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.

A Captivating Analog

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I was glaring at the insanely tiny ranges of the past few weeks when it occurred to me there was only one other time that I recall seeing such a phenomenon, and that was………….just before the Covid crash! The old saying is never to short a dull market. I don’t see the logic to that. If you compare the past few months to the late December/early January period of 2019/2020, you’ll find the action on the SPY remarkably similar:

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Liquid Assets

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I’ve mentioned before my fondness for learning random new things. This has morphed from grabbing random volumes of the Encyclopedia when I was a kid to the modern-day equivalent, which is either looking at Quora or punching up topics on Wikipedia that crossed my mind.

I was flying over the Great Salt Lake a few days ago, and I decided to learn about it (my initial curiosity was regarding whether there was life in the lake or not, and there is, although mostly in the form of brine shrimp). One illustration was particularly striking to me: it showed how the present-day Salt Lake (which is huge) used to be just a small portion of a vastly larger body of water called Lake Bonneville. (You have probably heard of the fabled Bonneville salt flats where land-speed records are challenged).

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Makeup and Cheeseburgers

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As a kid, I would frequently grab a random volume of The World Book Encyclopedia and start reading random articles, just because I enjoyed the act of learning. Similarly, and more recently, the last thing I do every day is spend about thirty minutes reading articles from Quora. Sometimes they are scientific, and sometimes they are just silly. But I enjoy learning new things every day, regardless of topic.

In the “silly” category, there was an article talking about women’s makeup, and what an extraordinary difference there is between the un-made-up face and the professionally-done face. They offered some wedding day photos as evidence, and I must say, they are extraordinary:

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