I think I'm just about satisfied with the setup. pretty much everything is what I want (though the gtk themes are being a little weird, one of them is coloured correctly, and the other one has an inverted color for one single element, I'm working on hunting down why, its the same in the config...)
I'm using pcmanfm for my file manager, decided to use stalonetray for my system tray (bottom right, above the cairo-dock) feh for wallpaper cycling, cmus for music, conky for information, compiz-standalone for the window manager, emerald for the decorator, urxvt for my terminal, and gmrun for my run dialog/whatever you wanna call it (I tried to get urxvt to run single-lined and such, but for whatever reason it would never accept focus for input, or display any text... apparently some kind of incompatibility on Compiz's part, oh well.) SciTE is my text editor of choice, though I do find myself using nano quite a bit with my tabbed urxvt's, its just easier to switch tabs with the keyboard.Gigantic Mega-ARGH
So I was tinkering around with my ffmpeg script and moving some files around (shown in the screenshot above, I was moving things from my NAS Array to my internal storage for local use; when I noticed my NTFS-3g was using quite a bit too much CPU; a little bit of investigation later and I realized this was due to my negligence on that ntfs partition, I've never once booted into Windows in the past year to run chkdsk on it to make sure the partition is healthy, and low and behold - it wasn't. Long story short, I started moving data back off the partition, and somehow (probably a corrupt node) I managed to erase my home directory (no literally, it wasn't even sudo mv or anything, I used a gui to cut + paste the files...) which has sent this install into a dismal abyss of half-broken-half-working applications and features.
Back to square one... Do I really want compiz-standalone install or not, I didn't even get enough time to decide yet
Good news, the partition is getting formatted to ext3 and all of the data was backed up (aside from new scripts I just added for this particular install) and I get more install practice with the new non-aif media... Which I'm starting to grow to like. It seemed like a PITA at first, but its actually probably easier than the AIF...Edited by Xaero252 - 10/20/12 at 2:17am