My Policy on Announcements

 Posted by on 4 December 2009 at 4:00 pm  Announcements, NoodleFood
Dec 042009

As a general matter, I’m happy to post announcements of events of interest to NoodleFood readers — particularly lectures by Objectivist speakers, calls for activism, and the like. So suppose that you want me to promote your event. What should you do?

Most of all, you need to e-mail me a clear and simple announcement that I can simply quote in a blog post. Links and italics should be HTML-ified, but please don’t use any other HTML. All the essential information should be included, but the announcement should be brief.

Also, I need at least 24 hours of lead-time before the announcement must be posted. I prefer a few days though. If time is too short, you can post your announcement in an open thread.

If you’d like other Objectivist bloggers to post the announcement, you can ask me to forward that HTML’ed text to OBloggers. If you want me to send the announcement to OActivists or FRODO, I’ll need a text announcement too.

Yes, that’s fussy of me. I just don’t want to spend my limited blogging time constructing or formatting other people’s announcements. However, if you make posting your announcement easy for me, I’ll do what I can.

Taking It Easy

 Posted by on 6 November 2009 at 2:00 pm  NoodleFood, Personal, The Beasts
Nov 062009

I’ve decided to take it somewhat easy for the rest of the week, so I won’t post another podcast until Monday.

I’d hoped to post my next episode of Rationally Selfish Radio yesterday. However, the topic — of the proper response to offers of government welfare — is somewhat tricky, so I want to work out my views carefully. Plus, I have other pressing work. Tomorrow, I’m giving a short talk to Front Range Objectivism on Luck and Liberty, so I need to finish preparing for that. Also, I really want to finish up all the web updates that I started last week. Oh, and I’m trying to get to the bottom of some health problems too — hypothyroidism, I think. That’s taking some time, and I’m just not feeling as zesty for life as usual. So a break seems in order!

From what I hear, some of you could use some time to catch up. So get to it!

In the meantime, enjoy this picture of Conrad playing with a Boxer at the dog park this morning. They were doing more vertical jumping than I’ve ever seen Conrad do; the Boxer has all four paws off the ground in the picture. (Click for the full-sized version.)

Update on the Update

 Posted by on 31 October 2009 at 12:00 am  NoodleFood
Oct 312009

The slew of changes required to divide my blogging and podcasting output into distinct streams has gone remarkably well so far. (I planned out the process pretty meticulously, thankfully!) It’s now 1 am, so I’m headed to bed. Just know that — for the moment — my various web sites are something of a mess. I’ll be able to get everything into working order tomorrow — Saturday, that is.


 Posted by on 30 October 2009 at 9:00 am  Announcements, NoodleFood
Oct 302009

I’d planned to record and post my next podcast on design arguments for the existence of God today, but I’ve decided to delay that until Monday. (I won’t have an Explore Atlas Shrugged podcast for Monday. We canceled the Front Range Objectivism Atlas Shrugged Reading Group meetings yesterday due to the snowstorm.)

In the meantime, I’m using the break to massively re-organize my blogging and podcasting output into distinctive streams, based on the nature of the content, with NoodleFood as the river that incorporates everything else. I need to separate out my future career — that’s the practical advice, which I aim to do on radio — from my other projects and interests. More generally, the division into streams will allow me to market my output more effectively to various groups of people. People will be able to subscribe to all and only what interests them — whether one or two things or the whole enchilada.

For now, I am creating three distinct streams:

  • “Rationally Selfish Radio” will now designate just my “practical advice on living well” podcasting. I’ll also blog on those issues a few times per week.

  • My philosophy teaching files podcasts, as well as the podcasting that I plan to do on my dissertation, as well as any blogging on standard philosophical topics, will be collected under the banner of “PhiloFiles.”
  • The podcasts and discussion questions for Explore Atlas Shrugged, as well as future podcasts and resources for studying Ayn Rand’s fiction and philosophy, will continue to be gathered at Explore Ayn Rand.

As I mentioned, NoodleFood will be the river into which all of these streams feed. It will also include other side-interests of mine, like paleo-ish eating, political activism, and funny cat videos. So everything that appears in any of the above streams will be reproduced on NoodleFood. All of my podcasts — on any and all topics — will be gathered into a single “NoodleCast” feed.

