I just found out about this interesting web series that David Lynch and his son Austin are currently working on called ‘Interview project’. It’s a 20,000 mile road trip done by a film crew over 70 days across the width of the United States and interviews were conducted with 121 people met along the way. The people just tell us their stories about their lives. The latest one is with Bob (the picture above links to the vid). A new one is posted every three days.
There’s lots that nubateurs like us can learn from these interviews in terms of the simplicity with which they have been filmed and produced. There’s something about doing so much with lighting, composition and music, but keeping that to a minimum because the main subject matter of the nub is the interviewee themself and what they have to say.
Came across ideas for change today – a platform for spreading ideas using video, where I picked this video up. Ideas for change is pretty similar to this blog, but better. A bit like world changing but with video.
‘So we are building this site, this project, this tool to do what we can so that your idea, meets the right sponsor, meets the right facilitator, meet the right problem. And we need you, we need your videoidea, we need your opinion. We need to create a new digital movement where we can put our ideas to good use.’
I was there on this march. It was a bit like being an extra in a theatrical production (chant the slogan now, put on the blue coat now, do a mexican wave now) – I felt more like an actor than a protester. But maybe in the nub-times that’s what protesting is.
Demos, the only Think Tank in the world in the nub game has released a professional looking nub about power. It uses the same devices as Jonathan Jarvis’s massive Crisis of Credit video (voice over, comedy visual language, sound effects). But while a mechanical explanation of the forces behind the credit crunch work well in this format i’m not so sure the slippery concept of power works so well. Concepts of ‘agency’ and ‘resilience’ kind of feel like they need a different treatment to ‘Credit Default Swaps’ and ‘Collateralized Debt Obligations’. As a result – it’s a Jarvis treatment, for an argument that feels more Graham.
This is obviously still going to be light years better than the dog shit we’re going to release on January 7th.
So, nub 1. The plan is to knock it out by January 7th – whatever state it’s in. Here are some potential sources of inspiration.
(1) Are the Armed Forces underfunded – or are we spending money on the wrong things – namely to aircraft carriers of ‘impressive bulk and uncertain purpose’? This article by Anatole Lievin, Professor of War Studies argues the later in this article in prospect. Interesting.
(2) Why has the left had no coherent response to the financial crisis? Because it doesn’t understand as Negri does that the development model of the left is technology + democracy, while that of the right is technology + the market.
(3) The FT reported earlier in the year on a conservativeintelligence which surveyed the views of Tory candidates for the forthcoming election. It showed they were pretty old school in their view – not quite the image DC wants to present.
(4) I have quite a few good articles about climate change but I doubt anything about the climate is going to seem particularly original by January 7th. Here are some statistics I have cut out of The Week recently. Figure we could do something with these in the style of the immensely popular and recreated shift happens video. But better.
It’s a year since we started blogging about nubs. We started quietly on this tumblr in November 2008 and then moved onto this wordpress blog in 2009.
If you visit this blog you will have noticed that things have kind of ground to a hault. It takes about an hour to find a video worth blogging about and another hour to think of something interesting to say about it. The whole thing is slightly clouded by the fact that we don’t feel that anybody is making videos exactly like the ones we want to see.
We’ll continue blogging about videos that we like, but we’re going to spend most of our time trying to turn ourselves into people who can actually make nubs. It’ll be hard as we really lack technical skills, but I’m confident that if we keep rubbing our two shitty sticks together we’ll come up with something passable. This is what most of our posts will be about.
We are going to try and make the site a bit more of a navigable database for people who are new to nubs. We’ll update the nubonomy and post some links to some of the better posts in the nub history. If you find it helpful or have any comments or suggestions please, please comment or email us.