I cooked up a fun experiment using HTML5/CSS3 for the holidays. I call it Snowfall. It’s a screenful of falling snow for your enjoyment.
If you’re a huge nerd like me and a big fan of Star Wars, you can also use a special alternate set of snowflakes borrowed from Anthony Herrera’s set of Star Wars Snowflakes by going to Snowfall: Star Wars Edition. I have to give credit where credit’s due — the idea to do this was my wife’s. I showed her Anthony’s page last week and when I showed her Snowfall she put the ideas together.
If you click on the word Snowfall in the footer, you can expand a special list of optional parameters you can add to the URL to customize things like the background color, number of snowflakes and others to your liking.
If you’re running OSX, I found a neat app called Websaver — "A very simple screen saver with a single simple purpose. You specify a web page URL and, optionally, a reload time. The page will then be displayed when your machine is idle.&;quot; which works terrific with Snowfall. Try it out! It looks really sweet.
What’s kind of funny about this to me, is that Snowfall is basically a remake of an OpenGL screensaver I wrote for Windows about six years ago. I spent a lot of time tuning the animation to run well on machines back then, and I find it amusing that a web browser can be used as a suitable replacement for the crazy amount of code it took to do this in its previous incarnation.
Hope you like it!