Did you mean Rupee?

RunPee has gotten huge props in the media. But the geek in me is really impressed with this: do a Google search for “runpee”

I just love it. Google asks, “Did you mean RunPee?

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It was not that long ago that Google used to ask, “Did you mean Rupee?” As in money, Rupies. I used to tell my wife, “someday, we’re going to enter in Rupee and it will ask us, ‘Did you mean RunPee?’ …that will be something!”

Yeah, honey.

Movie review : G.I. Joe – The Rise of Cobra

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GI Joe - CollectionaryIt’s good to keep in mind that G.I Joe is a movie based on action figures. The good guys are good guys and want to be even better. The bad guys are bad guys and want to be even badder. There is no internal conflict. No questioning motives. Okay, maybe a tiny bit but nothing like the internal conflict of X-Men or Spider Man. But that’s okay. G.I. Joe is from a generation that didn’t have that whole conflicty thing going on. The most recent generations – you know who you are – just thrive on internal conflict to the point of inflicting it upon Superman – which is really just wrong on so many levels.

No, G.I. Joe is pretty much what you might get if you gave a 10 year old Spielberg the entire action set and then stuck electrodes in his head that could record his imagination. Lets have big fights between teams of fighter jets underwater. And then lets have these two guys fight each other a lot because they both fight with swords. And of course the bad guys inevitably must capture one of the good guys so that there can be a rescue.

There is nothing wrong with G.I. Joe if you want lots of action and a shallow and easy to follow plot. If you’re big on intrigue, twisty plots and the ubiquitous internal conflict then you might be a bit disappointed in this film. This might be an action film that baby boomers like more than twenty somethings.

BTW, anyone know where I can preorder an accelerator suit? 🙂

What did you think about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

Movie review : Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia is a story driven film and pretty light on plot. But that isn’t a bad thing by any means. The script by tells a good story that the director put together masterfully. Which shouldn’t be difficult since both jobs were done by Nora Ephron: Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, et al. Combine that with exceptional acting and you have a good film. I’m not saying it’s great or not. That takes time and rewatching to discover. But there is that potential.

Most surprising is the number of times the audience laughed. There were at least 6 scenes that got a goodly percentage of the audience to laugh out loud. A few times it was enough to miss the next few lines of dialogue. While I wouldn’t label this movie a comedy it was funnier than most of the moves that do so.

Of course Meryl Streep’s performance was what one would expect: perfect. She is astonishing in her abilities and we see it here. Amy Adams does a fine job as do the supporting men playing their husbands. There really isn’t a weak link in the film.

What did you think about Julie & Julia? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

Movie review : Aliens in the Attic

Aliens in the Attic

Reviewing kids movies is really hard. I doubt if there are many adults out there who are seriously thinking about seeing this unless it’s to take you kids to see it. And honestly this isn’t the sort of movie that does anything for the mature crowd. Men in Black it aint. 🙂

Aside for looking for PeeTimes during a movie I try and keep track of the number of times the audience laughed. I counted 5 solid giggles out of the kids and a few laughs for the adults.

I’m going to give it a 6 out of 10. It didn’t suck but it really wasn’t very good.

What did you think about Aliens in the Attic? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

Movie review : Funny People

Funny People

Funny People is partly about a guy with a terminal illness. And it’s partly about a guy who screwed up and didn’t marry the woman he loved when he had the chance. And it’s partly about a few other things. But ultimately it’s a bro-mance about two guys and the growth of their relationship.

Fortunately the title of the movie isn’t ironic and there are a few good laughing points. But it isn’t hilarious. The acting is right on which might be the biggest problem with the movie. The characters are like, you know, fairly normal people and where’s the fun in that?

It is a good story, not great. I cared for the characters and their development. Something that is important to me in any movie is that I believe the relationships and that’s where I felt this movie stood out. That being the case I’d give it a solid B. It isn’t good enough to get a B+ but they didn’t really screw anything up either to get a B-.

What did you think about Funny People? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

Original PeeTimes from Harry Potter Found in Garbage

Orlando, FL – Though they were thought to have been lost forever, the original notes from which the PeeTimes for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince are based on, have been found.

Archaeologists working in the kitchen where Dan Florio – AKA polyGeek – lives, unearthed these fragile documents from beneath a layer of day old coffee grounds. Working with care and precision the papers were extracted in nearly pristine condition.

Bill Gates and many others have already inquired if these documents may one day be available for auction. Sources close to Dan who wish to remain anonymous stated that it is likely that at least a portion of this collection will go to auction to help raise money for one of Dan’s favorite charities – his bank account.

Photos of these relics were taken just before the documents were permanently sealed in glass casings filled with a pure nitrogen atmosphere, so as to inhibit any further deterioration. Dan wanted us to be sure to mention that the photos were taken with an iPhone camera – which also runs the RunPee iPhone application that you can download for just 99 cents from the iTunes app store. He enjoined us, “be sure to remind everyone to tell their friends about it.”

original PeeTimes for Harry Potter You can see here the number “916” in the upper-right corner. This is unique among the collection of PeeTimes. It is generally thought that this is an indication of when the movie began – not the previews and such – but the actual movie. This would make sense, because as we all know each PeeTime is given an approximate time into the movie that it occurs. Therefore, knowing when the actual movie began would be paramount.

We can also see that another time has been written down to the far left and then scratched out. No one is sure why this was done. It is especially confusing since no correction is given. Perhaps Dan just screwed it up.

The rest of the PeeTime follows the general form of a note regarding the cue to RunPee followed by a few notes that will become the plot synopsis of what will happen during this PeeTime.

original PeeTimes for Harry Potter This classic example is flawless. We can see what can only be interpreted as the time in which this PeeTime began and ended. Followed by the cue and then notes about the plot synopsis.

