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garadinervi · 8 months ago
«At the Internet Archive, this is how we digitize a book. We never destroy a book by cutting off its binding. Instead, we digitize it the hard way—one page at a time. We use the Scribe, a book scanner our engineers invented, along with the software that it runs. Our scanning centers are located in universities and libraries around the world, from Boston Public Library to the University of Toronto to the Wellcome Library and beyond. Eliza is one of our fastest and most accurate scanners. Next she will execute quality control checks and fix any errors. Then she ships the book back to our Physical Archive for long-term preservation. Now imagine this: scanners like Eliza have done this 2,000,000 times. That's what it takes to provide you with a free digital library.» – Plus Internet Archive’s Modern Book Collection Now Tops 2 Million Volumes, by Chris Freeland, February 3, 2021
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taikeero-lecoredier · a year ago
Text AO3) is facing a lawsuit
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tldr: the Internet Archive/WayBack Machine is super important in term of archived content, billions of stuff are on there, and with the current event happening in the world like stated above,without this tool, it will be hard to properly document what took place. It will be easy for certain people to rewrite history. Dont let them.
DONATE HERE (post dont get much exposure with working links sorry)
On twitter,tumblr,facebook,heck,anywhere you want,this needs to be talked about !
EDIT:  I failed to remember that not everything is black and white so @rimanez brought up interesting points :
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Also as a side note a lot of people are thinking Archive Of Our Own (ao3) is getting sued. Its not the case,its a whole different website. Please rb this version instead
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wastelesscrafts · a month ago
Free 1920s sewing patterns
If you're interested in vintage fashion, you'll love A Complete Course in Dressmaking by Isabel De Nyse.
This 12-volume set of dressmaking manuals were published in 1922 and served to help students learn how to make clothes. Most are focused on feminine clothes, but the series also contains a volume on masculine clothing and two about children's garments.
You can read and download the entire series for free on the Internet Archive.
If your main interests lie in lingerie, this 1926 Underwear and Lingerie guide also comes highly recommended.
(Note that these books are almost a 100 years old. Some of their contents have not aged well.)
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(Image source) (Image source) [ID: two pictures side by side. The picture of the left shows a man wearing a shirt with pintucks combined with a bowtie. Text below the image reads "Fig. (27) Coat shirt with tucked bottom". The picture on the right shows a woman wearing a step-in chemise. Text below the image reads "Fig. (67) There is nothing nicer for crepe de chine than a set-in design. The text next to this image says "Making a pattern for a step-in chemise: with a plain chemise pattern to work on, you can change the design as much as you like. If it's a step-in style that you want to copy, as shown in Fig. 76, it means cutting off the top and reshaping the lower edge. Lay your foundation chemise pattern on another piece of paper and trace around it. (See Fig. 668.) Draw lines at right angles to the center front and center back that touch the bottom of the armholes. This gives you the new upper lines.]
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archive-pdf · 2 months ago
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Alexander McQueen: SS1998 ‘Untitled’ Jaw Bone Mouthpiece, made of Aluminium.
ARCHIVE.pdf: Archive Fashion Scans, Articles & Content for the World
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geocitiesdig · 8 months ago
How do you find these? I really wanna go old web surfing but I cannot find anywhere good to go?
I've actually been looking to answer this!
The Internet Archive ( is usually a really good place to start; it contains thousands upon thousands of old web pages.
Here are a couple really good resources and ways to browse the internet's various old web archives:
Gifcities ( is another good place to start! It operates as a search engine for various gifs with the archives.
If you want to display the various neighborhoods of Geocities visually, then The Deleted City ( is for you! It displays the many, many files and folders of the IA's Geocities archive as nested squares. (Warning: this site might be laggy for some computers)
If you just want to manually browse the old web, Restrovativland ( is a really good pick. This one hosts not only a Geocities archive of it's own, but also a large host of old music from MySpace.,, and are also good archives.
Hope this helps! Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.
