It is a tad cold today

-17 degree wind chills, real temp just 0 degrees right now.

Hard to believe that a few weeks ago, it was actually 40-60 degrees.

Of course the management of my condo association sent out a letter saying they found a major problem with the building’s heating system and that it was getting repaired this morning. It could result in the heat being turned off for a short period of time.

Damn it’s cold!

No metal in this mouth

As of yesterday, I have braces. Well, kinda.

No no, my mouth isn’t full of enough metal to set off a metal detector. In fact, there is no metal at all.

For the next 48 weeks, I am wearing Invisalign. Think of them as an adult version of braces, but that are clear aligners that I put on my upper and lower teeth. Almost like a mouthguard.

Every two weeks, I get a new set of aligners as my teeth slowly move to where they are supposed to be. For my upper teeth, I need 24 aligners (48 weeks), while for my bottom teeth I just need 12 aligners (24 weeks).

I have to wear the aligners for about 23 hours a day, taking them off only when I eat. No more snacking (since it is just enough of a hassle to take them on and off) and I can only drink water with these on. No more soda or junk!

The real cool part about these is that no one notices that I am wearing them. I have had them for 24 hours and I already can speak like normal (I had a slight lisp yesterday). People have to get real close to even notice them on there.

While I definitely feel the aligners when they are on, I don’t feel any pain wearing them on. In fact, I am sore when I have them off. Getting my lower aligner on and off is no problem, very simple. My top one is a little harder, thanks to some crooked teeth. Sometimes it hurts when I take that one on and off, but the pain leaves in a second.

Way too early to tell if these work or not (I will probably know by the halfway point), but so far I am pleased with them. Considering the alternatives, this is so much better.

So the iPhone finally arrives

So Apple released its much fabled iPhone today. I couldn’t be happier, even though it will be probably two years before I get to buy one for myself (damn Verizon contract I signed just two weeks ago!).

I am absolutely shocked at the phone’s interface. It is so simple and beautiful. How come no other phone manufacturer has come close? I look at my phone’s interface, which runs the much hated Verizon Wireless UI, and wonder how much money Verizon spent for that piece of crap. I have helped many people with their PDA’s and I get confused with how to use them. Considering that PDA’s and cell phones have been around for well over a decade, it is amazing no one has come close to the iPhone interface in terms of simplicity and beauty.

Here are a few other thoughts:

  • The reason it is so expensive ($499 for 4GB, $599 for 8GB)? Apple wants to slowly roll it out, getting input from early adopters and tweaking it. Really the iPod did not become popular until the 3G/4G models (especially when the iPod Mini came out), because the price point and the size were perfected.
  • Which reminds me, I guarantee there will be lower end models of the iPhone within the next year or so, once the technology matures and the cell phone companies get their infrastructure to support it well. Makes too much sense and follows what Apple did with the iPod.
  • Guarantee at some point, you will be able to buy 3rd-party iPhone apps from the iTunes store (just like the iPod Games).
  • Then again, with Safari, e-mail, widgets, and so on…what can’t you do with the iPhone that would need a 3rd-party application for?

Did I mention I wanted one?

2007 Resolutions

I don’t typically do resolutions, but I want to set some goals for 2007.

  • Read more – When I encounter a book I want to read, I absolutely tear through it. It isn’t uncommon for me to finish a novel in 2-3 days. Problem is, I didn’t do much reading in 2006. That needs to change.
  • Save more – I want to work on cutting my expenses and save money so I can start paying extra on my student loans.
  • Work out again – From July to the end of October, I was working out every day at my company’s gym and doing a fantastic job. Then I got lazy and stopped going. Starting next week, I plan on returning to the gym 3 days a week and stick with it this year.
  • Pull off this wedding – Getting married in September means the big day is getting closer. I am going to pull this off and have a great time!

For the most part, they are simple resolutions…but that is the point. I want to succeed. Let’s check again in January 2008.