My 2020 In A Nutshell

  1. Got dumped by my so-called “Life Partner” (Good riddance to her & her dog)
  2. Sold my townhouse rental property
  3. Paid off all my debt (i.e. mortgage, HELOC)
  4. Got very sick, was diagnosed with Adenovirus, lost 10lbs. in 3 days.
  5. Bought solar panels, new roof and upgraded electrical panel for my primary residence
  6. Used Rewards Card benefit from home improvements to buy a new Google Pixel 4a
  7. Memorized the Aronson Stack, but epically failed my Goodreads Challenge
  8. Doubled my 401(K) contribution percentage, invested in the stock market
  9. Deliberately continued my weight loss by switching to Huel Black Edition
  10. Learned I had COVID-19 instead of Adenovirus & now have the long-term antibodies

It’s been a profoundly disturbing year, but also a remarkable one. For example, I’ve made more money this year than ever before, but my opinion of women (as trustworthy partners in a monogamous relationship) has never been lower. I’ve gotten farther in my Spanish learning than ever before, but don’t have any friends or acquaintances I’m particularly interested in speaking with in Spanish for practice (or vice versa). You get the idea– a lot of Yin and Yang packed into twelve months, and no reason to believe the next year is going to be any different.

In other words, strap in– I’ve got a feeling this is going to be a crazy roller coaster!

To Blog Or Not To Blog?

Just realized I blogged only three times in the entire year of 2020. You know, the year we were all stuck at home. Because pandemic.

It’s moments like these where I ask myself questions like, “Why do you even have a blog? Or a domain name?”

Or “Will I blog more than three times in 2021?” Let’s find out.

How I Got Rid Of Moto Camera’s “Camera Error: Please Restart Camera” Problem

Several months ago, the camera app on my Moto G5 Plus phone began to intermittently malfunction when I opened it. Instead of letting me take a picture, I’d get an error message of “Camera Error: Please Restart Camera.” I would close and restart the app four or five times before finally being able to take a picture– by which time I’d have missed the opportunity to capture the picture I’d wanted.

Incredibly frustrating! I tried the suggestions on the support website, but none of them helped and the problem persisted.

Here’s how I finally chose to deal with the problematic Moto Camera app:

  1. Installed Mark Harman’s Open Camera App.
  2. Tested the Open Camera app to make sure it worked properly on my phone (i.e. it takes pictures, uploads them to Google Photos, etc.)
  3. Remove Moto Camera from the Home Screen’s Dock.
  4. Add Open Camera to the Home Screen Dock.
  5. Open the App Drawer, then press & hold on the Moto Camera app until the “App Info” menu item appears.
  6. Click on “App Info” and then click on the “Disable” button.
  7. Confirm you want to disable and uninstall the Moto Camera app.

Your mileage may vary, of course, but my phone camera opens reliably now.