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I don’t often write a post about my Lady Laurie, not because she isn’t interesting (she most certainly is) or that she isn’t rather unique (she has the uniqueness market cornered) or that she isn’t even somewhat unusual at times (I plead the fifth), it’s simply because she’s promised me that if I did write anything about her beyond mentioning her name only I would shortly thereafter find myself missing a few vital parts. And since I’m rather fond of my parts I’ve abstained up till now.

However, this time it’s different. This time it has to do with wallpaper so obviously it’s an important topic.

You see, I put my foot down (I begged her permission) and told her I was going to write this post (she gave me her permission) and there was absolutely nothing she could do about it (I have to do the laundry and feed the cats for a year). And now that I’ve finally set things straight (I should be able to walk upright within a couple days), here it is.

Laurie’s wall paper psychology

The idea here is simple and concerns desktop wallpaper. That’s right, that image/photo/drawing or what-have-you that one plasters all over the desktop of one’s Windows/OSX/Linux-distro-of-one’s-choice. Now, I don’t know if any of you have some sort of personal psychology or belief system that lies behind the wallpaper you might choose to adorn your desktop other than it’s a darn nice image/photo/drawing or what-have-you but seeing as how people are people and how people as individuals can be very, shall we say, unique at times I thought Laurie’s chosen wallpaper would be a fine example of how this type of wallpaper psychology might work. It does for her apparently.

Disclaimer: the following “wallpapers” are not guaranteed to fit the width of your oversized 28 inch display. Some of them might not be even as big as 300 x 400 okay? Also, neither the author nor his lovely wife are liable if these wallpapers don’t prevent or engender anything in particular nor if you do or do not receive enlightenment, get hit by lightening and/or blown up by a nuclear blast or any other foolish thing.

One other thing: I’m not poking fun here simply because it actually appears to work.


The first one’s easy. It’s obviously aimed at promoting peace and contentment within herself when she is feeling a bit anxious or is just generally pissed off at the days happenings. (click images to en-zoomen)



The second one deals with enticing her to fall asleep at day’s end. Apparently it is said that thinking of a waterfall helps you to fall asleep so this one often adorns her screen before shutting down for the night (she hits the pillow and is out like a light. I, on the other hand, just lay there awake for hours and grow older).Niagra | Water fall from heaven 

Now we get a little deeper. This next one is to prepare her, at the beginning of the day, to be annoyed. This is to prevent her from, you guessed it, becoming annoyed.

Prepare to be annoyed


This one deals with my honey’s disaffection with thunderstorms, it’s associated lightning and the prevention thereof. This wallpaper goes up every time a special weather statement about bad thunderstorms coming our way hits The Weather Channel. The scary thing about it is that while everyone else around us is getting clobbered—we’re not.

lightning strikes tornado


And, of course, to protect her from the effects of the full moon:

Full Moon


Last but not least, these last two have a dual purpose. The first and foremost purpose is to prevent her from blowing up at people when they’re not being reasonable (spelled: Anal-Retentive-Morons). The second purpose is to keep us and everybody else from being blasted to pieces by a nuclear explosion. Or several of them for that matter. A fine preventative measure if you ask me.

Yikes! Atomic bomb!
(a blast from the past)

Yikes! Bikini atoll! 


So there you have it. How to steer yourself around life’s everyday challenges via your desktop wallpaper. And if anyone is wondering what I use for desktop wallpaper…Yellow submarine


Good thing I have her around isn’t it?


Wallpaper Psychology — 10 Comments

    • Elaine – Boring? Somehow I doubt it. I’ve never been accused of being boring and I almost never change my wallpaper. usually my desktop background is just black–less complicated that way. 😉

  1. I like those wallpapers Kirk, especially the lightning one, plus it protects you.

    I have to tell you it was really nice to get a comment from you on my site. A lot of the original bloggers I met when I first started have faded away, so I’m glad you’re around and we’re still in touch.

    I have to admit I’ve neglected my blog a little, because of other web sites I’ve been working on. But it does look pretty.

    I hope you’re feeling better. You know I actually think of you when I see something on the news about VA hospitals and disabilities.

    Take care old friend.
    .-= Emma´s last blog ..10 Excellent Open Courseware Classes for Web Designers =-.

