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Show me the contents of your navel .. er ..desktop! - Tactical Ninja

Dec. 12th, 2012

08:56 am - Show me the contents of your navel .. er ..desktop!

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I've been back reading Twitter for about four weeks (since uni finished really), and in that time I've noticed the amount of Wrong People On The Internet has increased substantially. I stopped reading Twitter because I was finding it depressing and angst-inducing. I know that is a product of who I choose to follow, but it seems a lot of my friends like to post links to interesting things that are also depressing and angst-inducing. I'm not sure I'm ready to let Twitter go completely yet, but it's definitely lost its shine.

I'm also still avoiding thinking too much about Big Important Stuff. My brain doesn't seem quite ready to take all that on again yet. Maybe it needs a hard reboot. Meanwhile, fluff!




As you can see, the quality (or at least the size) of my Skyrim friends is improving. I don't have a horse any more, because Frost who thought he was 10 feet tall and bulletproof with his flowing golden mane and fancy name, decided to pick a fight with a dragon. So after that I skinned him and made his hide into a pair of gauntlets and sold them to the local blacksmith. Ruthless Hawk is ruthless.

Anyway, that up there is a talking dragon with a name straight out of an Asterix book, who has an annoying habit of talking in Dragonspeak, then translating, all at the same speed as the crap lecturer I was moaning about all last semester - while I stand there tapping my foot and wishing you could skip dialogue the way you can in Dragon Age. You have to be polite to him so he'll help you save the universe, damn it all.

Meanwhile, you know how occasionally a meme goes round where you post pics of your desktop? Here's mine:


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I've recently upgraded and reinstalled my OS, so the desktop's not got all the usual shite on it, which I like. The only things that aren't games are the OpenOffice and the Recycle Bin icons. The background's concept art from DA3. So.Pretty.


Which is all very well, but really I reckon you should show me your desktop and tell me what's on it and why it's there. Because while I find my own navel endlessly fascinating, I'd much rather be looking in yours.

That didn't sound dodgy, did it?

Meanwhile, Wellington folks - has anyone seen that lady who dresses in army uniform and patrols the streets lately? I don't recall seeing her for about 6 weeks and I'm wondering if anything happened to her.

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From:m_danson
Date:December 11th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
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My first thought of "photo of your desk top" was a photo of the one made out of wood.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 11th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Haha I've seen a meme for that too, and it's just as interesting. I love looking at how other people arrange common things.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 11th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
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It's also good to see your ergonomically-designed, environmentally friendly monitor-raising equipment.

I get around needing Stardock Fences by only having games on my desktop. Although it'd be nice if they were arranged by genre, I guess...
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:December 11th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
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I found this perspective on quitting Twitter interesting http://adambrault.com/post/37201680402/i-quit-twitter-for-a-month-and-it-completely-changed-my

Basically, twitter is like outsourced schizophrenia and somewhat contrary to ataraxia (which is a word and concept I like a lot, but not directly used by the article).
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From:tatjna
Date:December 11th, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Yes. A lot of what he says rings true for me. Especially this:

"Mentally, we just aren’t capable of simultaneously empathizing with hundreds of people—let alone thousands or millions. The result is we either build up a calloused, jaded, or cynical defense against empathy or find a way to block out more."

And this:

"Yes, I could unfollow a bunch of people. But, ultimately, I still *like* a lot of those people and like much of what they have to say."
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From:rivet
Date:December 11th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
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that article resonated with my experience when I read it a couple weeks ago. But I do a crap enough job of keeping in touch with people--at least social media tells me what they're paying attention to.
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From:russiandolls
Date:December 11th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
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My desktop is mostly chemistry/thesis writing tools, a selection of media players, Bejewelled (because ADDICT) and Sopcast (I don't really know what that is, but it's something to do with getting good free streams of English Premier League football).

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From:tatjna
Date:December 11th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
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And BADGERS! *SQUEEEE*
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From:forestgreenivy
Date:December 12th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
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And I have to join in all the SQUEEEEing too. Cute!!!
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From:pombagira
Date:December 11th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
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joins in the *SQUEE* baby badgers wheee
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From:clashfan
Date:December 12th, 2012 05:37 am (UTC)
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How 'bout baby Least Weasels?

http://birdscalgary.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/weasel-wednesday-2/
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From:pixiebelle
Date:December 11th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
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Facebook has been making me feel the same way. I have a twitter I don't even use... And I'm pretty much ready to leave FB at times.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 11th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
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I left Facebook about 18 months ago for completely different reasons - I hadn't been using it anyway and when I examined why, I realised that it went too fast and the signal:noise ratio wasn't all that good, so to find out anything worthwhile I had to scroll and scroll to the point where it wasn't worth the effort.

That and constantly getting invitations to events I couldn't attend because the people lived somewhere else and just clicked "Invite all".

