Some people still prefer to read magazines, books and newspapers while passing the time on the John, but for those who prefer something a little more technologically advanced, it's all about playing on your cell phone or tablet. The only problem is that some apps take too much time or require too much effort for typical bathroom sessions. If you're looking for the right app to use while you're going #2, this list is a lifesaver (you may even bookmark it so you can just download the apps while in the can). The ideas include everything from reading material to games and even sites to help you improve your movie streaming suggestions.
The Soviet era seems like the bleakest and most depressing time to live in Russia, but the country has been through so many bleak times it's hard to keep track of them all.
However, the sunny days that came after the Soviet era seem to be sticking around, and there was a noticeable shift in the mood of the people after the Soviet Union was dissolved.
Photographer Sergey Chilikov was there to document the color returning to the cold, sterile country as the Iron Curtain fell, but even before the fall he'd spent decades shooting amazing pics which capture the spirit of the Russian people.
A founding member of the creative group Fact, Sergey shot candid images considered subversive by the Soviet regime, mostly because his subjects are often showing some skin.
Sergey's images show us that even during the dark and oppressive Brezhnev era the Russian people knew how to have a good time, enjoying each other's company as a way to shake off the Soviet blues.
See The Giddy Freedom Of Post-Soviet Life Through The Lens Of Sergey Chilikov here (Contains NSFW imagery)
Filmmakers use visual cues to help convey moods, feelings and subtext in their movies just like any other artist, and behind most of these cues lies a choice color palette.
By infusing shots with a carefully selected set of colors the viewer is subconsciously guided both visually and emotionally through the storyline, informed how to feel by the colors on the screen.
Plus, color palette control makes for really splendid looking shots!
The film fanatic behind @cinemapalettes has Tweeted over 200 color palettes derived from famous movie such as The Professional, Mad Max, Edward Scissorhands and My Neighbor Totoro, and they're taking requests.
Do Eraserhead! Oh wait, that's in black and white...
The fourth feature film of the Star Trek franchise, The Voyage Home, was released in 1988. It immediately stood apart from the first three films, and its magic has never been duplicated. Conceived and directed by Leonard Nimoy, it highlighted each main character from the Original Series and used plenty of humor to contrast the 23rd century with 1980s San Francisco. And what little violence it contained turned out to be counterproductive. Who was responsible for straying from the formula? Well, three writers got credit for the screenplay.
So it was a team effort, in front of the camera and behind the scenes. But it was a team effort with a leader. And the leader wanted to make a different kind of film. Nimoy later explained the core concept: “No dying, no fighting, no shooting, no photon torpedoes, no phaser blasts, no stereotypical bad guy.” His previous Star Trek film had all those things, and outer space, and aliens, and sets. Nimoy wanted to make a movie about Earth, right now, shot on location, with human people.
Now that the franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the 13th film is coming, it’s nice to look back at the one film that even non-Trekkies can quote. Entertainment Weekly tells the story of how Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home came about, and gives us some great behind-the-scenes stories, too. -via Metafilter
Captain America is one straight-laced sir, but the guy who plays him in the Marvel films, Chris Evans, is a strangeoid, a goofball and, when he's feeling particularly squirrely during an interview, a bit of a sicko.
Now nobody's expecting Chris to act like Cap in Civil War, but the more you see of Chris the more it seems like he's trying to get himself recast as the Joker in the next Batman movie.
It's refreshing to see someone famous acting like a total maniac for reasons other than to get out of a contract or get on TMZ, but Chris is so *on* all the time he may just be off his meds...
Reading a good to great fantasy novel makes the reader feel like they've been swept up onto the back of a pegasus and flown to another world, where magic, intrigue and danger abound.
On the other hand, reading bad fantasy is like watching an episode of Barney, because you always know what's coming next as you wait for the monster to remove the mask and reveal the idiot inside.
That's why bad fantasy is best read in teeny, tiny snippets, so you don't get disillusioned and decide to give up on the genre altogether, and the best place to read bad tidbits is the Awful Fantasy Twitter account.
