Félix Saparelli

(about me)

a.k.a. passcod

Monthly Update: December 2017

Dec 10 ‘17 Writing I published Chosen Names, a Star Wars crackfic about ridiculous amounts of titles, as inspired by a…

Guy-Adjacent

Dec 3 ‘17 — I think I’ve finally figured out a name for my gender identity thing that feels okay. Not super great. But… okay. I’m not enby. Like, I’m technically non-binary, agender something, but also like no. I’m not taking this label for…

Monthly Update: November 2017

Nov 10 ‘17 Music After a couple Spotify Discovers that didn’t really turn up anything I liked, I decided to start my annual “pick a playlist from all the stuff I listened to this year” early. That involves listening to all 500 songs I saved…

Firefox joy — Send to Device

Oct 24 ‘17 — I’ve seen a lot of noise about Firefox Quantum recently, and rightfully so: it’s faster, smoother, it uses Rust, it’s doing a lot of awesome things. There’s also demos of the Firefox Devtools, with the CSS Grid utilities and other goodies.…

Monthly Update: October 2017

Oct 10 ‘17 Night-mode improvement Got an idea as I was thinking about putting glow-in-the-dark stars up my ceiling, and it turned out to be a great success at little effort! If you switch this blog to Night mode by clicking the tiny button in the…

Monthly Update: September 2017

Sep 10 ‘17 Poetry imports I “imported” (as in, moved/copied from elsewhere onto this blog) three poems, one song, and one very short piece of absurd fiction: Only One…

An explanation of Rails's permit

Aug 15 ‘17 Background In the WeAllJS Slack (which you should come and visit, if you haven’t already!) someone posted a question in the Rails channel (we’re not all and only about JavaScript! there’s a lot there) asking about clarification and help…

Monthly Update: August 2017

Aug 10 ‘17 Me and the dark always I drafted a game called Me and the dark always that tries to go against the general practice / consequence of current designs that the “looking” action in games is free. It ended up being a…

Some misconceptions about HPMoR

Jul 29 ‘17 — I don’t hold HPMoR to be the best fanfic ever written. I have read much better, even in its own category. Yet, there is no denying that it is at least decent, and that it has been massively popular. I have read several articles, threads,…

Monthly Update: July 2017

Jul 10 ‘17 List I watched Neil Gaiman speaking to students last week, and it reminded me that I did have specific things I’ve wanted to do forever. Unlike Gaiman, though, I’ve never noted…

INotify watch limit

Jun 25 ‘17 — On Linux, INotify might sometimes hit its internal watch limit. In applications like dropbox, guard, tail, my own…

Monthly Update: June 2017

Jun 10 ‘17 In the pale darkness of dawn Did a slight rework of the story to have it stand as two distinct fics, especially following my reading of Vanity…

Monthly update: May 2017

May 10 ‘17 — I only started writing this update on the 28th April, so it might be a little shorter than usual. Birthday May 4th was my birthday, which I learned a few years ago coincides with the (unofficial) Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth be…

Storing associations of values

Apr 10 ‘17 — This is a description of an algorithm for a particular pattern I’ve encountered several times throughout my programming and systems designing experience. It’s fairly simple, but nevertheless: The pattern is this: you have a set of values,…

Monthly update: April 2017

Apr 10 ‘17 Style As you’ve probably noticed, I have refreshed the style of this website, as well as the root of my domain. Goodbye monospaced font for everything! The font is…

A thought on fanfiction

Apr 1 ‘17 — Fanfiction is a study in what works and what doesn’t, and how something that really seems like it shouldn’t work actually does if you do it in a particular way. You get a lot of that in Ship Fanfiction, where most of the canon plot is background,…

Monthly update: March 2017

Mar 10 ‘17 NZ.js As this is published, I am at a JavaScript conference in Wellington. Now, as I write this, I have no idea, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to love the talks and…

Lighting up Rust with Neon

Mar 5 ‘17 — Frustrated by the lack of easy-to-use web frameworks that support Rust stable, I decided to use a stack that I know and love, and that has an absolutely humongous amount of middleware that would do everything I wanted: Node.js.…

Monthly update: Feb 2017

Feb 10 ‘17 Writing I’ve spent a lot of my weekends writing a Star Wars fanfic. I’m going to finish it before I publish, to avoid publishing and then abandoning it when I eventually realise I’ve written myself into a corner. It’s completely…

