 18 of cancer. It hit harder and faster than was expected.


We;re on Agenda Lite


Menace from the previous meeting were read. Peter Santel bid $5 name them “Jerry went too!”. They were so accepted.


Treasurer’s Report

“I spent $2000 last week!”


 


Patron Saint Lee Jacobs


Milt Stevens knew him. Fanzine fan, in FAPA and SAPS, tech writer by profession, ham radio operator, ran QSL cards through various APAs. Donated one share of stock to LASFS, and we made more from the schtick than from the schtock -- er STOCK.  We received dividend checks for 37¢ and auctioned them off.  He was a card player, drinker, fun guy to have around.


From the Hagiography:

Fan writer In FAPA and SAPS

responsible for the typo of "folk" into "filk" which was seized on by Karen Anderson to name fan-written songs

wrote the Muskeet Kid, which made into a fan movie

Fan of games.  He would enter tournaments to games even when he didn't know the rules

ham radio operator

a good tech writer - good enough that he could write for a semester, and then vacation for the next three.


Patron Saint Lee Jacobs was given three cheers and an air check!


Registrar Michelle announced Michael Hall.


No Board Member comments


Committee Reports


Programming (CLJII)

The Autumn Holiday Party takes place Sunday, October 26, from 2 PM until it ends. It features haunted house films, food, fun, frolic. You can celebrate any autumn holiday you like

Winter Holiday party on 12/25. At 8 PM, we will pause for the meeting.

10/30/14: The Golds a guide to the web page.

11/6/14: Board Nominations.

11/13/14: Board Elections

11/20/14: Big Auction

11/27/14: Very light meeting

12/4/14: Begin procedural officer nominations

12/11/14: Elect procedural officers.

12/12/14: Gift Exchange


David Okamura rose to report on some science.

This afternoon, things were dimmer because we had a partial eclipse of the sun.

We also had a couple of small earthquakes near Brea, CA.

Sunday or Monday, a comet came within 87,000 miles of Mars. Some of the orbiters and rovers on the planet did a duck and cover drill.

The Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn noticed something weird.  Passing hyperion, it was zapped.  Hyperion gathers an electrostatic charge and can discharge. No damage to the space craft, but Hyperion is grounded.

Mimas, the death star moon, turns out not to be a dead rock.  The orbit has a wobble. Either the core is oblong, or there’s a subterranean ocean sloshing inside.

X37B came back to earth after 674 days in orbit. The air force is not saying a word about the trip.

CLJII: A startlingly large number of people on TV called it a lunar eclipse, explained by the shadow of the moon falling on the sun. (Yes, I recall news people in Oregon referring to “Millennium Diving Reflex”.)


We had a small auction, raising some money and getting rid of some stuff.


Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


No Old Business


No New Business


Reviews


none!


Misc


Eylat Poliner had a food review. Tarzana Cafe Bakery has pastries that provoke mouth orgasms. They’re a hole in the wall, word of mouth advertising only.


Milt Stevens held up a publication, December 1957 issue of Imagination.  Would have sworn he’d never published a letter in a prozine. Would have been wrong. There’s a letter in this letter column, published when he would have been 15 years of age. 55 years later, he’s still a letter-hack.


Nick Smith showed off A Call to Duty.  Apparently if you put more than two authors’ names on a book, they think it’s an anthology. According to Baen books.

Fandom has won the marketing race to take over the world. There’s a read-a-thon at bookstores all over the USA, where people will be reading “Hello Kitty” comics.


Mark Poliner announced his daughter came home complaining about a miserable day at school. She announced “I need chocolate”. So she drank some Hershey’s Syrup.


Bill Green saw the eclipse, including sun spots. This is the second largest sunspot group ever recorded.  David Okamura notes there may be solar disturbances affecting satellites and the ISS.


CLJII noted as of today the LASFS library has The Avenger of Olympus, by CLJII.


Waller: a couple of weeks ago, they had a bit on the eclipse, it looked like a Jack-o-lantern


Jerry Pournelle reviewed Scorpion. If you wanted to like it, you could.  Revised.  If you really want to like it, you probably can. Not as well written as it could have been.


Karl Lembke: 697 units of platelets donated as of Tuesday.  Next visit takes up to 700.



Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 8:45 PM
 
Meeting # 4027, Oct 16, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Marty Cantor presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saints Randy Greiner, Michael Mason


(Portions read at the meeting are highlighted like this.)


President Marty Cantor called meeting #4027 to order at 8:00


Comments from the President


I hope people show up tomorrow night for gaming.

One of our members is poorly, but not as poorly as we feared. Harlan Ellison is in the hospital with a stroke.

John DeChancie visited him. Initial reports were few and far between. His right side was paralyzed, but his mind was as sharp as ever.  After John had spent some time hunting for him, he turned out to be in a hospital. Bottom line, Harlan is fine -- laughing, talking, joking, insulting people. The pathways are there, but he needs rehab and practice using the right side of his body.

