I use a lot of google stuff. Their search, maps, mail, reader, groups, and a lot more. But I still find stuff I didn’t know about. Tonight I discovered Google Gadgets. They are little widgets that can be dropped into pretty much any web page. I’ve put one up in the far right column – right below the calendar. It is a NASA picture of the day widget that was created by Olivier Camard of Paris, France. (People all over the world are creating these things.) I found out about gadgets through this blog post showing just how many gadgets there are and how many people are developing them. It is wild.
If you click on the small icon on the top right corner of the NASA pic gadget, you can cycle through other photos of the day – including the astronomy picture of the day. Very cool. My only question is in regards to if it will put any kind of delay on loading the page. I’ll have to keep an eye on that, but right now it seems very snappy. Loading up my nike+ data for that plugin seemed slower than grabbing the images.