Offtopic: Why did you choose such a foolish thread title like "Boobies!!". Made me take you for a spammer advertising some adult videos at first.
About the "Volume interface weird....", I wonder what may be so weird about it? See the screenshot, please. Sorry it is in German, weird language maybe, but the volume slider is pretty straight forward. Little speaker symbol near the time date/time. Click. Volume slider opens. See the mouse pointer. "Lautstärke" means "Volume" in English.
This is on Mint 14 Cinnamon desktop. Similar volume slider exists on Mint 14 xfce desktop as well.
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