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My new favorite thing: The Sun

So, a couple of weeks ago, I downloaded Konfabulator. It’s a system that allows you to place all kinds of tools and widgets on your computer, and access those tools without having to launch applications.

There seem to be any number of practical uses, none of which interests me. What I’ve gotten the most out of is “Sun.” As the description says, “Simulates the motion of the sun across your desktop.” That’s all it does. And I love it.

Here’s a screenshot:
I’ve muted the bulk of my screen to better highlight the Sun, and I drew a red line that shows its course over a day.

I keep the sun permanently above everything else, but with a lot of transparency so I can see through it to my other stuff. I love having this bit of the “real world” impose itself over my electronic domain. This is the kind of thing that would probably give French critical theorists a field day.

  1. “Don’t you find it irritating that it takes up around 20 megs of ram, plus another 5-10 megs per applet?”

    Yeah don’t you find it irritating that beauty has a price?

    Way to ruin his waxing poetic about the sun and an application he enjoys.

    Obviously the mem usage DOESN’T MATTER TO HIM IN THIS INSTANCE.

    For crying in the sink.

  2. Most people try to keep the sun and it’s glare away from their screens, this man actually loves it… Strange world =]

    Konfabulator is kinda cool, but yes, it can be a resource hog.

  3. Very cool. Does it adjust for your latitude?

    A few years ago I was moved to a cube in a hallway with no windows. I got so obsessed with not seeing the sunlight that I built this thing. (works in IE) Since it was built for my latitude, the sun hits the horizon at the same moment the cursor hits the sunset line.

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