Conky Images Display is a program that displays the cover of the song currently playing. At the moment Rhythmbox, Amarok 1.4 and 2, and exaile are supported, but support for others is planned. It can also download missing covers. CID is fully configurable thanks to a simple configuration panel.
Gespeaker is a GTK+ frontend for espeak. It allows you to play a text in many languages with settings for voice, pitch, volume, and speed. The text can also be recorded to a WAV file for future listening. Gespeaker supports the speech synthesizer MBROLA for a better speech experience.