Alert Peetimes

One common request from users over the years is to help them avoid graphic scenes in movies that might disturb them. For years we have tried to do the best we can to create Peetimes during scenes we found to be over the top, or disturbing, compared to the rest of the movie. Now we have made it quasi-official by marking these Peetimes as Alert Peetimes.

This solution comes with a few caveats.  First, this is obviously very subjective. What may be disturbing to one person isn’t even noticed by another. However, I think there is a lot of common ground. We focus on scenes that have sexual violence, animal cruelty, or torture. (Hopefully there’s never a scene that involves all three!)

Also, this is contextual. If you’re watching a gangster movie with lots of torture scenes, then what’s the point of making Alert Peetimes for those?That’s what the movie is about. But, if there happened to be a scene involving animal cruelty in a gangster movie, then we’d try to alert you to that.

Second, we can’t have Alert Peetimes that might cover every conceivable thing someone out there might be sensitive to. For instance, if you were recently in a terrible car crash, it might be traumatic to watch a movie and then unexpectedly see a car crash. My suggestion for anyone with an issue like that would be to talk to someone who has already seen the movie, and ask them if one of their trigger scenes is in it.

Third, we make it very clear in the RunPee app that we won’t be held responsible for catching every scene that might trigger someone. We’ll do our best and invite our fans to provide feedback, good and bad, on how we are doing with the Alert Peetimes — but we’re not interested in hearing criticism that blames us for not protecting them from a trigger scene. Again, we’re doing our best with it, but this isn’t our core purpose when getting Peetimes for a movie.

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

RunPee FAQ – get more Peecoins

Find out how to get more Peecoins in-app, or via Paypal.

Once you verify your email address, you can purchase Peecoins, or watch ads to get Peecoins for free.

First, tap on your email address/Peecoins remaining message at the top of the Movie List Screen.

FAQ: Movie Info Screen-Peecoins remaining
FAQ: Movie Info Screen-Peecoins remaining

That will take you to a screen with all the options you need to get more Peecoins (below).

A Few Important Notes

If you want to purchase Peecoins, you can buy them either in-app or via Paypal in bundles of 10 for $1 — up to $4 worth at a time. Apple/Google keeps 30% of all in-app purchases, so we make 7 cents for each Peecoin you buy. On the other hand, you can visit http://runpee.com/peecoins/ to purchase Peecoins via Paypal. Paypal keeps a much smaller percentage, so we make a few more cents per Peecoin. (Every cent helps, and thank you!)

If you choose to view ads to earn Peecoins, please realize that each ad you view earns you ONE Peecoin — no more, no less. We realize this might be  confusing, as seen below:

FAQ: TapJoy currency
FAQ: TapJoy currency

TapJoy has their own currency. If I were to use their currency, RunPee fans would have to watch around 7 videos just to earn enough to have 1 Peecoin. I think that’s a bit much, so I just make it 1 ad for 1 Peecoin. Fair for everyone.

You might want to know that we earn, on average, less than 1 cent for each ad. In the future we may have to make it so you have to watch 2-3 ads to earn a Peecoin, so that we’ll have the income to keep RunPee up to date with new movies every week.

If you have questions you can comment below, or email us: support@RunPee.com.

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.

Android/iPhone apps

Get the RunPee mobile app for Android, iOS, or Windows7 mobile.

RunPee on Android RunPee on iOS RunPee on Windows Mobile 7

The RunPee app does much, much, more than just tell you the best time to run and pee without missing anything. You’ll also be able to:

  • Constantly be updated with Peetimes for the latest movies. (Updated every Friday afternoon, and often Thursday nights.)
  • Use our Built in Timer that gives you vibration alerts when Peetimes are coming up.
  • Discover if there’s anything after the end credits – a favorite bonus!
  • Use the Running Late feature, where we describe the 1st three minutes of the film.
  • Read our own movie reviews.
  • Get the latest critic and audience scores from RottenTomatoes.com
  • Read movie details on IMDb.com.
  • Post a movie review to Twitter without typing anything.
  • See 3D ratings by other RunPee users.
  • Quick and easy check-in with your friends on Twitter or Facebook.

