A Quick Report from Aiken

 Posted by on 18 February 2014 at 10:00 am  Horses, Personal, Sports, Uncategorized
Feb 182014
 

Dear Everyone,

As you might have been able to tell from my lack of blogging, I’ve been a bit busy here in Aiken. Mostly, I’m on my feet from sunrise to sunset — riding horses, mucking stalls, feeding horses, moving horses, stacking hay, and so on. Then we often have lesson video to review in the evenings. (That’s very helpful, but also time-consuming.) Also, Aiken was hit hard by the ice storm last week. We were covered in an inch of ice, and our power and water were out for 4 days. (It was a god-awful mess!) Anyway, I don’t think I’ll be able to resume regular blogging until after SnowCon 2014 in mid-March.

Anyway, here’s a bit of video of me jumping Lila and Maria that I meant to post eons ago, but I’ve just not found the time until now. These were lessons from early this month — February 8th. These few fences were the culmination of a lesson’s worth of work at getting the proper canter into a fence. Watching them again just now, I can see that I need to do even more to get Lila into a collected canter, and I think we’re doing significantly better now. Still, this quiet balance over fences was a huge achievement a mere 10 days ago!

On Lila:

On Maria:

I’ll try to post more video, and perhaps some pictures from the ice storm, soon. Overall, I’m a bit worn out — particularly after yesterday’s lesson with Eric over cross-country fences. However, I’m learning and progressing like crazy, and I can’t wait to see what the next two weeks will bring!

Love and Cuddles from Aiken,

Diana Hsieh

Activism Recap

 Posted by on 21 July 2013 at 2:00 pm  Uncategorized
Jul 212013
 

This week on We Stand FIRM, the blog of FIRM (Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine):

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This week on Politics without God, the blog of the Coalition for Secular Government:

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This week on The Blog of The Objective Standard:

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This week on The Blog of Modern Paleo:

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Forbes has just published my latest OpEd, “4 Questions To Ask During The Upcoming ObamaCare Public Relations Blitz“.

Here is the opening:

The battle over ObamaCare will reignite soon, and the next front will be the war for public opinion. The American public remains deeply skeptical of the new law. Many Americans say they will not sign up for insurance in the new “exchanges” scheduled to open October 1, 2013. As a result, the Obama administration is preparing a high-profile public relations blitz to again sell the law to the public.

Here are 4 talking points ObamaCare advocates will attempt to promote — and 4 questions Americans should ask in response…

I cover 4 topics, including:

1) “Free” benefits

2) “Coverage”

3) “Rights”

4) “Reform”

Plus there’s a 5th bonus question at the end!

For more details, read the full text of “4 Questions To Ask During The Upcoming ObamaCare Public Relations Blitz“.

Activism Recap

 Posted by on 14 October 2012 at 11:00 pm  Uncategorized
Oct 142012
 

This week on We Stand FIRM, the blog of FIRM (Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine):

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This week on Politics without God, the blog of the Coalition for Secular Government:

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This week on The Blog of The Objective Standard:

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This week on The Blog of Modern Paleo:

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Activism Recap

 Posted by on 8 July 2012 at 1:30 pm  Uncategorized
Jul 082012
 

This week on We Stand FIRM, the blog of FIRM (Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine):

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This week on Politics without God, the blog of the Coalition for Secular Government:

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This week on Mother of Exiles:

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This week on The Blog of The Objective Standard:

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This week on The Blog of Modern Paleo:

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Activism Recap

 Posted by on 24 June 2012 at 1:00 pm  Activism Recap, Uncategorized
Jun 242012
 

This week on The Blog of Modern Paleo:

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This week on We Stand FIRM, the blog of FIRM (Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine):

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This week on Politics without God, the blog of the Coalition for Secular Government:

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This week on Mother of Exiles:

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This week on The Blog of The Objective Standard:

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Doggie Conrad and His Bitch

 Posted by on 15 May 2012 at 2:00 pm  Animals, Funny, Uncategorized
May 152012
 

Unlike this dog, Conrad already has his bitch — Doggie Mae. So now he needs the book, How to Control Your Bitch. Because really, he’s failing pretty miserably, multiple times per day.

Webcast: Audio or Video?

 Posted by on 10 May 2012 at 9:00 am  Uncategorized
May 102012
 

Now that I’ve done three call-in shows on BlogTalkRadio, I’ve been reflecting on the differences between working in video versus audio. As a result, I’m wondering whether I should switch my Sunday Webcast to a purely audio stream — perhaps to BlogTalkRadio or perhaps to some other service.

I’m not sure that the video on my Sunday Webcast adds much value, and I do pay for the use of that. Also, I’ve found that I can speak extemporaneously better if I only have to focus on what I’m saying rather than what I’m doing. That’s been a bit of a surprise to me.

However, I wonder if I’m under-valuing the video for my audience. Also, I’m concerned about the quality of the audio stream offered by BlogTalkRadio. (I record the posted podcasts locally, so you can only judge if you’ve listened to the live show.) I might be able to offer a better live audio stream — perhaps while still using the BlogTalkRadio platform. I might offer that better audio stream only to “premium” subscribers, meaning people who contribute, say, $10 or more each month. Everyone else would have to endure BlogTalkTadio.

However, before I make a decision, I’d like to hear from you. So here’s a quick poll.

Please feel free to post any further thoughts in the comments. I’d like to hear from you!

Back to the Webcast

 Posted by on 2 January 2012 at 8:00 am  Uncategorized
Jan 022012
 

Hooray, we’ll be resuming the Philosophy in Action Webcast this week! I’m super-excited, as I’ve really missed doing the webcast these past two weeks.

I know that I’ll discuss sex without love and SOPA… but I’m not sure what else yet. So take a peek at the queue and vote for the questions that you’d most like me to answer.

Also, remember to sign up for weekly announcements for the webcast, if you like. More details can be found in this post.

I’ve got exciting plans in store for Philosophy in Action in 2012… so stay tuned!

Objectivist Roundup

 Posted by on 8 December 2011 at 3:00 pm  Uncategorized
Dec 082011
 

The Objectivist Roundup is a weekly blog carnival for Objectivists. Contributors must be Objectivists, but posts on any topic are welcome.

The Playful Spirit hosted this week’s Objectivist Roundup. Go take a look!

You can submit your blog article to the next edition of The Objectivist Roundup using this submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found here. If you’re an Objectivist blogger, you can get weekly reminders to submit to the carnival by subscribing to OBloggers @ OList.com.

Also, here are the ten most recent additions to the question queue for the Philosophy in Action Webcast. Please vote for the questions that you’re most interested in hearing me answer!

Join us for the live webcast at www.PhilosophyInAaction.com on Sundays at 8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET.

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