The Awful Fantasy Twitter account is full of horrible excerpts from fantasy stories that weren't actually written and will thankfully never make it into print, and just like smoking pipeweed it's easy to know your limits.
But if you take it one terrible toke at a time you'll soon find your love of fantasy renewed and reinforced, and the hilarity of those bad entries will stick with you like a Necromancer's curse.
The World Of Warcraft movie we've been hearing about for years is finally about to come out, and fans of the MMO are so excited they've sworn to leave their PCs long enough to actually see the movie.
But before Warcraft arrives in theaters we must behold all of the promo material to get our blood flowing for the battle.
These incredibly cool side-by-side posters introduce us to the characters in a very original way- by showing us how the real face of the actor compares to the CGI face of the character.
You can't tell if the movie is any good from these posters, but you can definitely see how great the character models are going to be!
-Via Geeks Are Sexy
Some fantasy character costumes are easy to put together, and a pair of pointed ears or an epic beard go a long way when you're dressing up as an elf or a dwarf.
But Geralt of Rivia, star of The Witcher video game franchise, is a totally unique and singular character, so cosplayers who want to embody Geralt must be born with a Witcher's soul.
Cosplayer Maul from Defcon Unlimited clearly looked in the mirror and saw the eyes of a monster hunter looking back at him because his Geralt cosplay is almost too perfect, right down to the rune laden sword Maul made in his cosplay forge.
-Via MEME BASE
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a little droid saved the universe over and over again. He didn't get much in the way of thanks for it and was eventually disassembled to work as the mechanism for an automatic door in a hotel lobby. He screams in existential angst:
Candace Payne has become a star. It’s not so much because of the Chewbacca mask, but because of her infectious laughter that spread across the internet. Her video has set a new record for Facebook Live. Bespoke Comic Strips paid tribute to her cheerful attitude with an appropriately-titled comic.
Update: Some folks from Kohl's showed up at Candance's house last night.
Are you a kid who's having trouble fitting in? Adolescence can be like that. You're changing and other people are changing around you. You might be changing differently--very differently--than your peers.
Perhaps the right place for you is Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. This private boarding school is the best in the world for bringing out and discreetly developing your unique talents.
This video shows a commercial from 1983 promoting the school that serves as the headquarters of the X-Men. It's a promotion for the upcoming film X-Men: Apocalypse.
At the end, you'll see a phone number for Xavier's School: 1-800-312-9951. It actually works. You can call and hear a voicemail greeting from Prof. X himself.
Who doesn't need a good pair of Sauna pants? How about hair-colored spray paint? It's amazing what kind of absolute junk that has been sold on late night television in the past. Sure, there are some great products sold on televsion, but when it comes to the bad, it's hard to get much worse than the stuff on this list. But then, I'm sure someone had to think these items were good ideas or they wouldn't have been created in the first place.
There are some people in the world that have a gift for spreading happiness. Candace Payne is just sitting in her car, talking about a purchase she just made. The purchase will make you laugh, but Candace will make you laugh even more.
Oh, by the way, if you want to make the same purchase, it's available online.
Sometimes TV shows are intentionally tasteless and scandalous, but sometimes semi-innocent shows still end up having truly shocking episodes here and there. Zimbio rounded up some of the most controversial episides of all time. It shouldn't be surprising that Married With Children and Game of Thrones show up on the list, but Seinfeld and Downton Abbey also have a place there.
JBreezyBaby fulfilled a lifelong dream by attending the 2015 Star Wars Celebration and paying to have photos taken the the Star Wars actors. He says he spent his entire tax refund doing it. But these aren’t just fan pictures. He’s re-enacting scenes from the movies! He posted a story for each actor in the gallery at imgur.
Anthony Daniels is the man! The most friendly and gracious actor I had my photo with. He was totally on my level...
Anthony : That's a great shirt
James' brain : oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god!!!
James' mouth : Mr. Daniells it's a pleasure to meet you. For this picture can I be your counterpart?
