One of my favorite Adobe products is Kuler
, a Flash-based online tool/community for picking color palettes.
There's also an (unofficial) Kuler screensaver. Windows
(here's a different version
). Pretty much requires an always-on internet connection (not that it moves a lot of data--but without the net connection, it'll just show the same combination of colors over and over--needs a cache or something). If you use a screensaver, you might give this one a try. I find these kinds of things simultaneously soothing and stimulating.
If you like this stuff, you might also enjoy, among other things, Plastic TV
(similar stuff here
), Grass Collective
and some of Brian Eno
Are you on Facebook? Do you play Lexulous on there? If so, I'd like to play you.
A couple employment-related tidbits from this month's Harper's Index
(this month's issue also has a great article by Jeff Sharlet about the Christianization of the US military, but it's not online yet (edit:
here's a .pdf
Chances that an American who has become unemployed since December 2007 is a man: 4 in 5
Percentage of all U.S. men over twenty who are now unemployed or not seeking work: 31
Estimated percentage of Bush Administration appointees who are currently unemployed: 70
Minimum number of jobs currently open in Antarctica: 676