This is the BSD demon mascot. I updated him a little. He is wearing a beanie, some chucks and a blue backpack. This cool and lovable character was designed by John Lasseter. He was trained to be an animator for Disney before he helped found Pixar and he became a billionaire. He graduated from Cal Arts around the same time as Brad Bird and Tim Burton. They all went on to incredibly successful careers in the movie industry. The BSD daemon is named after software daemons, a class of long-running computer programs in Unix-like operating systems, which through a play on words takes the cartoon shape of a mythical demon. The BSD daemon’s nickname Beastie is a slurred phonetic pronunciation of BSD. Beastie customarily carries a trident to symbolize a software daemon’s forking of processes. The FreeBSD web site has noted Evi Nemeth’s 1988 remarks about cultural-historical daemons in the Unix System Administration Handbook: “The ancient Greeks’ concept of a ‘personal daemon’ was similar to the modern concept of a ‘guardian angel’ …As a rule, UNIX systems seem to be infested with both daemons and demons.”
About Mac McRae
I am an illustrator who makes whimsical monsters for companies that are young at heart.