Meeting # 3995, March 13, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Menace of the LASFS

Meeting # 3995, March 13, 2014

Eylat Poliner presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Dave Fox

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

Eylat Poliner did not go up in smoke, but instead called meeting #3995 to order at 8:03.

The Menace were read. Michelle Pincus bid $1.50 to call the Menace “That could be a problem”.

Committee Reports

Patron Saints

Coming up:

3/6, Tom Safer has a video

3/13, 2014 - Steven Barnes Presents

3/16 TSPC

3/20 Auction

3/27, special business TBA

April 3, 2014 - Sandra Stroller presents

April 10, meeting #4000.

Time-bound Announcements  Reviews  Fannish Committee Reports  Miscellaneous  

Matthew Tepper announced the passing of Martin Greenberg, co-founded Gnome press. Published books by the great names of SF. He even paid some of them.

The Committee to Gouge auctioned off some stuff including a signed copy of The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett.

We also have a patron saint!  

Dave Fox

Hare Hobbs: Dave Fox was one of those nice guys who educated him on LASFS that led to scientology, and told him the stories concerning L. Ron Hubbard.  When he died, he was known as the dirty old man of LASFS.  The strip club down the street closed a couple of weeks after he died.

Michelle: No relation to Susan Fox.  (I’m sure if you go back far enough…)

Mike Thorsen: We still get plenty of use out of his power tools.

He produced stories about a land called Khorlia, which were printed in APA-L.

Marty Cantor: He used a hearing aid in his later years.  If you were talking to him and he got tired of listening, he’d very ostentatiously reach into his pocket and turn off his hearing aid.

Joe Zeff:  Back when he was working at Earthlink, he wanted to give his computer its own network ID.  Most of the Earthlink computers were named after countries, and he wanted to go with the trend. He named his computer Khorlia, a name guaranteed not to conflict with any other machine. Since then, he makes a practice of naming his computers after places you can’t visit.

Dave Fox was given three cheers and a strip club.

No Old Business.

Registrar Michelle announced a guest:  Tine Hutchinson, who found us on a Google search.

We do have have New Business….

Marcia Minsky yielded the floor to Marvin The Paranoid Robot, who presented the Loscon 42 bid

After some parliamentary gymnastics, we voted.  Everyone voting assented, so Marcia Minsky and Robbie Bourget are now chairing Loscon 42.

On the weekend of April 26, 27, we have LA 4000, celebrating the longevity of the LASFS.  

The LASFS has been debugged, thanks to an anonymous donor.

We had a short auction, and unloaded a number of books, including The Pinball Effect by James Burke.

It was announced that on the 20th, we will have a nice old-timey radio phonograph cd player, and some nice room lights, a new Epson printer with lots of ink, and other teasers.

Scott Beckstead:  Loscon meeting this Sunday after the Board meeting.

Karl Lembke:  Board meeting this Sunday before the Loscon meeting.

David Okamura: a second baby born with the AIDS virus may have been cured by a massive amount of drugs. It looks like massive intervention right away may have promise.

Next month’s Space-X rocket: they’re experimenting on forming space crystals. Crystals grown in space are expected to be larger and have a more regular molecular structure, allowing for easier visualization.

Elon Musk is everywhere.  He has announced a large battery factory to hopefully bring down the cost of batteries for his Tesla car. What if someone decides to charge up batteries at night and sell power back to the system in the day time.

Monty offered some comments on the power grid.

One of the autonomous robots Jim Ubersetzig designed won a contest. Robotics society of So Cal had a contest.  Monty asked if they could use GPS.

Tom Safer spoke about his program: George of the Jungle, Super Chicken, and Tom Slick.

Milt Stevens has added Burning Paradise by Robert Charles Wilson, set in an alternate USA in 2014.

Frank Waller sw a movie but couldn’t remember what it was.  Oh yes.  Robocop

Tom Safer reviewed a TV series called Keeping Up Appearances.  It ran 1990 to 1995.

Matthew Tepper reported on some e-mail.  Someone was offering a resume, featuring work on the Arion 5.  

Joe Zeff:  Someone sent e-mail labeled “Urgent Massage”

Boss wanted something yesterday.  “Not enough in the budget for a TARDIS.”

Have one. Daughters built it last year.  But it’s not bigger on the inside and it doesn’t do any of that wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff.

Scott Beckstead: a job requiring 5 years’ experience with a program written in 2012.

Eylat went with Mark to a “sweetheart’s brunch” and they met a doctor.  Asked if it’s bigger on the outside, he replied his TARDIS is, to the mystification of others at the table.

Tom Safer misced about TSPC, on the 15th.  Everyone but Anna can see Walt Disney’s Tangled.

Following month, since it’s released on March 18th, TSPC shows Frozen.

Eylat announced her daughter is playing the rabbi’s son in Fiddler on the Roof. It’s the full production, and a real Broadway Producer is volunteering her time to run it.  Show opens 4/10, 4/11, 4/12.

Jerry Pournelle rose to tell of his life. A month ago, he had hearing aids which gave him normal hearing.  Then he went stone deaf in his left ear.  He’s been getting steroid injections

Scott Beckstead moved to adjourn to the program. It was seconded.

And so we adjourned at 9:12 PM.

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