1,000 musicians gather to play Rage Against the Machine hit

"Killing in the Name" has never been played quite like this! Thanks to Rockin'1000, a thousand musicians from around the globe gathered at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany to play Rage Against the Machine's 1991 hit song together. In some ways, it's a hot, loud mess. In others, it's a beautiful, beautiful thing. Judge for yourself (or not, you don't have to do what I tell you).

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Watch "Smells Like Teen Spirit" performed by 1000 people

Rockin'1000, who claim to be "the biggest rock band on Earth," performs Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in Cesena, Italy.

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Watch the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" played by 15,000+ people

Rockin'1000, consisting of 1000+ musicians, cover the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" with 15,000 of their closest friends on vocals.

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WATCH: 1000 rockers cover Foo Fighters' Learn to Fly to bring band to town

Fans wanted the Foo Fighters to come to Cesena, Italy, so they made this amazing cover of 1000 musicians rocking out to "Learn to Fly." Read the rest

I Am a Bicycle Tire Tube

I went in for surgery yesterday morning to repair a small umbilical hernia. Mildly graphic material follows. My belly button done did me wrong. Having only had a few minor surgeries before, the most recent about nine years ago, I was surprised by a number of changes in procedure, the kind of clinically tested improvements we all hope are going on behind the scenes, and we often doubt are.

The operation itself was quite simple, and took under an hour. I received a mild general anesthetic, and a local was applied liberally to my belly. I don't even recall being asked to count backwards from five. The surgeon cut a small slit in my belly button and cleaned up protruding material. Then he took a small circle of polypropylene and stitched this with permanent stitches inside the muscle, a neat trick. This is relatively new: a few years ago, small umbilical hernias were merely stitched, but the recurrence rate was unacceptably high.

I joked to my kids that I was being repaired like a bicycle tire tube: the doc would put a plastic patch on me and glue it on. And that was true: the incision was glued shut, and scarring, if any, will be invisible. In the future, we are all bicycle tubes. Read the rest

Gentleman in tuberculosis quarantine amuses self by making rap videos

Mia Quagliarello of YouTube, who kindly invited me to guest-curate the YouTube home page last month, just sent along this odd find.

"This made me think of Boing Boing," she says, "This guy, Christiaan Van Vuuren, has been stuck in quarantine for TB and he's entertaining himself by making rap videos. IMHO, it's hilarious!"

I agree. He's also kinda cute. Life in Quarantine - Fully Sick Rapper. Mia found the series from a tweet by Shawn Ahmed (of the very interesting and very watchable Uncultured Project). Read the rest

Photos of derelict Japanese sanatorium

Den from Tokyo Times sends us this collection of photos from the ruins of the Higashi Izu-cho Hospital Isolation Ward: "A predominantly wooden structure that, due to its location in a relatively dense bamboo forest, is rapidly decaying -- the sanatorium's brave battle with mother nature now very much a long lost cause."

Bleak and abandoned isolation ward

(Thanks, Den!)

Previously: Derelict psych hospital buildings in photos Boing Boing Derelict London photos - Boing Boing N Ireland's notorious, derelict Maze Prison in photos - Boing Boing Photos of rotting, abandoned water park at Walt Disney World Boing ... Derelict amusement park in Sichuan, China - Boing Boing Haunting photo-essay on rotting buildings in Detroit - Boing Boing Read the rest

Remixed statues photoshopping contest

Today on the Worth 1000 photoshopping contest: remixed statues -- I really like this rockin' Statue of Liberty.


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