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.

Planet Fatness

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One of the standout momentum stocks of the past year has been Planet Fitness, but it’s become quite evident that a reversal of fortune has taken place. The topping pattern is complete, and even at these levels, the P/E ratio is more akin to a biotech startup than a company that sells memberships to people who sign up for the gym but don’t bother showing up.

Like a Good Neighbor, Elon Is There

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As the owner of a Tesla Model S, I got an email yesterday from the car manufacturer proudly stating that they were now offering insurance. The “angle” seemed to be that, since they have so much information about each car (where it’s driven, how fast it’s driven, and so on) they could more intelligently price insurance and, who knows, maybe save you some cash.

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Enough with Drop

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Time for me to bellyache about one of those things that just gets on my nerves. I’m sort of like a younger Andy Rooney, except less dead.

It’s the word “drop”. For the past few years, it has been appearing more and more frequently as a substitute for the word “release”. In the old days, an album was “released” or maybe “hit the stores”. Now…….it’s “dropped”. It’s just another example of white culture “borrowing” something from black culture in an attempt to be cool, because although I haven’t studied the etymology of this thing, I believe “drop” was the parlance of the hip-hop or rap world when it came to music being released.

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