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

An Interactive Timeline Highlighting the Use of OpenStreetMap Across the World Over the Past 10 Years

OpenStreetMap

Mapping platform Mapbox is celebrating the 10th anniversary open-source collaborative map project OpenStreetMap (previously) with the creation of an interactive timeline that highlights the inputting of mapping data across the globe over the course of the last decade.

The color you see popping up on this map is the work of hundreds of thousands of people who have mapped more than 25 million miles of roads in every country in the world.

More localized examples of mapping proliferation can be found around events such as the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa and the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

Openstreetmap

Openstreetmap

images via Mapbox

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

Capsula Mundi, Eco-Friendly Burial Pods That Plant Bodies Under Trees in Egg-Shaped Capsules

Capsula

Capsula Mundi is an eco-friendly coffin replacement designed by an Italian company of the same name that houses a body in the fetal position in a biodegradable egg-shaped burial pod beneath a tree variety of their choosing. The idea behind the product is to replace the traditional tombstone-filled cemetery with a “sacred forest.”

Capsula Mundi is planted like a seed in the soil, and on a tree is planted on top of it. The tree is chosen when the person is alive, relatives and friends look after it when death occurs.

The company is currently working to change burial legislation in its home country to allow for the pods.

Capsula

Capsula

Capsula

images via Capsula Mundi

via A+, Bored Panda

Parents Get Giant Tattoos to Make Their Young Daughter Feel Better About Her Large Red Birthmark

birthmark tattoos

Parents Tanya and Adam Phillips didn’t want their daughter Honey-Rae to feel self-conscious or ashamed of the large red birthmark on the right side of her body, so they each got giant bright red tattoos to match. They each paid for the other to have the tattoo done as a gift. Adam received his tattoo as a Christmas present, and Tanya was given hers for her 40th birthday.

Tanya told The Daily Mirror that “it was worth every second of the pain,” when her daughter reacted to the tattoos by touching them and saying “Match” while pointing to her birthmark.

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photos via The Daily Mirror

via The Daily Mirror, Telegragh

Supercut of People in Films and Television Shows Letting Others Know That ‘FYI I’m a Graphic Designer’

London-based graphic design students Ellen Mercer and Lucy Streule have created a delightful supercut video of people in films and television shows letting others know that they are graphic designers. The intention of Mercer and Streule’s compilation video was to point out how graphic designers are sometimes poorly portrayed in cinema.

via Waxy.org

Ohio Farmer Uses His Oven in a Valiant Attempt to Save a Rejected Newborn Goat Who Was Freezing to Death

When Dennis Albaugh, a farmer in West Milton, Ohio, discovered that a tiny newborn goat in his barn, whom he named Goliath, had been rejected by his mother and left barely alive due to the record low temperatures that have been sweeping the United States, he did everything he possibly could to keep the baby goat from freezing to death. Albaugh told the Dayton Daily News that he consulted with his family and then decided to put Goliath in his kitchen oven at 170-degrees in order to slowly warm him up.

I was hopeful, but I wasn’t really optimistic it would work. …I looked and started to see him breathing better. I could see his heartbeat was getting stronger. He still wasn’t moving though. …You could see he was fighting for his life now.

Albaugh’s entire family, including the dog, kept watch over the baby goat, but just as quickly as Goliath came into their lives, he left. Despite their best efforts, Goliath quickly deteriorated and succumbed to his injuries the next day.

We’re heartbroken. …We had hoped for the best. He was doing so great this afternoon. He was getting so strong. But he just took a turn for the worse, and his condition deteriorated rapidly. The coldness and exposure time was just too much. …Like all farmers, we care so much for our animals, and in the end it just didn’t work. I wish we had a much happier ending to this story.

Goat and Dog

Goat in Oven

Goat in Oven2

images via Dayton.com

via Dayton.com

Photographer Captures a Series of Nearly Frozen ‘Slurpee’ Waves Rolling Off the Coast of Nantucket

Waves

Massachusetts-based photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh captured some stunning imagery off the coast of Nantucket for Stay Wild Magazine, as a series of semi-frozen “Slurpee” waves rolled in. The stunningly slushy waves were the result of continued record-setting low temperatures in the Northeastern United States.

The harbor to the main land is frozen solid. No boats running.But yea, the day after I took these it actually froze up the shoreline for 200 yards out. Solid ice. I was totally tripping when I pulled up to the beach and saw this

Waves

Waves

Waves

Waves

images via Stay Wild Magazine

via Stay Wild Magazine, CBS Boston

‘Editing Is Awesome’, Tegan & Sara and Lonely Island’s Oscars Performance Edited With Awkward Shots of the Audience

Editing Is Awesome” is a short video by Red Letter Media that combines the 2015 Oscars performance by Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island of their song “Everything Is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie with awkward shots of members of the audience looking uncomfortable.

The song was nominated in the Best Original Song category.

via Red Letter Media

Thanks Brad Jennings!