Vidcom and Citybuzz Giving Away an All-Expense Paid Trip to NYC


NY Matters Photo Contest is sponsored by Vidicom and Citybuzz.


Fix for Android Apps Disappearing into Folders

One of the most frustrating things I’ve run into since making the switch to Android is that, quite often, when I go to move an app on one of my screens it just disappears. I eventually figured out that, for some reason, these apps were disappearing into seemingly random folders located on other random screens.

I’m currently using the Nexus S 4G and running the latest version of Gingerbread but from what I’ve read the issue may not be limited to Gingerread or the Nexus S.

The first work around I found was completely rebooting your phone sometimes, but not always, seemed to work and allow you to replace the icons that disappeared or move them to wherever you had originally planned on moving them.

The second work around is a bit quicker and actually seems to work better. Before you start moving or rearranging your apps kill all your running apps using the Advanced Task Killer app. The native app killing app may work just as well but ATK is the app I use.

I’ve found that killing everything with ATK and then rearranging seems to make everything go pretty smooth. No more disappearing apps so far. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Gmail Introduces Two New Themes to Preview Their New Gmail+ Look

Google already made the announcement earlier this week that they’ll be phasing out the Picasa and Blogger brands to more fully integrate them with Google+, it’s no real surprised that they’re doing the same thing for Gmail.

They may not be phasing out the Gmail brand but they did just release two new themes that are supposed to let you “preview” the eventual new look of Gmail. Both themes are basically the same although one is “dense”. The only difference is between this and the non-dense version is the other version seems to be double-spaced, a little too much space for my liking. I prefer the dense theme.

If you have right-side chat enabled in your Gmail Labs you’ll want to disable that otherwise it tends to make the theme look pretty funky.

I’ve been hoping for a new Gmail UI for quite a while and although I do think this is a step in the right direction I think there’s a lot more room for tightening up the UI and making it a just a little cleaner.

To activate the themes simply go into your Gmail settings > Themes and choose one of the two new options listed, they should be the last two themes listed.

What do you guys think of the new look?

Writing From Heart to Hand

I’ve been going through what feels like, and most likely is, the worst period of personal turmoil in my life. I’ve wanted desperately to continue to writing and updating this site and keep connected in some way to the people that actually read the other stuff I blather on about.

Unfortunately I’m not as good as writing from heart to hand as other excellent bloggers out there. Some people seem to be able to easily transition fairly seamlessly from random subjects to some fairly personal aspects of their lives. I definitely wish I was better able to make that transition myself.

I’ve thought about starting a random anonymous blog to write about this stuff but far too often in the past I’ve completely diluted my writing and whatever following I’ve had built up by going off on tangents thinking that the grass would be greener.

Part of the issue is that with all that’s going on I feel a bit as if I’ve lost who I am. I sort of feel like nothing really inspires me or makes me feel like writing. The kind of tech and brand strategy stuff I usually write about just feels forced and trite with everything else that’s going on in my life. I feel like a phony of sorts writing about that stuff when my mind is in a million different places, none of which have to do with that right now.

I know that eventually these things will all begin to work themselves out and thoughts, ideals and passions will return but until then I have to decide whether or not my personal life is of any interest to anyone or, more importantly, whether or not it would be beneficial for me to just be as honest as possible and share what’s going. Often just being able to write about it and even occasionally get some feedback and or support can be extremely cathartic.

Watch Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg "Threeway" with Lady GaGa

SNL brought out the big guns for tonight’s season finale.

50 Back Beer: The Brew of the Brave

If you’re going to throw back a few beers either pre or post-rapture, you may as well throw back a few while kicking a few bucks to a good cause.

Paige Haley and Kimberly Rogers of Pepperell, who grew up in military families, created 50 Back American Lager for that very purpose. Every time they sell a beer, they give half of the profits to groups supporting veterans, active service members, and their families.

So far the women say they have donated more than $6,000 in cash to charity, plus $4,000 in beer donations for fund-raising events. The nonprofits they’ve supported include the USO, Homes for Our Troops, the Ahern Family Charitable Foundation, the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund, and America’s VetDogs.

“Our priority is really just to say ‘thank you’ to our troops and veterans for their service,” Rogers said. “When my father passed away, I wanted to do something in his honor to say ‘thank you’ for his life of service. [Haley] said, ‘Well, why don’t we do a beer.’ I said, ‘Hmm, beer, all right. That’s an interesting thought.'”

Currently it’s only available in parts of Massachusetts and certain grocery store chains in North Carolina but you can check out their site at and buy a shirt or check out one of the links they have up to donate to organizations dedicated to helping veterans as well.

Bloomberg Grants Immunity for Alternate-Side Parking, Parking Tickets and Late Library Books for Anyone Caught Up in the Rapture

Well, one less thing to worry about I guess:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Friday pledged relief from the often-criticized rules, saying it was “official policy” in a doomsday situation. “Alternate-side parking will take on a whole different meaning, actually,” he joked in an interview with John Gambling on WOR-AM (710).

If the end of the world comes to pass, Mr. Bloomberg said, city residents will also not have to worry about returning library books or paying parking tickets. He noted that it would help ease the city’s traffic problems.

This is New York City though, I’m not sure how much the rapture will actually effect traffic congestion.