Guys I can see this thread turning into a dump of random background css stuff. If you have a neat css solution, consider posting it as a code snippet. Otherwise we'll be seeing this thread bobbing about on this forum's front page like an unwanted t*rd. BTW Jack - it wasn't me that downvoted.
@diafol, if your mod... don't you have the power to close this thread?
Closing a thread is a pretty serious matter and not done lightly. It is usually reserved for, but not restricted to, when posters are having a spat / flame war. Contributions are still welcome here as long as they are on topic, although admittedly the topic itself is pretty woolly.