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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Beetlejuice and Lydia Taking In Some Summer Sun

These two Beetlejuice cosplayers chronicle their exploits at Cosplay for the Recent Deceased. (via Fashionably Geek, photo by Tascha Dearing)

  • My favorite headline of the day comes from this The Frisky piece on radical street theater: Vagina Saves Penis From Attack By Angry Man.
  • Give a watch to There She Is, a short film on two plus-size beauty pageant queens that asks the questions “Does beauty have a limited definition? Can we make that definition more inclusive?” You can watch the whole thing on its website.

European game magazine Gamereactor decided to remove Ellie from the Last Of Us promotional artwork (left) sent to them by Naughty Dog for their cover story (right) on the game. (Rely On Horror, thanks to tipster Glitchy)

  • If you voice a suicidal thought to Siri, she (fine, it) will now bring up the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and ask if you’d like to call them. If you don’t respond after a short period of time Siri will pull up a list of local suicide prevention centers. Said John Draper, the director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifetime Network, “You would be really surprised. There are quite a number of people who say very intimate things to Siri or to computers. People who are very isolated tend to converse with Siri.” (Jezebel)
  • Via SuperHeroHype, we have some new/updated movie release dates: X-Men: Days of Future Past, now 5/23/2014, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, now 7/18/2014, swapped dates; Assassin’s Creed has been pushed back to 6/19/2015; and Independence Day 2 will come out one day before Independence Day in 2015.

These jean shorts convert the body heat from your butt into energy that charges your cell phone. Unfortunately, they are not yet for sale. (Bit Rebels)

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  • Anonymous

    Funny, my vision of the future never included a butt-powered phone. My vision was so narrow.

  • katamanda

    I shouldn’t be surprised at Gamereactor but /sigh

  • Mark Brown

    Talk about pulling electricity out of your ass.

  • Anonymous

    “It was just more aesthetically pleasing this way! We were trying to make the picture symmetrical!”

  • Anonymous

    You’re saying you need a hot piece of ass for this technology?

  • Ashe

    “Y’know, symmetrically male-dominant!”

  • Anonymous

    Reminds me of the fart-powered jet boots in Beyond Good and Evil.

  • Holly

    Joking aside, the weird thing is that, to me, the art looks more balanced with Ellie in that shot. Without her it just looks a bit too empty. Not to mention there is like 100,000 other places they could have put that Last of Us logo.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Thanks for the info!

    I used to work for a print magazine, and we would never have made a major change to an image like that for fear of the wrath of the PR person/company raining down upon us. You’d get back in touch with the person who sent the images and say “Hey, this isn’t good, can you send again with [insert specs here]?”

    I don’t know if that’s how it’s generally done or if it was just my mag, and this could easily been a case of the photo editor just being lazy/making a stupid call. I don’t know.

    So. Incompetence or sexism. Any guesses?

  • Björn

    I’d say it’s neither incompetence nor sexism. Regarding the choices in design it’s all in line with how he (the editor/art director) usually does covers. Sober, stylish, clean designs seems to the modus operandi. Just look at his previous works here (especially that fantastic #60 and #69):

    Unfortunate as it was to remove Ellie, I dare say it actually made a stronger, more focused cover.

  • John W

    So we’re that much closer to the Matrix where we turn people into Duracells?

  • Magic Xylophone

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Sure, the energy source is renewable, but has anyone considered the greenhouse gas emissions?

  • Magic Xylophone

    That Nietzsche was quite the forward thinker.

  • Magic Xylophone

    Finally, Beetlejuice goes Hawaiian.