The future of m.RunPee.com

I’m sure no one is going to be thrilled with this, but I’m shutting down access to m.RunPee.com. Sorry.

The primary reason is that I originally created m.runpee.com so that people without smartphones would have access to the Peetimes for movies. It’s a pretty crappy experience, but I thought it was a nice gesture on my part.

However, I just checked the analytics and 98% of the people using m.runpee.com are using an Android or iPhone that is fully capable of running the RunPee app. So, if you would like to continue using the service you’ll have to install the app.

Download RunPee at Google Play

Download RunPee at iTunes

The first thing to know is that of course there are options for using the RunPee app for free. You don’t have to pay a dime to use the app if you don’t want to. But, maintaining RunPee is a labor intensive, and costly, enterprise. We can’t do this for free. I would be grateful if you would consider purchasing Peecoins, or even the Infinity Peecoin, to help us out. You can read all about both options when you install the app.

Please feel free to comment here if you would like. I’m trying to make this the best app for everyone.

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

How to purchase Peecoins or the Infinity Peecoin

Here is a breakdown of the steps necessary to purchase Peecoins, or the Infinity Peecoin. I tried to make the process as simple as possible, but there is certainly room for improvement. I would appreciate it if you shared a comment with me –below — if you have some ideas on improving the process, or would just like to point out where you got confused. Thanks!

First off, before you can purchase anything, you need to verify your email address. This is because I need to record your purchase history, so that when you get a new phone you can restore everything: your remaining Peecoins and the history of which movies you spent Peecoins on previously.

There are two places you can begin the email verification process. The screen below is the first thing you will see when you start the app.

Or, if you are past this screen, you can select any movie from the Movie List Screen, which takes you to the Movie Info Screen for that movie only — as seen here below with Jumanji.

Pressing on either of the underlined buttons will take you to the Email Submission Screen — see below.

Please be careful to enter your email address correctly.  (However, if you make a mistake, you can correct it later.) As soon as you submit your address, you will see the screen below. Wait just a few seconds, and you should receive a 3-digit email verification code.

Simply input your 3-digit code. If your code is correct, it will automatically forward you to the next step. If, for whatever reason, you don’t get a code right away, you can finish this process later without starting over again. The next time you start the app you can input your code. Or, if you need it, you can get a new code, with an option of changing your email address (in the event you typed it incorrectly).

When your email is verified, you’ll see the confirmation screen below.

From this screen you can purchase Peecoins, or the Infinity Peecoin — just scroll down a little to see that option.

Important
The purchase process goes through either the Apple or Google interface, depending on your phone. If you have made purchases before, then the process should be relatively simple. If not, then you may need to add credit card information. (Note: all of your credit card information is handled by Apple/Google. Nothing is shared with RunPee. All we know is if your purchase was successful or not.)

Once you have closed the Email Verification Screen, and selected a movie (no Peecoins are spent/needed at this point), you’ll see a Movie Info Screen like the one below.

Just tap on the underlined button to “Get More Peecoins” and you will see the screen below.

If you want to use the app for free, just watch some video ads (there might be sounds – be aware to turn off the sound in your movie theater, or watch the ads before you go, to bank them for later). Each ad that you complete will reward you with one Peecoin. Honestly, these ads make us almost no money, so we hope that you’ll eventually chose one of the following options.

Purchase Peecoins in bundles of 10 for $1. (Up to 40 for $4 at a time. A minimal fee that gives you a lot of movie Peetimes!) This really helps support RunPee, because we make about 7 cents off of each Peecoin. (Apple/Google take 30%.)

Finally, there’s the Infinity Peecoin. This is the best option if you use the RunPee app frequently, and it really helps support the RunPee Family. You will be ad-free for infinity! You can purchase the Infinity Peecoin for $20 with in-app, or via Paypal for $15. (Apple/Google keep 30%, that’s why it’s more expensive in the app.) If you would like to purchase via Paypal then please refer to the email you receive with your confirmation code. Or visit: runpee.com/infinity/.

Note: as of this writing the only option for purchasing the Infinity Peecoin on an iPhone is via Paypal, but I hope to resolve this issue soon.

Please leave a comment below if there’s anything you find confusing about this process. We’re always looking to improve the app so everyone can enjoy it.

