In Your Face Information

Seemingly the race is on to put any and all information in the average computer users face in ON! This Konfabulator in action.is welcome in my eyes since it’s advertisement free. But what the heck am I talking about?

First up is Konfabulator. Recently purchased by Yahoo!. Konfabulator puts widgets on your desktop. What are widgets? (If you are familiar with Mac OS X Tiger then you know because of Apple’s Dashboard feature.) Widgets are little information panels for particular items. Weather, Calendar, and many more. You can have a countdown to the next Harry Potter movie right on your desktop if you’d like. Other widgets display how many new e-mail messages you have in your inbox. The widgets provided by Konfabulator look nice, and streamlined. They don’t look like the average window on your computer, blending nicely into your desktop background.

Google's new sidebar.Next up is Google’s new desktop search and sidebar. Google’s new desktop is better than the search integrated into Windows because it keeps an active index of files you want to search for, including but not limited to: web history, AIM chats, e-mail , and music. Since it’s actively indexed, you don’t have to wait for results. They are instantaneous. Also the desktop search interface looks just like Google’s homepage.

The new sidebar on the other hand, is another attempt to put information in your face. It includes e-mail, RSS Feeds, Weather, To-do lists, News, and recently used files and programs on the side of your screen. The interface is a little annoying on your screen, however, if you select the auto-hide feature, it will only pull up when your cursor is on that edge of the screen. Every other part of the interface is pretty clever. It automatically pulls RSS feeds you frequent. A Google search bar is located at the bottom of the bar.I like to have information at my fingertips, so this is good for me. Some people enjoy taking the time to browse several pages of news and blogs. Ultimately, I encourage you to try these out for yourself. They are both free of cost, and free of ads.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster

So in case you don’t follow the news at all, the Kansas State Board of Education accepted Intelligent Design as an alternative to the Theory of Evolution in science classes. However, since we’re all open to alternative religions in the United States, (and because Intelligent Design doesn’t have anything to do with science) , a concerned citizen Bobby Henderson wrote an open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education. He claims that since we’re looking at all sides of the story, that he believes that a Flying Spaghetti Monster is the creator of the world and everything living on it, thus more than one theory of Intelligent Design. He also points to the similarity between the decline of pirates since 1800 and Global Warming.

I suggest you read his open letter, and the wikipedia page about the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

And if you are interested in other religions, check out The Invisible Pink Unicorn. It’s a paradox that she is pink while being invisible. Here’s her Wikipedia page.