Anthony : excuse me?
James' brain : f***, you're blowing it
James' mouth : can I be R2D2 and you C-3P0?
Anthony : nobody has ever asked that before, why not!
As I knelt down I wanted to ask him to put his hand on my head in the classic droids pose, but I got too nervous. But then he just did it! No prompting. We shared a laugh about it after, and we'll share a dream about it forever.
The picture with Carrie Fisher and her dog Gary is the best one of all. You have to read the story behind it. And what did JBreezyBaby do with all these photos? He framed them all to display in an honored spot of his home.
The sand glows brown on the desert tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
An empire of isolation,
And it looks like I'm the queen.
Rey from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is ready to let it go, right after she beats a few First Order troopers into submission. Redditor darthassbutt made this amazing costume for her daughter. It mashes up Rey from Star Wars with Elsa from Frozen.
You can see more photos of her at Wizard World Comic Con here, including one showing a lightsaber duel that she had with Anna.
-via Amy Ratcliffe
There's nothing like watching an automaton put on a simple mechanical show for you, and even kids who stare at screens all day long get a kick out of watching automatons move.
One particular group of makers who call themselves the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre like to build ridiculous yet marvelous crank operated machines which they then film in action and share on the interwebs.
The Cabaret Mechanical Theatre's minimalist machines both fascinate and inspire, showing future makers how simple it is to build an analog device that moves in perfectly pleasant ways.
Sometimes we like GIFs because they send a short but sweet message, other times we dig them because they feature a scene from our favorite movie or a funny moment that fits nicely in a three to five second clip.
But GIFs that horrify rather than amuse are much more visually effective, and they can say things in silent motion that no still image could ever manage.
Set one of these suckers in motion on a coworker's computer screen and watch them squirm and schedule a meeting with HR, or stare at one when you're feeling down to remind yourself how human you really are.
Fathers and daughters can have a nightmarish relationship, butting heads about things like boys, makeup and appropriate school attire.
But if they're lucky they can find something fun to do together, an activity that brings them closer together and makes their family life a dream come true.
For photographer Joshua Hoffine that fun activity is also the stuff of nightmares, because he uses his daughters as models in horrifying photo shoots best described as darker than midnight.
Joshua's photos often depict a bad dream come to life, but the girls don't get scared by the terrifying scenes their daddy comes up with, because they see the whole thing as "a giant game of dress-up".
Those little girls are brave to play along with such a demented daddy!
Celebs who choose to keep their lives adventurous rather than playing it safe and insurable are a daring bunch who are often willing to risk their lives for the welfare of others.
After playing Andrea on The Walking Dead, Laurie Holden decided she wanted to make a real difference in the world, so she went undercover to help free Colombian sex slaves.
She was chosen for the Operation because she'd already worked her magic in Cambodia and Vietnam, proving that Andrea's life was boring compared to Laurie's, even with all the zombies lurking about.
Elizabeth Taylor was known for playing characters who made an emotional impact on the audience, but Liz made an even bigger impact on the world by being part of an AIDS drug smuggling ring.
Before she started the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation she helped combat the AIDS epidemic directly by running an illegal AIDS drug ring out of her mansion in Bel Air.
Liz supplied the infected with an experimental HIV drug and let them use her home as a safe haven, despite the fact her work had begun to alienate her in Hollywood as celebs refused to get on board.
To date, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation has raised over $270 million to fight the syndrome, and now it's really hard to imagine a world where battling AIDS was a shunnable offense in Hollywood.
Read about 7 Actors With More Interesting Lives Than Their Characters here (contains NSFW language)
As a general rule adding music to just about any activity will make it better- taking a cold shower, eating leftovers for dinner, starting a riot, even watching a weather report is more enjoyable when you add music.
So it follows that normally mundane videos would become maximum entertainment when you add the right soundtrack.
Watching these videos with newly overdubbed music added makes me wonder how people could stand to watch such bland videos before the addition of the perfect soundtrack score.
