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

Introducing Our New Simple Squid Web Hosting Plan For $4 a Month at Laughing Squid Web Hosting

Laughing Squid Web Hosting

Over on the web hosting side of Laughing Squid we just announced our new Simple Squid hosting plan for $4 a month. It’s a perfect plan for setting up a WordPress blog when you don’t need any hosted email accounts (you can still forward email to outside addresses like Gmail).

Here’s more info on our hosting plans and how to sign up for hosting.

Our web hosting service helps support this blog, so please spread the word!

Asking Amazon Echo Virtual Assistant Alexa About The Meaning of Life, Opening the Pod Bay Doors & To Tell Some Jokes

I recently ordered an Amazon Echo, the new voice activated digital assistant device created by Amazon. You can interact with Amazon Echo’s virtual assistant Alexa in a variety of ways using voice recognition. I made a video where I asked Alexa about the “meaning of life” and to “open the pod bay doors” and another video where I asked her to tell me some jokes.

It’s pretty good for the first version of the product, the voice recognition is surprisingly accurate. It will be interesting to see how it evolves over time and the ways Amazon extends the functionality of the device.

Amazon Echo

photo by Scott Beale

Super Creepy Hologram-Like Projected Woman at the Kings Cross Railway Station in London

Last week while visiting London we came across this super creepy hologram-like projected woman at the Kings Cross railway station. First she waves at you, then points in your direction and gestures for you to come over. Once close enough she politely instructs you not to take your luggage on the escalator.

In 2012 I encountered a similar projected woman at the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Powerful Broken Arch Cover of ‘The New Yorker’ by Illustrator Bob Staake In Response to Unrest in Ferguson, Missouri

The New Yorker

The December 8, 2014 issue of The New Yorker features a powerful “Broken Arch” cover illustration by Bob Staake in response to the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

“I wanted to comment on the tragic rift that we’re witnessing,” Bob Staake says about his cover for the December 8 issue, arriving next week. “I lived in St. Louis for seventeen years before moving to Massachusetts, so watching the news right now breaks my heart. At first glance, one might see a representation of the Gateway Arch as split and divided, but my hope is that the events in Ferguson will provide a bridge and an opportunity for the city, and also for the country, to learn and come together.”

Back in 2008 Staake created the iconic “Reflection” cover illustration of The New Yorker after President Obama was elected to office.

Laughing Squid Celebrates 19th Anniversary

Custom Engraved Wooden Coaster with the Laughing Squid logo by WoodLab Designs

This week we are celebrating the 19th anniversary of Laughing Squid. The journey that started back in 1995 has been pretty amazing so far. We’re all looking forward to where it takes us next.

We would like to give a big thanks to our family, friends, blog readers and blog writers and editors, web hosting customers and the web hosting team. None of this would have been possible without you.

Here’s some history on our the origins of our name and company logo.

photo: Custom Engraved Wooden Coaster with the Laughing Squid logo by WoodLab Designs

Help Support Us by Advertising on Laughing Squid

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Laughing Squid Circuit Board by Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories – photo by Scott Beale

If you would like to help support Laughing Squid, consider purchasing an ad campaign on our blog or referring a friend who is looking for unique place to promote their company, project, website or event.

If you are interested in advertising on Laughing Squid, you can purchase a 300×250 ad on the top of our sidebar (just below the share icons) for $2.00 per 1000 impressions ($2 CPM) directly through our partnership with BuySellAds.

Ad campaigns on Laughing Squid start out as little as $40/month, where your ad will be viewed by our diverse readership 20,000 times over a 30 day period. This is a good option if you want to get some increased exposure for a company, project, website or event, but you have a small promotional budget.

When you are ready to purchase an ad on Laughing Squid, just select “Add to Cart”, then you’ll be able to select the number of impressions you want, upload your ad artwork and then pay for the ad.

The number of impressions you purchase will be spread out over a 30 day period and will automatically renew each month until cancelled. If you would like to purchase an ad to run for a specific day(s) or week(s), please contact BuySellAds support.

If you have any other questions about purchasing an ad, please contact BuySellAds support directly.