 

 

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

RunPee Android App in Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Movie Website Saving Bladders one Mobile Application at a Time

Subject of press release: Release of an Android mobile phone application for the movie website RunPee.com.

Contact: Dan Florio
Company: RunPee.com
Address: RVing across the USA
Phone: 310-977-0553
Email: polyGeek@RunPee.com
URL: http://blog.runpee.com/news [links for the phenomenal media coverage on RunPee.com]

Southern California –
RunPee.com – the next best thing to a pause button at the movies – has an iPhone application you can download, reminding you when it’s “safe” to hit the restrooms during new cinema flicks. Now, Android cell phone users don’t have to feel left out of the crowd. RunPee now has an Android RunPee Application to rival the one currently enjoyed by iPhone users.

Dan Florio, owner and creator of RunPee.com, says, “Each movie has a couple scenes that are not crucial to the plot, that you can safely miss and still follow the storyline when you sit back down. Android users have been clamoring for their own version of the popular iPhone RunPee app. We are happy to report it’s being created as I speak. We expect to roll out the Android RunPee app by Mid-August or September. ”

Florio created the website and app to help people enjoy their movie going experience, quipping, “Because a bladder is a terrible thing to hold.” He came up with the idea during the 3-hour run time of Peter Jackson’s King Kong, where he said he wished someone could have told him when to duck out from the movie and, well…run pee. Since then, Florio has seen a lot of movies, paying closest attention to the parts that are okay to miss. The Global Mail reports, “Florio looks for scenes that can easily be summed up in words “like a long car chase” or (are) simply so unexciting they can be recapped without sacrificing drama.”

These days, RunPee is universally lauded as a novel and important new Internet innovation. Comedy Central calls it “the solution to cinematic urination.” CNET hails RunPee.com, “Genius!” while the Calgary Sun (Canada) notes, “it’s taken off to become an online and pop sensation.” Entertainment Weekly, KNBC, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Fox News, Boston Herald, the New York Times, LA Times, Gizomodo and Lifehacker.com agree that Florio created something brilliant.

Why make a RunPee Mobile App? Florio says it’s in response to literally thousands of inquiries from the mobile-app-savvy crowd. “People don’t want to have to remember to print out their PeeTimes before leaving the home,” he says. “They want to know when to run pee with the immediacy made possible by smart phones, like Android, Noka, iPhone and Blackberry.”

For more information, contact Dan Florio [http://blog.runpee.com/contact] or visit RunPee.com and the blog.runpee.com

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Jill Florio

Co-Creator of RunPee, Chief of Operations, Content Director, and Managing Editor. RunPee Jilly likes galaxy-spanning sci fi, superhero sagas, fantasy films, YA dystopians, action thrillers, chick flicks, and zany comedies, in that order…and possesses an inspiringly small bladder. In fact, that little bladder sparked the creation of RunPee. (Good thing she’s learned to hold it.)

My experience with the iTunes app store

I just finished reading Newsweek.com’s Striking It Rich: Is There An App For That? I concur with what many of the developers report. Because of the huge amount of publicity that Apple gets, and RunPee itself has gotten more than it’s fair share, people think that I must be making money faster than I can count it. Truth be told if all my money were in dollar bills I could count it all in about 1 minute.

RunPee has been hugely popular this summer and I’ve put a great deal of effort into keeping it there and preparing for the future. I’ve made a version for basic mobile phones – m.RunPee.com – and I’m working on rebuilding the site to support any language, like Chinese, German, French, Spanish, etc. Because of that I’ve only worked on two freelance projects this summer and one of them netted me a big fat zero in income. Fortunately the other project was with an old client of mine which made me a few thousand dollars. Without that I would be in a deep financial hole.

I was comfortable with taking on fewer freelance projects because I knew how many downloads the app was getting and therefore how much money I would eventually make. At least I thought I did.

The RunPee iPhone app didn’t come out until the 1st of July. Apple states that they will pay developers their share of money within 45 days of the end of each month. Unfortunately I based my finances around that. I knew exactly how many downloads there were each day and just did the math. It is easy to calculate how much I should get paid and the deadline for getting that money. My first check – going to RockSoftware who developed the app for me – would pay for the app development and net me a little more than $1,000+.

