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So this sunny spring day you start pecking at your keyboard for “Indy vegan restaurants,” and then 20 minutes later you’ve learned all about the Rathskeller’s annual Burger Battle at the Biergarten. Never mind that event falls in August or that you’re a vegetarian. More importantly, lunchtime’s nearly half over and your butt’s never left your desk chair. It happens.

Surfing the Internet can suck up time quicker than an Etsy seller in line at the post office (can’t they get those 73 ring boxes weighed and metered at another location?). As you know, there are two basic distinctions of web content: mind-wasting minutia and unbelievably cool sites you can’t wait to share.

Google’s Inside Abbey Road Studios -- falls into that latter category. It provides a virtual tour of the legendary London recording studio made famous by The Beatles, Pink Floyd and every other influential recorded musical artist you’d care to name. Within a few clicks, you’re up the steps, through the doors and inside the Abbey Road Studios.

Abbey Road Studios remains a legendary London attraction, famous as the recording site for everyone from The Beatles to Adele. - COURTESY OF GOOGLE
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  • Abbey Road Studios remains a legendary London attraction, famous as the recording site for everyone from The Beatles to Adele.

Like Google’s other virtual tours, this one provides 360-degree panoramic views -- from mixing booths and control rooms to sound stages -- via 150 different images. Plus, you can try your hand at various activities, including mixing a track and messing around with tape effects.

So, go vet the vending machine offerings for some sustenance and then settle in for a real treat.

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