Val Kilmer

OK, I know this is supposed to be techno-nerd blog, but it’s my blog and I can write what I want to! (that reminds me of a song.)

So, onto our topic du jour. I love Val. No, not in a weirdo, stalker way and not in a homosexual way (not that I have a problem with that, in fact I’d say he is a good looking guy, from a straight man’s point of view.) I just love his acting. Oh, and I’m not talking about the Real Genius, Top Secret, or Top GunVal Kilmer (I wonder how many actors have done two movies with the word Top in them…well, non-adult film actors anyway.) I’m talking about Heat or The Saint Val Kilmer.

He always gets my attention when he is on screen. So, here’s why I’m writing this article….what the heck happened to him? I mean, he appears to be off the grid. Actually, I wish that was true. I wish that he had just retired or was not getting the parts he wanted. Well, maybe that last part is true, but he’s taking them anyway. Val has been very active in the past few years, and I’ve been digging up his stuff. I shouldn’t have been. His recent material sucks, frankly. I actually made a list of films of his that I haven’t seen, and was going to try and then I tried Spartan…ugh. Awful. In fact, it was so bad I gave up on the whole project. I even watched Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, because of Cage, not Kilmer and it was pretty good….but Val, not so much. I sure hope that he can get it back on track. I really love watching him, when the script is good and he’s being himself.

Good luck Val.

Oh, and Real Genius, BTW…one of my favorite movies of all time. 🙂

Too little, too late….Windows Phone 7

Well, maybe not too little, but wayyyyyyyyy too late. Peter over at GDGT has a great article on the forthcoming (hopeful) savior of Microsoft’s mobile dreams.

Seven Thoughts on Windows 7 Phone

Actually, and Peter makes a good point, the stakes are probably higher than just the the Redmond giant’s mobile aspirations.

I’m not going to waste time hacking out a bunch of commentary on my iPhone 4, when the aforementioned writer has covered the bases well enough already. Which is a wordy way of saying, go read it for your darn self.

Verizon iPhone…..hehe, yea, right

In response to this article on Engadget about Verizon to sell iPhone in 2011, my friend John remarked:

Doesn’t make sense.  Verizon currently works on the CDMA network but they are vigorously moving up to the LTE network, as in they are launching portions of it by the end of this year.  Unless this phone can work on both, doesn’t sense.

*puts tinfoil hat on* – I’m starting to think these rumors are popping up for reasons beyond the product at hand – i.e., they are, in some way, attempting to effect consumers to buy or not to buy with rumors of slick new handsets due in a few months.  Theses rumors really tend to effect the market.

I respect John’s opinion a great deal, but…Really? Let’s look at the facts about LTE and Apple:

LTE will not provide NEARLY enough coverage for the wide-distribution sector that the iPhone is sold to.

Read this, posted today (by Brian Higgins, Executive Director VZW):

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2370440,00.asp

LTE will be in 38 cites….38? Not until that number is at least 10 times that, would Apple consider allowing a carrier to distribute its magical iPhone. If it’s an LTE only phone, then if you are outside the LTE coverage…you get (drum roll please), nothing! Why is that? Because unlike AT&T’s 3G network, that you can step down from to Edge….there will be no step down for LTE. You are LTE or you are on Wi-Fi my friend or you get a very expensive iPod.

Remember when the iPhone rolled out…what did Apple do that shocked the world…..they rolled out the most amazing communication device EVER…..on 2G (Edge.) And techno-nerds (like me) of the world, did what? We didn’t buy it. That is the #1 reason I did not buy one when they came out (well, Exchange was big deal, but that was fixed with a software upgrade.) We all thought they were idiots (I still do), but Apple did it for…coverage. They believed that coverage would be speed…and they were right (at least as far as market share and profitability are concerned.