Author Archives: Fletcher DeLancey

About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.

The giant salmon was my favorite

This video is a 100% accurate depiction of my home state. More or less. Advertisements

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The right-wing megacorp controlling your local news

Once upon a time, your local news stations were a reliable bastion of independent journalism. Chance are good that isn’t the case now. If your local station is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, then it is required to run certain … Continue reading

Posted in politics, USA | 1 Comment

Why our oven clock is slow

File this one under “I’ll be danged, I didn’t know that.” Over the last couple of months, the clocks on our oven and microwave have been…off. First a minute, then a couple, then five, then six. I hadn’t consciously thought … Continue reading

Posted in Europe, tech | 2 Comments

Long live the humanities

In an essay for the Chronicle of Higher Education, English professor Nina Handler laments the extinction of her species: Charles Smithson, a character in John Fowles’s 1969 novel, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, is a wealthy, idle gentleman who faces the … Continue reading

Posted in culture, life | 12 Comments

MIND BLOWN: the lightning edition

Stop what you’re doing and watch this video. But watch it the right way: full screen, in a darkened room, and with a good sound system turned up. This is 3:18 minutes of the best lightning footage I’ve ever seen, … Continue reading

Posted in science, weather | 6 Comments

A side note to Anita Hill’s story

Many of us are remembering Anita Hill’s trailblazing courage these days, as the dams are breaking and so many women are telling their stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault. What is rarely recalled now is that the 1991 Senate … Continue reading

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Energy disruption

This is a long video at 40 minutes, but it is a fascinating and fast-moving talk on the massive disruptions caused by wind and solar in the electrical power markets, as well as the disruption caused by batteries, tech, and … Continue reading

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The gin that changes color

In Monsaraz, one of my favorite Portuguese towns (a walled village atop a hill near the Spanish border — terribly romantic), a boutique gin manufacturer has set up shop. The gin is called Sharish, and it is worthy. I love … Continue reading

Posted in Portugal | 9 Comments

Announcing the birth of a bouncing baby Book Six

Outcaste is here, and the reviews are already coming in. Here is one of my favorite comments so far: The characters of Rahel and Mouse are so beautifully described. Rahel with an unshakeable belief that she will, at some point, … Continue reading

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Know your gunfire

I did something today that I never imagined myself doing: I sat down on the sofa with my wife and teen son and played them a video from the Las Vegas mass shooting. Why? Because my wife and I frequently … Continue reading

Posted in USA | 3 Comments