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Sky Happenings

By: McConnell (community developer)

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Sun rises and sets according to time of day. Clear display featuring day and date. Watch the skies for surprises. Tap the screen for a simple control panel (watch disasters, storms, or reload widget for the chance of a new sky event). I'll continue to add new sky happenings as time allows, suggestions welcome! ** May 2009 Update ** Bluer skies for increased legibility, more sky events, fixed interval leak.

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  • whiteryder

    December 29, 2011

    LOL!! I entered a blimp message containing an apostrophe, and it got printed on the blimp as "'" Pretty funny - but might want to fix this. :)

  • chumzter

    July 19, 2011

    @tksu22 - there is no need to input your zip code. This app gets the time from the "time/date" settings from your chumby. The blank box in the customization window of the app is used for showing text in the blimp (which flies across the screen). -chumby support

  • tksu22

    July 17, 2011

    Hello. It does not seem to work with my zip code, 21044 (Columbia, MD) or other zip codes in my area. This looks like a great app, is there a fix for this?

  • mceddie7

    February 27, 2011

    How do i submit my text on the blimp? other than that i love it

  • kdinolfo

    November 14, 2010

    The time is two hours off for me. What am I doing wrong?

  • seccomat

    September 29, 2010

    It's wonderful! Why don't add a rainbow? It could be nice!

  • ThePicotrain

    August 21, 2010

    I have this as my default clock and I love it! I do wish that the lightning effect was not on there because I hate the flashing. I love the other effects, though, especially the Space Invaders one.

  • LadyStrawberriez

    July 1, 2010

    This is awesome i love it! Maybe you could add different weather stuff like snow and rain. Oh, and a parachuting dude would be cool to!

  • sptcox

    March 10, 2010

    How do you configure the blimp message? I've gone to customize and can type in text - but there is no confirm button - Hitting the "X" button is the only option and it doesn't save the text?

  • tvkiii

    December 23, 2009

    I fill out note for blimp but don't see any way to set it or exit except the X.

  • steelpaw

    August 6, 2009

    A truly wonderful widget. Easy to read and functional as a clock; the slow moving clouds are soothing to look at; the various other happenings are delightful little surprises. Please resist the temptation to cram in too many happenings: a great part of their charm is the delight of just catching one as it goes by.

  • phlunkie

    July 9, 2009

    very cool. Thanks

  • yolli71

    May 21, 2009

    McConnell - I've had my Chumby for over a year now and just discovered this clock a couple of weeks's the best one out there! Nice work! I too would love the localized weather thing (i.e. - rain/lightning/snow/sun/etc. on the chumby depending on the weather in my local area).

  • davidrliu

    April 7, 2009

    McConnell, How is the update coming? We can't wait to see what you've got in the works!

  • davidrliu

    March 19, 2009

    Thank you McConnell-- I can't wait for the more readable (color text, I hope!) version of your masterpiece. PS: My wife and I noticed that larger text would be helpful as well, for that "see across the room" readability! PPS: You are my hero!

  • sharby

    March 18, 2009

    I think this is the type of widget that can make the platform, a "killer app" for the Chumby, because it provides useful information in an ever-changing and interesting way. The more information that can be delivered in this ambient mode (meaning, at a glance, not with a lot of detail which is the Chumby's weakness), the more successful it will be.

  • Bug1010

    March 17, 2009

    I have to say I am addicted to this widget but was upset this morning I expected to see shamrock clouds or a rainbow...:( Don't worry still loveing this widget but some spring things would be great like some ballons or a hot air ballon or maybe the numbers made out of flowers or grass and maybe a kite or 2, maybe some rain drops on the face of the chumby I don't know your the expert!!! Keep up the great widgets!!!!!

  • McConnell

    March 17, 2009

    davidrliu, I'm working on an update for this widget. Legibility of the daytime clock will be addressed! @sharby, It's a highly requested feature, I'm hoping to include this soon! Glad you're both enjoying the widget. Thanks for the comments, keep watching for an update.

