2011 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to … Continue reading

Be Charitable!


By answering just a few questions you will enable the American Red Cross to deliver 2 minutes of aid to those in need. You need not donate any money, or any more of your own time.

Is This Business Planning To Fail? (A GMAT Practice Essay)


One of Doug’s GMAT practice essays – this time, with the topic: “Of all the cities in their region, Beaumont and Fletcher are showing the fastest growth in the number of new businesses. Therefore, Avia should establish a commuter route between them as a means of countering recent losses on its main passenger routes. And to make the commuter route more profitable from the outset, Avia should offer a 1/3 discount on tickets purchased within two days of the flight. Unlike tickets bought earlier, discount tickets will be nonrefundable, and so gain from their sale will be greater.”

Style vs. Substance in Decision Making (A GMAT Practice Essay)


One of Doug’s GMAT practice essays – this time, with the topic: “Whether people accept or reject an idea depends more on the way it is presented to them than on the merits of the idea itself.”

What Should Teachers Be Learning, Anyway? (A GMAT Practice Essay)


One of Doug’s GMAT practice essays – this time, with the topic: “Last year the parents of first graders in our school district expressed satisfaction with the reading skills their children developed but complained strongly about their children’s math skills. To remedy this serious problem and improve our district’s elementary education, everyone in the teacher-training program at Waymarsh University should be required to take more courses in mathematics.”

Sure, Just Raise The Price Of Stamps (A GMAT Practice Essay)


One of Doug’s GMAT practice essays – this time, with the topic: “To reverse the deterioration of the postal service, the government should raise the price of postage stamps. This solution will no doubt prove effective, since the price increase will generate larger revenues and will also reduce the volume of mail, thereby eliminating the strain on the existing system and contributing to improved morale.”

Buy the Hype? (A GMAT Practice Essay)


One of Doug’s GMAT practice essays – this time, with the topic: “In order to understand a society, we must examine the contents of its museums and the subjects of its memorials. What a society chooses to preserve, display, and commemorate is the truest indicator of what the society values.”

Schools Teach More Than Just The Three R’s (A GMAT Practice Essay)


One of Doug’s GMAT practice essays – this time, with the topic: “Schools should be responsible only for teaching academic skills and not for teaching ethical and social values.”

Limiting Vacation Time, Increasing Productivity – An Argument Gone Mad (A GMAT Practice Essay)


One of Doug’s GMAT practice essays – this time, with the topic: “Managers at our central office report that their employees tend to be most productive in the days immediately preceding a vacation. To help counteract our declining market share, we could increase the productivity of our professional staff members, who currently receive four weeks paid vacation a year, by limiting them to a maximum of one week’s continuous vacation time. They will thus take more vacation breaks during a year and give us more days of maximum productivity.”

Contemplating My Novel


Well, I have finished my novel, and in between job applications, phone interviews, and the daily routine of life, I’ve been trying to figure out next steps for the book. I did wind up getting some feedback from friends and family on the book.  It was mostly positive, though there were two significant complaints: it … Continue reading

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