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Desktop Wallpaper Meme

From artillie:


  1. Anyone who looks at this entry has to post this meme and their current wallpaper on their LiveJournal.
  2. Explain in five sentences why you're using that wallpaper!.
  3. Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on!

I just about always have nature pix on my desktop at work, to help me be more calm and grounded. The weather is starting to get hot outside now, so this is a very cool, green picture, especially with the time-lapsed creek. I love trees and naturally running water.



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Jun. 8th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)

Sorry, boring! :D I dislike most wallpapers, because the busyness of the image interferes with my being able to see and read my icons properly. When I do have wallpaper up, like on my home desktop, it's designed so the area where the icons are is blank.

Edited at 2009-06-08 03:26 pm (UTC)
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)

I can easily see what you're saying about the icons on a busy background, but that doesn't bother me for some reason. I think it's because I tend to be positional - I know approximately where all those things are, so I don't have to be able to read the labels or even take in the logos at a glance.

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Jun. 10th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
(Rogelio on your desktop)

That was such a cure cute [cannot type!] picture!

Edited at 2009-06-10 02:44 am (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)

That's mine... Why do I use it. I don't know... because I like scifi, I guess, and apocalypse stories are interesting to me. There's a lot going on in this picture, and it makes me wonder things like: Are there any people left? How about animals? What happened to make NYC like this? Is the water drinkable?
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)

I think that would depress me if I looked at it all day, but it is interesting.

The odd thing is, I'm given to mentally re-casting various scenes as post-disaster when I'm walking through them. I've had an entire post-civilization tribe living in the ruins of Union Station from time to time.

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Jun. 8th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)

Those are two of my favourites from the jpop fandom, and they are also longtime friends. I really like this picture because it's been taken in an unofficial context, so the smiles are genuine and not posed, like in so many official pictures.
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)

Hmmm, I've never thought of having real people pictures on my desktop! (Although I had a picture of Goku from Saiyuki Gaiden there for a while, just because it was so pretty.) I think I would find them too distracting because I have to interact with people ... .

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Jun. 9th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Oh, lovely.
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)

I really like various types of landscapes, but they're not usually the ones that have "Scenic Viewpoint" signs along the highway - I like being a little more up-close and personal with my woods and streams and waterfalls. This picture reminds me a lot of the woodscape in Rock Creek Park, where I played as a child. I can't find any really good photos of that, which is kind of bizarre, given what a fixture it is here in the DC area.

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Jun. 9th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
never done a screen capture. embarrassing...

this is my background, tiled: Photobucket

White and light and bright, nice bluish green and clean and happy: Spring. Simple fractal repeating and becoming a synergistic, complicated whole- and the part is the whole.

I love fractals; they're like unbounded mandalas. The repetition of the symbol on the screen makes it feel like a charm, to ward off negative influences and attract positive ones.

That's the best explanation my brain can summon up today.
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)


I tend to think of my screen as another window, so I want a landscape there. My real window provides daylight but not much else because it looks out on the agency daycare center's playground. Little kids come up to my window and peer at me, so I keep the blinds semi-closed ... .

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Jun. 10th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
Bishie, laptop and current primary computer:

Chibi, tiny portable netbook:

Ghanima, old desktop:

Not pictured is Hyacinthine, my ancient 98SE box, because I haven't gotten around to hooking up a monitor since I moved it off to a spare desk in the sewing room. He can't handle widescreen displays so the wallpaper there is a portrait-oriented picture of some dreamy-eyed long-haired bishonen, heavy on lavender and violet shades, by a Chinese artist on DA who works in a lush historical-fantasy style like Wang Fan; the blank space on the sides is filled with a tiny subtle tiled black-on-violet design to blend with the color scheme.

Omake: my phone Maedhros has wallpaper on front and back displays, and they're damn hard to photograph -- but I think you'll recognize both images anyway if you squint hard enough:

Why, short version -- they're pretty and I enjoy looking at them. 'nuff said. ^_~

Longer version -- in retrospect, thinking of all the various wallpapers I've used over the years, and the ones that stuck around for a long time versus the ones I ditched after a brief time, there are definitely common elements. I want art, not photographs. Character art, no landscapes or abstracts or nature/wildlife pics or still lifes, stylized art is fine but nothing too cartoony: I go for pictures of pretty people...well, humanoids, at least, if you want to get technical...with pretty clothes and hair, sometimes in a lush natural setting but plain backgrounds are OK too if I like the foreground figures enough. The general look and feel has to be rather lush and languid, with maybe a little tinge of melancholy. The colors can be soft or strong but they absolutely can't be muddy; cooler palettes for preference, no strong yellow/orange shades and not too heavy on huge expanses of solid glaring white. The image has to be of a size or shape to fit well with the display, and allow room for icons without obscuring any of the main figures -- and I will fuss endlessly with resizing and cropping and moving/deleting desktop icons to get to a point where I'm satisfied with the arrangement; any fill around the edges of smaller images has to be done in coordinating colors. The people in the picture don't have to be "known" characters if the look and mood are hitting the right notes. (And bonus points if the image relates to the name in some way, although the association can be extremely vague and tenuous...)

Jun. 12th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)

But if I had art of characters I liked, I'd look at them! The landscapes are just there, soothingly. (As you know, I have calendars and posters up around my office - but not right behind my current task.)

I mean, I love most of those pix you have there on yours ... I might eventually put something like that here on the Mac (it doesn't have a name ... its hard drive is Dokugakuji, but that's not the computer's name), if I could get it in a high enough res. This monitor is 1680 by 1050 ... .

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Jun. 12th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
Somehow my computer seems to hate your LJ or something, it keeps eating my comments to you constantly *grumbles*

Just wanted to see that I really love your background, it's so beautiful and peaceful. Makes me want to visit that place, wherever it is.
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