  • davidrliu

    March 15, 2009

    McConnell-- this is the best clock widget in my opinion (and I've tried them all!). It is *ALMOST* perfect. One change is really needed however: during the daytime hours, it is very hard to read the time since the letters and numbers are in white. Could you please add a feature to configure the color of the day and night text? Day text could be chosen from a palette of dark colors (black, dark red, blue, purple, brown, green, etc.); night colors could be chosen from a palette of light colors (white, light blue, yellow, light orange, pink, light green, etc.). This feature would improve readability and would also help us color-conscious Chumbiholics color coordinate with our rooms! Thank you so much for a wonderful widget!

  • sharby

    March 10, 2009

    This widget is one of my favorites. It is really nicely designed. A suggestion: It would be extra useful if it could change its cloud cover/weather behavior based on rudimentary info from a weather service so that the ambient display can better match local reality (locale would need to be entered). I'm talking real simple stuff here - if there is a chance of rain, increase cloud cover, if thunderstorms then change mode to lightning etc.

  • adrian.bloomer

    March 1, 2009

    If the message on the blimp can all fit on the blimp's screen at once, it shouldn't have to scroll

  • adrian.bloomer

    February 18, 2009

    New sky happening idea: the sky spins out of control (night-day-night...)

  • McConnell

    February 15, 2009

    In response to luvcrafts perfect storm, I've the updated the widget to include a very simple control panel. Touch the screen to view options (disaster, reload & randomize sky happenings, watch storm).

  • McConnell

    February 15, 2009

    luvcraft, do you have the widget in its own channel? If so add a second instance of the widget. Each time the widget reloads it looks for a new sky happening... If that's not the case, try restarting your Chumby. If you're still having problems, let me know, and I'll dig around a bit deeper.

  • luvcraft

    February 14, 2009

    Mine has been lightninging for several days straight now, but when I view the virtual widget on my computer there's no lightning. Is there any way to make it stop?

  • McConnell

    February 12, 2009

    Thanks for all of the great feedback and suggestions. I've updated the widget with cows jumping over the moon and a few other things... watch for some strong daytime weather! iyacyas, some great suggestions, I'll try and work them in on the next update (although the localized weather patterns might be outside of my capabilities at this point).

  • iyacyas

    February 11, 2009

    tie in a localized weather feed (input zip code in the config of the widget) then, allow the weather to change based on the weather outside..similiar in concept to the lunar eclipse from Martix...other thoughts: hot air ballons, historical planes and blimps, kite, numbered sheep but only after 10pm... ;) Great stuff McConnell. Keep it coming.

  • Bug1010

    February 9, 2009

    OK way cool!!! Couldn't sleep this morning and rolled over and saw E.T. love it!!!! I also think that I saw a rain storm the other day that was way cool don't know how often thoes happen but can't wait for my husband to see it!!! Very cool this is my favorite widget ever!!!

  • McConnell

    January 31, 2009

    @adrian. Yes. The best way to see them is to let the widget rotate (most happenings count on the widget being refreshed.

  • adrian.bloomer

    January 31, 2009

    Do the sky happenings happen on virtual chumbys too?

  • McConnell

    January 30, 2009

    Cows, bat's and more coming in the next update. Thanks!

  • tsavoLion

    January 29, 2009

    Loved the Mary Poppins!

  • TSReese

    January 29, 2009

    Wow I saw the UFO last night! Too cool. A cow jumping over the moon would make my 8 year old very happy... hint hint

  • Bug1010

    January 27, 2009

    I have loved this widget it so fun to see what all comes up I saw the jet trail today and had to laugh I thought it was a mark on my chumby at first my son love to watch the clouds move! Very Very Nice!!!!

  • adrian.bloomer

    January 27, 2009

    I have a good idea - if you see a sky happening, you can tap it and it will give you a payper clip in chumbyland.

  • McConnell

    January 26, 2009

    love the thought of bats... Watch for migrating geese in the spring and fall.

  • ftown

    January 26, 2009

    I'd like to see some bats at night, and seagulls in the day. Good stuff so far :-)

  • McConnell

    January 26, 2009

    Updated Jan. 26th. Improved clouds, and more frequent sightings. Stay tuned.

  • McConnell

    January 25, 2009

    Airplanes are included all ready, weather is coming soon! I'm working on a way to better randomize what (and when) happens.

  • adrian.bloomer

    January 25, 2009

    more sky happenings: weather and airplanes.

  • theMartix

    January 24, 2009

    but the lunar eclipses and rises and sets are according to the place where the chumby is? It could be nice :)