Ray Merkler

Software Engineer, Artist, and Chef in Collingswood, New Jersey

Ray Merkler

Software Engineer, Artist, and Chef in Collingswood, New Jersey

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There is no greater endorphin rush than that of learning something new.

In 2011, I closed the book on a career in aerospace software and began a quest to acquire every interesting piece of knowledge, wisdom, and ability that I could find.

Since then, I have become a maker of video games; a designer, illustrator, and animator; a mathematician; a cook, baker, brewer, and barista; an astronomer; a conference planner, promoter, and frontperson; an empath and advocate for social justice; a physicist; a polyglot; a gardener; a guitarist, drummer, vocalist, and composer; an existential philosopher; and even a rocket scientist.

I am a firm believer in the power of the midlife crisis. We should call them intralife crises, in fact. The itch to move on and try something new is a central drive of the human condition. To fail to entertain that yearning for novel experience is the shortest, most efficient path to a perpetuity of depression and stagnation. Explore everything!