The spinning pinwheel is a pointer in Apple's Mac OS X that indicates an application is not responding to system events. It has also been referred to as the spinning beach ball or, unofficially, the Beach Ball of Death. The OS X Human Interface Guidelines officially refers to it as the spinning wait cursor, noting also that the developer term cursor is equivalent to the user term pointer.
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“Reason is an exception in me, too, said Zarathustra: Chaos and necessity and spinning starsthat is also the rule in the wisest world.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche (18441900)