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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.

Jun. 10th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Visual chaos like that drives me nuts. I am, apparently, a simplistic modernist at heart. XD
Jun. 11th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
Hee, Cho's desktop there would drive me insane too, but for totally different reasons -- the beige background behind the icon captions stands out too much against the photo, and the random gaps in spacing and arrangement of the icons is like the visual equivalent of nails on a chalkboard to me -- it's hitting the compulsive-picture-straightener part of my brain. XD

(Yes, this is my OCD-fussy-Hakkai-ish side coming out...)
Jun. 12th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)

Well, you've seen my house ... (which has reached the point where it's distressing even me, actually).

The desktop is just like that - I know where the stack containing the icon in question is, and that's really all I need to know!

I should re-do the background color for the icons, though ... you know they all have to be the same, right? Because it's the desktop peeking through ... the beige was left over from a previous woodsy picture which was early spring, so it had more bark and dead leaves and stuff.

Jun. 12th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
Oh, you've seen my bookshelves and CD shelves and towering piles of craft supplies, so you should know I'm much the same way about navigating by general feel! I don't really bother to sort books by author or CDs by title or alphabetize the spice cupboard or anything truly scary-obsessive like that; physical clutter, I've got a fairly high tolerance for. Visually, OTOH, certain things just nag at some weird part of my brain like a sore tooth -- it's not clutter so much as a sort of...disharmony? Bad feng shui? ;) I need to see a certain level of symmetry, or even the right sort of asymmetry that has a certain sort of flow and balance to it; and the random gaps in the icon lineup are hitting just the wrong sort of note, to where I find myself hovering the mouse over your screencap just twitching to rearrange it just a skosh to make the twitching stop. XD

I should re-do the background color for the icons, though ... you know they all have to be the same, right? Because it's the desktop peeking through

Yep, the XP and 98SE boxen are the same way, they don't go transparent behind the captions -- if you look really close at the one with the Treasure doujinshi cover, you'll see the backgrounds there are all dark blue, so the bits where the captions overlap the blue border of the image don't stick out so strongly. That's just what I meant about the OCD side fussing over color coordination -- even if I could use landscape photos, I'd never be able to use that image on a system without the transparent captions because the colors shift too much from section to section: a desktop background that blends in nicely enough in one corner would be a glaring contrast in another bit, and that would drive me bonkers. Yeah, my brain is kind of screwy... XD
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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.

Jun. 10th, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
That makes me think of "Mowgli's Song Against People":

I will let loose against you the fleet-footed vines--
I will call in the Jungle to stamp out your lines!
The roofs shall fade before it,
The house-beams shall fall;
And the Karela, the bitter Karela,
Shall cover it all!...

I'd probably find it more depressing if it were bare blasted rubble with no signs of life, but the greenery makes it all OK for me somehow -- a bit somber, but peaceful. The people may be gone, but nature remains alive.
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 ... .

Jun. 10th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Heh, I actually prefer having people pictures on my desktop and don't find them that distracting. Some movie wallpapers, for example, are really beautiful. Example 1 Example 2
Jun. 11th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)

Indeed, beautiful - but I still wouldn't want 'em as wallpaper!

De gustibus non disputandum est!

Jun. 11th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
De gustibus non disputandum est!

Very true.
Jun. 12th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)

I mean, it would be boring if we all liked the same things ... .

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.

Jun. 10th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
Maybe you'll be the one to take it!
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)

Heh, I was having similar thoughts. I need to get down there again sometime. (I drove by a tear or so ago ... the playground I frequented is still called "Candy Cane City," even though the equipment is no longer painted in red-and-white spiral stripes ... the creek is off behind the trees in those pictures.)

Jun. 10th, 2009 08:33 am (UTC)
Miss B. and I would of course be happy to ride shotgun if your crew aren't interested in hiking around outdoors... :)
Jun. 12th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
(Rock Creek Park picture-taking expedition)

I thought of that ... logistics would be involved. I presume I'd need to drive down to AX and get both of you. (The same would be true if we did a beach trip, which I was also contemplating.)

