I'd also want to make use of
I'm left describing it in words. Seems to be a theme today: words without examples. Sigh.
It was a page of latinesque gibberish, if I remember correctly, with light grey pilcrow marks at the end of each paragraph. Nothing notable at first glance. But then a small UFO enters the page and bee-lines it to a position just above the first pilcrow on the page. There's a small shadow of the UFO which creates the sense of depth. Once in position, a beam extends from the UFO to the ground and the pilcrow mark floats up within the beam into the UFO. Then the UFO bee-lines it to it's next abduction victim.
Hoorah! Simon provided the link in the comments. Thanks, Simon. the plink abductor
The search itself exposed one of the other sources of inspiration. I'm tired of landing on sights because they happen to mention one of my search terms in their side bar but nothing in their content is related to my search. There's just enough in the Google snippet to lure me to click, but only disappointment to be found when I get there.
There's a fun way that the search engines and web practices are growing symbiotically. Replacing tables and dot.gif image tags with CSS leads to more clean and perhaps even meaningful markup without loosing beautiful designs. Is this idea a useful extension of that idea? Maybe I'll have to actually tinker with it before I can get a good answer to that question.
Simon Willison commented
That was my friend Andy's plink abductor: http://www.mooncalf.me.uk/scripts/plinks/