Thank you,

The RunPee Family

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

Movie review – Paddington 2

Rotten Tomatoes gives this movie a 100%, so that says it all. I will see Paddington 2 again with my great-great granddaughter, just so I can see the delight in her 5 year old face. Everyone, everyone needs to see this movie that can give us so much to smile about. Don’t we all need a warm smile in today’s world.

Grade: A

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

Movie review: Star Trek 2009

Like every other Star Trek fan, I was on pins-and-needles waiting to see if this reboot took off. Boy did it. While not flawless, it packed a powerful punch. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve watched this movie, usually in the background while I’m working on something around the house. But when the scene about Kirk’s solution to the Kobayashi Maru plays, or when the Enterprise warps into the atmosphere of Titan, I put down what I’m doing and pay attention. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Beyond the obvious thrill ride, I was more than pleased with the new cast and how they personified their roles. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto nailed it, but Karl Urban took his vision of Bones McCoy to a whole new level.

As awesome as this movie was, I have to say “Red Matter” is the most ridiculous plot device anyone’s ever conceived of. It’s a total MacGuffin. But they used it to awesome effect, so I’m not going to trash the writers about it. Just, you know…try harder next time. Please.

NOTE: Spoiler alert for the next two *Star Trek* movies: they didn’t try harder. See: Khan’s blood. 🙂

Grade: A

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

Movie review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

It’s hard to fathom that it’s only been 3 1/2 years since the first *Hunger Games* came out on the big screen. It feels like it was much longer than that, but the saga is finished and they went out on a high note.

The fans who read the books all know how the story ends, which I would guess represents a large percentage of the people — mostly young girls — who were in the theater. Even so, there was a lot of applauding, and sighs, as the story wrapped up. It feels complete.

Jennifer Lawrence was, as expected, awesome. I’m guessing that the hardest thing about playing the character of Katniss is that she is so consistently in a fog of depression, angst, uncertainty — whatever you want to call it. But, there are a few moments here and there when Jennifer Lawrence really gets to show off her skills, and give Katniss some real depth. She had a few of those moments in MJ2 that really stand out. (I’m not going to say which. You’ll know them when you see them.)

Grade: B+

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

Movie review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I can safely say that SW:TFA is the 3rd best *Star Wars* movie in the franchise. And let’s be clear: it would take a miracle for JJ Abrams to create something better than *A New Hope* or *Empire Strikes Back*.

This is easily the funniest movie in the franchise. Almost (but not every) funny moment revolves around Harrison Ford.

The movie isn’t without its flaws, but those flaws are minor, and of course this is *Star Wars*, so I’m being overly critical.

A few good things to report: BB-8 — the spherical droid — is cute, without being overly cute. JJ is mature enough as a story teller to avoid crap like Jar Jar Binks. All of the fight scenes, whether hand-to-hand, sword-to-sword, or fighter-to-fighter are good, and some are great, but none drag on longer than they need to. There’s never one of those, “OMG, would someone kill someone here so we can move on with the story” type of fights.

The acting was spot on. The casting of Daisy Ridley, as Rey, and John Boyega, as Finn, are marvelous. I’m really looking forward to seeing their characters develop, as the saga continues.

Grade: A-

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

Movie review: Captain America: Civil War

I loved parts of Captain America: Civil War; I liked the rest, and there wasn’t anything to dislike.

First, the airport fight was great. It was everything you could hope for, and most importantly there were some big surprises that weren’t spoiled in the trailers.

The plot was good and easy to follow, but I don’t want to say anything more about that, for risk of spoiling exactly what goes down. It’s all very enjoyable, with a few decent laughs.

I think this might be the best acted of the Marvel movies. Robert Downey Jr. had a lot more to work with in this movie than the others. We usually only see him as snarky or melancholy. In this film, we get to see glimpses of his angry side — and he’s really good at it.

This is a Captain America-centered movie, but just barely. In many respects, the character arc of Iron Man shines brighter than anything else. And it feels like an *Avengers* film throughout.

Grade: A-

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

Movie review: Finding Dory

If *Finding Nemo* is pure gold, then *Finding Dory* is about 90% pure gold, which is still much better than most movies in this genre.

There was plenty of fun to be had, and the messages of inspiration were well told. I think kids will enjoy and learn from this movie. Adults who liked *Finding Nemo* will have a good time as well.

Grade: A

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.