One summer morning

Feb 8 ‘17 — Breathing the fresh air / in the middle of light rain / and the smell of wet fog / I resolve to go walk up again / and visit the mountain, my friend.…

Finally, I knew

Jan 23 ‘17 — I hope, for your sake, that he forgives me. It was many moons before I understood this seeming contradiction. But it was too late; he was gone, and I was alas forever forsaken.…

Monthly update: Jan 2017

Jan 10 ‘17 Tourist There’s been two chapters of Tourist this period, so naturally I’ve commented with my impressions on both:…

Mountain

Jan 3 ‘17 — My mountain is Knowledge. When the ship of my early childhood approached the land of life, knowledge is what I saw and what I started seeking. My journey began on the coast, where I learned to walk, and then I looked up, and saw all that I…

Tree

Nov 13 ‘16 — Are you, are you / Coming up with me / They say they will be / They say up, will we be / Brave enough, brave to follow / To leave, to flee, to go / If we split, to leave me / To mine and only / Fate.…

Unlit

Oct 14 ‘16 — “You shouldn’t be driving.” / “I haven’t had a drink.” / “You know what I mean.” / “Yeah.” I drove on, Sani besides me. / Stopped at the lights, fumbled with my phone, trying to put music on. / Light turns green. /

Gaston lagaffe

Sep 23 ‘16 — This week I discovered that one of my all-time favourite comics, Gaston Lagaffe, was never translated into English. Ever. I find that really sad because Gaston was, and still is,…

Regulus

Aug 16 ‘16 — We lived forever, and would live forever. / So we had concluded. We didn’t know, of course, because none can predict the future. But we had attempted everything, and still, we lived. We had watched, in the meantime, people come and go,…

Fanfic lists

Jul 10 ‘16 — For the past two months and a few weeks, I had given myself the challenge to read all fics on this list of Harry Potter fanfics, provided they met my criteria and…

Self

Jun 6 ‘16 — Selflove, selfhate, selfwhatever / I am a professional selfhater / I do, every day, my regulation 24 hours / And some more, for my own pleasures / Every day, a little more, without fail. Selflove, selfhate, what does it…

Blanket license revocation

Feb 13 ‘16 — Prior to today, Saturday 13th February 2016, all my works were, by default, released in the Public Domain under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0. This is no longer the case. While many of my works still remain in the public domain, and…

The Road to Hell

Oct 12 ‘15 — We are walking on the road to hell / we are walking on the road to hell. We come from the worlds behind us, / we come from the worlds of people, / we come from a thousand paradises. We are walking on the road to…

Air new zealand happy rant

Sep 3 ‘15 — If you’ve never flown in an Air New Zealand flight, it’s worth a go. They’re different. Having gone through four other air companies in the last month, all so-called “good”, I feel like I have had an appreciation of their…

Hold

Apr 29 ‘15 (Originally written thinking of, and dedicated to, my friend Alice.) Hold steadfast, friend Hold against hordes / against the very wind / rolling off mountain peaks / against the rain / the…

Sorry

Feb 24 ‘15 — I just / wanted It seems hopeless. It seems like the world’s an ugly place. Ever since you told me, ever since I knew, ever since we lived. wanted to / make you / smile Do you remember the beach? The sand, the…

Right over there

Jan 26 ‘15 — I am in the great unknown. Slowly flying away / from nowhere to be seen / to where the wind will carry me. Happy, / I think. There is a bird beside me. It / sings softly, as softly as a bird / can, a…

300 shorts

Jan 25 ‘15 — I aim to write 300 shorts. I am not setting myself a timeline nor a deadline. It could take years, and most probably will take more than one. I simply wish to write 300 shorts, not to write 300 shorts in a set time. The definition…

ali.vei.nth.eni.ght

Jan 10 ‘15 — Your cat, your glasses, and a giant butterfly walk into a room. You realise you’re the bartender. They ask for coffee. “With almond milk”, the cat adds. “You don’t want the aftermath of cow milk on your tile.” You turn around, sight a half-empty…

Enby stats

Dec 23 ‘14 — So the other day after tweeting a few #…

Sidebar

Nov 18 ‘14 (The title is from the trucker radio in City of Angles. SIDEB for sidebar, where you can have semi-private or off-topic conversations.) Two days ago today, I had a dream. It…

so many alone at night

Aug 16 ‘14 — so / many / alone / at night wish / for one / to hold / tightly to squeeze / to take / to kiss / sweetly and feel / one’s arms / around / themselves *heartbeat*

