Well, this is fun. You should try and make something too. I've been tinkering with web gadgets and widgets as a way to implement one of the digitial divide committee's recommendation that a local content homepage be made available. Mike, knowing my interest, sent me a link to an online gadget factory that I hadn't heard of and suggested a timer that would countdown to the day the first fiber customer is expected to be served.
So I went to SpringWidgets and tinkered around on their system.
Et Voila! Just like that, SpringWidgets mocked me up a very nice one. I've set up the target date for the first customer being served as January 1 2009. See how many days, hours, minutes and seconds remain until the fated hour. :-)
Feel free to copy this to your system, blog...whatever. Mess with it.
This coundown timer didn't take five minutes. I bet you could do much better...if you do send me a copy!
(Google Gadgets, Yahoo widgets or PageFlakes can be made to do similar and more elaborate things—with more work. WidgetBox works with similar web form-based simplicity.)