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.

Alien: Covenant review

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW! (But not that many, really.) Alien: Covenant is great fun! …as long as you don’t bring your brain into the theater with you. Scientists and logical folks (hereafter referred to as SALFs) will be nearly as horrified … Continue reading

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A must read: “My Family’s Slave”

The ashes filled a black plastic box about the size of a toaster. It weighed three and a half pounds. I put it in a canvas tote bag and packed it in my suitcase this past July for the transpacific … Continue reading

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Curmudgeons

A friend sent this on with a sniffle warning, and she was right. But it’s a good kind of sniffling, accompanied by laughter. If you don’t mind the potty mouths of a bunch of Brooklyn natives, with an occasional Spanish … Continue reading

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Dia da Liberdade (Freedom Day)

Last night, I was brushing my teeth when our flat was rocked with a deep BOOM. “Fletcher!” my wife called. “Come here! Fireworks!” I dashed down the hall and out to our smaller veranda, where Maria was already watching the … Continue reading

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Nat Geo moment

I miss my Oregon birds, some quite desperately (such as Anna’s and rufous hummingbirds, and Swainson’s thrushes), but there are compensations in the fabulous birds of Iberia. One of my favorites is the European bee-eater, which winters in Africa but … Continue reading

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Song of Saturday

Before I could relax, I had to hang the laundry Before I could hang the laundry, I had to water plants (because the laundry rack blocks access to the plants) Before I could water plants, I had to wash the … Continue reading

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Innovative teachers (subtitle: Ryanair is the Scrooge McDuck of airlines)

Three teachers at our son’s school have been arranging a class trip to Scotland. They contacted Ryanair and asked for a group rate for 20 seats. The response was unbelievable: around €300 per seat. This is for a short, nonstop … Continue reading

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Strange weather

It’s been an odd winter in the Algarve this year. Mostly quite warm, and not enough rain, but then there was a week where it was unusually cold. I drove to my Pilates class in the morning and our car … Continue reading

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No good deed goes unpunished

I am recovering today from a misadventure. Yesterday, while cutting through the nearby park on my regular hill walk, I came across a curious sight: a whole pile of cute, fuzzy caterpillars on the sidewalk. Given their position, I thought … Continue reading

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Raise your hand if you remember the modem dial-up tone

In this video from Wired, two sonic branding experts take us on a tour of the world’s most recognizable tones, chimes, and sound blends, and explain why they impact us the way they do. Sonic branding is designed to grab … Continue reading

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