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.


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There have been a number of stocks that tied themselves to the crypto comet in order to boost their own sagging stock prices. There’s Kodak (KODK), Long Island Iced Tea (LTEA) and, shown below, Overstock (OSTK).

Yesterday I shorted a small position of OSTK, partly because of its history of having a crazy-huge breakout and them falling, and partly out of my own experience with the actual company. My family buys stuff online pretty much constantly (our annual Amazon purchases have been in the five figures for years now). But the ONE time I bought something from Overstock was just a nightmare, and I was amazed the company was even in business (plus their CEO has some weird hangup about short sellers). So – – feh! – – I’m short.


My Friend Dahmer

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For some reason, I stumbled upon the name Derf Backderf a few days ago, and I decided to explore his work a bit. He’s written some graphic novels including, most famously, one called My Friend Dahmer (since he was literally a friend of his during middle school and high school).

I found the book online, and I read the whole thing cover to cover in one sitting. It was amazing to read. I also discovered that last year a movie was made of it. It’s hard to think of a serial killer as a sympathetic figure, but having going through My Friend Dahmer, I can actually take some pity on the man and how he got to where he got. Here’s the trailer: