Monday, August 14, 2017

The Power of Mental Override

Recently, I have experienced the power of mental override to physical obstacles.  The two examples that bring me to my conclusion of this ability are as follows.

In May I began working a new day job.  When I left work for the day, it was rather warm out.  Some early summer temperatures.  When I got in my car it was oven-like, but not intolerable by standard human.

For most of my life, I have found that I was very quite intolerant to the summer heat.  Any jobs involving hot kitchens or working outside in warm weather I immediately cross off the list as possible modes of employment.  I do this from past experiences.  

Well that day when I got into my car, I stopped myself before turning on the air conditioning.  I relaxed myself, focused on tolerating the heat, and just told myself the following things:  This is comfortable.  This feels good.  I like the heat.  I prefer the heat.  This is enjoyable. Etc.

Since then, I have enjoyed a very comfortable and non-heat-inhibitive summertime.  I was from that point able to embrace the heat and feel comfortable in it.  

The second example is from today actually.  Before today I have been very on and off about exercise.  I try to keep to a simple daily exercise regimen, but it typically goes weeks on, months off, weeks on, etc.

Well, in the week before an upcoming convention, I decided to take back up this regimen until at least then.  And so, typically I do maybe three sets of 20-30 push ups as one of my exercises.  Today I took the mental override approach and applied the same type of self talk as before.  I told myself before, during, and after pushups that:  I love push ups.  Push ups are the greatest.  They feel amazing.  There is nothing I'd rather be doing.  Push ups are my favorite.  Etc.

Today I cranked out a total of 100 push ups over a few sets.  

In light of this, I am now going to apply this mental override in other things I may be lazy or anxious about.  I would recommend that everyone try this technique of overcoming whatever.  It's worth a try and will possible overhaul you willpower.

Bon Chance!

Friday, July 21, 2017


Life has been very busy since March and I know I haven't been blogging much lately.

I do like to keep you all updated and I plan to post more in the future.  But in the mean time, if you want to keep up with what I'm up to, follow me on twitter @zyroftef and youtube @zytroft

Stay fancy everyone.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"Sunset Republic" NYS:6

Sunset Republic was an idea I had for over a year.  I came up with the story in 2015.  Then I shelved it.  As I sat at film school struggling to write a half conceived musical, SR popped back into my memory and I knew it would be my thesis film.

Many different things inspired me to come up with this story, but the main two were:
This YouTube Channel and This Event

SR was a lot of fun to write and direct.  The experiences and knowledge gained in New York certainly has confirmed me in my desire for filmmaking.

Please enjoy the Sixth and Final installment to the "New York Stint" series!
I am proud to present, Sunset Republic!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Audio Book Listens

Here below is a list of books I've listened to in the last year.  These are books I would recommend for your own reading or listening pleasure.  They have the Zytroftian seal of approval.

Gorilla Mindset by Mike Cernovich

Choose Yourself by James Altucher

Models by Mark Manson

The Last Lion: Winston Churchill: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 by William Manchester

Trump: The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump and Tony Schwartz

Friday, April 21, 2017

"Daffodils" S1:E25- Season Finale!

"Daffodils" is episode 25 and finale of 'Zytroft' season 1!

Season 2 will be coming soon, and will the first content made under Lab Note Films. Lookout!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Lab Note Films: The Launch

As of 2am this morning, 1017 Films is now sadly defunct.  But fret not ye readers and watchers!  The company has been succeeded by the newly established Lab Note Films.  

Please welcome Lab Note Films into the world!  This is the official launch.  It was born at 3am this morning.  I will be releasing future content under this new company name.  Below is my Snapchat made Lab Note proto-logo I sent to Jay W.

Expect good stuff coming.  Who says science isn't magic?

"That's All I Ask" NYS:5

"That's All I Ask" is the fifth installment in the 'New York Stint' series.

"Hexagon" NYS:4

"Hexagon" is the fourth installment to the 'New York Stint' series.

