This is the first production meeting where we have used Macs to put mathNEWS together. This really wouldn't have been possible a few years ago, but since Macs are now 1337 and based on a *nix OS, we can use them to log into the mathNEWS production system. They take a little getting used to, and they really feel like a fusion between Windows and Unix, but they are getting the job done, and the n00bz on mathNEWS don't have to go through so much trouble to get their articles done. The catch is that we neeeded special logins to get here, which may not be available in future terms if production nights conflict with the night before a CS100 assignment it due. Special thanks to CSCF for letting us try it out.
The rotten news of course is that since it's midterm Monday, all our first-year writers are off writing their exams and thus can't write mathNEWS. I remember back when I had that trouble, that was longer ago than I care to admit.
Rambling aside, we asked our writers this week "Why are Macs so hot now?": Richard (Because they're on all the time?), Michael (I've got nothing), DanS (Because CS100 is where all the girls in the MC are), SquirrelToken (Because the Vector Field isn't conservative), Mark "Beatlemaniac" (Beacuse it's a portable furnace).
Special thanks to Campus pizza and those fly printers down at Graphic Services.
Eric Logan (It's the cachet, stupid)
Ian W. MACkinnon (People get confused and buy an iMack when they really just wanted an iPod)