According to https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Hash,
BitCoin uses the SHA-256 hash algorithm to generate verifiably "random" numbers in a way that requires a predictable amount of CPU effort. Generating a SHA-256 hash with a value less than the current target solves a block and wins you some coins.
Here is an example for web logs; https://code.google.com/p/logstalgia/
Obviously solving the hash takes many iterations. I'm curious if there anything that currently lets you visualize a miner hashing?