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.

Modern-Day Genius

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I was re-watching Carlin’s last performance, Life Is Worth Losing, again today, and even though I’ve seen the show many times, I am astonished at the man’s genius. Writing the material alone should put him in the pantheon of all-time greats, but to perform this as well is breathtaking. Just try to imagine reading the monologue below with a script without stumbling, let alone doing it from memory. We all miss you, George, patron saint of Slope.

A Hard Look at the Small Caps

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Ever since eclipse day (the 21st of August), markets have been surging higher, thanks, it seems, to the distinct lack of nuclear missiles flying through the air. The small caps are up nearly 6% in that brief timespan, but I think it would do us all good to keep the big picture in mind.

Here’s the index for the past twenty years. As you can see, we have hit that red resistance line five times now, turning back in each instance.