Hey, my pen name is Ryan Ceres. Welcome to the footprints that is my site!

Who is this blog for?

It's exclusively for people who can read, but beyond that it's for those who are curious. I enjoy making things accessible, be it programming or physical fitness; for me everything comes down to an experience. How do we experience the crazy lifestyle of working out, what does it mean to be part of that culture? What does it feel like to think through challenging coding issues, get a tangible handle on abstract concepts, or question weird shower designs? Do you see where I'm going with this?

About Me

My real name is Ernst Stolz and I live in Germany. I was born in Russia and moved to Germany at the age of five. I did my A-levels, did my community service, and then I studied Cognitive Science at the university of Osnabrueck for three semesters before I switched to mathematics. That's when I thought, hell, that's too difficult, I don't do maximum effort, and I switched again, this time to Computer Science and English. That worked out great for my propensity to do only what's necessary and I graduated with a Master's degree in 2016.

Now I'm a Junior JavaScript Web Developer at a local company. Why? Because you can't find employment with a degree in English literature and linguistics, you dummy, that's why!

About The Website

I built this site from scratch. I figured it's probably not a good idea to do that because it's a crazy amount of work, but it's something I can say I've built myself and that makes me feel good again. I wanted to be able to control everything on my website, how it looks, how it functions, how it feels, everything. It's built using Vue's offspring Nuxt as a framework and Vuetify for the user interface. If that sounds like gibberish to you, don't worry. I'll share a few things about how I built this site in future videos on Youtube, and not in the typical programmer lingo as you might expect. I hate unnecessarily complicated communication. And I love simplicity. Aren't you happy you came to this positive place?

As for the content on this site, it's always somehow about our zeitgeist, the spirit of our time, the culture we live in, the way we think. Zeitgeist is a German word and it literally means the spirit of our time. That's what Spirits Don't Fly stands for. It's about the contemporary spirit we live in. It's about the spirit that, instead of floating above the ground and never really touching the surface, leaves imprints of ghostly footsteps. No, we won't track down the spirit here; we don't want to scare it, but we will quietly follow it. Bring your slippers.

About My Channel On YouTube

Filming myself is new to me. I've recorded my screen before, but actually being on camera is new and, ye, I must admit it's difficult too. You can't fake being someone else, someone cool and rhetorically eloquent. People will notice. And you will get to know that, not in a good way either.

I'm mostly myself. The YouTube channel is a display of my person, of the things I do in life. I need to move, not sit or stand, I cannot stand immobility. And I need to learn something new all the time. I can chill too, but I'd go mad if I were to lay on the beach for two weeks straight and not do anything besides tanning; that's too crazy for me!