Well, I think it’s time for me to say something.
Some of you know that I’ve been online longer than some of my readers have been alive. I first went online in 1982, and I’ve been on ever since. I have what I think is a strong understanding of the nature of online communities, and I’m proud of the one we have created here (particularly thanks to the comments system, which was developed by me and totally unique to the Slope of Hope).
For those of you who would like to know some important facts about the comments system, please click this link. I especially encourage lurkers (that is, non-participants) to do so.
Through the ten+ years that Slope has been around, the community has, on the whole, proved itself to be remarkably cordial, helpful, and resilient. I confess there are a few folks that hang out in comments that I’d be nervous meeting in a public place, but overall they’re a likeable bunch. (If you’d like to get a taste of the kind of hostile, packed-with-nutjobs place a financial blog comments section can be like, just read the first couple dozen of these comments on a recent ZeroHedge post).
Well, things are awfully quiet, as you might expect. We’re in the throes of what is basically a four-day weekend. I’m not especially fond of this time of year, since it’s filled with gift-buying, card-writing, meal-prepping, and so forth. I don’t mind the decorating so much, since it reminds me of my childhood. I finished that off this morning. But I really prefer the normal, boring M-F grind of the rest of the year.
In any event, I’m going to be putting together four videos this weekend. Yep, you guessed it – same drill – – two for Slope Plus folks only (one Saturday, one Sunday) and likewise two for non-Plus folks. I am (surprise!) short 90 different positions, and I’ll be sharing every single one of them with Slopers (well, again, Plus will see every one – – those who are not subscribed will see somewhat less than half of them).
So I’m going to occupy myself with making those, and they’ll be ready bright and early Saturday. In the meantime, if you just have to watch something, you can click on this link to see how difficult it was for me to just have a cup of coffee and read the paper this morning.