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.
It would seem my ideas or the possible implications about the upcoming (hypothetical) changes in the way the web is both used and/or allowed access, to or by service providers is becoming more prescient than I first envisioned.
Today it was announced that the cable giants Comcast™, and Time-Warner™ have plans to merge with Comcast buying the former for around $45 Billion or there about. One might look at such a merger through the same prism as earlier media giants joining, then basing their presumptions on why things will be better in the end for shareholders through “synergies.” Which we know from example after example never seem to materialize. (more…)
There aren’t many stocks one can name that were white-hot in the Internet bubble and are priced higher than they were back then. Amazon is clearly one, but so is one of the most peculiar success stories on the planet, Priceline. I don’t touch this thing with a ten-foot pole, mainly because it has gone ceaselessly higher ever since its nadir in 2003. I just thought it would be eye-opening to see a (squished) chart of its entire history from its IPO to present. In case you don’t yearn for a time machine yet, this will make you do so: PCLN is up 7400% over the past decade.
There has been a lot of chatter lately about “the 1929 analog”, which has even been lingering on the front page of the couldn’t-be-more-mainstream CBS Marketwatch. The article has garnered over 2,000 comments. Here’s one of them, to give you a sense as to the erudite and thoughtful discourse on the topic: (more…)