Just last week, PANYLblog was gushing about Business Insider's story on our budding hacking culture. We saw this as an another sign of the mainstreaming of #DIY. Now, an even bigger media outlet is getting in on the hack-tion.
Perhaps the biggest story here isn't the coverage in USA Today (!!!), but that hacking is now part and parcel in the larger conversation about back-to-school. The article is aimed at outfitting dorm rooms and among the fancy USB strips and new-fangled milk crates are bits about turning regular desks into standing desks and paint that can turn a wall into a whiteboard. From the article:
Since standing desks can run well into four figures, I decided instead to highlight some websites with guidance in case you want to hack one together for your soon-to-be college student. The founder of DIY site Instructables added height to his table legs and reinforced them with steel cross bracing. A developer created a wall-mounted standing desk that cost him only $40 in parts. A notebooks.com editor modded his desk to the perfect height with two stacks of yearbooks. The Ikea Hackers blog has a great roundup of user-submitted designs using parts from the budget-friendly Swedish furniture chain.
If IKEA hacking is in USA Today, it's a safe bet it'll be here tomorrow, too. Double yay.