nullroute | story

I'm too young to properly feel nostalgic for the “early days” of the net, but I grew up just in time to see it grow, and it is fascinating. From old systems forgotten in a dark room illuminated by log messages scrolling past and the ghosts which haunt them, to magic-powered slabs of glass and plastic in people's pockets, making up a giant network across the entire planet, with bright public places and unexplored corners.

Much like the real world, Internet has quickly grown, small towns to megacities and popstars. I'm eager to see what it will become, but at the same time it is already overwhelming and impersonal and everchanging. Being unable to travel into the future, I cling to the past, I visit old sites, collect old files, run old software.


Nullroute was built as part of that. This site went online in December 2009 – the place for me to run away from commercial designs and overused templates. It is also semi-consciously a poor imitation of such places as Malkier, OFB, or Cluenet; though where such places were once full of people, mine was never meant to be.

(The name, in networking, means a path leading nowhere. Chosen merely because it sounded cool at the time, but oddly fitting – such paths are also called “black holes” and it makes perfect sense for ~grawity to live here. The broken symlink merely continues this theme.)


The site is however scattered across my own servers as well as those of Cluenet and Henrik and Nathan; it also borrows spare cycles from my work servers. I've counted 12 different servers it has been hosted on, both before and after EU.org has provided the “nullroute.eu.org” domain. Who knows how it might change in the future.