Would you like to be a volunteer translator for RunPee?

The new RunPee.com is almost ready. The big upgrade to the new design is that it will support multiple languages. There are two main parts that need to be translated: the interface and the individual PeeTimes. Since the only language I know is English – and I’m not even that good at it – I’m relying on Google Translations to do all my translating. It’s working pretty well but I know from translating other languages to English that the translations can be a bit awkward.

Therefore I’m looking for some bi-lingual people out there who wouldn’t mind pitching in and editing the translations. There are no promises but if I can ever get enough income from RunPee then the translators will be the first people to get paid – after me. 🙂 In the meantime I would prefer that the translators have their own blogs because what I can offer is a little kickback in publicity. Each translator will get a page on the blog that tells about them and the RunPee website will also display a small picture of the translator. So you’ll be able to tell your friends that you’re a part of the team and they’ll see you here on the site.

Those who become translators will get access to an administrative site where they can edit the PeeTimes. Each week after I add new PeeTimes I’ll send out an email to the translators. At that point the translators will be able to log in and edit the existing translations done automatically by Google. It’s that simple.

So what do you say? If you want to be a translator then email me: polyGeek [ at ] RunPee.com and I’ll get you set up. I’ll need to know the language you can edit, a little info about yourself such as your blog, Twitter account, etc. Don’t worry, you’re not expected to see any movies or do any of your own PeeTimes.

Here is a list of the languages I currently need translators for…we will indicate which ones are spoken for as we go along:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese – possibly taken, might need more people!
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish – Taken!
  • Swedish
  • Indonesian

Movie review : Invictus

Invictus
Invictus

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You won’t find anything wrong with the story, or the acting nor the directing. That’s because Invictus is the product of the best in the business. And who else could possibly play Nelson Mandela besides Morgan Freeman? I’m not even sure this movie could have been made without Freeman. Matt Damon was also perfectly cast for the part of the rugby team captain.

Here’s the page at the Wikipedia about the poem Invictus for which the movie is name.

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Movie review : Everybody’s Fine

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Everybody’s Fine
Everybody's Fine

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Another ho-hum movie. Nothing much to say about it, either good or bad. This is a watered down performance from Robert De Niro.

Times used to be that De Niro in a movie meant something. But de Niro playing an old man/father is something I can do without. Leave that to other old men. De Niro needs to play a character that could be bound to a wheel chair and still strike fear in the heart. Sadly, those days are probably passed. I think I’m going to go watch Head just to wash this out of my mind.

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Movie review : Brothers

Brothers
Brothers

[ Spoilers ahead ]

This really pisses me off. The previews made the story up to be about an affair between a wife and her husband’s brother while the husband is off fighting in Afghanistan. But there wasn’t an affair. It was nothing but a kiss? Just a kiss?

The real drama came from what Sam – the husband – had to do while he was a POW. That’s some serious stuff and more than worthy of carrying a dramatic story.

But we only get a little bit of that, and then a little bit of the brother/wife indiscretion, which splits the story right down the middle. If the producters had just chosen one or the other they could have made a much better and more focused movie.

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Movie review : Up In The Air

Up In The Air
Up In The Air

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A very enjoyable movie. Plenty of laughs and the story doesn’t trod down Predictability Lane. It’s a little difficult to associate with the characters since they lead rather unconventional lives. But the issues they face are similar to what many of us deal with, which brings it back to earth.

The most predictable aspect of this movie is George Clooney’s typically great acting. You would think that he would mix it up every now and then and turn in something rather flat and uninspired, but I suppose he just doesn’t have it in him.

The cast around him more than holds their own. Anna Kendrick is perfect as a competent and confident college graduate who gets slapped around by life. Vera Farmiga – George’s love interest – doesn’t have a lot to work with. Her role seems rather undemanding except for one scene which she plays very well. Personally I enjoy seeing actors play roles like this and do it well. In many instances the actor feels like they have to turn everything up a notch and overact just to be noticed. Vera didn’t do that. She just played her part and did it well.

And this is another well done job of writing/directing from Jason Reitman. He did Juno and Thank You For Smoking. I think this means we can expect to see a good many more enjoyable movies from this young talent.

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Movie review : Old Dogs

Old Dogs
Old Dogs

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I didn’t expect much out of this movie. It seemed to me that I had probably seen everything worth seeing in the previews. Fortunately I was wrong. There were a few good and funny scenes that they saved for us.

