How to hide the icons from your desktop

Everything on a mac is configurable, remember this and you change almost anything about it that bugs you. One thing that bugs me is the clutter of icons that start to accumulate on the desktop. To turn them off so that they still go to the "Desktop" folder you see in finder but do not show up on that beautiful picture of a galaxy, use this command:

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false; killall Finder

The "killall Finder" just restarts Finder so it takes effect immediately. 

to get them back:

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true; killall Finder