Help for Over Active Bladders – Soft Implants & The RunPee Movie App

man and woman international toilet sign
RunPee to the rescue for bladders everywhere.

An estimated 33 million people suffer from Over Active Bladder. This very annoying condition can be caused by a urinary tract infection, diabetes, or who knows what. Some of the medications for Over Active Bladder (OAB) can leave you with:

  • a dry mouth,
  • elevated blood pressure,
  • dizziness,
  • and once again, who knows what.

The symptoms of OAB are often times repeated by OAB medication.  Looks kind of bleak, doesn’t it?

Help for Over Active Bladder Via Implants

But there’s hope: a new, soft wireless implant may someday help people who suffer from OAB get through the day with fewer bathroom breaks. Here’s how — the implant harnesses a technique for controlling cells with light, known as optogenetics, to regulate nerve cells in the bladder. To control nerve cells with the light, researchers injected a harmless virus carrying genetic instructions for bladder nerve cells to produce a light-activated protein called archaerhodopsin 3.0, or ARCH. A stretchy sensor wrapped around the bladder tracts the wearer’s urination habits, and the implant wirelessly sends that information to a program on a tablet computer.

If the program detects the user going to the bathroom at least three times an hour, it tells the implant to turn on a pair of tiny LEDs. The green glow of the lights activates the light-sensitive ARCH proteins in the bladder’s nerve cells, preventing the cells from sending so many full-bladder warnings to the brain. Don’t smirk — it worked on rats!

It does sound very sci-fi, but you know, at one time the cell phone was very, very sci-fi. 🙂

The RunPee App is an Alternative for Managing Over Active Bladders at the Movies

So, if having tiny LEDs in your bladder sounds scary, the RunPee app is another thing you can try, at least while at the movies.

Say you’ve had that giant soft drink, just waiting to interfere with your movie-viewing pleasure. The RunPee app will quietly vibrate in your lap several times over the course of your movie, letting you know the best times to get up and head to the bathroom. RunPee has Peetimes for every wide release movie shown in the last ten years, and new movie Peetimes are added every week on opening night.

Download the RunPee app available at the Play Store (you get some free Peecoins to try the app out at a few films to get you started), and you’ll never have to miss the really great movie scenes — like “Luke, I Am Your Father.” No wires attached! At over a million downloads, RunPee has become a favorite app for movie-goers world-wide. (Literally. We don’t think there’s a single country that hasn’t seen use!) RunPee won’t fix your bladder, or your OAB, but we’ve heard from many grateful users how it brought the gift of movie-going back into their lives.

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Avoid Getting Lice At The Movies (a personal story and a PSA)

Got Lice from Movies & Theater Seats? Steps To Get Rid of Your Lice

lice and nits on a lice comb
Lice looking like rice in a comb of nastiness.

I wrote an article about how I, an adult avid movie-goer for RunPee.com, got a gross, itchy, rashy head of lice and nits from my local AMC movie theater. My theater is normally a spotless establishment, but since a lice epidemic has taken the nation, all I can say is: pests happen. People are turning to the internet to 1. Avoid getting Lice 2. Test for Lice, and 3. Get Rid of Lice.

My prior article discusses how to avoid getting lice now and forever. This post tells you what to do if you’ve found those nasty critters and their eggs making a home on your head. (A follow-up article will report on my de-lousing process, and the results of my steps to never again donate blood to these tiny bloodsucking scalp tenants.)

Lice comb and lice head spray
You need something like this. (Photo by Target)

None of these steps are hard, so don’t panic! I’ll walk you through my experience.

WHat YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LICE, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT:
  1. Lice and nits look like tiny oval round specks. You need a specialized comb to really see them and determine they aren’t dandruff. Comb from your hair roots in the back of your neck, and them  look at the comb. If you’ve got them, you’ll see the nastiness all over the comb’s teeth. Ugh.
  2. You have lice? Nice! Welcome to the club. Now you need to go online or to your doctor, and get de-loused. You might need more than one treatment.
  3. Keep checking every few weeks to ensure some old eggs haven’t repopulated your head. One nit can grow up to breed thousands of yucky little children.
  4. Lice Free? YAY! Now take some precautions for the future. I’ve been reading up about the movie seats, and this seems to make the most sense: have a clean towel each time you go, and lay it over the headrest. If the seats are solid (not plush), you can wipe the headrests down with Clorox wipes (cheap at Walmart or on Amazon).
  5. So that’s why you need the towel. This is probably one of the reasons the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy says to always travel with a towel. Use a clean one each time you head out, then sterilize that in a hot, hot dryer cycle. Or put it outside for three days.  Make it four days if you’re extra nervous.
  6. Also, put your hair up, and put on a special movie cap, or wrap your hair up in a scarf. You want to make sure your hair never again touches the seat back. That’s not hard to handle if you get into the habit. Be careful out there. 😉
  7. This advice should apply to airplane seat backs as well, trains and planes, or any place chairs are used communally, like Uber cars. Don’t be paranoid, but don’t take it lightly. You don’t want to deal with this particular parasitical problem more than once.
  8. If you’re a parent, none of this should be news to you. I remember catching lice one year at summer camp, and my mother combed my hair patiently for hours.  I actually treasure that memory. Like the Great Apes we are, humans find grooming each other soothing.
  9. Heed this message.  Lice are out there and want to make buggy love on your head. I’m 50 years old and never imaged my neck rash would be from lice, a children’s ailment. I guess you never get too old to host a happy head farm.
  10. OMG, I just saw a photo of someone having lice on their eyelashes.  Seriously. It makes me wonder about other hair zones…OK, maybe lice paranoia is a good thing.
combing out the lice and nits
Do this. Comb, comb, comb, then use a toxin made for hair to kill what’s left.

