Andreas "Zettt" Zeitler

Video producer.

about me

Hi. I’m Andreas. This is my short comprehensive self-summary. I work as video producer; improving the world of explainer videos. Motion graphics design, interaction design, screencasting, and audio engineering are dear to my heart. People say I’m passionate, hardworking, down to earth. My focus is on quality, equality, and elegance. I have a dedicated projects page.

My biggest management hero is Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece. Monkey is light-hearted, doesn’t take himself too seriously, but has a great goal — to become the biggest pirates of all. But him? Laughable! Despite all laughing Luffy consistently proves that he’s got his shit together. And that’s what I like.

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One-Man Shows Don't Build Great Businesses

It’s 2016 and Conversational Commerce, bots, and automation is on everybody’s mind. Automating the conversation between a human and a support answer box sounds like a godsend to small startup teams – getting all the benefits of support without any spend on time and money on the real work. Everything is great. Except it’s not. The customer experience has been going downward for at least a year now, especially with small solopreneurs.

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Cueing Up Downloads on the Go

Sometimes when I’m out and about, I want to download files at home. This is common when I’m on a holiday, and want to watch some YouTube movies. The hotel Wifi is often so unreliable that it’s a better option to download movies, and let them be sent to you by Dropbox or some other cloud storage provider.

Luckily readers of this blog are huge nerds and will appreciate some forward thinking in this regards.

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Export Moves-Export Storylines to Single-Day GPX Files

This solution is butt ugly! But I tried to export my Moves data a couple of times now, and it didn’t work as I expected it to. I’d like to have every single day as single GPX files, just as their own automated Dropbox export does. With this workflow, I was able to make it work finally work. It’s not super straight forward, and not a round solution, technically, but in about 30 minutes you are going to have all your data, to do whatever you want with it. I believe that’s a fair trade.

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OmniFocus: Day Projects

With OmniFocus and a normal calendar I was usually lacking some kind of easy filing system for small one-off items, until I came up with Day Projects. I’m using Day Projects for over 2 years now. And it’s still one of the best things that I’ve invented. Right next to Priorities. Apparently I never wrote about it though.

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Doing Cardio at Home

I enjoy working out. Quite a lot actually. Some weeks more, some weeks not at all. I haven’t been in the gym for about a year now. Only working out at home or outside. One thing I didn’t yet manage to do at home: cardio. Cardio is workout for the heart. Cycling, running, swimming those are some of the most popular cardio exercises. Why am I investigating this now? The winter comes and running outside gets a little bit too frosty. I’d rather run inside, even if I don’t like it. The problem is: I don’t have a treadmill at home, and I don’t have any plans to buy one. So what to do?

Luckily there are options to get the heart pumping without going outside, or going inside the gym.

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Romanticism

Folks think about romanticism often in terms of love and relationships. That is true, but it also relates to other areas as well, as I found out.

What strikes me is how many people believe it’s a bad thing. Women tend to have a negative opinion towards romanticism because they had bad experiences with significant others who promised heavens, who weren’t able to realize their illusion.
In science, romanticism has a bad rep because it’s unreal. It’s not touchable. You can’t predict whatever the result of a romantic thought is going to be.

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Unprofessional and Non-Professional. What's the Difference?

Sometimes people in the “professional” environment say “it’s unprofessional” to do something. People who work “unprofessionally”, but think they work “professional” react appalled to statements like that. Of course they do work on a professional level, they say, but they do not realize the implications of the saying “unprofessional” and “professional”.

For many folks in the industry professional doesn’t mean “uses professional equipment”. Professional refers to someone who makes money doing something. The professionality level is not distinguished by the amount of knowledge they have about a certain topic, or the level they produce at – making money is.

I wrote about FCPX’s “professional” approach before. It is a recommended read, because it hopefully gives more context to my answer here. When someone from the industry say someone is unprofessional it’s not meant bad, it just means “doesn’t generate money”.

If you ask me, it is totally okay to work, e.g. on a podcast or a YouTube channel on a non-professional level. The creators often also think that way. What gets to people though is when you say they are “unprofessional”. It’s got a really negative sound to it, doesn’t it?

As this is my public “diary”, maybe I just want to think about the prefix of being un-something or being non-something.

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Why Monkey D. Luffy Is My Biggest Hero

This is a repost of a posting I did on my old blog. It feels appropriate to have this here because Monkey is so prominently featured here. In case you have read the old version, it is probably not worth your time to read this again.

A couple of weeks ago I started watching one of my favorite TV series of all times: One Piece. zCasting 3000 is the thing that I spend many hours building. How is this place going to be like? I recalled One Piece that I used to watch when I was 17 or so. What I liked about One Piece was not just the story, but the way the main character, Monkey D. Luffy, approaches his goal of becoming the king of pirates.

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Notifications

We’re living in the mobile future. This future is bright, colorful, endless but also very limited to one screen only. This is the screen of your phone. This phone rings for attention – constantly. It wants to tell you when something new is happening.

In this post I want to argue that modern technology is not so useful to us anymore. We have surpassed the time where computers were built to “work for us”. It is evident now that computers won’t do the work for us. They can do only parts of our work, but they can’t replace the entirety. We’ve tried it.

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Workflow Workflows

Workflow for iOS has quickly become one of my favorite automation apps on my iPhone. I have never been very happy with Launch Center Pro because setting up URL’s always sounded like shit work to me. Workflow does away with all the URL nesting and complicated escaping, or not escaping. It comes with the drawback that the app is really slow, but that outweighs the annoying fiddling with URL’s that just don’t want to work.

This post lists some of my favorite workflows.

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