RunPee user Alex Botten was
nice enough awesome enough to post a video about which settings are needed on the iPhone so that the peetime notifications from the RunPee timer will show up on your watch. It’s a safe bet that these same settings are needed for the Apple watch, although I haven’t confirmed this yet.
So, the vibration feature on the Timer doesn’t seem to be working. There’s a 99% chance that you have an iOS device. There’s an easy fix for that: get an Android phone. 🙂
Okay, you probably don’t want to switch phones just so that the RunPee Timer will vibrate. Fortunately we can probably fix this for you.
Let me start by explaining that the RunPee app can only suggest that the phone vibrate. The operating system – whether it’s iOS or Android – decides if the phone will actually vibrate based on the phone’s state and the vibration settings.
Let’s start by going to the “Timer Help” screen – press the button at the lower-left of the Timer screen. From there you can test the vibration feature to make sure your phone settings are set to allow vibrations. If you’re phone doesn’t vibrate when you test it then go to your phone’s vibration settings and adjust them so that vibrations are allowed.
This usually fixes the problem but sometimes the RunPee app will never ever vibrate no matter the phone settings. This is usually because something went wrong during the installation process. If you’re pretty sure your phone settings are set to allow vibrations and it’s still not working then simply uninstall the app and then reinstall it. And if asked make sure that you grant the RunPee app the permission to vibrate the device.
You would think that would solve the problem. But there’s one other issue that afflicts iPhone users. iOS is very aggressive at shutting down apps that are running in the background. There’s nothing the RunPee app can do if iOS decides to shut the RunPee app down while the Timer is running. This almost always happens when the RunPee app is sent to the background. Meaning that the Timer is running and maybe you check a text message, or something like that. iOS looks at the RunPee app and thinks, “Hummm, this app has been running for a while but the user hasn’t interacted with it for some time now and has opened another app. I think I’ll just close it down and help save some battery power.”
There’s two ways to solve this problem. The most obvious is don’t check text messages during a movie. 🙂
However, if for whatever reason you send the RunPee app to the background just be sure to start it up again. The RunPee app is smart enough to know that the Timer should be running and will jump back to the Timer screen and adjust the time accordingly, just like nothing ever happened. As long as the RunPee app is the active app it should stay running.
Also, it’s not a bad idea to put your phone in airplane mode during a movie. If you get a text message, or email, or anything else that might notify you with a vibration then you might confuse that with an upcoming Peetime.
2011 was a big year for RunPee. I’ll give you a quick synopsis of RunPee history for those of you who aren’t current. I developed the site back in Summer 2008. The site was left for dead until it got some media attention during Spring 2009. At that point I partnered with RockSoftware to build an iPhone app. They built and maintained the app while me and my family continued to see all the movies to get peetimes.
This past Spring my agreement with RockSoftware ended and control of all of the apps reverted to me. I rebuilt the app from scratch and launched the Android version on June 27th and iPhone version on July 20th.
Since then the Android app has over 29,000 installs and the iPhone app over 45,000.
FYI, if you’re still using the old iPhone app you should install the new one – free. The old app is going away pretty soon.
Top 10 movies
If you’re curious here’s a list of the top 10 movies visited on the RunPee apps – both Android and iOS.
- Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows-2
- Twilight: Breaking Dawn-Part 1
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes
- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
- The Help
- The Muppets
- Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon
- Cowboys & Aliens
I think the two big movie surprises this year had to be Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Help. They did well here on RunPee finishing at #4 and #6 and according to box office numbers they finished the year at #9 and #11 respectively.
Lots of movies to see
Obviously it was a busy year for me and the family seeing movies. Everyone should give RunPee Sis a big thanks. She saw 51 movies this year. I chipped in with 41 movies, RunPee Mom saw 23.
The good news for those who like to see movies on opening day. RunPee Mom and I will be moving from the West Coast to the East Coast – Florida – in a few months so we’ll all be able to see movies earlier on opening day.
With the next update to the mobile app I’m going to ad a little feature that might help those of you who like to see movies on opening day: the ability for me to leave a custom message for each movie letting people know what time we plan to have the peetimes available.
Plus I’m working on adding a movie trivia game to the app so you’ll have something to do while waiting for your movie to start.
Next year should be bigger and better for RunPee. Right now the app really doesn’t make a dime so my goal for next year is to find a way to make enough money to at least pay for the movie tickets I purchase – without charging for the app.
So keep spreading the good word about RunPee. Remember, a bladder is a terrible thing to hold. 🙂
Here’s the Tale…
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It came to me after watching the movie King Kong, which was 3ish hours long. My wife and I were thinking how nice it would be to have a website that listed movie times we could easily miss and run to the bathroom to empty our poor bladders, and not miss any crucial scenes.
I sat on the idea for about 2 years while working at XBox in Seattle. I am a Flash Platform developer and as my skills set grew, I started to learn to make Flash/database driven website – Spring ’08. The RunPee idea seemed like a good project to practice, on so I started building it. By August of ’08 it was up and running. RunPee.com debuted at the 360Flex conference in San Jose to much fanfare – watch the video at youTube.