Next up: how my de-lousing treatment went and my (hopefully) lice-free results. Stay tuned for live action details. (It’s not like I can stop going to the theater with my job of seeing movies every week to get Peetimes. Call me motivated!)

Avoid Getting Lice At The Movies (a personal story and a PSA)

Avoid Getting Lice At The Movies (a personal story and a PSA)

Enjoy your little head friends
Lice aren’t nice.

This should be a little embarrassing: I’m a grownup after all. But I caught lice at the movies. I don’t feel weird about it – in fact I’m actually glad to know why this rash on my neck wouldn’t go away. This is treatable with a $12 lice-killer from Amazon. There are far more difficult things to handle in life.

But nobody WANTS lice. They are  gross little bloodsucking creatures that live on your head and lay eggs in your hair. I’ve been a walking buffet for them for some time now and it’s going to stop. No more free rides, you little nits! You hear me? #GETOFFMYLAWN

Consider this a Public Service Announcement. I’ve been asking people what they think of the itchy rash on my neck, and they told me they heard about this “lousey” (ha ha) situation at the cinema. I don’t have any kids around to catch it from, but I do go to the movies at least once a week for Peetimes. The news shows picked up on this minor national calamity, saying there’s a lice epidemic from movie theaters.

one big louse, up close
Now I have to use eye bleach so I won’t see this again.

So, I got a lice comb from Rite Aid, and guess what? My head is teeming with vermin. You can’t wash them out, because the eggs stick to hair, hatch, and make your head in to a new casa de ranchero. Fun times.

I’m waiting for the mail to arrive with my de-lousing treatment, and getting ready to wash and dry everything I’ve worn or slept in all month (using the hottest temperature setting!).

And something you should know: lice can’t live away from a host’s body for more than three days. So you don’t have to chuck the things you can’t wash. Just put them in a bag outside for a few days. This link from the Mayo Clinic will tell you everything you need to know about lice, lice, and more lice.

I’ll update you on how evicting my tiny tenants goes.

In the meantime, I’m wrapping my head in a scarf and bringing a fresh towel to the movie theater, for two reasons: 1. I don’t want to pass my personal pests onto anyone else, and 2. I need to get into the habit of taking precautions at the moves to avoid donating future blood to bodily parasites.

Got Lice?

My easy list of steps will walk you through the de-lousing procedure. If you’re lice-free, be careful at the cinema, and keep checking every few weeks.

Have you ever picked up lice at the movies? Are you brave enough to tell your story? Tell us in the comments section below!

Got Lice from Movies & Theater Seats? Steps To Get Rid of Your Lice

Tom Cruise Wants You To Fix Your TV

Have you ever heard of Motion Smoothing? I haven’t either. Apparently the new HDTVs come with it already defaulted on, and Tom Cruise wants you to turn it off, dammit, when you sit down to watch movies at home.

He even took time out from filming the Top Gun sequel to tell everyone how to resolve this, and that he really wants you to do it. Like now. Don’t make this man have to jump out of a high altitude plane with a broken foot to fix it for you.

Here’s the amusing article we found about how serious Ethan Hunt/Maverick/Charlie Babbitt/Lestat de Lioncourt/Jack Reacher and Jerry Maguire are about putting this travesty to an end.

Take a look at this earnest and short video:

Motion Smoothing is also known as The Soap Opera Effect, for reasons I’m not very clear about.  If I sound flip, it’s intentional. I have no idea what soap operas look like, and I’d like to see a side-by-side depiction of normal film viewing and motion smoothed viewing. I’m going to leave that video comparison up to someone else to create, and feel free to share your findings here. I’m just reporting the news. [pullquote]If Tom Cruise says this is the only way to have a proper at-home movie experience, we’d be smart to listen.[/pullquote]

Note: I decided to be less lazy about this. Here’s another article discussing the sins of motion smoothing, saying, “These problems are created because the TV is essentially predicting, at an exceptionally fast rate, what each next ‘real’ frame will be, and inventing a frame that’s half way there.”

