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.

Getting Your Assets Kicked

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The market is about to get destroyed.

Want to know why? Because I’ve never had so little committed to it. Honestly. The amount of “bets” I’ve got on this market is a sum of money I could fit in my pockets without causing people to point at me. The market could absolutely crash, and I’d make hardly anything on it. So………’s about to get blown to pieces. That’s how the universe works.

Let’s get away from my self-image as a cursed individual and look at some specific charts.

The Dow Jones Composite, which hit a lifetime high intraday, is sporting a cool little shooting star pattern. I think it’s down-time.

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Let’s TEST!

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OK, folks. The Slope 2021 project has been in the works far longer than I ever thought it would take. And it’s time for you to jump up and down on the system and see what you can break. (Incidentally, sorry for the extra Slope Digest today, which, ummm, got sent from this test server!)

Here is the link to the new site. Here are some important items to note:

  • The content is out of date by about a week. Don’t worry about it.
  • You will need to log in with your normal account. You can do so here.
  • What I’d like you to particularly focus on testing is the comments section, as well as SocialTrade. Feel free to leave random, goofy comments. This is all just for testing and won’t be retained. But please test as much of the site as you can, because we intend to deploy it this weekend, and it would be cool if it, ya know, functioned.
  • If your browser ever invokes a new tab, it has probably thrown you to the production site, which is not the focus here. Just close the extra tab.
  • If you hit any problems or bugs, please leave them in the comments section here or drop me a line.

Twenty Years Ahead of My Time

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This is going to seem like a really egocentric post, but honestly, it isn’t intended to be. It is simply a recognition on my part about something which has been in the back of my mind for a while: specifically, the apparent fact that society at large tends to adopt whatever weird-ass thing I am doing about, oh, twenty years or so afterward. Allow me to offer three examples.

The first one, which I’ve written about many times, is personal computing. More specifically, interconnected computing. I was hugely into this stuff – – it pretty much ruled my life – – starting in 1982 (at which time I wrote my first book). The percentage of people on the planet doing this kind of thing was – – what – – maybe 0.1%? If that? And then, about twenty years later, everyone discovers the Internet and being “connected” is what everyone does. Nothing rules our lives more now. Nothing.