Sarah Allen put up screenshots of the new Earthlink’s new Personal Start Page made with Laszlo Presentation Server. The highlight is clearly the panoramas which visualize the incoming data in an unobtrusive, calm way. Sparcely populated text displays, with ambient information in the environment reduce the clutter and complexity in an interface. The Lawrence weather site designed by Dan Cox also has a Lawrence-skyline panorama that changes based on the weather forecast. The pods in cental have a lot to learn from ambient interfaces. I have related posts here and here. And if you are looking for ambient information in the physical environment, look at Ambient Devices. Lots of cool gadgets there.