SnowCon 2013

 Posted by on 3 May 2012 at 2:00 pm  Front Range Objectivism, SnowCon
May 032012

Front Range Objectivism’s third annual conference — SnowCon 2013 — will be held from March 13th to 17th in Colorado. More details will be posted here and on the SnowCon 2013 web page as they become available.

To receive announcements about it, please sign up to the the SnowCon e-mail list or FRO’s main announcement list.

Just look how much fun we had in 2012, despite the crappy snow! Don’t miss out!

SnowCon 2013

 Posted by on 19 April 2012 at 2:00 pm  Front Range Objectivism, SnowCon
Apr 192012

Mark your calendars!

Front Range Objectivism’s third annual mini-conference — SnowCon 2013 — will be held from March 13th to 17th in Colorado. I’ve not yet decided whether to host the whole conference in Frisco (as in 2012) or move to Denver for the weekend (as in 2011). I need to review the survey results, then consider what I’d enjoy most. (Selfish, I know!)

In any case, I’ll be posting more details to the page for SnowCon 2013 as they become available, which probably won’t be for a few months. You can also subscribe to the SnowCon e-mail list or FRO’s main announcement list for announcements.

Reminder: SnowCon Survey

 Posted by on 5 April 2012 at 1:00 pm  Front Range Objectivism, SnowCon
Apr 052012

If you attended SnowCon 2011 or SnowCon 2012 — or if you considered attending — or if you might attend in 2013 — I’d appreciate your feedback on this survey:

It’s your chance to tell me what you want for 2013! Let me know… and I might just make it happen!

In particular, I’d like to know whether people would prefer to have the whole event in Frisco (as in 2012) or part in Frisco and part in Denver (as in 2011). Opinion seems mixed, and I could go either way.

Thanks to everyone who has already submitted the survey! If you have any more thoughts, feel free to e-mail them to me.

SnowCon in 2013

 Posted by on 27 March 2012 at 1:00 pm  SnowCon
Mar 272012

SnowCon 2012 was so much fun that I’m already thinking about SnowCon 2013! If you attended in 2011 or 2012 — or if you considered attending — I’d appreciate your feedback on this survey:

Basically, this is your chance to tell me what you want for 2013! Let me know… and I might just make it happen!

Report on SnowCon 2012

 Posted by on 23 March 2012 at 7:00 am  SnowCon
Mar 232012

I’m delighted to report that SnowCon 2012 was a fabulous success!

The weather was ridiculously warm and sunny. The snow wasn’t great, but it was better than we expected. It was a pleasure to ski with friends, local and remote, as well as to make friends with some awesome new people. The evening lectures were engaging and enjoyable, as were the informal discussions at the condo.

The condo worked well: the accommodations weren’t fancy, but they were workable, pleasant, and inexpensive. Although my cooking meals (with help!) was extra work for me, I really enjoyed those meals together. Oh, and the hot tubs were awesome!

This year’s SnowCon was far smaller and simpler for me than last year’s SnowCon. It required only a fraction of the work, and although I was busy and sleep-deprived, I was able to thoroughly enjoy myself. Everyone was very easygoing and helpful, and I appreciated that hugely! From what I heard, others enjoyed themselves too.

Next year, I plan to hold a similar SnowCon in the mountains of Colorado in mid-March. Also, I’m seriously thinking about organizing a weekend ski/snowboard trip to Tahoe in early February. If you have any thoughts or suggestions… let me know!

SnowCon Light Posting Alert

 Posted by on 13 March 2012 at 1:00 pm  Announcements, SnowCon
Mar 132012

I’m going to busy enjoying myself at SnowCon 2012 for the next few days. Hence, posting will be a bit light for the next few days.

Yes, I’m starting my own SnowCon on Wednesday… a day early! So as of tomorrow, this will be me:

Mar 082012

I might be crazy, but I’d love to try some terrain park stunts on a snowboard in a few years:

The snowmobilers doing flips just kills me. That’s plain nuts!

But wait… it’s already March?!? It feels like I’m just getting started with my winter sports! Alas, we’ve had pretty awful snow this year, and that plus starting snowboarding this year has definitely meant that I’ve not made much progress with my skiing.

Still, I’ve got some skiing and boarding left this season, including at SnowCon 2012! Remember, if you want to attend, you must register by Sunday, March 11th!

SnowCon 2012

 Posted by on 8 February 2012 at 11:00 am  Front Range Objectivism, SnowCon
Feb 082012

I’m pleased to announce SnowCon 2012 — a long weekend of snow sports, informal lectures, and discussion in the snowy Colorado Rockies! SnowCon will be held from Thursday, March 15th to Sunday, March 18th entirely in Frisco, Colorado. It’s sponsored by Front Range Objectivism, and it costs only $25.

