Let’s check in with the once-gentle American city of Minneapolis (click the full screen icon in the lower right portion of the video to get the full effect):(more…)
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.
As a few of you know, I’m a big fan of documentaries, and I stumbled upon one last night which I wanted to strongly recommend: Still Alive.(more…)
I was originally going to make this a premium-users-only post, but ya know what, I want as much help as possible, so I’m throwing this open to everyone. And, after all, you’re here on a Memorial Day Weekend, so God bless you, it’s obvious you’re a dedicated Sloper.
Anyway, I’m going to do away with the “big reveal” and just come out and say it: for months now, we’ve been working on a Slope of Hope app for both iOS and Android. So whether you’re on an iPad, iPhone, Samsung, Pixel, or who knows what else, we’ve been spending a lot of time (and even more money) on getting something geared specifically for your equipment.(more…)
It seems to me people are being unbelievably optimistic (to the point of naivete) about what things are going to be like as they “re-open.” It isn’t going to be like it was before. Not even close.
As an example from just one sector, just take a look at these highlights from the restrictions related to eating establishments:(more…)
Let us begin with some dialog from Star Trek’s “Court Martial” episode:
SPOCK: But the computer is inaccurate, nevertheless.
SHAW: Why do you say that?
SPOCK: It reports that the jettison button was pressed before the Red Alert.
SHAW: In other words, it reports that Captain Kirk was reacting to an extreme emergency that did not then exist.
SPOCK: And that is impossible.
SHAW: Is it? Were you watching him the exact moment he pressed the jettison button?
SPOCK: No, I was occupied. The ship was already on Yellow Alert.
SHAW: Then how can you dispute the finding of the log?
SPOCK: I do not dispute it. I merely state that it is wrong.
SHAW: Oh? On what do you base that statement?
SPOCK: I know the Captain. He is incapable…….
SHAW: Please instruct the witness not to speculate.
SPOCK: Lieutenant, I am half Vulcanian. Vulcanians do not speculate. I speak from pure logic. If I let go of a hammer on a planet that has a positive gravity, I need not see it fall to know that it has in fact fallen.
SHAW: I do not see what that has to
SPOCK: Gentlemen, human beings have characteristics just as inanimate objects do. It is impossible for Captain Kirk to act out of panic or malice. It is not his nature.
You may have heard the news this morning that the celebrity parents of bubble-headed Olivia Jade finally gave up their legal fight and have pleaded Guilty to paying huge bribes to get their vapid daughters into USC (which, in those circles, is held up as a superb institution of higher learning). Frankly, Ms. Jade would have done vastly better with a high school diploma and her thriving “influencer” website, but we’re not here to talk about that.(more…)
If your childhood was anything like mine, you probably played the board game Monopoly on at least a few occasions. It was a favorite of mine, and even though the game was created almost a century ago, it’s still enjoyable to this day. But for this mental exercise, take yourself back to a time when you were playing it with friends.(more…)