Hey there, my name is Eric. Welcome to Spirits Don't Fly!
My real name is Ernst Stolz and I live in Germany. You can call me "Eric" since that's easier to pronounce.
For eight years I studied wizardry at Hogwarts University in House Gryffindor. I didn't meet Harry, but I did graduate with a Master's degree in the art of interpreting binary trees and the language they speak.
Now I'm an employee as a Junior Web Developer aspiring to become a Junior YouTube creator and blogger. I'm also a LesMills BodyPump instructor at a local gym.
I built this site from scratch.
I figured, what's the worst possible thing to do when you want a blog? Then I went and cried my figurative share of tears while coding up the site.
It's a crazy amount of time and effort to put in, 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. Maybe 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 may have learned to fear.
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 like the other half of a coin.
My YouTube channel is about movement, thought, and sweat. It's about moving and leaving footprints.
And this website is about capturing these footprints.
There are daily posts called footprints which don't have an image and are easily consumed, and there are regular blog posts called traces which have at least one image and may require some time to read through.
Both the channel and this site belong together and complement each other to create a picture neither one could paint on its own.
I enjoy working out, coding, and cracking a joke, but I also enjoy reflecting on the things I've done. Reflection is best captured in written words and movement in video. Hence, the video and blogging thing.
If you wanted to elevate that to a more philosophical level, think of this site as capturing our zeitgeist.
Zeitgeist is a German word and it literally means the spirit of our time. And the spirit leaves volatile imprints of footsteps because in my mind it doesn't fly; it treads ever so imperceptibly. That's what Spirits Don't Fly stands for.
It's about capturing the contemporary experience of the spirit we live in. 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!
The YouTube Channel
Filming myself is new to me.
I've recorded my screen before when I was gaming, 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. But it's not any easier being yourself either.
Such a weird place to be stuck in.
I guess the YouTube channel is a display of my person, of the things I do and enjoy 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 think it's a journey, wanna come with?
Everything I do, I believe in challenging the status quo. I believe in challenging yourself. I challenge the status quo by creating change every day, moving other people and myself.
My rhythm, your heartbeat. Follow the footprints.