The performances are what you would expect from great actors who aren’t asked to do much with their roles. Robin probably does a better job because he plays the dad-role fairly often. Travolta was good. Not the sort of role we’re used to seeing him in, outside of the Look Who’s Talking oeuvre. It’s sort of fun to see such a likable actor switch it up from time to time. Fortunately, he has a shaved head and carries a gun in his next movie: From Paris with Love. So it’s back to the good times. 🙂

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Movie review : Ninja Assassin

Ninja Assassin
Ninja Assassin

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[ No Spoilers ]

The previews billed this as the greatest ninja movie ever. We’ll you guys just go on thinking that. But we all know it’s not true.

This is a great movie for people who like really bad acting and poor cinema photography and lame fighting choreography. Did I mention the bad acting? Lots of that. There probably would have been even more but they had to spend a lot of time showing us the bad fighting scenes.

At least they mix it up. Just when you think you can’t take any more bad acting they go into a long fight scene to release us from our misery. And then when you think you can’t take any more of the bad fight choreography they save us by switching back to the bad acting. In that since it’s pretty well paced.

[ Spoiler ahead ]

And it wasn’t just the acting and fighting that was lame. The story has as many holes as a ninja caught at the wrong end of a dozen throwing stars. My favorite is when our favorite ninja and Mika get separated. It ends with Mika running over a bad ninja just as he’s about to kill the good ninja. He then jumps in he car and Mika says to him, “I can’t believe I found you.” Like that’s supposed to fix it right up.

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Movie review : The Blind Side

The Blind Side
The Blind Side

[ no spoilers ]

This is without question the best role I’ve seen Sandra Bullock perform and she was certainly up to the task. Most of the roles I have seen her in are of the quirky woman variety – Miss Congeniality, All About Steve, Speed, etc – or the woman in love character: see every other movie she has made. She’s very good at both of these but it’s good to see her spread out into something a little different ( note – I’ve not seen every single movie she’s been in).

I’ve heard some people saying that this is an Oscar nomination type of role. I hope so. She deserves to at least get on the ballot for this performance.

And she’s not the only one who deserves some Oscar love. Quinton Aaron nails his role. I’m not sure that acting shy and quiet is the toughest role for an actor, but I never once thought that I was watching someone act.

I would also like to give some props to the writers and director. I like the fact that they focus on letting us know that Michael isn’t exceptional in anything other than being a left tackle. The real Michael Oher made tremendous academic strides, but so could anyone else who is given the resources and motivation that Michael had. We can’t be reminded often enough that the only difference between the richest people and the poorest is money. In every other way we are equals and given the right circumstances our lots could have been otherwise.

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Movie review : The Twilight Saga: New Moon

The Twilight Saga: New Moon
The Twilight Saga: New Moon

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Let me say first off that I didn’t hate this movie. In fact I sort of enjoyed it even though I’m not remotely in the target demographic. And you have to give kudos to the writers and director for really nailing this genre. It takes real talent to master a genre so completely.

This is sort of the female version of Transformers. Gigantic machines that can punch through an air craft carrier and well endowed, heaving girls are to guys; as boys with piercing glances, furrowed abs and a deep dark side are to girls.

Here is my theory as to why this sort of movie is so popular. We all have our genetic programming. If you are a teenage girl then you automatically have a huge decision to make because you are now biologically capable of having children and therefore must choose a mate. In today’s world this may not actually happen for many years but a teenage female’s body is telling her that it’s time, now. That decision is going to have everlasting effects and thus we have teenage angst.

Kudos to the director for discovering so perfectly what female teenage angst looks like: head down, eyes up, scrunchy forehead. That is the default look that Bella has for everything.

Dad: Bella, what kind of cereal would you like for breakfast – Cheerios or Raisin Bran?

Bella: [ tilts her head down, looks up with her eyes and scrunches her forehead up ] Oh Daddy, I don’t know. I used to always eat Raisin Bran but I’ve been trying Cheerios recently and I really love both of them now. Part of me wants to go back to Raisin Bran. But If I do I’m worried that I’ll have to give up on Cheerios forever and I just really want the option to have Cheerios in my life. [ Tilts head down even further and look up with even more forehead scrunchyness. ] I think I’ll have Cheerios but think about Raisin Bran.

Dad: [ Rolls eyes and says under his breath ] Teenagers.

Come to think of it, Edward and Jake both put on angst-face a few times. I think when the DVD comes out we have a new drinking game. 🙂

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Movie review : Planet 51

Planet 51
Planet 51

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I was hoping this would be better than it was. I think the only really funny bits were the alien pet and Rover.

The novelty of an alien planet going through our version of the 50s was okay at times. Of course kids aren’t going to have much of a clue about what that’s all about. It’s pretty much just window dressing for the adults taking the kids to the movies.

What did you think about Planet 51? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

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