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.

Arctic Blackout

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I’m not sure what conveys for you a sad image. Perhaps a puppy dog sitting in a corner, having been freshly scolded for having an accident. Or a child whose favorite toy just broke and is sitting on the curb, weeping. But, for me, the saddest site imaginable is Tim Knight on a 13 hour flight with a WiFi that doesn’t work. It’s just heartbreaking.

And real, too. I was cheerfully online for about 40 minutes, planning to spend my time productively (albeit terribly slowly, given the speed constraints). But, voila, once we got up to the Aleutian Islands, it was bye-bye Internet. I spent the next five hours pathetically checking my infinite ping command (you DOS oldsters will know what I mean). We only came back online minute ago. It was like a drink of ice water after a crawl through the desert.

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Oh, Yeah! (Monday Edition)

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Preface to all editions: I have been in “I can’t believe I forgot this was on Slope” mode quite a lot lately. If I can’t remember all the cool stuff, surely some of you may have forgotten too! In that spirit, here are some reminders:

Could You Be More Pacific?

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As I prepare the board for the long leg of my journey, San Francisco to Taipei, I thought I’d updated a couple of overnight markets from my brief Phuket post before. The ES opened slightly higher, but it spent hours grinding down. It was getting a little interesting there for a bit, but as I’m typing this, for whatever reason, it has shaved those losses. It’s down just a few points.

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