Daily Departures

Departing daily from the ordinary objects of my thoughts.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Downloading movies, among other things

Recently, I stumbled upon an absolutely fantastic site; this site is so fantastic in fact that it allows you to download feature length films. This site is so fantastic that it is getting it's own line for a link so that there is no confusion where you are supposed to click. So, without further adieu, go to (if you are using a good browser like firefox or safari then please hold ctrl while you click the link and then read on):
Internet Archive
The slogan for the Internet Archive is "Universal access to human knowledge." The archive has an enormous movie section (found here) which contains 644 feature films, 56 film chest classic cartoons (highly recommended), 13 US war propaganda films from the 30s and 40s, among others.

There is also an audio archive that contains nearly 60,000 unique downloadable files. This includes a live music section with nearly 35,000 unique files.

Finally, there is a section with text documents many of which are scans of old manuscripts from a number of Canadian university libraries. For example, the University of Toronto has about a dozen scanned volumes of Analecta Hymnica Medii Aevi and a 1475 manuscript (in Latin) of Augustine's De civitate Dei. Needless to say, there are many many many scanned manuscripts (and books) that you are more likely to read, but these were a few of the more unique volumes.

All that said, any of these things can be downloaded in multiple formats and burnt to DVD, burnt to CD, printed, or even just the boring old, watched, listened to, or read on your computer screen.

[I've also added a link to the sidebar; so, you'll now know where to find it at all times.]


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