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.

Le Tour is coming!…and other tidbits

Tomorrow is a day my wife and I look forward to all year: the start of the Tour de France. For the next three weeks, we will arrange our work and social lives around the television as we absorb gorgeous … Continue reading

Posted in life, science, sport, video, weather | 5 Comments

Wallpaper Monday

Beverly Houwing took this impeccably timed sunset photo in Namibia. In her caption for the National Geographic Photography contest, she wrote: The dead trees at Dead Vlei, in Sossusvlei, Namibia, create stark silhouettes against the intense orange color of the … Continue reading

Posted in wallpaper | Leave a comment

The Adorable Octopus

One of the things scientists and naturalists are often loathe to admit in public is that they find all sorts of things cute. For instance, when I worked at a public aquarium, one of my favorite creatures in the whole … Continue reading

Posted in biology, video | 2 Comments

Wallpaper Wednesday

I love the symmetry of this photo: Mt. Fuji at dusk, taken by Kenichi Sunata. (Click the image to fujify.)

Posted in wallpaper | 1 Comment

It’s a great week for font geeks

For those who love to geek out on the alchemy of designing fonts, this is a week of plentitude. First, Frere-Jones has just published “Typeface Mechanics: 002,” which picks up where 001 left off. This time the discussion centers on … Continue reading

Posted in Apple, tech, video | Leave a comment

The one we didn’t see and the one we did: Jurassic World and Sense8

My wife and I recently saw the Jurassic World trailer in the cinema, and at its end we turned to each other and said, “Nope.” It was wall-to-wall character clichés. There was the stiff-necked, over-groomed, cold career woman; the brilliant … Continue reading

Posted in culture, video | 2 Comments

Dotty

Winner of the Best Short Film at the Nantucket Film Festival, “Dotty” will make you laugh — and then it will break your heart. Vimeo link. Hat tip to Inge.

Posted in culture, life, video | 3 Comments

Wallpaper Wednesday

Photographer Dan Atkinson captured this shot of a wave crashing over the Warrnambool Breakwater (Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia) on 24 July 2014. He titled the photo “Smashing” and made the finals of the National Geographic Photo Contest. (Click the image to … Continue reading

Posted in wallpaper | 2 Comments

Scarce swallowtail

On my walk the other day, I came across a gorgeous swallowtail butterfly perched on a summer-dead thistle. She had the kind of flawless, shining perfection that only comes from a newly-emerged butterfly. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with … Continue reading

Posted in wildlife | 4 Comments

Wallpaper Wednesday

Photographer Paul Zizkas has created a portfolio of the ultimate selfies. In this one, he is boulder hopping on the Snowbird Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. I wonder how many times he made that leap to … Continue reading

Posted in wallpaper | Leave a comment