Slope of Hope Blog Posts

Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

Closing the 2008 ‘Gap’

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A disclaimer: I am long and/or trading several regular ‘bull stocks’ (as well as short a couple). Don’t interpret the sober message below as a ‘sell your stocks right now!’ style bearish warning. Indeed, after an expected choppy start to December I think more bull market mania, errr… rally, could still be ahead. But it would be just dandy if people would keep their perspective along the way. (more…)

Fear and Loathing in Palo Alto

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In spite of a lifelong love of the likes of the Beatles, I’ve never been tempted to try mind-altering 1202-yuckchemicals. There are several reason for this: one, I suppose, is the fact I’m such a straight arrow to begin with; another is that my brain is my second favorite organ, and I intend to protect it; and third – by far the most important – is the fact that what I see in the world is already horrifying and surreal enough. Day to day, I’m already on a really bad trip, and it pertifies me to think of what I would “see” under the influence of MDMA, LSD, mushrooms, or any other Tim-transformers.

I was reminded of this a few minutes ago, because I was walking through the Stanford Shopping Center, and out of the corner of my eye, at a distance, I could tell a female with a short skirt and a revealing top was heading in my direction. I have really good peripheral vision, so even when staring at my iPhone, I have a good sense as to who or what is coming closer to me. (more…)