Or view the short (boot splash only) .mpg version here...
UPDATE: I've uploaded an updated version that replaces the fade effect with a glow/shine. Check it out here...
Instead of loading the desktop after the boot splash, like the first video does, I added the facebrowser preview by Mat Tomaszewski (although we won't see that in Karmic, everybody loves the bling). Perhaps the throbber should spin a little faster and I should have added a bit more motion blur? Anyway, this is merely a proof-of-concept.
Again, the feedback was awesome! There was even created a ten pages thread on the ubuntuforums.org titled "Pretty Cool Boot Splash Idea For 9.10".
Despite the second suggestion being my favorite (and what I set out to create) I created a third suggestion.
This one could use some fine tuning, but I'm sure the idea will shine through.
Designing a boot splash is hard and one must remember that this is something users will see many, many times - hence abstracting is better than being too literal.
The Karmic Boot Experience wiki contains some pretty slick ideas. Among my favorites are Mr. Doob's boot and troy sobotka. Let's hope the Canonical developers have enough time to make this happen in time for Karmic Koala.