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.

Contemplating Comedy

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Those of you who have read me for a while may have noticed a surprising
number of posts are oriented toward stand-up comics. Just one glance at my
category cloud confirms this – – the “Humor” section is much larger than
many of the others, even though this is ostensibly a blog about charting
the financial markets, which is about as far away from comedy as can be

I’ve been thinking about this myself: what is this fascination I’ve got
with comedians? After all, I don’t even like the vast majority of them. I
do, however, fixate on the greats like George Carlin, Greg Giraldo, Emo
Phillips, Richard Pryor, Patton Oswalt, Norm MacDonald, and others.