Jerry Pournelle commented, “he’s not particularly slow. He can still dominate a conversation even when I’m in the room. Susan didn’t sound particularly worried.”

CLJII: There was some discussion on Facebook about his recovery. On being able to lift his leg, he’s qualified to be a film reviewer. So the stroke will have tamed his reviews quite a bit.

Joe Zeff: send an inappropriate get well card.  Jerry Pournelle amended to very appropriate card.


Menace from the previous meeting were read. Christian McGuire bid $1 name them “Next week’s Minutes should reference Harlan”. They were so accepted.


Treasurer’s Report


We have money. You can't spend it.

 

 

Jerry Pournelle has a question about the Internet fund. This is to pay for our online access. It started with a gift from a couple of members, and people throw money at it. This is why we have wi-fi and access.


Patron Saint Randy Greiner


First to be known as "human wallet"

soft-spoken

lives in Glendale

Milt Stevens recalls he’d been in the Navy.


Patron Saint Randy Greiner was given three cheers and a ginger snap!


Patron Saint Michael Mason


Eylat Poliner: we were very good friends, and he was very close to the family. He died too soon. He always felt like nobody liked him.


Hare: Once on the subway coming to North Hollywood, happened to mention sports, and Michael launched into a tirade about the referees.  He had the sports gene!


Christian: Michael was one of our longest serving and most dedicated librarians, Loscon chair, posthumous winner of Evans Freehafer award. He may have helped talk people into founding Gallifrey One.  He also produced amazing con suites.


Maryann canfield: He had several close friends, and a number of casual friends. I always considered him a good friend.


Joe Zeff:  Michael was a fan of spicy food, the hotter the better. One year, he went to work for Halloween costumed as a Trappist monk, and stayed in character all day long.


Every year, the Michael Mason Foundation sends the club money.


Michael Mason.jpg


Patron Saint Michael Mason was given three cheers and a Con Suite!



Registrar Michelle announced no guests


No Board Member comments


Committee Reports


Programming (CLJII)

The Autumn Holiday Party takes place Sunday, October 26, from 2 PM until it ends. It features haunted house films, food, fun, frolic. You can celebrate any autumn holiday you like

Winter Holiday party on 12/25. At 8 PM, we will pause for the meeting.

10/23/14: Peter H Brothers celebrates the anniversary of

The Devil Bat and Bela Lugosi’s birthday.

10/30/14: The Golds as a guide to the web page.

11/6/14: Board Nominations.

11/13/14: Board Elections

11/20/14: Big Auction

11/27/14: Very light meeting

12/4/14: Begin procedural officer nominations

12/11/14: Elect procedural officers.


David Okamura rose to report on some science.

More Nobel Prize winners?  Maybe a future prize? Mass General in Boston has replicated Alzheimer’s in a dish. Brain cells in a dish, with the Alzheimer’s gene introduced, began to develop plaque and tangles seen in patients. By having the early stages replicated, they can test drugs for effectiveness in a fraction of the time and cost.  Project will begin testing 12,000 on the market and 5,000 in development.

Other health news: you’ve heard of the grapefruit diet? (No, what is on a grapefruit’s diet?) The juice is linked to changes in metabolism that can reduce weight in mice and adjust blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity.  Now they’re working on a hybrid that doesn’t interact with Statins.

Sunday’s Parade magazine tells of the advances in 3-D printing. Used to print artificial limbs, much cheaper than the $60K a non-printed one costs.

Dr. Pournelle may have some comments on this one. When Lockheed Martin skunk works announces a project, this raises eyebrows. A division is developing a reactor to harness fusion. Fusion is, as usual, ten years away.


Indeed Jerry Pournelle did have something to say.  A chap named Rossi has had a lot to say about this, but he is getting out more energy than he puts in to the system.

Lockheed Martin used to be reliable.

When we get low cost high density power sources, it will have about the same effect on society as the quarter-inch drill did.


TSPC will be changing the program. Charlotte’s web will show Saturday. Dracula will be moved into the near future.


Announcements, Regular or Time Bound


Peter Santel announced C/FO meets from 1-8 Saturday.


Bill Green: 19th comet will pass very close to Mars. If you’re on Mars, it will be quite a spectacle.

10/23, there will be a partial eclipse of the sun, 2:08 begin time.


Bill Ellern announced Heritage Auction House has an auction of space memorabilia, including stuff from Buzz Aldrin and other astronauts. It’s worth looking at even if you can’t afford it. It can be seen online.


Old Business was handled


No New Business


Reviews


Frank Waller saw Flash, and was not impressed.


Milt Stevens started looking for Hugo nominees. Following NESFA list.  Charles STross novel, The Rhesus Chart. It’s about a secret part of the British Government that deals with unspeakable horrors from beyond space. This one was very well done.


Doug Crepeau: they’ve released the costumes for Wonder Woman. Not a single American flag symbol on it.


George McUrso: J.D.Robb, something with Death in the title.


Mark Poliner: on Sunday, just before leaving San Francisco, had lunch at the Great Eastern, a Chinese Restaurant. Very nice.


