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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Day One Automation

Day One (iOS, Mac) is a nice journaling app that I like to use to collect quotes, as well as my life log. Recently I’ve been trying to “optimize” a couple of things, which means I’ve been removing and automating stuff.

The two command line utilities that are really helpful are jrnl and dayone_export.

jrnl

jrnl is in and off itself a diary software. It is nice enough to read and write Day One diaries. This means you can use the app to add new Day One entries using a scripting solution, like Keyboard Maestro, on your Mac without the Mac app itself. This means you can automate it. The app also allows you to export entries in JSON.

It allows you to use an external editor, such as Vim. It has advanced filtering. And so much more. The command line utility is a full diary app, with support for multiple diaries. So if quotes overfill your Day One diary, you can move all of them to a new diary relatively easy. (Read FAQ and Advanced Usage)

dayone_export

dayone_export is a great way to export, as the name implies, Day One entries to something else. This utility is great to make a book out of a journal. To customize the output you can setup export templates in the Jinja format. I’ll stick with the quote workflow, because that’s what I actually use it for.

In my case I want to display a random quote on my desktop with Geek Tool, or a similar app. The following command does exactly that, and it removes empty lines from the export:

dayone_export --format txt --tags quote --template quotes.txt ~/Dropbox/Apps/Day\ One/Journal.dayone | sed '/^$/d' > ~/.geektool/quotes.txt

Just in case you’re curious this script displays a random quote from the file (I’m also using this in a TextExpander snippet named aff – short for affirmation):

f=~/.geektool/quotes.txt; n=$(expr $RANDOM \* `cat $f | wc -l` \/ 32768 + 1); head -n $n $f | tail -1

This is the quotes.txt template:

{% for entry in journal %}
{{ entry['Text'] }}
{% endfor %}

No dates or anything, just the entry text. Most quotes are just one line too.

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The Wait, the Rut, and the Free Fall

Photo credit: Blue Silhouette

When was the last time you’ve been waiting for the ideal moment? The right moment to tell someone you’d like to work with them. The right time to tell someone you like them. The right time to split up. The right time to start a new business. The right time to ask your boss for a raise.

We always wait for the perfect situation to do these things. When the moment eventually comes we’re going to see it, and then we can ask, or act.

The problem is, the ideal moment never comes. It’s never the right time to split up. It’s never the right time to quit a safe job and do your own thing.

One could say he or she is waiting to have an exact amount of money on their bank account. Because only when that money is available, they can feel secure enough to take the plunge. But every time they are short, that money needs to be invested, e.g. a car repair.

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Share Location on iOS

I’m often annoyed that I can’t share my location universally from my mobile device. It seems ridiculous but you can’t generate a thing on an iOS device that universally translates to Android or some other user’s (maps) preferences.

Luckily Drafts 4 has a some new tags to read the geo coordinates.

Execute the action, the current draft will not be affected, and your current raw latitude and longitude coordinates are on the clipboard. You can send this to anyone and they can just paste the coordinates into their maps app, and they know where you are. Demo with Google Maps and Apple Maps:

A video posted by Andreas Zeitler (@zettt) on

This action has one clipboard action with the following content:

[[latitude]],[[longitude]]

Import into Drafts 4.

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Adults & Games

Photo credit: I love fall.

Games. They are for kids, right?

I don’t believe in this anymore. I believe that we humans never really stop playing. As some often say “the games change, when we get older”. But that’s not the main point of this post. Yes, they do change, but that’s all natural. This post is about the games that we used to play, when we were kids, that we now don’t play anymore. The literal games. Running, nagging each other, pulling hair, building sandcastles, and even computer games. There’s probably even sex somewhere between these lines.

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Done Moving

So, Andreas, What’s Going to Happen? A Clear Cut.

MOSX

Mac OS X Screencasts rests in peace.

๐ŸŽฏ Until further notice: The websites will be kept alive, the products continue to be sold, no new content, I support new purchasers as well as old customers, I’m looking for a new home.

If I find a new home, and it will be feasible for MOSX to create new content, you can bet that I will.

MOSX.Tumblr

The old Tumblr has been backed up and is being made available at tumblr.macosxscreencasts.com.

๐ŸŽฏ There won’t be any new posts.

The New Home: zettt.com

I resurrect zettt.com once more. If you are still reading, even through all the moving and changes, then my guess is that I know you in one form or another, and if that’s the case, then it’s hopefully not too much to ask for, to subscribe to a new site.

But in case you are still using a feed reader:

  • You can subscribe to the Atom feed here.
  • There’s not going to be a redirect from MOSX.Tumblr to here.
  • There’s a new Twitter account, where I plan to share links and the like from. I even made a super-ugly avatar for it! ๐Ÿ’–

Clarification

This is going to be my personal, English blog! I don’t have much time to spare these days. Don’t expect a huge number of posts. I’m going to write about stuff that interests me personally. I have a wide range of interest. While I’m still into technology, automation, scripting, and productivity, I also do other stuff, too. I always have. If you’re coming from MOSX.Tumblr, you know that I’m not afraid to post stuff about meditation, exercises, life improvement, mental challenges and how to cope with them.

Check out my projects page page, or tweet at me.

Technical Details

This website runs Octopress, or Jekyll, if you will, with the MediumFox theme. Might be changing, we’ll see. If the feed changes, oh well.

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