During the day, we’ll be skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hot tubbing, chatting, and relaxing. In the evenings, we’ll have short lectures and discussions after dinner at a condo I’ve rented in Frisco. The topics and speakers will be announced in late February.

To attend SnowCon, you must register by Sunday, March 11th using this form.

You can pay the $25 for SnowCon instantly via PayPal to If you would prefer to send a check or money order, please make it out to “Diana Hsieh” and write “SnowCon” in the memo field. Then mail it to “Diana Hsieh; P.O. Box 851; Sedalia, CO 80135.” (SnowCon attendees are responsible for all of their arrangements and expenses, including as lodging, transportation, meals, and equipment rentals.)

Everyone attending SnowCon 2012 should subscribe to the SnowCon e-mail list for SnowCon-related announcements.

Would you like to give a short lecture or lead a discussion at SnowCon? If so, submit a proposal by February 15th!

SnowCon 2012 will be very informal, with people participating as much or as little as they like. Skiers and snowboarders will meet up on the slopes of Breckenridge and/or Keystone around 9:00 am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Paul Hsieh will be snowshoeing during the day, and attendees are welcome to join him. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, the lectures and discussions will likely be held from 7 to 9 pm.

For more information, visit SnowCon 2012!

Apr 132011

Tonight at 7 pm MT, I’ll be re-webcasting my SnowCon lecture on “Cultivating Moral Character.” If you’ve not yet registered, today is your last chance to register for the live event — as well as your last chance for the half-price discount. For details and to register, visit SnowCon 2011 Webcast. I hope to see you there!

Apr 112011

On Wednesday evening at 7 pm MT, I’ll be webcasting my SnowCon 2011 lecture on “Cultivating Moral Character.” (As you might recall from a prior post, I screwed up the recording of the original.) I’m excited to be giving this lecture again for a wider audience — not only because I think the topic useful and important for living happily, but also because this lecture serves as a helpful prequel to my upcoming ATLOSCon lectures on the virtue of pride.

So… If you’d like to attend this webcast — or download the audio recording — you need to purchase access to it for $15 ($5 for full-time students). Or you can purchase access to the whole SnowCon 2011 Webcast. However, any contributor to Rationally Selfish Webcast will be able to attend this live webcast and/or watch it later for free — or receive $10 off the whole SnowCon 2011 Webcast. SnowCon 2011 attendees are welcome to join this webcast for free. I’ll be e-mailing all of those people the login and password to access the webcast later today or tomorrow.

After this webcast, the prices for this lecture and the whole SnowCon package will double, so I’d strongly recommend that you register before the start of the webcast on Wednesday. You can do so using the form below. Once you register, you will be e-mailed the url, login, and password for the recorded lectures and upcoming webcast. You will be sent an invoice for payment shortly after the April 13th webcast.

Here’s the abstract for my webcast:

In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle speaks of cultivating virtues by repeatedly doing certain actions in certain ways. However, he never clearly explains the relationship between a person’s thoughts, emotions, actions, and character. So, we must ask: What is character? How is a person’s character formed? And what is the role of character in a person’s life? In this hour-plus webcast, I will draw on my dissertation to answer these criticial practical questions of ethics. The live audience in the text chat will be invited to participate in the discussion, as well as a question period at the end.

And here’s the full package of lectures and workshops recorded for the SnowCon 2011 Webcast:

  • Diana Hsieh: “Cultivating Moral Character” (webcast on April 13th)
  • Paul Hsieh: “Is It Right to Bear Arms?” (audio plus slides)
  • “Activism Panel” with Paul Hsieh and Ari Armstrong
  • Atlas Shrugged Reading Group Workshop” with Diana Hsieh and Jeremy Sheetz
  • Jenn Casey and Kelly Elmore: “Effective Communication: How Objectivists Can Use Positive Discipline Tools in Their Adult Relationships” (audio only)
  • Diana Hsieh: “Live Rationally Selfish Webcast” (video, with the audio freely available via NoodleCast)
  • Santiago Valenzuela: “Conservative Follies on Immigration”
  • Piano Recital and Lecture: Hannah Krening: Malevolence and Benevolence in Beethoven’s Piano Music

Unless otherwise noted, the recordings include streaming video and downloadable audio files. Further information on these lectures and workshops can be found on the web page for the SnowCon 2011 Webcast.

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