Updated: Jan 17
UPDATE: all my Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are here:
θπ.com points to my maths graphics. It uses the Greek letters theta θ and pi π. Theta is a circle with a diameter, and pi (the mathematical constant) is the relationship between the diameter and circumference (perimeter) of the circle: circumference = diameter x pi. Visually nice, but rather obscure.
OTHER EXOTIC ALPHABETS:
𐩻.com thaw (South Arabian). An ancient letter that looks like a chemical bond. Points to my molecule graphics. 𐩻.net points to my network graphics, since 𐩻 is like two nodes and .net stands for network.
㒲.com Chinese, Japanese, Korean Simple house shape with two storeys. For architects, builders, renovators, and real estate agents.
All such snazzy and exotic characters are converted into Punycode before resolving to websites. The domains have to change to Latin text (our familiar alphabet, a-z) and numbers (0-9) and dashes (-). Here's a helpful converter. For example, θπ.com becomes xn--txaq.com. Not an address you'd want, really. Knowing that underlying those beautiful symbols is a boring string makes you realise that everything is translated to something else (and something simpler) in its journey from the outside to the inside (like light being converted to nerve impulses in the eye, or all that lovely computer stuff into binary). It's a humbling perspective when you think about it, a kind of glimpse into the matrix.
Such exotic characters may be used to spoof (imitate) genuine websites, a technique called a homograph attack. With Greek mathematical symbols, there's no chance of anyone mistaking them for normal characters or words. And they have (at least to my untutored eye) a pleasingly alien look, like a website from another world. You can't really use them over the phone, and some sites reject them, and keyboards struggle, but they have such a clean and unearthly aesthetic that I really love them...