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The Other has a login on my box?

picture of MacOSX login screenIt’s not often that I see the Mac OSX login screen, but on those rare occasions when I do reboot, I’m always amused for a moment by the sight of this second user “Other.”

“Now how did he get an account on my machine?,” I joke to myself at this ready-made sight gag for eggheads. I think the outline of a human head and shoulders, silhouetted against a blue field, illuminated by a starry network, is a pretty good icon for the Other. Especially here where it stands for anyone who doesn’t have an account on the system for which this is the login screen.

I also find some existential relief in the thought that, unlike Rimbaud (who famously said “je est un autre” [sic.]), I am/is decidedly not an other, at least not here on my desktop, in my system, at my cockpit on the world. Of course, some days, it feels more like a ball turret, but that’s another story.

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  1. It’s a game that understands no border, no age limit, number sexuality preference, nothing – nada.

    Comment by Niki — December 19, 2018 @ 6:56 am

  2. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    Comment by neoadviser — July 2, 2019 @ 6:19 am

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