Jun. 12th, 2009 07:27 am (UTC)
Re: (Rock Creek Park picture-taking expedition)
Yeah, I can't exactly pass her off as a service dog on the Metro... :( But she's a very good little passenger, at least, and unlike me she's not prone to motion sickness! XD
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 ... .

Jun. 10th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
It's funny; I tend to think of my screen as a poster, painting, or as, dare I say, wallpaper. But I can go outside as I wish; that's the difference!

the ones before that, btw, were much busier. had a Guillermo Del Toro thing going on. Hellboy was it for the longest, then wanting a change went to Pan's Labyrinth, then back to Hellboy, before moving to this one.

much quieter, this one.
Jun. 11th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
The desktop's definitely got a picture-in-a-frame quality to me, which is why I've always been fussy about the color of my monitor housing. Back in the day before iMacs dragged the tech world into the glorious world of color, I paid a hefty premium to get a a black monitor that would have been significantly cheaper in the default "putty" color, because I utterly *loathed* that awful sickly gray-beige and did not want to stare at a border of it around my screen every day...
Jun. 12th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
honestly, why do they even have that putty color? does that appeal to anyone?
Jun. 12th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)
I don't know! It's one of those colors like the horrible beige used for so many medical slings and braces that I assume someone less color-sensitive thought it was neutral and inoffensive rather than sickly? And let's not even go into how badly those shades show up the slightest dirty smudge, especially on the typical textured plastic of old hardware. Ewwwwwwww.
Jun. 12th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)

Now you've got me wondering about why I don't like illustrations/posters for that. For a while, I had a wallpaper from the official movie site for Neil Gaiman's "Stardust." But even that was basically a landscape (and they don't have that one anymore ... it was more simple than the ones they have now - just a misty morning on a foggy street in the village of Wall, with young Tristan walking along). I really do want something soothing on a gut level rather than something that engages my intellect (poster, book illustration) or social instincts (portrait).

Jun. 12th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
well, many people frame landscapes and put those up on the wall for similar reasons, no? I would think that in an office particularly, you'd want a refuge or at least a hypothetical escape. :D
Jun. 12th, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)
I think that wanting a certain soothing quality is very much at play for me, too, with the sort of languid illustrations I tend to favor. Even in the rare cases where the figure shown isn't in a blatantly langorous pose like the EGS and Treasure images below, or this random DA pic I used for ages -- for instance I used that Gojyo-lounging-in-a-doorway pic that's on my phone as a laptop wallpaper for ages, and the old 98 box had this Kaluta painting of Éowyn -- there's still a sort of stillness to the image. The characters are posed like they *might* move at some point soon, but they're captured in a moment where they're not in any hurry to do so; scenes that are more dynamic or action-oriented, I don't want on a desktop.

(I totally don't grok the people-images engaging social instincts thing you're talking about, but perhaps that's because my own instincts in that area are so terribly deficient and off-kilter...?)

And hmmm, if you feel a need for virtual windows onto a soothing landscape, I wonder if something like these lights might be a nice addition to your office? :)
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 ... .

Jun. 12th, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
But if I had art of characters I liked, I'd look at them!

See, that doesn't tend to come up because I like to maximize whatever window I'm working in at the moment to fullscreen, so normally the desktop isn't even *visible* unless I'm starting up or shutting down the system, or closing a bunch of windows at once. So it's like a nice little bonus that pops up and makes me smile every once in a while, but it's not actually there distracting me when I'm doing stuff. (Having lots of non-maximized windows scattered around visibly at the same time also tends to touch off my "ARGH, UNAESTHETIC VISUAL CHAOS, GO AWAY!!!" fussiness; unless I absolutely *need* to look at more than one thing at once to get something done, I won't! Tunnel vision, I has it...being painfully near-sighted and not having super-huge monitors probably also has something to do with it. *grin*)
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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