Perfessor Firefly Teaches YOU to Speak a Foreign Language! (Smoke break)

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Let’s take a few minutes to talk about how to practice. The bad news is you’ll have to do a lot of it. The good news is each iteration doesn’t need to take much time and you just may find most of it fun.

If you practice […]

Perfessor Firefly Teaches YOU to Speak a Foreign Language! (Lesson Three)

A-B-C, as simple as 1-2-3…

It begins with an alphabet (we’re going to ignore pictographic languages like Chinese, Japanese and Korean for now). Oddly enough, the subsequent lessons will focus on why this first lesson should be de-emphasized, but we need something to build on to start, and you’ve got to know the letters […]

Perfessor Firefly Teaches YOU to Speak a Foreign Language! (Lesson Two)

Ready to begin?

(for the first post in this series click this parenthetical)

How to Learn.

Like me, most of you seem to enjoy reading. And, like me, this is probably why you have struggled with learning a language in the past. Learning to converse in a foreign language has almost nothing in common […]

Perfessor Firefly Teaches YOU to Speak a Foreign Language! (Lesson One)

Sprechen Sie Spanglish?

Gabba-gabba-hey, Threedonians! Today’s your lucky day! You want to learn a foreign language and, to your stupendous good fortune, I know how to learn a foreign language and I’m going to explain it all to you right now (well, in five or six separate installments spanning the next few days) (or, […]

And the King Said, “Divide the Living Child in Two.”

Ask not for whom the domino tolls

I forgot where I first read about this, but it brightened my day, so I thought I’d share it.

Common law marriage. All states have laws intended to protect women when men “shacked up” with them for years without marrying them. Common law marriage laws give prolonged […]

James (never Jim) Lileks

It’s worse than that, he’s dead, Jim.

In today’s comments Lars and I got into a bit of a discussion about James Lileks. Since I’m looking for an excuse to keep typing to avoid attempting a bike ride in the gale force winds that have hit Threedonia it’s time for a post on James.


Speculum Speculorum

Physician, heal thyself

Kyle Smith has a great piece in Commentary Magazine. (Click the previous sentence to read the whole thing.)

Kyle Smith does an effective job of highlighting many flaws in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ attitude and writing, and is well worth a read, but I want to highlight one section:

Suppose you were […]

Love Gov

This is a decent little video series (5 parts in all, will take about 20 minutes to watch in its entirety). Sensibly geared towards Americans in their late teens and twenties. Very well acted and scripted. Pass it along.

Rufus Takes the Heat


Yesterday a few of our loyal readers took the site to task for “ignoring” a Bill Whittle “Afterburner” segment on The Donald and not commenting on his tax code. Never one to shirk from danger I’ll take on both right here, right now.

Regarding the video, Whittle is essentially correct, but comparing Trump […]


Pluto, the Ninth Planet in Our Solar System

Scientists are just beginning to compile and view all the data collected by the New Horizons spacecraft’s recent flyby of Pluto. There will be many great things to come, but this photo is amazing; unbelievable!!

I never imagined we’d have an image of Pluto of this […]