Notice that this scene is part of what happens in the notes in the first PeeTime listed above. It is possible that what seemed like a good time to begin a PeeTime was in fact followed by an even better PeeTime which is detailed here.

original PeeTimes for Harry Potter At the very top is what can only be a potential PeeTime that never made it. You can see that it is listed to begin at 10:01. The PeeTime that is actually detailed here began at 10:02. Clearly this was another false start that lead to a new PeeTime.

What is curious is the reference to “Red”. It is possible that Dan couldn’t remember the hugely important main character’s name of Ron, the Young Master Weasley.

Many who like to think that Dan is without flaw have suggested that “Red” is simply shorthand for “Ron.” However, that is patently absurd. Both names have the same number of letters. It is obvious that this is the best evidence yet that Dan is fallible.

original PeeTimes for Harry Potter Another classic example of a PeeTime. Note however the numerous bullet points in this one. Some might question that a scene with this many details may not make for a good PeeTime.
original PeeTimes for Harry Potter Once again “Ron” is still being referred to as “Red”. It’s amazing to think that Dan still hadn’t picked up on one of the main characters names by this point. However, to cut him some slack, Dan must stay focused on finding PeeTimes.
original PeeTimes for Harry Potter Here we have an oddity. This PeeTime is clearly scratched out yet it does appear in the PeeTimes listings. Looking closely at the details of the submitted PeeTimes we can see that a RunPee user named Martyn entered this PeeTime into RunPee.com.
original PeeTimes for Harry Potter Another PeeTime that didn’t make the cut.

Movie review : The Ugly Truth

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The Ugly Truth

If you want a good evening out, then I’d suggest seeing The Ugly Truth with a group of friends, and then heading out to dinner for some lively conversation afterward. Not only can you talk about the merits of the movie, but also the points that Mike makes on his show: everything from ‘can men be changed,’ to the merits of masturbation.

The movie itself is good. Solid performances all around. And I found that I really believed the romance developing between the two characters. It isn’t in the same league as say When Harry Met Sally, but then what is?However, it does have a scene that comes very close… I’ll say no more.

If you like romantic comedies you’ll enjoy this.

What did you think about The Ugly Truth? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

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Movie review : G-Force

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G-Force

In case you didn’t know, G-Force is 3-D movier for young kids. There were many kids in the audience in the 4-7 age ranges. The main reason I say it’s a young kids movie is that there are a lot of short scenes and every 3rd scene – at least – involves some sort of action. Something to keep the kids from losing focus.

I did notice that the kids in the theater laughed quite a few times. And I saw the 3D version which seemed very appealing to them. A handful of times you could hear them gasp as something seemed to leap out of the screen.

So it’s a safe bet that most young children will enjoy this. I wouldn’t push this off on children getting into their early teens, though.

As for adults, well… it didn’t suck. But what many good writers are able to do is intersperse adult humor into a kids film that the kids won’t be able to get. Usually by quoting something in past/pop culture, or paying homage to other movies. There was just a tiny bit of that here and it just wasn’t that well done.

What did you think about G-Force? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

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Buy a Pee Shirt – RunPee Logos on Organic Cotton Tees

Want to announce that your bladder is happy? Buy a RunPee Pee-shirt with the “half-full” logo and the phrase, “Because a Bladder is a Terrible Thing to Hold”…and wear it to the movies!soft cotton organic Pee Shirt from RunPee

  • Organic Cotton Tees – These are very comfortable. I’m wearing one right now. In fact, I have two so that I can wear one every day while I’m working. And I am REALLY picky about my tee shirts. They have to feel nice and soft and have a ‘flow’ to them. Many sizes in black, blue and cinder grey. ———————–>
  • The Maternity RunPee Tee Shirt is perfect. Who needs to RunPee more than expecting mothers? A great gift for those expecting little bundles of peeing joy. May as well proudly announce why you keep heading out of the screening room during movies! Many sizes in black, white and light pink.
  • The RunPee Mug – it’s a hefty ceramic mug that you can put your whole hand through as you hold your favorite beverages. You can drink things from it but also…well…may we suggest NOT using it instead of a PeeTime? 😉
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Movie Review – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Let me start by saying that I’m not a big Harry Potter fan. I’ve seen all of the movies and thought they were okay. But I haven’t read any of the books. And I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan – both of the books and movies.

I must confess that I didn’t like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at all. I’m not saying it was a bad movie. It just lacked anything to get over the hump of being average.

The most notable failing is the acting/directing. There are very few scenes where the actors have any expression other than a dower expression of impending doom or feeling dejected over their inability to form a relationship with the ones they really love. And there’s hardly ever a smile, or quirky expression of playfulness. In only a few scenes during the movie did the audience laugh out loud.

Since impending doom is the flavor of the day, throughout the movie they should have worked with it by getting more closeups of the actors in anguish. But the camera seems to always be far enough away that we don’t feel the actors. We only see them. I never felt any connection to any character at all.

The first hour-and-a-half or so of the movie is also filled with many short choppy scenes, with hardly any connection from one to another. It’s as if they decided to film a few pages of the book here and there without alluding to what was skipped over. But I’ve found all of the movies, except the first one in this series, to have a similar flow. If it didn’t bother you then then it won’t bother you now.

Lastly, the music was completely underwhelming. Where’s Hans Zimmer when you need him? 🙂

Ultimately, this movie seemed like it was put together from scenes from a great movie that fell on the cutting room floor.

What did you think about Harry Potter? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

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