Fun with Desktop Wallpapers

The baseball season is coming to an end.

The 2023 major and minor league schedules were released last week. I have two more games on my Senators ticket plan. Playoff tickets for the Barnstormers go on sale on Tuesday. April seems both like so long ago and just the week before last.

Yesterday morning, the Senators put up this tweet to get people in the ballpark for the final weekend of the year:

I didn’t realize I needed a new desktop wallpaper.

The clarity of detail in this photo is remarkable. The grandstand, the fireworks over the island and their reflection in the Susquehanna. Front Street. The Capitol and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It gives me chills.

Though I don’t know when this photo was taken, I am probably not in my accustomed seat in the bleachers. I miss far more of the Harrisburg Senators’ fireworks nights than I attend. Some years I don’t attend any.

I cropped it to 16:9 (specifically 4096×2304), dropped it in my wallpapers folder, and voila!

Screenshot of my Linux Mint desktop, showing fireworks over Harrisburg's City Island
Screenshot of my Linux Mint desktop, showing fireworks over Harrisburg’s City Island

As you can see from my screenshot, I use Linux Mint. I styled the Cinnamon desktop to look like Ubuntu’s Unity desktop. It’s the standard Mint-Y-DarkTeal theme, the Fluent Dark Teal icon set, and the CinnXP pointer set. The menu is the Cinnamenu applet, which displays the icons in a grid and, like Unity’s HUD, can be stretched out to fill the entire screen.

I even edited the cinnamon.css file for Mint-Y-Dark-Teal to make the menu partly transparent.

Screenshot of my Linux Mint install, showing the transparent Unity-styled Cinnamenu.
My transparent system menu

The video below was generally my roadmap for rearranging my Mint desktop, though I didn’t download the Ubuntu themes, icons, and logos, and I did a couple of other things, like moving the menu in the panel so it’s at the top and adding the trash can to the panel. This Linux Mint forum post explained how to make the menu transparent; it recommended not going below 80%, but 70% seems fine to me.

I should ask IT at work next week if there are OpenVPN settings for the office network. I’ve only been trying to connect Mint to the office network since March 2020. The office uses SSTP for Windows and something else for Mac. I’ve tried the drivers for the former and gotten nowhere, but maybe there’s a non-hacky solution to connecting my Mint install to work.

Mint is so pretty. It’s so pretty!


I’d have posted more in August, but Vivaldi and WordPress were not playing well together. At all. I don’t know why, and I’m not sure what’s triggering the behavior, but the Gutenberg editor sometimes loads in HTML view and has no way of getting out of it. Today it appears to be working fine. Tomorrow, for all I know, it may not.

I’m blaming WordPress and not Vivaldi for this.


Published by Allyn Gibson

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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