Introducing the New Laughing Squid Store Featuring Unique Gear, Gadgets, Apps, Software and More!

Laughing Squid Store

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Laughing Squid Store. It features an eclectic mix of awesome gear and gadgets, software, lifestyle products, web services, designer assets, eLearning services, freebies, and much more great stuff at a deep discount.

Items in the store are available for purchase for limited time and we will be adding many new things all the time, so make sure to create a store account and subscribe to our store’s Twitter account and RSS feed to hear about the latest items available. When you sign up for our store, you’ll also be added to an email list with options for daily, weekly and monthly store updates which you can configure through your account settings.

We are offering a special Laughing Squid Store launch discount to our readers. Just enter code LS10OFF at checkout to receive 10% off your first purchase. The coupon code expires March 3, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST.

Our store also has a really great referral program. If your friends sign up via the unique referral link we provide, you’ll earn a $10 credit after they make their first purchase.

The Laughing Squid Store is powered by StackCommerce. They handle all support issues related to the store and manage the inventory and shipping of items.

Keep an eye out for our weekly roundup blog post highlighting items in the store as well as the occasional blog post about individual items in the store.

Here are some of the items currently available in the Laughing Squid Store:

Limited-Edition Code Black HD Camera Drone – $89.00

Bedphones Sleep Headphones – $39.95

Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack – $29.99

BOLT Portable Battery & Wall Charger – $44.99

Soma Glass Carafe & Sustainable Water Filter – $35.99

BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer – $42.99

Designers Fashion Brightly Colorful Clothing Out of Crayola Crayons for Unique Bloomingdales Window Display

Unmellow Yellow Top
Unmellow Yellow – Nanette Lepore

Crayola recently reached out to a number of popular fashion designers to fun create spring clothing made out of their brightly colored crayons in order to create a unique and dramatic window display for the iconic Bloomingdales store on 59th Street in New York City. The participating designers were Nanette Lepore, who created an elaborate dress with “Laser Lemon” colored crayons, Rebecca Minkoff who fashioned a casual swing dress from “Banana Mania” crayons, Parker used a “Jungle Green” for their adorable jumper, Rebecca Taylor made a beautiful dress with a slit skirt made using “Midnight Blue” crayons and Torn by Ronny Kobo went for broke with a gorgeous “Bittersweet” dress, all of which were captured beautifully by photographer Matthew Carasella.

Dresses made from 18,000 @crayola crayons? Color us amazed. Don’t miss our new windows! #100percentbloomies #Bloomingdales

Unmellow Yellow Dress
Unmellow Yellow – Nanette Lepore

Jungle Green Romper
Jungle Green – Parker

Midnight Blue Dress
Midnight Blue – Rebecca Taylor

Midnight Blue Skirt
Midnight Blue – Rebecca Taylor

Banana Mania Top
Banana Mania – Rebecca Minkoff

Bittersweet Dress
Bittersweet – Torn by Ronny Kobo

photos by Matthew Carasella

via InStyle

‘Puppets Understand’, A Cute New Song & Video by Kate Micucci & Tony Thaxton Explaining Why Puppets Make Great Pals

Puppets Understand” is a cute new song and video, written and performed by Kate Micucci and Tony Thaxton where the musical duo explains why puppets make great friends. The fun music video, directed by Cat Solen, was recently featured on a new episode of Nerdist Presents.

“Puppets Understand” was written by Kate Micucci and Tony Thaxton, directed by Cat Solen, and features puppeteers Jonah Ray, Erik Kuska, Adrian Leonard, Alex Griffin, Christine Papalexis, Christina Johns, Deanna Rooney, Maya Ferrara, Todd Cooper, Justin Hertner, Nikki Kelly, and Rose Shawhan.

Puppets Understand

image via Nerdist

Jimmy Kimmel Invites Real Doctors on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ to Talk About the Effectiveness of Vaccines

“The cummulative scientific and medical communities are in absolute full agreement that there’s basically no reason not to vaccinate your kids. No reason.”

