MSNBC's new flash-based "visual newsreader" (as opposed to?) presents headlines by either spinning them off of a colorful 3-D spiral or spawning them from the dominant colors in front of your webcam. The service, called Spectra, is one of the most ridiculous ways to communicate information I've seen in a long time. So I gave it a go, and as you can see, it's pretty out there. While the New York Times wants to turn your computer into a newspaper, it looks like MSNBC wants to make it into a hallucinogenic drug. [MSNBC Spectra]