I spent an evening skimming the book, and then got to work on an actual project today. You can see the results at the top of this very blog.
Using jQuery, the fancy title box at the top of the site embeds and cycles through any images (of appropriate dimensions, that are locally hosted) already on the site. You may notice as you scroll down that it also has a funky way of moving on its own, to try to give you tantalizing peeks through the small view-port. On a post like this, you won't see any cycling (there's only one image, after all) but go check out the main site or any post with lots of images and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Back when I bought this domain I told myself I'd use it for learning to develop for the web. Glad I finally am.