During a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, host Jimmy Kimmel talked about his views on the anti-vaccine movement and then invited several real doctors to deliver a very clear public service announcement about the effectiveness and necessity of vaccines.

Jimmy feels that all of this anti-vaccination silliness is starting to snowball, so he invited some real doctors to address it. These are actual medical professionals so hear them out and then decide for yourself.

‘The Katering Show’, A Gut-Bustingly Hilarious Parody Cooking Show

The Katering Show is a hilarious cooking show starring an Australian duo of Kates: Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan. McLennan serves as a foodie chef preparing meals for McCartney, who has a tragically large amount of food intolerances (note the large intestine in their logo). This results in bizarre, disgusting substitutions in recipes—calcium tablets for cheese in a quesadilla, for example—and constant mockery and references to the dangers of McCartney defecating her pants. McLennan and McCartney brilliantly parody the cutesy smugness of foodie culture in each gut-busting episode.

Episode 1: “Mexicana Festiana

In this episode The Kates explore the cultural phenomenon/plague of food trucks and eating in gutters by creating a food intolerant-friendly Mexican quesadilla, then eating it in a gutter!

Episode 2: “Ethical Eating

As an ex-vegetarian, McCartney wants to be thoughtful about the meat that she eats. And as a wanker, Mclennan wants to use her new pressure cooker. In this episode The Kates prepare a ragu that is food intolerant-friendly AND made from a non-cute animal.

Episode 3: “We Quit Sugar

In an attempt to live forever, and become just like their Instagram idol, Sarah Wilson, McCartney and McLennan give up the sweet stuff; sugar. Please Note: This episode is booze, sugar, gluten, fructose, lactose and personality-free.

Australian media personality, journalist, and blogger Sarah Wilson even wrote a blog post in response to “We Quit Sugar,” taking it all in good fun.

Behind-the-scenes photos and pre-orders for Katering Show aprons are available on the show’s website.

via Boing Boing

An Honest Trailer for the Action-Adventure Video Game ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’

Voice actor Jon Bailey of Screen Junkies and Smosh recently teamed up to create an honest trailer (previously) for Batman: Arkham Asylum, the action-adventure video game based on the iconic DC Comics superhero Dark Knight.

You thought it would be easy to turn Batman into a cool video game. For 20 years, you were wrong. Now, revisit the 2009 sensation that made everyone say, “See!, now this is how you make a f!*$ng Batman game!” Arkham Asylum.

Wonderful Miniature Sculptures Carved in Pencil Graphite

Pencil Graphite Sculptures by Salavat Fidai

Russian artist Salavat Fidai carves incredibly tiny sculptures in the graphite (which is not lead) of pencils. His subject matter ranges from pop culture like Darth Vader and Batman to technical feats like interconnected locks. Fidai doesn’t limit his miniature artwork to sculpture–he also makes tiny paintings on seeds. His latest work can be viewed on his Instagram account. Prints are available on his Etsy store.

Pencil Graphite Sculptures by Salavat Fidai

Pencil Graphite Sculptures by Salavat Fidai

Pencil Graphite Sculptures by Salavat Fidai

Pencil Graphite Sculptures by Salavat Fidai

photos via Salavat Fidai

via Faith is Torment

A Fascinating Look at the Inside of the Official Nintendo Character Manual From 1993

Nintendo Character Manual

Author Blake J. Harris has offered up a fascinating look at the inside of the official Nintendo Character Manual from 1993 that features details for “any public performance of the Mario character” and more. The manual served as a way for those licensing any Nintendo video game properties to maintain the exact image that the Japanese company wanted. Harris is the author of Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation.

Nintendo Character Manual

Nintendo Character Manual

Nintendo Character Manual

Nintendo Character Manual

Nintendo Character Manual

images via Press The Buttons

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