Alya

Aug 7 ‘14 — Three / Over and over Two / Forever and once One / Void and nothingness Zero. Alya told me to repeat this every time I was scared. Before I went to sleep. Before I started my day. Before I fell away into…

Bruteforcing the Devil

Jun 5 ‘14 — Preface, of a sort, by mako himself: Once, there was a circle of artists and wizards. The convocation called itself #Merveilles. For a long time, most of the members of the cadre could be distinguished only by their…

Today

May 4 ‘14 — It’s my birthday today. Also #StarWarsDay. And the last day of break.…

The Brewy Trinity

Mar 27 ‘14 — Prayer of the Lager, as imagined by GGaR fans: Bar-father, whose pints are heavenly / Jo be Thy name / Thy fiefdom come / Thy beer be drunk / On Earth, as it is in…

Car tracts EULA

Mar 26 ‘14 — I put a sign on my windscreen: "By placing a religious tract on this car you agree to forfeit your soul to the devil (or equivalent)."…

Sleep

Mar 19 ‘14 — Darkness Darkness all around and / light but not light; red / orange dark but less dark / than darkness. Lines of darkness dancing / across. Deformed shapes of / fire running in circles. Black dark black…

LZ4 compression for ramdisk

Mar 15 ‘14 — A little while ago I saw that lz4 became a new optional dependency to mkinitcpio. Today I decided to see…

Github cleanup

Feb 19 ‘14 — Today I cleaned up my Github repositories. That means I looked through all the repos I own, updated some of them, and deleted a whole lot. Over forty in fact! Here’s a quick summary: Names: source

Up Up And Away

Feb 8 ‘14 — Let me fall / so we can fly / so we can glide / over the clouds. Let me fall / so we can fly / so we can float / over the sky. Let me fall / so we can fly / past anything / you’ve ever seen.…

Modern systems languages

Dec 6 ‘13 — A year or so ago, I started getting interested in two new, modern systems programming languages: Rust and Go. After playing around a bit with both, I chose Go to…

Slowly

Nov 24 ‘13 — words / drip from your lips my / heart grows colder until / i run away hating / and loving you (original)…

People

Nov 8 ‘13 Warnings: drugs, assault. There’s really only two kinds of people in the world: bad people and assholes. It’s not static, either. It can change. You can change. And it’s not all black and white — although with…

Soft limits and meaningful content cuts

Nov 8 ‘13 — On Quora, and many other websites, long answers are cut off with a “(more)” button/link which immediately displays the rest of the answer in-place. The cut-off threshold seems to be a hard limit on words or…

Grow

Aug 10 ‘13 — (to be read with a calligraphy pen or nib in your hand) Grow. / A word. / A verb. / Germanic. Feel it. / Slow. / Old. / Young. Now I’ll tell you how put it on a page: / we’ll start with the o.…

one and two

Aug 7 ‘13 — tragically / once upon a time / two people / far away one is missed / two is missed forbidden / hidden away / in the dark two sets of / three small words / repeated / over and over / to…

The Girl Laughing in the Dictionary

Dec 31 ‘12 Warnings: death, shooting. Leaves falling. Hitting the ground softly. Steps in the snow. The shallow chaotic prints of the children and the deep purposeful ones of the adults. The grey winter sky with numerous…

Aftermath

Dec 7 ‘12 — Oh sweet, sweet morning light / you remind me I have to sleep sometime. / I have to sleep. / But not at night. / Night reminds me of her / hair brushing my face at night. It’s been five months and even my friends have…

A man

Feb 13 ‘11 — He was lit up faintly. Standing in a room of golden proportions (which is not saying a lot), he was one stood man (which is). The only lamp, a seemingly old neon, hanging short from its chains, shone darkly above none. None but a…

Mid-loss

Oct 8 ‘10 — Dark. Mid-Dawn Softly I walk / forward. In the / first light of the / waking sun. My mind / still and clear and / white and black. Yet I / step up down and go / to the usual things of / the…

Only One Left

Jul 28 ‘09 — The door is closed. / Dusk fades to night. / I on a stool, / eyes on embers. I remember. Crowded valleys / Golden mountains They arrived / Howls / Tears / Blood / Crumpled hope I…

The box

Oct 28 ‘08 — The box was simple. It was hand-crafted, seemingly by inexperienced hands. The lid was not attached to it, except for two mould-eaten strings, passed through rough holes in the wood. There were carvings on its top: words now unredable, names, a…