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.

50 Reasons to Gasp

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Ya know, since I majored in marketing in college (embarrassing, yes, but true) you would think I’d be better at it, but I stink. Maybe it’s because I’m lazy. Perhaps I just don’t have a knack for the common touch. It’s high time I stepped up my marketing game, though.

How about all those stupid click-bait headlines we see every blessed day? Let me try a few out on you:

  • This One Weird Chart has Chiropractors Baffled
  • You Won’t Believe These 9 Hottest IPO Balance Sheets!
  • 12 Breakout Patterns That Mean Big Profits
  • Dancing With the Stars Celeb Shares Her Favorite Biotech Picks
  • Irresistible Puppies Pick Their Fave Saucer Patterns!
  • Try Not to Gasp When You See This A/D Summation Index

Meh. It’s not working. Plus I feel gross now.

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When “Umm” Gets You Fired

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Years ago, when I was a kid, a friend’s father told me that his wife got dragged in front of human resources to defend and explain herself. The reason? She told a non-white colleague that she didn’t have a strong work ethic. The recipient of this information, apparently being none too bright, apparently couldn’t distinguish between the meanings of “ethic” and “ethnic” and, thus, complained loudly to HR about discrimination. (This was, incidentally, in an academic setting).

Not only has nothing changed, but it’s radically worse. Allow me to introduce to you one Professor Greg Patton, an esteemed professor at the University of Southern California’s business school:

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