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thoughtportal · 2 months ago
Maybe you’ve noticed how things keep disappearing—or stop working—when you “buy” them online from big platforms like Netflix and Amazon, Microsoft and Apple. You can watch their movies and use their software and read their books—but only until they decide to pull the plug. You don’t actually own these things—you can only rent them. But the titanic amount of cultural information available at any given moment makes it very easy to let that detail slide. We just move on to the next thing, and the next, without realizing that we don’t—and, increasingly, can’t—own our media for keeps.
Unfortunately, today’s mega-publishers and book distributors have glommed on to the notion of “expiring” media, and they would like to normalize that temporary, YouTube-style notion of a “library.” That’s why, last summer, four of the world’s largest publishers sued the Internet Archive over its National Emergency Library, a temporary program of the Internet Archive’s Open Library intended to make books available to the millions of students in quarantine during the pandemic. Even though the Internet Archive closed the National Emergency Library in response to the lawsuit, the publishers refused to stand down; what their lawsuit really seeks is the closing of the whole Open Library, and the destruction of its contents. (The suit is ongoing and is expected to resume later this year.) A close reading of the lawsuit indicates that what these publishers are looking to achieve is an end to the private ownership of books—not only for the Internet Archive but for everyone.
The very role and meaning of libraries relies on their right to own books, because books that can expire are books that can disappear permanently—books that can be taken away. There is a cultural, a political, even a civilizational danger in this vulnerability that can’t be overestimated.
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nemfrog · 9 months ago
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Extinct giant ground sloth, below, and existing tree sloth, above. Extinct Animals. 1905.
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cookiezcleard · 14 days ago
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code lyoko site, date unknown. even the archiver who posted this seemed not to know much about it. you can drag the little tab things around, but only one can be open at a time so there’s little point beyond ‘oooh its like a computer’
i wonder what the game and forum were--those tabs dont work anymore for obvious reasons
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herbalist-witch · 20 days ago
It just occurred to me that there are probably a lot of young people who have never read Kurt Cobain’s Journals, and here’s why you should:
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Image Description: A red spiral bound notebook titled “Kurt Cobain Journals”, a single volume collection containing multiple personal notebooks from Cobain collated and published after his death. Image Description Ends Here. 
I know that there is still controversy around the fact that these were ever published at all. I fully understand that, and respect that. It sure as fuck wasn’t ideal, the circumstances in which these were collated and made public. 
I am aware that his daughter does not like that they were published, and she herself has stated she will never read them. It is perfectly fine and totally up to you, if you want to abstain from reading them as well. 
At the same time, I can’t deny the impact these Journals had on young people reading them when they first came out. This was the first time a lot of young people had really seen politics laid out in a way that was clear and understandable before; 12 year olds in the 90s/early 2000s didn’t really have broad or easy access to Marxist PDFs back then. 
A Couple Points: Why These Journals Are Important
Keeping the above in mind, I think it’s worth reading, because not only are these Journals a great historical look into the teen/young adult cultural scene at the time in terms of mindset and the types of social and cultural experiences people were having, but it is also incredibly encouraging to young creatives (whether you are a writer, musician, artist, or any other creative type), and it also highlights two very important things: 
1) Cobain suffered from at least one undiagnosed chronic illness and struggled with chronic pain, and this is evident in his writings, notes, and other aspects of his life. 
I will not debate whether or not this contributed to his death or to his substance abuse, but it is generally considered to be highly likely, and medical neglect is a recurring theme in his life either way. 
It is heavily hinted here and in other related discussions/materials relating to Cobain’s life that the cost of medical care was a large factor in his health decline overall. 
These issues are still affecting millions of people right now; Even Cobain’s high profile death and fairly well known chronic illness was not enough to inspire any real discussion of ableism or health system/culture criticisms, and the chronic pain community is currently under an onslaught of anti-pain management medical/academic propaganda that has led to the continuation of untold suffering. 
You must consider the disabled in how you engage with society, and the Journals may give some insight to abled people as to how chronic pain and illness affected Cobain-- And therefore, how it affects many others, right now. Still. 
