Hopefully some Ace guru comes up with a sleek and sexy buffbar solution. In the meantime, I want to thank you for that link. Those buffbars are beautiful! Now if I knew how he squared out his minimap, because the buffbars alongside that vertical edge is perfection.
I have something similiar to this under planing. The only difference is really that I didn't think of using it with a statusbar also. If I get time I'll complete it, but that might be a week to months untill.