However that was not the case. RockSoftware did receive a check in mid September but for only about half of the downloads. It was a mystery to everyone as to why there was less money than expected. Then a few days ago RockSoftware received another check that seems to cover all of the downloads for July – over three weeks late. It’s hard to tell just what each check covers because, as I’m told, the reports that Apple produces with their payments are horribly complex and almost impossible to decipher. Basically, Apple will pay you what they want when they want to. And there’s not a whole lot you can do about it but wait.

The app has sold pretty well and fortunately wasn’t too terribly expensive to develop – which I had to pay for. But I would say that developing for the iPhone is far more expensive than developing Flash applications. As a Flash developer I could have developed an app that has all the features that the iPhone app has – plus local storage and vibration for the Timer – in 15 hours max. It took the iPhone developer for RunPee at least 3-times that long to develop the app. From talking with a few peers that do both iPhone and Flash development they report that there are a lot of simple things on the iPhone that are very tedious to make work correctly. Most of that is because it’s an immature platform. Flash has been around for 10+ years and has an amazing set of tools to work with. Maybe iPhone development will get there someday.

The bottom line is that eventually I’ll start seeing a nice steady income from the sales of the RunPee iPhone app. Nothing that I can retire on but it will help pay the bills while I work on my next project. But I can tell you this now: there will never be another iPhone app associated with any of my projects. Well, I take that back. One of my projects, a game, will have an iPhone app. But I won’t sell it through the iTunes store. It will only work on unlocked iPhones. I know that’s a small percentage but it beats being beholden to Apple and their control-freakish culture. Hopefully more and more developers will go that route and force Apple into some changes. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

m.RunPee.com info

If you have registered for the mobile version of RunPee then the code will try to add a cookie so that you don’t have to login every time you visit. However, a lot of mobile browsers don’t work well with cookies. So I’m really sorry if you get prompted to login every time you visit the home screen. I’ll keep looking for ways to save the data that might work on more mobile phones out there. That’s why mobile phone development is so hard: because there are so many different browsers to work around.

The RunPee app for BlackBerry phones will probably not be done this year – if ever. It turns out that it is very expensive to create apps for BlackBerry and one app won’t work on all of the phones. Which really seems pretty stupid to me. At least you have m.RunPee.com now.

The significant difference between m.RunPee.com and the iPhone app – or any other RunPee app – is that the website can’t vibrate your phone right before a PeeTime is about to start and can’t do local storage. Both of those features will be part of every app – and part of the update to the current iPhone app which will be ready as soon as Apple gets their head out of their ass.

I’m totally new to building websites for mobile phones. In fact I haven’t written that much HTML in years. If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them.

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

RunPee on BlackBerry

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a RunPee BlackBerry app? A lot of people think so. We were hoping to have one ready by now – but have run into nothing but snags.

Here is the speck for the app: (It would be very similar to the iPhone app which you can see here.)

Basic Navigation

  • Basic navigation of the movies – using the same RunPee API that the iPhone app uses. It returns an XML data set.
  • Navigate from any movie to the PeeTimes for that movie – if there are any.
  • From each PeeTime navigate to the synopsis of what happens during that PeeTime.

Timer for the Blackberry App

  • From any PeeTime screen display a button to show the timer.
  • Timer screen displays a start button with instructions to press when the movie starts.
  • When the Timer is started it will display a screen showing the user options for how long before each PeeTime to give a warning vibration: 0, 1, 2, 4 minutes.
  • When the timer is running it will keep track of the PeeTimes for the movie that was being viewed when it was started.
  • As the Timer counts up to a PeeTime minus the warning time it will vibrate.

Other App Abilities

  • Ability to store movie/PeeTime data for use when offline. So that the user can browse to the movie they plan to see while connected and then be able to use the app in the theater even if there is no cell reception.
  • Display an info screen that loads data from the RunPee server.
  • Ability to display multiple character sets. Currently RunPee.com is only in English but soon there will be translations for Chinese, German, French, etc.
  • Ability to run in the background – so that the timer will keep counting even if the user leaves the app.

