The Portal, A Guide To New And Cool Stuff

March 10, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

On the Web:

* CollegeHumor.com, a popular comedy Web site devoted to the (cough) collegiate mind, has done it again. A series of viral videos on the site features a prank war between site front page editor Streeter Seidell and senior writer Amir Blumenfeld. In the last installment (in 2007), prankster Amir gave Streeter Yankee tickets for him and his girlfriend. Amir arranged it so the JumboTron had Streeter unknowingly proposing to his girlfriend (which subsequently added to the end of their relationship). Streeter got his revenge on Amir last Tuesday during halftime of the University of Maryland-Wake Forest men's basketball game. Streeter rigged it so Amir would take a blindfolded, half-court shot at the game for a chance to win $500,000. You know the punking is coming, and it's still hilarious. See it at collegehumor.com/video:1902812.

* If you're hesitant to take a cab in an unfamiliar city, let TaxiMe (taxime.ca) be your guide. Created in Canada, the Web site has coverage that's better for our friends up north, but 16 U.S. cities are available for searching. Input start and finish addresses, and the site uses Google Maps to estimate cab fare based on the city's rates. If a city is not supported, there is a backup plan: Find out the city's taxi rate, type it in and map your route. The fare pops up, along with contact information for cab companies, which pay to be listed.

* IKEA has released a 3-D room design tool to help you plan the modernist kitchen, bedroom or work space of your dreams. With the Windows-only Home Planner, you can add furniture from various menus, get a 3-D view and get prices and quantities fed into an online account. Get the free tool at ikea.com/ms/en_US/rooms_ideas/splashplanners.html.

On satellite radio:

* Rock band Metallica will host its own music channel on SIRIUS XM. Mandatory Metallica will be broadcast on SIRIUS channel 27 and XM channel 42 and will premiere at 6 p.m. Saturday and run through 3 a.m. April 13. The launch coincides with the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4. The channel will feature virtually every Metallica song ever recorded, rare live cuts from the band's personal archives and interviews.

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