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

A ‘Proof-of-Concept’ Video for a Film Adaptation of the Novel ‘The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To’

Filmmakers Dan Eckman and Meggie McFadden have posted a “proof-of-concept” video for a film adaptation of the novel The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by their frequent collaborator DC Pierson.

The video introduces the two main characters Darren Bennett and Eric Lederer, teenage outcasts who are working on a comic book that comes to life.

THE BOY WHO COULDN’T SLEEP AND NEVER HAD TO is a coming-of-age sci-fi adventure in the tradition of “Back To The Future,” with classic teen-movie themes like friendship, first love, and betrayal playing out on a superhuman scale.

Darren, a high school outcast whose only refuge is his homemade comic book, gets launched into an adventure way cooler than anything he could dream up when he discovers his best friend has no biological need for sleep and can bring their dreams into reality.

Annie the Owl, A Pop-Up Owl Bar Scheduled for One Week in London to Benefit an Owl Rescue Organization

Annie the Owl

With owl cafés being all the rage in Japan, a pop-up owl bar is now scheduled to make its home at a secret location in SoHo, London from March 19 toMarch 25, 2015. An owl named Annie will play host and she and a group of her domesticated friends will interact with the lucky locals who will also enjoy cocktails and music during their visit.

After being demanded by Timeout, talked about by The Telegraph and shouted for by the people of London, Annie the Owl pops up for a week in Soho. Annie will accompany a few of her friends on this journey. Come along to sip cocktails, meet Annie and her friends and enjoy some music, comedy and the electric atmosphere of this one time only bar in Soho. …Profits from the ticket sales will be donated to Barn Owl to help the conservation of owls in the UK. All owls are trained to be around the public and will be accompanied by professional falconers.

Those wanting to attend must register online. Proceeds from the weeklong event will be donated to The Barn Owl Centre, a rescue organization that seeks to “advance the conservation and preservation of the wild barn owl and other British owls”

Annie Cinders
Annie and Cinders

Darwin Ruby
Darwin and Ruby

Winston hootie
Winston and Mystery Guest

images via Annie the Owl

via TimeOut, Bored Panda

Amusing T-Shirt Designs of Cryptid Creatures and Other Animals in Incredible Situations by GAMAGO and Headline Shirts

Squid Attack
Squid Attack

San Francisco-based design companies GAMAGO and Headline Shirts have teamed up to create a fantastic new line of T-shirt designs featuring cryptid creatures and ordinary animals in all sorts of incredible situations. There are enormous squid attacking ships, a Yeti, kaiju cooking hamburgers on a grill, and more. All five T-shirt designs are available to purchase online from the Headline Shirts store.

Kaiju Bus
Kaiju Bus

GAMA BBQ
GAMA BBQ

Yeti Shark Punch
Yeti Shark Punch

Dirty Bird
Dirty Bird

images via Headline Shirts

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

An Affordable 3D-Printed Robotic Prosthetic for Children With Missing Arms

“I’m actually gonna use my arm so I can high five so many people. 106.”

A recent episode of Veritasium looks at the work of students at the University of Central Florida who are using 3D-printing technology to build affordable robotic prosthetics for children without arms. Host Derek Muller speaks with Alberto Manero, an engineering student who works on the project, as well as Alex, a young recipient of one of the arms.

The students are working with The Collective Project sponsored by Microsoft OneNote to help fund innovative community-driven student projects. The Collective Project has also produced a short video showing Manero’s work on the artificial arms.

Fun Photo Series That Celebrates the Absurd With Elaborately Costumed Models That Include the Photographer Himself

Characters

Fashion photographer Ryan Burke has created Characters, a wonderful photo series that celebrates the absurd with elaborately costumed models that include himself. Burke explains his creative process in an email interview with Boing Boing.

The portraits I create express a perspective on human styling that does not rely on conventional clothing, hair, makeup or accessories but rather an aesthetic derived from the use of unusual materials and makeup to create otherworldly personas.

Characters 2

Self 2

Characters 4

Characters 5

Characters 1

Self

photos by Ryan Burke

via Boing Boing