“Legalize it, and I will advertise it”


So Cali takes to the polls next week, not just for the US mid-terms but also to vote on Prop 19 – the legalisation of marijuana. California already has provisions for medical marijuana, which has worked out as a de-facto legalisation at street level. The Yes campaign is looking pretty strong, with even Republicans/ tea Party peeps, such as Glenn Back, Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, expressing that they are in favour. A yes vote will have some pretty big implications cross the rest of the country and will probably mark the beginnings of a shift in drug policy across the western world.

This nub from the Open Society institute spells out the inadequacies of the current global drug strategy.


“Small nothings”

After all the furore over paying drug users to sterilise themselves, this is a photo essay by  Zach Wise, about drug rehab in Russia.

This time for the Soros’ Open Society Foundation.

Better to watch it on their website, the quality is better, and the photos deserve it.



Money Balls.

When a child has a football, it immediately makes a game of football. And everyone wants to be playing.

Which is pretty much just like finance. Once you have money, it makes more of itself. And everyone else wants some. And just like playground football, you set the rules and decide the teams. And if people don’t like it you can take football and go home.

As this short video from the NY Times demonstrates, if you’re a financier it’s a win-win. (Sorry about the link, can’t embed this vid unfortunately.)

The film is by Zach Wise, multi-media journalist at the NY Times. Though not really a nub, I’d also recommend this great video summarising the ’08 Presidential election, and this nice doc about a pro-boxer in Vegas (especially for the way he shoots the fight using stills).

In a sentence…

The best nub I’ve seen in a long, long while.

It’s a short promo for Dan Pink’s Drive, the latest addition to the line of counter-factual ideas books, no doubt shooting onto the Kindles of people in thick rimmed glasses flying out to creativity conferences as we speak.

But ignore my smart-assery, this video is a cracker; it’s got something interesting to say, says it clearly and is really, really goood-looking. Compared to most info-nubs, this has bags of charm and personality, something that gets lost in the usual After Effects jobbys.

The video was made by Lindsey Testolin, an animator/author brander from NY. Check out her website, top draw work.


Here’s Jonathan Powell, explaining what Ed Milliband should learn from Machiavelli. (Actually here is Jonathan Powell – Guardian video doesn’t allow embedding.)

Unsuprisingly from Blair’s ex-Chief of Staff,  it’s that he shouldn’t deviate from New Labour. Who would have thought ol’ Niccollo’s advice would be so predictably unimaginative?

In truth, Ed isn’t a man in need of advice on ruthlessness. This is the man who disavowed his work under his mentor Brown, disavowed his mentor Brown, led on the unions with vague lightly left-wing fantasies, shafted his own brother, sent his nearest rivals to the darker corners of the shadow cabinet and then took a razor to Cameron on his first PMQs. I believe Ed will be spilling considerably more red over the next few years.

What’s just about makes this video nubby (sticking as it does to the Matthew Taylor’s face format), is the (admittedly brief) explanation of Machiavelli’s strategies and the diamond that is the tele-prompter story, demonstrating Blair’s absolute mastery of the political arts.

The Idea(l) Environment

Stephen Johnson’s grand narrative of how you get an idea. Genuinely interesting stuff, though every time I hear the word innovation I want to grind my face into broken glass. This must be how ‘Nam vets feel when they hear cars backfire.

Visuals by Cognitive Media, who also do the RSA Animate shorts. If you can get over the gaggingly hubristic title, I’d also recommend the 21st Century Enlightenment vid, it’s a nice perspective.