Category Archives: Anecdotes

Rest in Peace, Leonard

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Star Trek has always been a very big part of my life. Need proof? I dug out a scrapbook from my childhood. Click on the image to see these snippets in all their glory (Unrelated to this, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to read about my Most Polite Boy award, which I had long forgotten; I am courteous to a fault, which is probably why Slope has survived as a bear blog in the midst of this insane bull market!)

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100% Success with B.O.

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First of all, I wanted to mention there are some dynamite guest posts waiting in the wings. One in particular by Molecool is particularly good. I look forward to publishing those generous posts later.

Second, the title of this post doesn’t refer to my success at repelling women with body odor (my charming personality, plus the fact that I’m married, already does a great job of that). I’m referring to Binary Options, about which I wrote last night, and yep, I placed and closed my first trade. And I’m delighted to report that first trade yielded a profit!

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Learning to Learn

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Like most non-insane people, there are some things I like about myself and some things I don’t. Over the nearly ten years I’ve been writing this blog, I have tried to be candid (within reason) about my shortcomings and personal frustrations, but there’s one thing in particular which I don’t like that has been very much on my mind: my aversion to learning new things.

A love of learning is a crucial part of growth. It’s not like I enjoy ignorance – far from it – I immerse myself in news and information 365 days a year, and I consider myself deep into the 99th percentile in terms of being informed. This is different from learning something new, however. By the latter I mean such an undertaking as learning a new language, acquiring a new skill or, most relevant here, learning a new approach to trading.

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Palo Alto Pot Crime

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I bring you another sordid tale from the mean streets of my fair city. A member of the city’s Architectural Review Board apparently took a liking to a pot she saw at someone’s house. The video speaks for itself (and I’ll say nothing more, except to remark that I have no fondness for Palo Alto city government, so I thought this was kind of a hoot):