And  here’s an actual side by side comparison. See? I knew someone would make it so.

I’m on my way to see what the settings are on my TV. I had no idea my television was trying to pull a fast one on me. Amazing the things we can learn from the internet!  😉

What is a Day-Killer Article?

Sometimes at RunPee we get a little carried away. We’ll start out writing a simple movie article, and it ends up being so long, or so chock full of interesting video snippets, that the piece ends up taking more of your time up than a simple coffee break will do. We have to admit, we kind of love those posts: they’re a labor of love.

But we did decide to at least warn you when they’re coming up, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy these entertaining posts. We’re calling them Day Killers…because, well, for obvious reasons. They are the written equivalent to movies we call Bladder Busters. But, hey, you can pause these articles and pee whenever you like!

Here’s a few of our favorite Day Killers, with links to help you find them. We hope you like viewing them as much as we did putting them together. I promise, these are curated to be fun: 

I’ll be adding to this list as we write more long posts, or ones with a ton of videos attached.  Let me know if you spot something I’ve left out. Consider this a sort of RunPee public service announcement!

MoviePass Auto Re-enrollment for Select Users

MoviePass has had a rough go of it lately. No surprise when your business model is too good to be true. However, their latest move is stirring up controversy among their users  — or former users in some cases —  who have been auto re-enrolled in a new program.

According to Business Insider, former MoviePass holders recently discovered they had been re-enrolled in the service, which is expected to roll out a new plan Wednesday. Now users can see any three movies (within their new draconian limits of what is “available”) for $9.95 per month.

 

MoviePass users have until Thursday, October 4th to opt-out of the plan they were re-enrolled in.

Bottom Line: if you’re using MoviePass, be sure to keep an eye on your account and make sure you’re getting what you expect. Some users who tried to cancel their account ended up being auto re-enrolled, and charged for it.

Opinion:
I don’t envy anyone working for MoviePass customer support this week. I’m sure those employees are going to have some sort of contest to see who gets the worst abuse from a disgruntled user. I can empathize with them, because I’ve had to deal with my own share of unhappy users after adding Peecoins to RunPee. All of that aside, what MoviePass is doing shouldn’t be legal, and it’s a travesty that the politicians (both Dems and Reps) are too gutless to pass any sort of legislation to keep companies from doing this sort of thing.

For the vast majority of users, I don’t think there’s anything worth getting worked up about. They’ll either say, Yeah, this new deal is worth it, and stick with the auto-enrollment, or they’ll spend a few minutes and go back into the MoviePass app and opt out, again. But a small percentage of users won’t notice. The emails may get filtered out; they won’t notice the charges on their banking account; whatever — and they’ll end up paying for a service they thought they had dropped, month after month. And if they don’t know that they’re enrolled, they won’t be using the benefits. This is where I think MoviePass is doing nothing short of stealing.

What do you think?

Alert Peetimes – How to Avoid Torture and Disturbing Scenes in Movies

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

How RunPee Makes Memorable Cues For Peetimes & Movie Breaks

Types of Peetimes on the RunPee App

Download the RunPee App free at Android or for iPhone

Voting = Revolution

Whether you want a revolution or to maintain the status quo, voting is the democratic equivalent to revolution. On election day we go to war by casting our ballots. The majority wins — sorta. (Don’t get me started on the unpatriotic and treasonous misuse of  gerrymandering, and the ridiculously outdated electoral college.)

[pullquote]We encourage everyone to vote, either at the polls or by absentee. [/pullquote]Personally, I’ll be out of the country during the November 6th midterms, but I made absolutely certain that I’ll have my absentee ballot emailed to me and I can email it back. (Really, this is the way voting should work all the time.)

Get your absentee ballot here.

Yes, absentee ballots are counted the same as in-person ballots.

What I like best about absentee voting is it gives me an opportunity to research the lesser known issues on a ballot. I know who I’m voting for when it comes to representatives and such, but some of the local county officials and issues are totally unknown to me. Now I can sit and research what I need to know, in order to cast an informed vote.

Learn more about voting from Vote.org, a non-partisan organization that assists everyone in getting out to vote.

If you want to be prepared to vote on all of the people and laws put forth then visit the non partisan Ballotpedia.org. No matter where you live it will have everything that will appear on the ballot in your area and who supports it.

Please, I beg you, make sure you and everyone you know is prepared to vote well ahead of the November 6th midterms.