2) Cobain was highly politically engaged, and Socialist/Anti-Capitalist sentiments heavily informed his personal perspective and creative work. 
Now, I mentioned the Marxist leaning elements of his notes above, but he heavily emphasised common Socialist points as well as what could be interpreted as Communist leanings-- Either way, he was very much anti-capitalist and anti-f*cist. 
His points in these Journals are still very relevant right now, if not even moreso. 
Banned in Public Schools: That’s How You Know It’s Good 
When these were published I was in middle school at the time, and it instantly became the biggest thing amongst my circles (queers, punks, aspiring artists). 
At first, the teachers loved it: Holy shit, the kids are reading! 
But then, within about a week of two copies of the Journals being circulated between classrooms between students, suddenly both copies were taken by teachers and never returned to their owners. 
We wondered, what the fuck? We were reading, isn’t that supposed to be good? They’re going to take another fucking book away from us? Why?  
Well, here are some screenshots from across just five pages of the Journals: 
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All are handwritten notes in ballpoint pen on lined paper, excerpts from one of his journals.
1) Think of being the stuck up, self-righteous, segregating, guilt-spreading, ass kissing, white, right-wing republicans of the future. K*ll the Rockefellers. 
2) Don’t r*pe, Don’t be prejudice [sic], Don’t be sexist, Love your children, Love your neighbour, Love yourself. Don’t let your opinions obstruct the aforementioned list. 
3) Censorship is VERY American. 
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I attended a public school in the USA, and of course, the public school system was just as shitty back in the 90s and early 2000s as it is today. 
They found out what the Journals contained, and IMMEDIATELY it was banned. His music was banned. We were not allowed to wear Nirvana band t-shirts anymore, even though this had been done for years with no problems prior to the Journals being published. 
This was part of the post-9/11 abuses of students in the USA, where anything not pro-Christian Jesus and pro-America was essentially used to label students as “risks” or “dangerous”, and led to a lot of trauma and undue punishment for the student and young adult population. 
I have to say, that any banned books are probably worth a read, because they were banned by someone, and it’s good to find out why. What were they trying to hide? In this case, I think it’s clear--- Even just from three notes, out of thousands contained within the Journals. 
End Notes 
The Journals are still relevant, very much so, and are still a valuable source of inspiration for many. For my age group, it contributed to creating a greater political awareness, something that was critical during the immediately post-9/11 era.
Please be warned, there is explicit content and several triggers including mentions of sexual abuse, violence, and others throughout the Journals, so please read through it carefully if you may be affected by this type of content but may still want to check it out. 
Me and my friends were aged about 12 when the Journals came out and we were reading them, but shit was different back then, so please heed the content warning above. 
I hope it inspires someone out there, the way it inspired me and my friends when we were young. 
You can read the whole thing for free here on the Internet Archive:
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makiruz · 5 months ago
Again, if FanFiction.Net is actually dying we need to preserve it somehow; it’s Fandom and Internet History that we might loose. I don’t have the knowledge nor the tools to do that, so I’m asking anyone who does, please, don’t let this part of our history disappear
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archive-pdf · 2 months ago
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Alexander McQueen: SS1998 ‘Untitled’ Spine Corset, made of Aluminium and Leather. 
ARCHIVE.pdf: Archive Fashion Scans, Articles & Content for the World
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kazooli · 7 months ago
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theficbackmachine · 2 months ago
the ficback machine project
what's this blog?
the ficback machine project is an initiative to save fanfiction on tumblr in the internet archive to protect it from being lost forever to changing urls, merked or deleted blogs, or any other tumblr fuckery. this website sucks. lets protect fandom history from its suckery
how can i help?
if you read (or even just see!) a fic on tumblr that has some part hidden under a readmore, save it in the wayback machine! just copy the post link into the field and hit enter and it'll bring up if it's been saved before, and when, or, if not, an option to save it. then, it'll take you to the "save url" page (, you hit the save button, and let it do its work!
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vintagelibraries · 9 months ago
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Would you like to have a career in the library?
From: Anders, Rebecca.  Careers in a library. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 1978.
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