Meeting # 4063, Jun 25, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Matthew Tepper presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Alan Frisbie


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


President Matthew Tepper tossed meeting #4063 onto the roof at 8:00.


Special orders of business:


Musicologist Matthew Tepper notes the passing of James Horner, writer of well-known theme music for many a film.

CLJII announced the loss of Patrick McNee, star of The Avengers, and Satan on Battlestar Galactica.  It was announced Tuesday, and was about to be torn off the internet as a hoax when he actually did die.

In honor of their memory, we had a brief moment of Cylons -- er SILENCE



Menace from last meeting were read.  David Okamura bid $5 to name them “I’ll let the Scribe name them.” They were so accepted.


Thanks to Scribe for lengthy service.


Time Bound Announcements!


Registrar Ed Hooper introduced Dan Miller from Hawaii.

Dan rose to address the club on the subject of a documentary project about artist Paul Lehr.


Nick Smith notes Saturday and Sunday, Long Beach is being invaded by pirates, mermaids, and fairies, at Belmont Pier. This is produced by the Living History center.


CLJII announced a memorial screening to celebrate the life and career or Christopher Lee this weekend. Saturday, starting at noon.


Creature Features on Magnolia and Catalina are having an art show. Theme this month is variations on Frankenstein’s Bride.


Nick Smith has free tix for a fannish play, part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Wombatman, a parody of comics, at the Underground Theater on Wilton.


Committee Reports


The committee to gouge money held a small auction.


Tom Safer: TSPC is being re-scheduled for July 11 from the 18th. This presents a live action film, The Twelve Chairs by Mel Brooks.  Start time is 10 AM.


The Treasurer’s report: We have money.

You can’t spend it.



Programs (CLJII for now)

June 25, More Like the Movies, part I.

July 2, More Like the Movies part 2

After that, to be announced.


June 28: Last Sunday of June, G Men vs the Black Dragon and Daredevils of the West, which will be interleaved. IT starts at 2 PM, should run until 10 or so.




We honored tonight’s Patron Saint:


Patron Saint Alan Frisbie


Joe Zeff: Before cell phones became common, one year the contact number for Loscon was Alan’s car phone, by mistake. He is also the only member to have been ejected from his own saint’s night meeting.


Matthew: He is a programmer from Cal Tech. His business card lists his occupation as “thaumaturgist”.


Marty Cantor: He’s related to the family of the famous flying disc


Nick Smith: He’s a fan of acoustic music, and Nick runs into him at such venues from time to time.


Glenn Olson: First met at a dinner party. He had just returned from a hair-raising adventure. He had gone to South America and ridden a train there. He spent some time sitting in the front of the locomotive. He spent many hours crossing the country on the outside of a train


From the Hagiography:

Sacred Flying Disc

one of two LASFS "human wallets", the other being Randy Grainer

built Altair Niven; ,the only LASFS member ever donated to the club and the only member ever auctioned off to the highest bidder. 

managed to addict the entire club to the game of Zork.

first person thrown out of his own patron saint's day meeting

his pet rat was the official mascot of the 1984 worldcon


Patron Saint Alan Frisbie was given three cheers and fresh strawberries.


David Okamura monitored science for the club.

We had a passing at the San diego zoo.  One of the Galapagos tortoises was euthanized. Estimated age was 150.

What do you do with old EV batteries when they’re not completely dead? They’re expensive, difficult to recycle, and difficult to re-use.  They’re being pressed into service as backup power for various installations where you don’t need 100% of capacity.

Amazon is pushing ahead with the idea of delivering packages by drone. They hope to deliver packages up to 5 pounds.

Air force drone pilots are starting to suffer from overuse. Drones are our weapon of choice, so pilots are getting up to 65 patrols a day. The pilots are in their trailers in the Nevada desert are showing signs of PTSD at the rate of in person pilots.


Old Business

Election of Scribe. The Tag Team of Nick Smith and Kirstin Gorlitz was nominated.

The color of the (nonexistent) ballot was auctioned off, and the winning bidder, the Scribe, named the color “indeScribe-able”.


New Business

There have been accusations of fraud in the running of the election to select the 2016 Loscon. A motion was submitted asking the following two questions:

  1. In your opinion was the election run in a fair and impartial fashion?

  2. Do you feel the results of the election was obtained through fraud?

It was suggested the results be placed in the Minutes.


Christian McGuire suggested the order of the questions be reversed.

The writer of the motion offered no objection.


Jerry Pournelle asked what the point of the resolution was.

There was much discussion.

At the end of the discussion, Jerry Pournelle moved a substitute motion expressing full confidence in the integrity of the voting process for Loscon 43.

24 for, none against, 6 abstaining.


A motion to censure Heide Nichols was ruled out of order, having not been presented in writing.


The treasurer announced we have termites, and you can’t spend them.


Reviews


Hare Hobbs reviewed Jurassic World. Enjoyed it, and they didn’t retell the original story, even though a lot of the things that happened were the same. The FX are gorgeous.


George McUrso saw Inside Out. Loved it to bits. Well acquainted with some of those emotions.  


Milt Stevens saw a film that might be Hugo-worthy, Chappie, a South African production. A sentient robot that starts out as a police robot. Highly recommended.

Nick Smith notes the gang bangers who trained the robot are played by South African musicains,

Larry Niven said it’s a hoot.


Larry Niven also called Spy a hoot.


CLJII saw a film called Secret Mission, (1942) about a gang of britons who break into France to find an underground air base on the French coast.


Scratch saw three movies. Inside-Out has the cat down pat at the very end.


Tom Safer got to see the new Supergirl pilot. It takes some liberties with Supergirl’s origins, FX are quite good, and it’s worth watching.


Misc


CLJII: Sunday the 28th, FWEMS starts at 2PM. Showing G-Men vs Black Dragon and Daredevils of the West.


CLJII will continue as Program Director for the foreseeable future.



People moved to adjourn.

Put chairs away.

It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned to the program at 9:15.
 
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