And then promptly everyone forgot about it. 🙁
Then on May 9th @LeoLaporte mentioned RunPee on his weekend show. Before that the traffic to RunPee.com was in the 10-15 visitors/day. After Leo it went to about 350/day. Then Leo and Amber invited me to join them via phone on their net@night show. A few people here and there heard about it. Like Dave Barry. A producer from NPRs All Things Considered found out about RunPee from Dave’s mention, and invited me to be on the show. With all that, the site traffic has climbed over 30,000 uniques a day! Thanks everyone.
Lots of other people have also mentioned RunPee – the media attention has been phenomenal. I think this is that viral Internet thing that I’ve heard of before. 😉 I just never thought it would happen to me. All the traffic crashed the shared server that RunPee was on so it had to be moved to a dedicated server.
Thanks everyone for your compliments about RunPee. Hopefully my next project will be even better.
About the Creator/Developer – polyGeek
I’ve had many media requests for interviews to talk about myself and RunPee.com. Here are a few tidbits, in no particular order, about myself. And FYI – my wife took this photo of me, on a stormy Oregon beach, after we skipped rocks into the ocean for hours. That was a damn nice day.
1967 in Bisbee, Arizona
Mastered in Philosophy and History at Northern Arizona University (did not graduate. See note below about Swansea, Wales )
Places I’ve lived
la’Aquila, Italy; Swansea, Wales; London, England; Seattle, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Crestline, New York, Orlando, Los Angeles and many, many others.
Massage Therapist with a degree from the Desert Institute for the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona.
Studied mathematics, physics and astronomy at the University of Arizona from 1985-1988.
Mission Director at the United Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama: mostly I taught kids how to run mission control during a Space Shuttle launch. Also did lectures on celestial mechanics, astronomy and planetary science.
Research Assistant for Steward Observatory and Kitt Peak at the university of Arizona: did a lot of photocopying and data entry but also got to hang out with some of the best known astronomers in the world.
Flash Prototyper for XBox: built prototypes for the XBox and Zune for user testing. Also developed the media sales app for the Zune which was used to present the device to potential retail outlets and partners. ( I only did the development. Others did the design.) I was told that Bill Gates thought it was outstanding, which coming from him means a lot, since it was all in Flash.
I didn’t graduate from college because I did my last year abroad in Swansea, Wales. Upon returning to the US I didn’t have enough money to return to NAU where I had to present my work from Swansea – as a formallity. Instead I got a job doing HTML design/development in Greensboro, North Carolina.
I was in Manhattan, on my way to work, on the Upper East Side on 9/11. I worked at the Hospital for Special Surgery in the IT department doing video and web design/development. Here is a bit that I wrote about my experience shortly afterward.
I have taken first semester calculus three times and made an A+ every time. The first time was in my freshman year of college. Then a year later I took the class again in a different format because a friend was teaching it and wanted to get my feedback on how the different formats compared. I was then out of school for a few years – working at the Space Academy. When I returned to my mathematics studies I started again with calculus because I was rusty.
During my first semester at NAU I lived in a tent near campus. The reason I lived in a tent was because I spent all my extra money on a Dell laptop. That’s just how I roll.
I did nude modeling for the art department at NAU.
I lived in the back of my 1995 Nissan Pathfinder for 3 months after I moved to Seattle. During part of that time I was working for Microsoft XBox. I parked the car in the parking lot of the downtown Belleview library.
I was a professional photographer for a short period. You can see my work at XanaduWest.com – of course, I also designed and developed the site. Watch the sun set over the buttes; I think it’s an elegant design.
I created an open source project called videoMaru. It allows people who don’t know much about writing Actionscript code to create custom video interfaces without writing any code themselves. videoMaru has received high marks from the community and I am quite proud of this project. It was a nice way to give back to the Actionscript community and devs in general.
My wife and I like to travel in our RV, Serenity, for long periods of time. Since we work out of the home, we can pretty much do what we want, wherever we are. Isn’t that cool?
About Jill Florio – HippyGeek
Dan Florio met his wife online. Of course. It was love at first click.
He was pretty fortunate in meeting a cute woman who enjoys science and science fiction as much as he does. While Dan was working for Space Camp, she was working at Astro Camp. No joke. Their wedding march was the Throne Room Theme Song from Star Wars. It really doesn’t get much more geeky than that.
As the Woman Behind RunPee, Jill Florio writes the RunPee Blog, is the press manager and social media promoter for the enterprise, and also takes out the dogs on a regular basis.
Jill, a print journalist for The Prescott Daily Courier, Flagstaff Live!, Sweat Magazine and other offline endeavors back in the day, now devotes herself to online writing exclusively.
She’s been Community Manager for BellaOnline.com (the world’s largest independently-owned women’s website); Site-wide Unit Manager and Science/Adventure Travel Section Editor for Suite101.com; Dean of Health and Dean of Entertainment at SuiteUniversity; Editor-in-Chief for Mused Literary Magazine, edits the Blogs & Social Media topic at BellaOnline.com, is a Vine Reviewer for Amazon.com and really, truly loves backpacking in the Grand Canyon.
But she’d really rather you just read the RunPee Blog, since that is what she eats, sleeps and “pees” these days.
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