Filip Chabik

DevOps Engineer, Husband & Dad.


2021 has kicked in and I’m back to work after 3 week holidays – back full time remotely, of course. COVID-19 numbers in 🇩🇪 Germany are highest ever, but on the bright side the vaccination centers are going full steam ahead. Still, it seems that the worst weeks are ahead of us as winter has only just begun. My newborn son… Hm, I don’t think I still should call him this way 🤷🏻‍♂️ My son has turned 11 months and I have no clue when that happened. Next month he’ll turn 1 year old! 🤯 My daughter 👧🏼, five & a half years old, is going through some tougher time due to the second lockdown. We are trying to cope in the given circumstances best to our abilities and are ever grateful for staying healthy thus far 🤞🏻

📚 Reading

“A Darker Shade of Magic” — V. E. Schwab

In search for some book I could smash onto my Kindle I stumbled upon this one by accident. I only just started, but there are already few things that work for me. Number one is atmosphere – it’s a bit dark, a bit foggy and definitely entertaining. Second one is the topic itself – I’m not quite sure what is exactly going on yet, but it seems to have a lot to do with alternative reality and being able to travel between them. I’m definitely hooked and will progress gladly.

🎮 Playing

Ni No Kuni: The Jet-Black Mage

Some time ago I wrote about Ni No Kuni Wrath of the White Witch and its release on Steam. I got few things confused though. Original release targeted Nintendo DS system and made absolutely awesome use of all the possibilities it offers – I love in particular the stylus runes typing. Level-5 and Studio Ghibli teaming up couldn’t produce anything that was bad, but this game is stunning. I have no comparison to the White Witch release as I don’t own PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Switch and I haven’t played it (yet?) on the PC. But I can say one think for sure – The Jet-Black fan translation of the DS game is simply amazing. English translation took 8 years to deliver, but boy did they! It’s including the original 372 pages book that is required to play the game. It’s also sorta awesome that it is required indeed – you can’t really use or learn new runes without it. It also has a lovely story inside, full of humor that is omnipresent within the game too. For anybody still rocking their (N)(3)DS system it’s a must play!

📺 Watching

Violet Evergarden

While awaiting for the fourth and final season of Attack on Titan to air I decided to switch to something a tad bit more lighthearted. As I became fan of Kyoto Animation’s work (Clannad, Clannad: After Story, A Silent Voice) it was a no brainer to go with Violet Evergarden. Visually it’s absolutely stunning, surpassing even Silent Voice (which was already top-notch), story-wise… It’s good. Maybe simply my hopes were too high to call it anything better than that. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a decent anime – really interesting world and characters (I got some cool Full Metal Alchemist vibes here), nice character evolution of the heroine, emotional stories it’s so easy to connect with. Additionally, the music is spectacular!

🎧 Listening

McCartney III

While preparing for the holiday presents I dug through mid-nineties Kelly Family albums for my mum. Boy were they good at that time – especially the Over the Hump, Christmas for All, Almost Heaven and Live, Live, Live albums.

That said though, after damn brilliant Gimme Some Truth compilation of John Lennon’s music, Paul McCartney also came out of shadow and released his surprise McCartney III (40 years after McCartrny II and 50 after McCartney I) album right before the holidays. It’s also good, so much so in fact that it went straight to number one in UK — first time since his 1989 Flowers in the Dirt. Been a while. I do enjoy it, but it’s modern McCa that is not exactly my taste. For me his last really great one (maybe even the greatest) remains Flaming Pie.

As if these holidays were not filled with bloody good music already, Foo Fighters are back in studio and released two singles [Shame Shame and No Son of Mine] from their upcoming album Medicine at Midnight. Sadly, I don’t find in either of these two songs quality of their last brilliant album which was Wasting Light. Well, here’s for hoping that the reminder 8 will fill that void. More…

Last Updated: 2021-01-11