If you are a BlackBerry developer, and would interested in building this for RunPee, then email me – polyGeek [at] this domain – and give me an estimate on the cost and how much time it would take.

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

RunPee iPhone Upgrade Vibrates to Cue Movie Viewers about PeeTimes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Major Upgrade to Popular Movie Companion iPhone App Provides Relief without Rudeness

Subject of press release: Major upgrade to the iPhone application for the bladder-relieving movie website RunPee.com, adding discrete vibration and local data storage.

Concept and website
Contact: Dan Florio
Company: RunPee.com
Address: Los Angeles, California
Phone: 330-353-9338
Email: polyGeek@RunPee.com
Mobile Application Development: RockSoftware.com
URL: http://blog.runpee.com/news [links for the phenomenal media coverage on RunPee.com]

Los Angeles, CA – RunPee.com, the next best thing to a pause button at the movies, has an iPhone application you can download, reminding you when it’s “safe” to head to restrooms during current cinema flicks. A major upgrade unveiled now vibrates when it’s time to make a movie break, and also offers local data storage for both iPhone and iTouch users.

The RunPee Mobile iPhone Upgrade Includes:

  • Local Storage: the app now has the ability to store data so that it can be accessed while offline. If you own an iTouch, or if you think you’ll be out of cell phone range at the the movie theater, you simply browse to the movie that you plan to see – while still connected – and that data will be available to you later if you are offline.
  • Timer vibration: the timer will now automatically vibrate the phone before each PeeTime in a movie. No need to whip out your iPhone in the screening room AT ALL.
  • “What’s Hot” button displaying choice movies from week-to-week.
  • RunPee Updates Twitter Feed showing recently added PeeTimes and other news for app users on the go.
  • Soon the iPhone app will offer support for many other languages just as the website now does.

This upgrade is free to everyone already owning the RunPee Mobile application on the iPhone and iTouch. New app purchases at iTunes cost only 1.99.

Dan Florio, owner and creator of RunPee.com, says, “iPhone users have been worried about having to take their phones out in the screening room to track upcoming PeeTimes. Even though the touch screen is mostly black, it’s still been an etiquette issue. Now we’ve totally solved that problem. No one has to actually pull the phone from their pocket until they hit the lobby or the restroom!”

Florio created the website – partnering with RockSoftware to produce the mobile apps – to help people enjoy their movie going experience, quipping, “Because a bladder is a terrible thing to hold.”

The upgraded iPhone app starts a countdown, once set at the start of a film, to cue the movie-goer when PeeTimes begin. Before each PeeTime, the phone will vibrate, quietly letting the viewer know it’s time to get up and “head for the head.” The local storage update will also let iTouch users, and offline phone users, know when to get up and go.

Once in the restroom (or at the concession stand), the viewer can view the “spoiler” to find out what is happening on-screen. No more asking, “What did I miss?” or wondering if you left during a serious plot reveal.

For more information, contact Dan Florio [http://blog.runpee.com/contact] or visit RunPee.com and the blog.runpee.com

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Screen shots are free to use.

RunPee iPhone app version 1.1 Cues for a movie.
RunPee iPhone app version 1.1 New info page
RunPee iPhone app version 1.1 Movie list
RunPee iPhone app version 1.1 plot summary
RunPee iPhone app version 1.1 Example of an alert that displays when the timer is running and it comes to a PeeTime.
RunPee iPhone app version 1.1 User setting to determine how many minutes before each PeeTime the vibration/alert should be displayed. Since PeeTimes are approximate I would suggest at least a 2 minute offset. This way if a user did intend to use this PeeTime they could go to the theater exit and wait for the cue to happen and thus get a head start.
RunPee iPhone app version 1.1 Example of the timer running.
RunPee iPhone app version 1.1 New updates section where users can check for RunPee news: new PeeTimes, updates, etc.
Jill Florio

Co-Creator of RunPee, Chief of Operations, Content Director, and Managing Editor. RunPee Jilly likes galaxy-spanning sci fi, superhero sagas, fantasy films, YA dystopians, action thrillers, chick flicks, and zany comedies, in that order…and possesses an inspiringly small bladder. In fact, that little bladder sparked the creation of RunPee. (Good thing she’s learned to hold it.)