Misc


Eylat Poliner was at the hair dresser. She learned the Japanese signs for brother and sister. Lots of people feel that way about their brothers.


Michelle: If you go to Disneyland and ask for directions, they point with the whole hand because a single finger point can be insulting in some languages.


CLJII: Video presentation for Halloween page last week.  It had 1000 likes, and acquired another 50.


Doug Crepeau: A superneutrino of very high energy was discovered. This tells us the source since neutrinos don’t undergo course changes.


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 8:50 PM
 
Meeting # 4026, Oct 09, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Marty Cantor presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Steve Bilan


(Portions read at the meeting are highlighted like this.)


President Marty Cantor called meeting #4026 to order at 8:00


Comments from the President


From Mike Morris

JPL has open house next weekend. Show up early if you want to park close.

On the 12th we have our board meeting, afterward at 2, open house etc.


Menace from the previous meeting were read. Scratch Galloway bid $0.75 name them “Now I’m stuck with something to say?”. They were so accepted.


Treasurer’s Report

 

The Book Sale was reasonably successful.


Patron Saint Beverly Kanter

She has never learned the correct spelling of her last name.


Joe Zeff: She was able to put up with Harry Andruschak for a remarkable number of years.

CLJII: When I first met her, it was through the stine mcdaniel axis of perfidy, she was a nude figure model.


Jerry Pournelle: she was quite pleasant to talk to, once you got past her hard outer shell. She was in a profession for a while that gave her a deep distrust of men talking to her.


Former photographer's model

Former consort of former Patron Saint Harry Andruschak

Serious reader of SF

Following a cutback in fan activities, began avid reading of cookbooks and general non-fiction


Patron Saint Beverly Kanter was given three cheers and a diaphonous raiment!


Registrar Michelle announced last Friday’s guest: Farid Ben Amor

Gamer, telecomm strategist, and ringworld addict.


Committee Reports


Programming (CLJII)

The Autumn Holiday Party takes place Sunday, October 26, from 2 PM until it ends. It features haunted house films, food, fun, frolic. You can celebrate any autumn holiday you like

Winter Holiday party on 12/25. At 8 PM, we will pause for the meeting.

10/16/14: Big auction

10/23/14: Peter H Brothers celebrates the anniversary of

The Devil Bat and Bela Lugosi’s birthday.

10/30/14: The Golds as a guide to the web page.

11/6/14: Board Nominations.

11/13/14: Board Elections

11/20/14: Big Auction

11/27/14: Very light meeting

12/4/14: Begin procedural officer nominations

12/11/14: Elections


David Okamura rose to report on some science.

It’s Nobel Prize season.

Science prizes have been announced.

Physiology/medicine, three scientists studying how the brain processes the environment.

Physics, three scientists for their work on blue LED.

Chemistry, three scientists for their work on high-powered microscopes.


Board Member presentation:

We had votes on the proposed by-laws changes.

It was necessary to drag in more warm bodies from the other room, in order to make sure we have quorum.

This basically clarifies who the operating officers are for legal purposes and moves nominating procedure to the by-laws from the standing rules.

The changes become effective upon passage.

Comments and questions having been dealt with, the vote was held and the motion carried, most/1/1.



Announcements, Regular or Time Bound



Old Business was already handled


No New Business


Reviews


Jerry Pournelle has seen three episodes of Scorpion.  If you decide you want to like it you can.  If you decide it’s awful, that’s easy to sustain as well. Think of Big Bang theory with less comedy and more adventure, and maybe a little more plausibility.


CLJII reviewed promotional clips for 2 ½ men. They speculate on things like the two male leads getting married or the millionaire character dropping dead in the kitchen, and promos may be more interesting than the show itself.


Frank Waller is waiting for Guardians of the Galaxy II.


Peter Santell reviewed Gotham. Bleak version of Gotham City, shows development of characters, and quite well done.


Milt seconds Peter’s review.  Watched first episode of Flash, and it was OK.  He’ll watch second episode.


Scratch also watched flash. Buildup of character and trying to figure out what his powers are was done reasonably.


CLJII added to Flash: one commenter on Facebook said he watched first episode and immediate watched the first episode of the DVD of the previous flash series, and intends to watch that instead.


Misc


People made miscellaneous announcements


CLJII: at county fair, they still make Mountain Bars candy bars. Brown and Haley company does sell them for $17/box. On Facebook, an ad link to someone who sells for $11/box.  He ordered and they arrived today, by USPS.


Marty pointed out the tables are back, and some books came back.

There will be gaming tomorrow night.


Karl: Lifetime platelet total is 694. Regional lead is 750, and someone has 850.


Marcia mentioned there’s a process called apheresis, and they take out back double the red blood cells and put everything else back.


Karl looked it up and you can donate plasma every 28 days.


Jerry Pournelle notes the Dallas Patient’s relatives should sue the hospital because they gave him inferior treatment because he was black.


Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 8:50 PM
 
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