    • Emma – It was good to see you were still up and running also (with more than one site now–excellent). I was actually going through my links in the sidebar, something I horribly neglect and must overhaul as soon as I can, and I’ve also realized that many who were there 3 to 4 years ago have up and disappeared in one way or another. It was good to see you’re one of them that didn’t. 🙂

  2. I guess I’m kinduva stick in the mud, ‘cuz my philosophy has always been anti-wallpaper. That is, why spend the system resources on something you so rarely see?

    Of course, some of this has to do with the way I work – because I’m a hot-key guru, I toggle back & forth between apps (and browser tabs) with keyboard shortcuts so I almost never minimize everything. And some of this probably stems from being an old guy with memory-skimping sensibilities – I remember when every ounce of a PC’s system resources were a precious commodity and you didn’t casually waste RAM on fluff. (I’m pro-Win XP and anti-Vista for very similar reasons – Vista is exquisitely fluffy, but comes with a very steep hardware pricetag.)

    For honest disclosure’s sake, I hafta admit that my home PC does have a green-tinted abstract wallpaper – some snazzy thing I found on the web – but it’s the same one the PC has had since I initially set it up.

    At work, however, I do change my wallpaper each month with a new design that features a calendar for that month. I have little (real) desktop or wall space, so having an easy to see virtual calendar is kinda nice when I’m trying to schedule out my weeks.
    .-= Rob O.´s last blog ..From Bytes to Bits – Not Sci Fi Anymore =-.

    • Rob O. – I’m as much a stick in the mud as you are but perhaps a tad older? I’m still on XP myself dual booting with Ubuntu Linux (9.04) now (I just can’t seem to keep my old “geek” in the closet where he belongs). I started using wallpaper in Ubuntu since it’s such a resource sipper–even with all the fancy vista like doo-dads activated. I’ve gone to using wallpaper on XP Pro as well as I’ve spent the last decade or so using basic black as my desktop. I need something more interesting these days. Second childhood perhaps?

      I was also a “keyboard commando” during my career in computers and R&D to the constant amazement (spelled: “Irritation”) of my fellow employees in that they could never follow what I was doing to their client station. 😛

      Vista? Meh,. It was purposely designed to cache as much of the operating system into physical memory as possible and as little as possible into virtual memory leaving room for programs and such hence the “246 MB’s free” on a 2 GB machine. If you ran a dual core and 2GBs of memory and forgot about resources Vista worked fine. But I agree, Vista was a load of fluff and irritants that were never needed in the first place. Hopefully Win7 will be better–even with wallpaper.

      Glad to see you back here.

      • Hey Kirk, I’ve gotta admit that as anti-Vista as I have been & continue to be, I’m really liking what I’ve seen of Win7. I loaded a late beta version on an old hunka-junka PC with an iffy mobo and only 1 GB of RAM. It easily performed as well as XP, perhaps even a smidge better. It seems to juggle the overhead required for the fluff much, much better than Vista and it just “feels” cleaner & leaner.

        But I still dunno that there’s any seriously compelling reason for me to upgrade from XP Pro on my main PC. I’ve yet to find answer to the question, “What does XP not do that you need an OS to do?”
        .-= Rob O.´s last blog .."C" is for Cookie =-.

        • Rob O. – Considering that Win7 is supposed to run fine on a netbook out-of-the-box then it would stand to reason it should run fairly well on a single core w/ 1GB RAM (I take it your hunka junk is a single core Pentium or AMD?). Nice to know it runs so well though. For tried and true XP users the absolute final day will be in 2014 when MS stops supporting XP in any way, shape or form. As it is MS is only supplying security updates until that time and when the security updates stop then it’s time to ditch the old OS and move on to the next–whatever the heck that will be.

          In light of this I’ll most likely buy a new machine come the beginning of next year or so with Win7 pre-installed (with the OEM disks, not the “recovery” crap they foist off on you these days) and assign my old beater here to a dedicated Linux machine, probably Ubuntu. I’d rather not stretch XP until the very last day and have to attempt transferring all my stuff to an OS 2 or 3 generations past Win7.

    • Quickroute – Hey, I like that. Desktop wallpaper of your next destination. Such a vagabond you are (I use to be one myself). And no, vagabonds are not bums, tramps or otherwise by definition. 😉