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.

Introducing SlopeTalk!

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After a substantial amount of time and cash investment, SlopeTalk is live and ready for you to use and enjoy! I have written very thorough documentation, which will take you just a few minutes to read in its entirety, right here. Everyone is entitled to access the page, which is here. I look forward to seeing how Slopers make use of this page, although I want to be clear I am deliberately introducing this on the quietest week of the year so we can have a “soft” opening of this new product……… don’t be surprised that it’s thinly-populated at first.


Madden Football

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I’m not a football guy (now THAT is an understatement), but I have been around computers since 1979, so I find their evolution to be pretty interesting. With John Madden’s passing, I was curious if there was a video to show how much the Madden Football series has changed over time. I found one, and it’s jaw-dropping. If you just want to spend a few seconds on it, just watch the beginning (1988) and then scroll to near the end. It’s absolutely astonishing.

The Very Best of 2021 (Part 4 of 7)

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Preface to all parts: It’s that time of year again. I have written over 30,000 posts during the long history of Slope, and at the end of each year, I gather up what I consider the best of the prior year’s offerings. At the end of every year, I assume I’m utterly out of material, and yet at the same time, I look back with amazement at all the terrific posts from the year that has just completed. I’m not sure how long I can keep this up, but my concerns of content exhaustion have been proved wrong since March 2005. For your reading pleasure, I offer the following Best of 2021 Posts:

Putting out a fire with a steady stream of gasoline

Political Discourse
Slope finally stops trying to corral political content, and of course the problem stops instantly

Gratitude Instead of Attitude
The horrors of Kabul make me think of things for which I am grateful

Good Boy
A homeless dog inspires another canine essay

The hysterically-funny folks running for California’s top job

Dual Memories
My trip to Jackson Hole was filled with moose and memories

You Darned Kids!
If you’d enjoy some loss porn from Wall Street Bets