Terminal 00: Portfolio or Puzzle?

Those of you who spend a reasonable amount of time on the dark web may have come to the conclusion that it’s boring (contrary to popular belief!). I mean, just look at this one:

doxbin

No offense, DOXBIN; please don’t dox me, OK? While I don’t necessarily think that it’s boring, there seem to be just as many (if not more) strange sites on the clearnet.

Case in point: I recently came across the site angusnicneven.com, which appears to be a portfolio site for the artist Angus Nicneven (also called “Terminal 00”). I only say “appears” because if it is a portfolio site, it’s the most bizarre (and awesome) one I’ve ever seen.

On its homepage, the site looks like this:

terminal00

It has a constant buzzing noise in the background, which can get grating after awhile, but there’s always the mute button for that. Besides, it definitely contributes to the overall atmosphere.

Across the top of the page, you’ll see some scrolling text that reads, “Terminal 00 may be traversed by way of probes. Current probe classification: 00 Penetrate the depths of our pain with that, dear traveler.”

terminal00_probes

OK, so where do I get a probe? Maybe he has them for sale….

Anyway, if you scroll further down the page, you’ll see some links to Angus’ bio and “portfolio,” if you will. Even these, however, aren’t what you’d normally expect from a portfolio site.

If you click on the “About” link, it takes you to this:

angus_niceven.png

The image flickers like some kind of hazy TV transmission, which is a very nice touch. It’s almost as if Angus isn’t a human at all, but an A.I. of some kind (I’m sure that isn’t the case, but it fits the story!).

Below the photo, it says “Uploading relevant data now…

“Expect fragmented data (CoS is the cause).” Interestingly, if you click that link, it takes you to this disastrous looking page:

terminal00_CoS

If you can’t read the text, it says, “Return. CoS Detected. This space is unstable. We will maintain for as long as we are able. Watchers are ineffective at this stage. Use signal [SOL onset] and awaken the constructs.”

Below that is some animated text that says “CoS is spreading and spreading and spreading…” endlessly. If you wait for this text to finish printing, you’ll eventually see a message that says, “Ahh, so you haven’t retreated yet? You must feel the same as I do. Any cost, even death, it’s irrelevant, right? For a probe only needs to probe, to plunge deeper and reveal truths. Well then let us probe further…”

terminal00_retreated

The next page is called “Crossroad,” and looks like this:

terminal00_crossroad.png

That’s not the entire thing, but I wouldn’t want to give away the whole puzzle, would I? (In fact, I haven’t solved all of it yet.)

So what does all of this mean? I’m not entirely sure. The site does have an FAQ, which might explain some of it. One of the questions on the FAQ reads, “What is the purpose of this website?”

The answer says:

“There is no singular purpose to this website. Much like certain phrases or paragraphs in my writing, there is a multi-faceted purpose to it.

“Firstly, angusnicneven.com is my author website; I require such a thing to further my writing ambitions. Secondly, it is another way to give my nightmares a vector into your mind. That is to say, I can spread my warning further and by a different means AND have it spread faster than a non-released book will. Far from instant gratification, but much faster in comparison. Thirdly, it’s a creative outlet. It’s fun… sometimes.”

Well, I can’t argue with that!

There is one link that reads “Map,” but it’s basically a red herring, because all you see is this, plus an “error” message that disappears quickly:

terminal00_map.png

There’s also a mysterious page called “Gathering,” which has this text:

terminal00_everything

This definitely reminds me of some of my favorite horror films. How did you know I was a fan?

Like I said earlier, this has nothing to do with the deep web and/or dark web; I just thought it was interesting, and fun!

If you’re interested in seeing more about this site, readers, let me know, and I’ll explore it further. I encourage you to do the same.

 

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