Imagine the image to the left fully animated. Tendrils of colorful fractal gooiness whipping around and about. Perfectly smooth. Gorgeous.
The new client uses opengl based textures to vastly improve the playback quality and Andrew also added a couple of nice features.
ElectricSheep is the coolest screensaver around. The fractals are evolved by taking the favorite animations (you can rate any given animation as it is playing in the screensaver) and using their parameters to generate new animations.
Spot — Scott Draves — is also working on Dreams in High Definition. An HD version of Electric Sheep that will playback on custom appliances specifically dedicated to said purpose. I have seen some of the hi-res movies and they are flat out amazing.
Update: There is a zen like aspect of running Electric Sheep for the first time. It may take a long time — hours — before it downloads the first sheep. This is because it takes a completely lackadaisical approach to filling the local cache with animations. Just let it run for a while. It’ll get around to it on its own time.