So if you want everything, you just need to stick with NoodleFood. Also, I should be able to transfer everyone now subscribed to current “Rationally Selfish Radio” podcast feed to the new NoodleCast feed, so you’ll continue to get everything. Basically, I want the transition to be totally seamless for all of my existing followers. If not — if something seems amiss on Monday, when everything should be settled — please just drop me an e-mail.

Also, I should mention that this update will fix the problem of the wrong dates on podcasts in iTunes that resulted in them being listed out-of-order. (The otherwise excellent Feedburner was the cause of the problem, but I can side-step it by using a nice little program called Feeder to create my podcast feeds, rather than using Blogger.)

Podcast Report

 Posted by on 26 October 2009 at 1:00 pm  NoodleFood
Oct 262009

I’m delighted to report that I’m currently averaging over 550 downloads per episode of Rationally Selfish Radio. My traffic is growing in a very nice upward direction, and I’ve only just begun to promote the podcast.

Hooray me!

Paring Down the NoodleFoodlers

 Posted by on 9 October 2009 at 4:00 am  NoodleFood
Oct 092009

As you might have noticed, I updated NoodleFood’s template earlier this week. I changed some font and other style settings. I added and removed some links. I still haven’t updated my blogroll though. (I’ll get to that eventually, I swear!)

I’ve also pared down the NoodleFoodlers to just Paul, Greg, and me. We’ve not had any kind of falling out. Rather, given my future career plans, NoodleFood needs to become my own blog again, as opposed to a group blog. As my better half, Paul will remain on NoodleFood permanently. Given Greg’s excellent contributions over the years, including during my dissertation crunch, I just couldn’t bring myself to give him the boot. Plus, I definitely want him to continue his regular updates on The Objectivism Seminar. However, for the sake of PR, I’ll probably demote him to “Guest Blogger” soon, likely when I overhaul the whole of

I must say, that overhaul is long overdue. For definitive proof, look at the first line in the “about me” on the main page: “I am a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the process of finishing up my coursework.” Ha! That’s about two and a half years old!

Recommendation from Craig Biddle

 Posted by on 30 September 2009 at 1:00 pm  NoodleFood
Sep 302009

Craig Biddle, who I recently interviewed for Rationally Selfish Radio was kind enough to post a recommendation of my podcast on Principles in Practice.

Go see what he has to say — and then check out the podcast for yourself, if you’ve not done so already!

Podcast Downloads

 Posted by on 16 September 2009 at 10:00 am  NoodleFood
Sep 162009

One of my podcast listeners wrote to me this morning saying that he’d had trouble downloading my latest podcast. My host — — seemed slow. It seems okay now, however.

If you have similar problems, now or in the future, please drop me an e-mail. I can switch hosts, if necessary.

The John Galt League

 Posted by on 27 August 2009 at 3:01 pm  Football, NoodleFood
Aug 272009

Much to my delight, Kevin McAllister has agreed to act as the commissioner for a fantasy football league for fans of NoodleFood. Hence, the “John Galt League” has been resurrected!

You need not be an Objectivist to join the league, but you should be a fan of NoodleFood, not hostile to me and mine. Kevin has told me that “If Immanuel Kant tries to join, I’ll reject him.” (So there, Manny!)

The league will be run on When I managed the John Galt League two years ago, my greatest frustration was that communication between teams was difficult. So I often felt like I was playing with a bunch of strangers, not friends and acquaintances. To alleviate that problem, I’ve created a mailing list for the league on Google Groups. That way, we can trash talk at will discuss some of the interesting epistemic and ethical dimensions of the game over the course of the season.

If you want to join the league, you need to sign up with the Google Group. Then we’ll all sign up on ESPN, then Kevin will schedule a draft. If you have any questions or problems, please contact Kevin McAllister at [email protected].

Space is very limited, so sign up now if you want to join.

Thank you, Kevin!

NoodleFood Twitter Feed

 Posted by on 22 August 2009 at 1:01 pm  NoodleFood
Aug 222009

I’ve created a Twitter feed for NoodleFood posts under the name @NoodleFood. Notably, that new account won’t be used for anything other than the blog feed. I don’t plan to follow anyone from it. I’ll continue to use @DianaHsieh for my real tweets and follows. Of course, I’ll likely re-tweet some of my favorite blog posts via @DianaHsieh, but if you want the whole lasagna, follow @NoodleFood.

Wow, I just realized that nothing about that paragraph would have made the slightest bit of sense to me ten years ago, before the rise of blogs, let alone the creation of Twitter. If you’re baffled, please just go on your merry way. It’s only useful information for people on Twitter.

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