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Just use the text "Today". As a "badge" style is no harm either. e.g. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The principle is always to match the users mental model.
A reasonable compromise would be to have the button not highlighted (have a neutral background color perhaps) when it's on the off state, and highlight it (change background color) when it's in the on state.
There is also this piece from 2004 (by the looks): "Eyetrack III: What News Websites Look Like Through Readers’ Eyes". http://www.poynter.org/uncategorized/24963/eyetrack-iii-what-news-websites-look-like-through-readers-eyes/
Well I feel, a process in computer language is nothing but repeatation of writing and reading of bytes 1 & 0, since its a repeated process, a cycle animation keeps the user informed that system is performing some repeated tasks at the background. Well I guess technically there is not feedack given to roating GIF file to be alive, its just a ...
I wouldn't say that the rotating wheel would show progress... Because I have, on many occasions seen my computer sit there for 8 hours trying to copy a 5mb music file... And all I get is a loading spinny wheel thing... So I would rather see a bar that has stopped moving than a rotating wheel.
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