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 Eerie Geiger Counter Chandelier That Flashes and Clicks When It Detects Nearby Radiation

Geiger Counter Chandelier by Phillip David Stearns

A Chandelier for One of Many Possible Ends is a light sculpture that sporadically flickers and clicks in reaction to local ambient radioactivity. The effect is achieved through 92 Geiger counters, each connected to an LED lighting element. The sculpture was created by artist Phillip David Stearns in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011. According to Stearns, if the sculpture ever fully illuminates, it is an indication of fatal levels of ambient radiation. A Chandelier for One of Many Possible Ends is on display at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York through March 2015.

Geiger Counter Chandelier by Phillip David Stearns

Geiger Counter Chandelier by Phillip David Stearns

photos via Phillip David Stearns

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

Futuristic and Fanciful Design Proposals for a Planned Pedestrian Bridge in London

Sci-Fi Designs for London Bridge Competition

The Wandsworth Council in London is currently holding a design competition for a planned pedestrian and bicycle bridge that will span the Thames between Nine Elms and Pimlico. So far the competition has attracted 87 design proposals, many of which are strikingly ambitious, even bizarre. While the designs themselves are remarkable, the competition seeks to select the best team of designers and engineers, rather than the final bridge design. The winning team will be selected in July.

Sci-Fi Designs for London Bridge Competition

Sci-Fi Designs for London Bridge Competition

Sci-Fi Designs for London Bridge Competition

Sci-Fi Designs for London Bridge Competition

images via Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition

via Creators Project

Google Unveils Plans for a New Mountain View Campus With Moveable Structures Housed Under Giant Canopies

New Google Campus Design

Today Google unveiled plans to redevelop their Mountain View, California campus with an innovative complex of new buildings. The plan–conceived by architects Bjarke Ingels of BIG and Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio–calls for lightweight block-like structures housed under massive and airy canopies. The blocks will be moveable to accommodate the changing needs of Google’s various teams. The translucent canopies will protect the structures while admitting natural light and outside air. The project also calls for public spaces, bike paths, and the restoration of nearby natural habitats.

New Google Campus Design

New Google Campus Design

New Google Campus Design

New Google Campus Design

photos via Google

Generous Women in China Make It Their Life’s Work to Care for Over 1,300 Stray Dogs Needing Their Assistance

Begging for Food

Five very generous older women in the prefecture of Weinan in the Shaanxi Province of China have banded together to create the Weinan Dog Asylum, a shelter where over 1,300 stray dogs in the area are given food, a safe place to sleep, and other canine (and human) companionship on a daily basis. The shelter was started in 2009 by a woman who was 60 years old at the time named Wang Yanfang who wanted to help these dogs who would have otherwise been taken away and perhaps even destroyed. Yanfang and a group of her friends sought to do something about this and developed the dog asylum, which relies heavily on donations.

The ladies said they have been voluntarily taking care of the dogs for around six years as a way to save them from the pound, according to local media. Needless to say, looking after such a large pack of dogs is a lot of work. They have to wake up at 4am to prepare around 400kg of dog food per day for the hungry animals.

Meal Time

Caring for Dogs

All Gone

Trimming Nails

images via CCTVNews

via, CCTVNews, Lost at E Minor

Light-Painting Group Creates a Long-Exposure Photograph of 200 Glowing Orbs in a Field

200 Glowing Orbs in Light Painting Photo

On July 19, 2014, a team of light painters from East Coast Light Painting created a long-exposure photograph of 200 glowing orbs in a field in Virginia. To create the orbs, the group collaboratively developed a spinning light tool. During the 1,651-second exposure, the team fanned out to create each of the 7-foot-diameter orbs. The light painters were inspired by a 2011 photograph in which photographer Andrew Wells created a long-exposure image with 100 orbs. According to the group, their 2014 photograph has earned a Guinness World Record.

200 Glowing Orbs in Light Painting Photo

200 Glowing Orbs in Light Painting Photo

photos via 200 Orbs

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

‘Downton Funk’, A Mashup of ‘Downton Abbey’ and the Mark Ronson Song ‘Uptown Funk’

“In social class we’re still on top. Don’t believe me just watch.”

Downton Funk” is a mashup by CollegeHumor that combines Downton Abbey with the song “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson which features some strong vocals from Bruno Mars. The song features many story points from the show and is told from the perspective of Hugh Bonneville‘s character Robert Crawley.

A Series of Common Misconceptions About Makeup Explained and Debunked

In “Misconceptions About Makeup” by Mental Floss, host Elliott Morgan discusses a series of common misconceptions about makeup and debunks many of the myths that are associated with them.

Misconception number 8: Men do not wear makeup. Earlier this year a British survey found that men spent around a hundred and sixty dollars or 100 pounds a month on grooming products including makeup. Plus men’s personal care products is now a 3.9 billion dollar industry and it’s expected to grow 13 percent by 2018.