Monday, April 17, 2017

"Welcome Back Jimmy" NYS:3

"Welcome Back Jimmy" is the third installment in the 'New York Stint' series.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The St. Patrick's Day Rabble

This past March 17, Jay W. and I went out to celebrate with a few pints.  We did Pub Row in the Financial District on Stone street.  They had dozens of tents out in the street.  Each one was run by pubs along the street.  Guinness and Harp were being consumed by the gallons.  The street was rather crowded so we grabbed our inaugural pints and went to the end of the street to stand.

Then the fun began, two fellows in their mid to late twenties partook in some shenanigans.  There was an exchange between them and a fight broke out.  Luckily, some NYPD officers nearby took care of the situation, and the more belligerent gent was escorted from the street.

After a while Jay and I moved on from Stone street and went to a pub elsewhere.  Entering that pub, there was stationed a huge bouncer at the door to check IDs.  This was the sort of fellow who wore black leather and had a shaved head.  His shoulders and chest made him a brick wall, well suited for the gig.

We got another round of pints and ascended to the second floor bar area.  Once we were through there, we descended back to the entry ground level.  To our dismay the bouncer was nowhere to be seen.  "Was he even actually the bouncer?"

We exited the pub to the flashing lights of an ambulance and police cruisers.  There were about ten NYPD officers standing about outside.  Two stood talking to an unknown bystander.  Leaning against the wall and smoking a cigarette, was the bouncer.  He seemed a bit winded, not to mention the blood dripping down his forehead.

"What happened?"

Well, to draw a likely conclusion as to what transpired, I'll tell you what else we saw.  Being wheeled into the ambulance on a stretcher was the belligerent gent from Stone street, now unconscious.  My conclusion was that the bouncer wrecked him.

It's always a funny coincidence when one inadvertently follows along with a story arc in real life, especially in such a big city as NYC.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

"Le Jour du Cafe" NYS:1

This is the first installment to my new "New York Stint" series.

Zytroft Season 1 finale is still on its way.  1017 is still alive for one more episode.
The New York Stint is not produced by 1017 films or the new company.  The series is an independent production by me.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Baby Back Bull-Scheisse: Director's Cut

I made a director's cut version of the first 1017 films first video, Baby Back Bull-Scheisse.  There are two reasons why I did this. First, I wanted revel in a little 1017 nostalgia.  Secondly and the reason why I'm reveling: My collaborative partners and I at 1017 films have decided to retire the name and rebrand it.

A new name for the film company has not yet been decided on, but I can say when it will take effect.  "Zytroft" season one will be wrapping up with the episode 25 season finale.  After the release of the finale, 1017 Films will begin its transition into the new brand.  

Why are we changing the name?  Names have their time and place, but brands need to change from time to time.  I've always wanted to update or alter it eventually.  When Jay and I founded it, the name was rather spontaneous.  Also, it was 10:17pm at the time.  Another reason is that there's a record company with the 1017 name and we don't want the name to get confused.  It's better to come off as original.  

And so, as the retirement of the 1017 brand draws near, please enjoy the Director's Cut of Baby Back Bull-Scheisse!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"The Sinister Stocking" S1:E24

"Zytroft" Season 1: Episode 24
Last night I was watching some Charlie Chaplin videos on youtube to get some physical comedy ideas for my first student film.  11pm I decided to shoot this.  This is not the student film.

Episode 25 will be season finale! Stay tuned!

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"Epilepsy Warning" S1:E23

Season 1: Episode 23 of "Zytroft"
This is a cinematised version of the Instagram project.  And the title is NOT a joke.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Instagram Photo Manipulation Project

So, I've been working on a little photo manipulation project using Instagram.  Instead of their filters, I used the DIY edit tab to create these effects.  I started with the photo at the beginning here.  It's a gothic-y church in Cambridge, MD.  I made some edits on it, then saved it.  Then I took the new version and edited it.  I did this over 70 times, to see where it went.  Below is where it went.  Enjoy!

The first one again, for reference.  Beginning and end, both same photo.

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