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.

Greatest Hit

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When I have a post I think is especially good, or at least interesting, I cross-post it over on ZeroHedge. This probably only happens about 2% of the time. The most recent cross-post I did was about how few day traders make money. Here on Slope, it was called Teller Yourself (link here), although I called it “I’m Gonna Get Rich!” on ZH, since I have to be a little more on-the-nose in that part of the web.

What is striking to me is how popular the post is. Typical contributor posts get a handful of views and almost no comments. Observe the item below. You can see the posts flanking mine got maybe 100 views and a total of 1 comment. For my own, I am approaching 30,000 views and 70 comments. Clearly, I’ve struck a chord.

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That Palo Alto Panache

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After dropping my son off at the train this morning, I noticed a very cool-looking office in downtown Palo Alto called ascend.oi – – it was a typical downtown startup. One story, all glass front windows, expensive interior. As with almost every other startup in Palo Alto’s tiny downtown, they were basically using what had been a retail storefront as a high-tech office for their dozens of employees.

I was curious what they were about, so when I got home, I checked out their home page. Here is, I suppose, the dumbed-down mission statement front and center on their website:

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XVIII

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On this solemn day, I wanted to republish what I wrote on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Here it is:

Today the entire nation will be transfixed on the tenth anniversary of the vicious attacks on the United States. And rightly so, as the events of that day permanently altered the history and trajectory of our nation.

I just did a search of my email archives for anything written that day, and I was surprised to actually find some items. I was, on that morning, in front of my screen at home making sure – as I always did – that all the systems were running smoothly at my company, Prophet.net

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