I don't miss it at all.
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From:bekitty
Date:December 11th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I keep getting invites from people in Knoxville. I usually tell them that (a) the commute would be horrible, and (b) I currently don't have a passport. And sometimes, when I'm being really blunt, I tell them I'm in NZ and to please stop sending me invites.

If I get any more, I think I might link to my story of what happened last time I tried to enter the US. That should stop them.

Oh, and regarding the desktop? Mine's really boring -- it's just the plain Windows 7 Starter screen, and six icons (three of which are default). I don't like clutter on my desktop, so I try to keep it to a minimum.
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From:dreadbeard
Date:December 11th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
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Twitter is an incredible tool - its openness and customisability make it so - but I suspect I use it very differently than most people. And I rarely check any of my Twitter lists these days, or read any of the blogs in my RSS catcher.

My desktop is one of the default images that comes with Xubuntu, and a bunch of carefully arranged project folders.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 11th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
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I thought I was weird for preferring longform blogging over micro. Maybe I am, but it's what I prefer so mostly that's what I seek out.

I find it interesting that several people I know don't bother customising their desktop.
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From:bekitty
Date:December 11th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
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I don't have a choice. With Windows 7 Starter, you can't customise your desktop. It doesn't let you. And my computer's just not fast enough to run any other Win7 release easily.
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From:dreadbeard
Date:December 11th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
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I read books. But I am somewhat resigned to being weird. :P

I stopped customising because I am a technological bottom feeder. For ages I had a laptop old enough and slow enough that the additional processing power to redraw the desktop was noticeably lagging performance.

If I am using the computer, I am in a program, not on the desktop anyway.
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From:crsg
Date:December 11th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
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I hate having unnecessary buttons on the my desktop - in fact, I pretty much hate having clutter anywhere on my computer, so even the files in My Documents are all organised neatly. No doubt this says something about my self-control freak tendencies.

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From:tatjna
Date:December 11th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Your desktop is awesome. Also, if you wanted you could get rid of the top four icons!
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From:t_c_da
Date:December 11th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
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I run Win7 and have relegated all my Desktop icons to a toolbar on the task bar (via right click on desktop, and personalise).

IIRC displaying the desktop in a toolbar (as icons, with descriptions as a tooltip) truns them off on the actual desktop. I also have my task bar on the lefthand side of a Full HD screen attached to my laptop. The width of the task bar (80 pixel) is sufficient to get 4 icons across in the systray and display a full length day of the week in the date and time.
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From:crsg
Date:December 12th, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
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Good point, I don't need those icons. I think mostly they're there for habit's sake - for whatever reason, I rarely use the start menu to open them.
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From:t_c_da
Date:December 12th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Right click on the desktop, then select View > and ensure "Show desktop icons" is unticked, and that should turn them off.

ignore my earlier post up there - my memory is severely deficient in that area, due in part to doing it once and thn forgetting how I did it...
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From:tatjna
Date:December 12th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
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That is my problem with a lot of things you only have to do once in a blue moon.
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From:rivet
Date:December 12th, 2012 04:33 am (UTC)
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Here, have a thing that is not my desktop
https://plus.google.com/114391742620999744509/posts/UDDcv4Z9nCq
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From:tatjna
Date:December 12th, 2012 06:19 am (UTC)
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That is amazing and also something that should be on someone's desktop.
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From:meathiel
Date:December 12th, 2012 09:20 am (UTC)
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I kinda love it how everybody organises their desktop differently. But at least all the ones shown here are kinda organised. My colleagues all have their icons allover the place which would drive me crazy!

Here's mine (at home):


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From:tatjna
Date:December 12th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Your desktop is beautiful! And yeah, my work one is not nearly so tidy as my home one.
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From:forestgreenivy
Date:December 12th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm, now I want to put a picture of my navel on my desktop to show you. Har har. I like your picture.

Mine just has a picture of my darling husband on our wedding day. He has a picture of me on his, back from when we were Skyping. The thing I change is the scheme colours, right now it's a glass purple.

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From:tatjna
Date:December 12th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Wait, you have a glass purple husband picture? This I have to see!
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From:helianthas
Date:December 12th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
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I recommend Tweets from God, The Onion, and Oh That's Punny for skewing your twitter feed in the more uplifting direction!
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From:tatjna
Date:December 12th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
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BRB going to add.
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From:kehleyr
Date:December 13th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
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Hmm... I do try to avoid to tweet too angsty stuff...
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:December 13th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
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I try out Twitter every so often and always end up losing interest after a couple of weeks. It doesn't bring out the best in people. I like the long, thoughtful posts of LJ so much better.

My desktop:

Photobucket

I don't even remember what half those shortcuts are for, I only use about four of them regularly...
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From:tatjna
Date:December 13th, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
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You're right, it really doesn't. It doesn't bring out the best in me, either. ;-/

Your desktop is pretty!
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From:Will Marshall
Date:December 16th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
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(http://imgur.com/lsujx)

NO ICONS
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