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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Today has been a rather hectic day for me. Travel days typically are. Indeed, it’s been so hectic I haven’t had a chance to thumb through the comments section of today’s posts and try to get a sense of what people are talking about. Nevertheless, I’d like to chime in, wholly uninformed of ideas shared already, and say a few words about the comments section. You’ll have to forgive me for “typing out loud”, as I certainly haven’t outlined my thoughts on this.

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Dates & Sectors

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As you might guess, Slope gathers a lot of data from a lot of different sources. One “weak link” that has been really bothering me lately was our earnings calendar data (which you can see, among other places, here). It was quite thin in spots, and – – this is what really irked me – – sometimes even off by a day. I couldn’t tolerate it, so we’ve just finished a project in which our earnings date information is much higher quality, and far more complete. None of this is a new “feature”, but I definitely wanted to mention it.

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Loma Prieta Memories

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. I thought I would share my story of that day here.

On October 17, 1989, life was going pretty well for me. I was engaged to be married, and I had a good-paying job at Apple, working in a group we had concocted called Worldwide Channel Systems. Although we didn’t know it at the time, we were basically plotting out the strategy for what would later be possible via the commercial Internet, but we were, regrettably, about six years too early.

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