"I'm going through the process of applying to law school," wrote Alex M, "it's not an easy process, but so far it has been incredibly streamlined and, even more surprising since it's entirely online, hitch-free. And then I came to a certain school's application. Not only was it redundant (in certain sections, triply so -- apparently they wanted my name three times just to make sure I remembered it), but I discovered that gender isn't merely a Male/Female/Other, but in fact is a binary proposition for each possible state."
"I was accessing the MSDN Academic Alliance site to download Visual Studio," wrote Louis W, "but I wasn't sure which school I went to. Is it 'Arizona State University' or 'ASU'? Perhaps 'Arizona State Univerrsity'? And what's 'is dept'?"