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New Startup Makes It Easy to Hack Your IKEA Kitchen

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IKEA home hackers no longer need to scour flea markets and yard sales to find design inspiration. As Co.Design reports, a new company based in the UK sells furniture add-ons tailor-made for IKEA’s Metod line. All homeowners need to do is install the materials—no staining, painting, or carpentry required.

Before digital product designer Tim Diacon and furniture designer Adam Vergette formed Plykea, they were modifying IKEA furniture the old-fashioned way. Together they renovated Diacon’s kitchen using plywood. Now, they’re using that DIY project as the basis for their startup.

Plykea sells birch plywood doors, countertops, cover panels, handles, and drawer fronts, each designed to modify IKEA’s Metod kitchen cabinets. Customers can opt for a rustic wood exterior or buy pieces finished with Formica. The company also makes cabinet handles from brass, a material specifically chosen to complement the wood.

White Plykea kitchen cabinets with formica finish.
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Plykea kitchen cabinet with brass handle.
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A kitchen by Plykea will cost you more than the typical IKEA hacking session: Average orders come out to about $2600 per buyer. Motivated homeowners can always take the cheaper route: Supplies like spray paint and contact paper can be used to modify furniture without cleaning out your pockets.

[h/t Co.Design]

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A New Roller Coaster is Whizzing Through Colorado's Rocky Mountains
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There are plenty of ways to explore the majestic Rocky Mountains, but few offer the adrenaline rush of the Rocky Mountain Coaster, a brand-new roller coaster that sends riders soaring along the range’s natural twists and turns.

As Urban Daddy reports, the Rocky Mountain Coaster recently opened at Copper Mountain, a mountain and ski resort that’s located near the tiny town of Frisco, about 75 miles west of Denver. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the vacation spot is ideal for hikers, skiers, and mountain bikers. Now, visitors looking to enjoy the surrounding scenery without breaking a sweat can cruise for roughly a mile down to the resort’s high alpine Center Village.

The ride’s raised track “runs along the natural curvature of the mountain, with zigs, zags, dips, and 360-degree turns for guaranteed thrills,” according to a press release. Each personal car is equipped with manual hand brakes to control the ride’s pace, but the coaster does feature a 430-foot drop, so be careful with your phones while Instagramming the view.

The Rocky Mountain Coaster is open-year round, though it will initially mostly only be open on weekends. Solo rides cost $25, and a two-ride pass can be purchased for $35. (Resort guests get an exclusive discount.)

[h/t Urban Daddy]

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How to Perform the Star Wars Theme—On Calculators
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The iconic Star Wars theme has been recreated with glass harps, theremins, and even cat meows. Now, Laughing Squid reports that the team over at YouTube channel It’s a small world have created a version that can be played on calculators.

The channel’s math-related music videos feature covers of popular songs like Luis Fonsi’s "Despacito," Ed Sheeran’s "Shape of You," and the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, all of which are performed on two or more calculators. The Star Wars theme, though, is played across five devices, positioned together into a makeshift keyboard of sorts.

The video begins with a math-musician who transcribes number combinations into notes. Then, they break into an elaborate practice chord sequence on two, and then four, calculators. Once they’re all warmed up, they begin playing the epic opening song we all know and love, which you can hear for yourself in all its electronic glory below.

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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