Hot Iron Palette
Pencil is a screen saver animation that I first remember seeing at the Mark Williams Company in the old Teletype building at 1430 West Wrightwood in Chicago. It was running on a prototype of the Commodore Z8000 PC sometime in the early 1980's with this monster monochrome monitor. It's one of the first things anyone did once they got a raster graphics display system. An on-stage demonstration of a Java version was part of Scott McNealy's keynote address at the first JavaOne conference in San Francisco.
The basic idea is to set two points bouncing around inside a window.
Then we add afterimages of the points, keeping some number of previous images of the points on the screen.
Then we connect the points into a line. This gives an effect somewhat like a pencil in free fall bouncing off the walls of a box with afterimages.
The source for Pencil is 512 lines or about 15Kbytes of code.