Filament

It’s hard to start new habits. I almost forgot to do this today.


Juntocracy

A few days ago I came up with an idea. I’ve been making worlds in my head for as long as I can remember, but coming up with stories in those worlds was a whole different deal. So I figured I’d just practice writing by picking a random word every day I go to the gym (which is most weekdays) and write 200 words (at least) around that.

Today’s word was “juntocracy.” (Somewhat amusing that my spellchecker doesn’t know it.)


Covers

Sometimes I hear a song, and I don’t even realize it’s a cover. Then when I do, I often check out the original too. I kinda trust the artists I listen to, so if they thought a song worthy of covering, then I might like the original too.

There are a few songs like that, that led me to discover older artists I hadn’t known about. One of the first such cover I remember is Helloween’s Fast as a shark. It’s originally a song by the likewise German, and even more ancient metal band Accept. They’ve been around since ’68! Nonetheless, I only found out about them when I heard Helloween’s cover. After that, I had some of their albums in my library for a good while.

Even bigger a success (at least from my point of view) is HammerFall’s cover of Ravenlord. It’s originally a Stormwitch song. Much like Accept, Stormwitch is an older band from the German metal scene that I didn’t know about. When I realized Ravenlord’s a cover, they were actually enjoying some renewed attention, possibly thanks to that very cover. At this point I’m listening to Stormwitch about as much as HammerFall – admittedly not as much as I used to, but they’re still present!


Akadake visszavágó

Egy pár hete megpróbáltam már egyszer megmászni a Yatsugatake legmagasabb csúcsát, ám akkor a hágóvas hiánya és az átfagyott bakancs kifogott rajtam. De én nehezen viselem a vereséget, úgyhogy pár nappal később vettem egy eggyel nehezebb (és melegebb és keményebb) bakancsot, amire már hágóvasat is lehet kapcsolni. (Ő aztán az Akagin került tesztelésre.)


Download Japan 2019

To sum up Download’s experiment with expanding to Japan: good artists, meh sound. The lineup was truly, truly outrageous: Amaranthe, Man with a Mission, Halestorm, Arch Enemy – just to name those who brought me to Makuhari. The headliner Judas Priest are legends (if aged) and some may consider Slayer music too (I have trouble in that regard).