Lately, I’ve been reading little bits from The Tabernacle of Unity, a recent translation of some of Bahá’u’lláh’s Writings. I haven’t gotten very far in the book, partly because I’ve wanted to keep some of its excerpts around in a way that I’ll see again.
It turns out that Macs and Linux, which represent my two computers at work, let you have your desktop background rotate automatically every once in a while (say, every hour). I put up some of my favorite family photos (thanks, Picasa, a great photo-organizing program for Windows — comically, now I’ve got the three major computer operating systems represented here, which may be appropriate given the Book that this post refers to), to switch randomly every half-hour or hour. And into them, I’ve been slowly adding photos with quotes superimposed over them. (Created with The Gimp, a free image editing program.)
So there you have it, my personal motivational posters :). I don’t put them up exclusively — they’re mixed in with about 150 uncaptioned family photos, so I only see them once in a while.
They were fun to do, although decidedly amateur; let me know if you notice any mistakes, and I’ll correct them. The Writings of Baha’u’llah are absolutely overflowing with excerpts that I would love to have on my desktop.
You know what would be cool? A program that automatically picks a quiet spot on a photo and puts an appropriate quote there. Or even one that combines a feed of photos and a feed of quotes.