Slope of Hope Blog Posts

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Desperate for Another Hit

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I rarely glance at my Facebook, but this morning I did and a friend of mine was asking if anyone got “lucky” with TLRY. In case you haven’t heard all the chatter, Tilray is a Canadian marijuana company which has become the newest darling of MOMO stock traders.

This struck me as interesting, because the last time this same friend mentioned a stock that I had never heard of before was a few months back when she mentioned IQ, “the Netflix of China”. I’m not going to bother drawing an arrow at the place where she drew my attention to it, but look for the highest point of the graph, and you’ve nailed it. The stock is down about 50% since then.

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Slope Storm

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I pride myself on Slope’s uptime and reliability. Starting with this post, however, I wash my hands of it – – certainly for the night, and maybe off and on through the holiday weekend. We are doing some major upgrades to the site, so we are taking advantage of this long weekend to get the job done. I’m probably vastly overstating the potential issues, but forewarned is forearmed.

Remembering the Eclipse

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It dawned on me (so to speak) that precisely one year ago today, I was in the rural wilds of Eastern Oregon with my children, watching the total solar eclipse. What a memory that was! I sort of live-blogged it for Slopers, but for those who weren’t here, these are the three photos I made of the event. They aren’t professional level, but they are mine, and I thought they were pretty cool.

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Deep Thoughts

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It was, as is my habit, an early morning for me. Weekday or weekend, I get up before the sun. I walked to the library of this magnificent place we’re staying in Healdsburg, alone, since most people have the good sense to sleep in late on a Sunday, and I was intent on writing about something which has been on my mind a few days.

The shelves of the library were filled from end to end, and I was drawn to one particular pair of shelves which seemed surprisingly homogenous. On the spine of a book it stated: HARVARD CLASSICS and, beneath that, THE FIVE FOOT SHELF OF BOOKS. There were dozens of them, all numbered and arranged sequentially, with various public domain classics from the past couple hundred years of writing. I suspect someone bought it years ago from one of those Sunday newspaper magazines for folks that wanted to appear erudite by filling their nude shelves with impressive-looking volumes. The capitalized declaration was, for me, more like an intellectual pratfall. (more…)