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

Fantastic Digitally Manipulated Surreal and Optical Illusion Photos by Erik Johansson

Surreal and Optical Illusion Photos by Erik Johansson

Swedish photographer and retoucher Erik Johansson delves into optical illusions and the surreal in his visually striking digitally manipulated photography. Johansson builds each image from many photographs, which he typically takes in multiple locations after meticulous scouting and planning. He then assembles the photos into the final image, a process he likens to putting a puzzle together. Prints of his work are available for purchase online.

Surreal and Optical Illusion Photos by Erik Johansson

Surreal and Optical Illusion Photos by Erik Johansson

Surreal and Optical Illusion Photos by Erik Johansson

Surreal and Optical Illusion Photos by Erik Johansson

Surreal and Optical Illusion Photos by Erik Johansson

photos by Erik Johansson

via PetaPixel

‘Great Depression Cooking’, A Video Series Featuring Budget-Conscious Recipes From a Great Grandmother in Her 90s


Eggplant Parmesan

In 2007, Filmmaker Christopher Cannucciari and his great grandmother Clara partnered together to create “Great Depression Cooking“, a video series that ran from 2007 – 2013 and was based upon Clara’s experience living through the Great Depression in the United States. The series, which led to subsequent recipe books and DVD, brought Clara’s history, her talent for cooking and her wonderful storytelling to thousands, if not millions, of followers until her death in 2013 at the age of 96. An emotional Christopher eulogized Clara beautifully.

Here are some of Clara’s wonderful budget-conscious recipes, each made rich with Clara’s wonderful personality.


Pasta with Peas


Twice Baked Potato


The Poorman’s Meal


Depression Breakfast


Fried Mushrooms

via reddit

A Series of Clever Brand Identities for Pokémon Companies

Oddish Brand

Oddish started as an organic farmer collective in Maine, but has taken to the internet to spread its seeds and pollen far and wide. Some say its future looks dark, or even gloomy as the market pressures are increasing on the small green upstart.

San Francisco-based design shop Pictogram has created a series of clever brand identities for Pokémon companies that takes a specific pocket monster and distills them to a simple, engaging brand. Each visual design includes a little history as to how the companies came to exist.

Zubat Brand

A mysterious company also under the Team Rocket Holdings umbrella, Zubat is rumored to be the company used for clandestine operations by the Team Rocket Holdings’ enigmatic CEO, Giovanni.

Pikachu Brand

Often called the impulse that powered a generation of Electronic Dance Music artists, Pikachu makes unparalled beat computers and synthesizers. Some say it has sparked a revolution in music!

Ekans Brand

A Team Rocket Corporation subsidiary, Ekans is a medium-sized but tight-knit company that controls the Kanto and Johto region’s online gamling industry and game halls.

Beedrill Brand

Beedrill is Kanto’s premiere honey company, although has endured a fair amount of bad press lately due to rumors of poisoned batches of honey.

images via Pictogram

via Mariko McDonald

Linguists Examine the Southern Accent That Actor Kevin Spacey Affects as Frank Underwood on ‘House of Cards’

In the Vox video “Why Kevin Spacey’s accent in House of Cards sounds off” and accompanying article “What linguists say about Kevin Spacey’s bizarre Southern accent on House of Cards,” linguists analyze the southern accent that actor Kevin Spacey affects as South Carolina native Frank Underwood in the political drama House of Cards and why it’s an accent from a bygone era.

There are a couple of distinct features that make Underwood “sound” Southern to some people. One of these traits is his “R-lessness,” which an expert would call his “non-rhoticity. …This is when r at the ends of syllables is pronounced like a vowel or deleted, so that car and cars sound like cah and cahs. …You can hear it in the way Underwood says words like “uninformed” and “careless.” …[Dr. Erik] Thomas explained that the people who use this feature are older, and that Underwood would have to be born before WWII in order for this accent to make sense. Underwood, of course, is supposed to be around 55 years old.

Super Slow-Motion Video of Archer Byron Ferguson Hitting a Tiny Moving Aspirin Tablet With an Arrow

Smarter Every Day (previously) captures some super slow-motion video of incredible archer Byron Ferguson as he performs a series of trick shots, hitting increasingly smaller moving targets, ending with an aspirin tablet tossed into the air by an assistant. The show also breaks down just how impressive this feat actually is.

Byron Ferguson does not shoot a modern bow. He shoots a longbow that he designed himself without any form of sights on it. His brain is like a ballistic fire control computer. It’s not just about accuracy, though. It’s also about timing.

A Biodegradable Coffee Cup With Embedded Seeds That Grow Into a Tree When Planted

San Luis Obispo, California sustainability company Reduce. Reuse. Grow. has developed a biodegradable coffee cup that features embedded seeds designed to grow into a tree when the whole thing is planted into ground, as per the included instructions on the bottom. The cup, which is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, utilizes local seeds based on where the cup is distributed. Even if the cup isn’t planted, it will still biodegrade in a landfill within 180 days, turning into nutrients for other plant life.

Cup

Cup

Cup

images via Reduce. Reuse. Grow.

via Inhabitat

A Fake 1990s-Style ‘Birdman’ Action Figure Television Commercial Celebrating the Film’s ‘Best Picture’ Oscar Win

Fox Searchlight has released a fantastic 1990s-style Birdman action figure television commercial to celebrate the film‘s recent “Best Picture” Oscar win. The parody of Saturday morning toy ads features two young boys playing with the action figure, battling his arch-nemesis The Condor, and listening as the Birdman figure yells “smells like balls!”

According to Fox Searchlight, a small series of Birdman action figures were actually given away in 2014 to promote the movie’s original release, but they are currently no longer available to purchase or win anywhere. There is, however, an interactive website allowing anyone to see and hear a virtual version of the figurine.

Hey kids! You too can now defeat Birdman’s arch-nemesis The Condor with this spiffy Birdman Action Figure! Batteries not included.