It's been a little over a month since the November 6th fire that destroyed the scanning center building at the Internet Archive. No one was hurt, but as Archive founder Brewster Kahle wrote in a blog post from November 6th (emphasis added):
We lost maybe 20 boxes of books and film, some irreplaceable, most already digitized, and some replaceable. From our point of view this is the worst part. We lost an array cameras, lights, and scanning equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Insurance will cover some but not all of this.
The Internet Archive is far more important to the long-term interests of Internet users than, say, Facebook, and they'll make a little go a long way. If you can, please donate to help them recover and grow. I just sent in a check for $200 -- which really means $800 for the Archive, because...
Donations made before 2014 are being matched three-to-one by an anonymous donor!
So, if you can, please give. There are few more obvious calls on the Internet right now!