If you’re bored, spend some time looking around archive.org, a huge site attempting to be the library of the Internet.

A fascinating section features snapshots of web sites taken frequently over the last five years, offering a way to go back and see what a web site looked like in the past. I plugged in www.bruceb.com and found twenty different snapshots dating back to 2000 – and if they kept copies of my site, it suggests they’ve got copies of a lot of sites. Who knew that was being saved? There have been some complaints that the archive is incomplete or a little too open to requests that material be removed, but that doesn’t mean it’s not useful.

In another section, there’s videos – movies, TV shows, commercials, and historical footage.

There’s links to libraries of downloadable books and historical documents.

And there’s an enormous stash of downloadable music, primarily live concerts from bands that are friendly about live recordings. Most of the names will be unfamiliar but there are some gems – concerts by the Grateful Dead, String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, Cowboy Junkies, and others.

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