(Or, "Hey Look! Cool Retro-ish Mac Wallpapers... Er, Desktop Pics!")
Because when I sat down this morning at the desk I share with my wife, and tapped the space bar to knock the iMac out of dreamland, my dock stayed solid white for several seconds before flashing back to its usual transparency. In a fit of nostalgia, I did a quick Bing search to find out how I could make it stay that way. The Unofficial Apple Weblog's (RIP) article, "How to Make Yosemite look like System 7", got my dock to a nice, solid, light grey, and the task bar a solid white; which was, I suppose, close enough.
But then I needed wallpaper. Abstract 5 didn't come in 2560 x 1440. Nor did Tangerine Melt, Grape Mission, Quantum Foam, or Heavy Petal 4. 1024 x 768 was the big resolution way back when, and anything that size stretched to fit the 27-inch display on a contemporary iMac is going to look like utter crap.
The solution isn't replication, but approximation; finding desktop pictures with the resolution to fit my current iMac, but with an aesthetic to fit the one I had back in 2001.
Enter Deviant Art. A quick search for "2560" under Customization > Wallpaper > Mac & PC OS led me to a few great pics that really do fit the bill:
This screenshot of my desktop features "Livory" by JayElKay: a big, jaunty, embossed Apple logo on a medium-dark blue background. It doesn't get much more classic than that.
Above is a screen shot of my iMac wearing Phantom-Diamond's "Watermelon", which hearkens back to Apple's own "Abstract" series of desktop pictures, but with crisper, more aggressive lines.
And last is kocoma's "Pink Flower", which combines natural beauty with a feel reminiscent of Strawberry Parabola. How lickable is that?
And, yes, folks, this is pretty much all I'm good for today. Not iZipping around town or making bank on Mechanical Turk. Not Zazzling or lifting or putting away the dishes.
When days start off as wrong as this one did, you stick to the simple things. You Tweet, you customize your virtual environment, and you blog about one of those two things.
Then you take a much-deserved nap!