They've also made me wonder why we don't see more auctioneers becoming rappers, because they've got mad flows. yo.
You've probably seen those staged quidditch shots posted to social media, where people jump in the air just before the picture is taken so they look like they're flying on a broomstick.
This trick is fine for a snapshot, but the only real way to play Quidditch is to master the magical arts and learn to soar through the sky on a broomstick like a wizarding wren.
But as you can see in this video you can get pretty close to playing some real deal Quidditch while skydiving.
The skydivers in the video are employees from the Colombian phone company ETB, who got to live out their Harry Potter lovin' dreams on the company's dime. Hope they have insurance!
-Via The Daily Dot
Krystel Ciocon and Earle Doudera not only fell in love, they share a deep love of all things Star Wars. That included their wedding, which featured a Star Wars photo shoot, a lightsaber battle between the bride and groom performed for the guests, a Death Star wedding cake, and more. See more pictures and read the story of Krystel and Earle’s Star Wars romance at Buzzfeed.
(Image credit: Bryan Giardinelli)
Hundreds, if not millions, of valiant adventurers head out each year to rescue princesses from dragons and other fiendish beasts, and yet very few return with the princess in tow.
Why do these well-trained warriors keep coming up short? Is it their lack of magical equipment? Are their Strength and Dexterity attributes too low?
This strip by Pedro Arizpe of Port Sherry Comics shows how hard it is to rescue a princess when you're not her "type", and also teaches us another important lesson- some princesses don't like it when you slay their dragon pals.
-Via Geeks Are Sexy
Mario Kart is one of the most beloved video game franchises of all time, and when people start karting at a party it's a sure bet everyone in attendance will want a turn.
And yet somehow Conan O'Brien, aka the Clueless Gamer, had never played the game until he sat down to play Mario Kart 8 with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in honor of their new movie Neighbors 2. (contains NSFW content)
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that Conan also hits the vape and gets a wang drawn on his face every time he loses a race, to keep the whole thing appropriately frat themed.
Good thing Standards and Practices made a chart showing the safe way to draw a wang for TV, so as not to scare the children.
-Via Laughing Squid
LEGO is rolling out a new set based on the ice planet Hoth from the movie The Empire Strikes Back. Most of the 2,144 pieces have been available in other sets in the past, and there are some new things to build. There’s the Echo Base entrance gate, the Wampa Cave, a Wampa with detachable arms, snowspeeders, and all the relevant minifigs. Sadly, AT-ATs are sold separately. The Hoth set will cost you $249. Read more about the Assault on Hoth LEGO set at The Daily Dot.
(Image credit: Peter Nowak)
We watch movies like The Bad News Bears, Heathers and American Pie when we're younger and don't really pay attention to the subtext, which we later discover is all kinds of messed up.
But looking back it's incredible to think that The Bad News Bears got a PG rating, considering all the cursing and racial slurs in the movie, and Heathers just hasn't felt the same since school shootings became all too common.
American Pie taught us it's okay for zany teens to film sex acts without asking for permission, and yet didn't manage to teach teens to be more careful with their compromising webcam footage.
So, while these aren't the main plots or points of these films they are the shockingly bad subtexts we can't help but see after we've grown wiser with age.
Read 5 Classic Movies That Have Become Horrifying With Age here (contains NSFW language)
Matthew McConaughey may be know for his laid back "alright, alright, alright" line and the stoner persona he seemingly became after filming Dazed and Confused, but he's more than just a word said three times.
He's an actor, a runner, a surfer and the proud owner of a Lincoln MKX, and as this supercut video from Owenergy Studios shows "Matthew McConaughey Makes Noises". (NSFW due to language...or is it?!)
Matthew's not the most versatile actor, but his sound effects are out of this world!
-Via MEME BASE
Ottawa just wrapped up a weekend of Comic Con fun, and Geeks Are Sexy and photographer Patrick-Michel Dagenais were there to record the best cosplayers!
The first gallery of 40 costumes are posted, and more will be added later on Monday.
(Images credit: Patrick-Michel Dagenais)