I spent the evening messing around with a windows desktop customization tool called Rainmeter (see the screenshot for the outcome). Blew through 2 hours in no time. You can grab your own copy of Rainmeter at: http://www.rainmeter.net/
From their website:
Rainmeter is a Windows customization application. Empower your desktop with an expandable library of useful tools – handy notes and application launchers, weather and feeds from the web, system status and more. Then, rearrange and modify them to suit your personal style. With Rainmeter, your desktop is finally yours.
Rainmeter is similar to geek tool for mac.