a better way to ask about gender in survey questionnaires

Survey questionnaires regularly ask respondents’ sex or gender, and mostly offer only the binary options: When presented with such a survey on paper, I typically add and then select a third option: “Fuck you”. (Similarly, I do the same with race/ethnicity questions when asked to choose one out of four or five options). However, we […]

how to convince your parents to abandon dial-up internet

Many readers will be familiar with the scenario: Your parents still use dial-up internet, no matter what arguments you make. Sometimes it takes creative social engineering to resolve the issue. Here is how I finally convinced my mom to get cable internet service: I live in a hazardous land ravaged by gila monsters, tornadoes, drive-through […]