nub love

cambodian nub bracelets

For some reason, on a random beach in Cambodia, they make bracelets that say ‘nub’ and ‘nub chief’ on them! I have no idea of the significance behind the word ‘nub’ in south east asia, so it makes me wonder, could the idea really have spread that far…?


Britain’s got talent

This is an old Scorzayzee track. Pretty much the only thing he recorded.
Apparently he’s gearing up for a return in 2010 – but I do like this quote from an interview a few years back in his wikipedia entry…

“If I hear a beat and I get an idea again I’ll write another tune and put it out. But at the moment I’ve just got nothing that I want to say. I don’t want to talk for the sake of it. I don’t want to just make tunes for the sake of it, I want to do something special. All I know is that if I do anything else, it’s got to be worth coming back from retirement to say it.”

For more on the music video/nub fringe see

Disposable Heroes of Hiphocracy

and some more good Scorzayzee rhyming.

and the Lyrics:

Yo, the BNP still exists in Great Britain
Police brutality exists in Great Britain
Slavery made the riches of Great Britain
The Queen wears stolen diamonds, Great Britain
Her husband’s a Freemason, Great Britain
They killed Lady Di, Great Britain
Do I have to go into why, Great Britain

Your politicians are corrupt, Great Britain
Your prison’s full of crooks, Great Britain
Your education sytem is corrupt, Great Britain
Your laws are played out on #-talk, Great Britain
The IRA used to bomb your streets, Great Britain
Then you’re shaking hands in a deal, Great Britain
Thought you’d never negotiate with terrorists, Great Britain
Are Muslims your only Nemesis, Great Britain
The FBI’s Pedophile list, Great Britain
But keep it on a hush hush-hush, Great Britain


If I had an army, I would fight ya
If I had the police, I’d arrest ya
If I had my own court, my own judge and jury
I’d sit back and let history tell the story

If I had an army, I would fight ya
If I had the police, I’d arrest ya
If I had my own court, my own judge and jury
I’d sit back and let history tell the story

You sold weapons to Iraq, Great Britain
You sold your soul to America, the Devil, Great Britain
You haven’t got no religion, Great Britain
Do you really believe in Jesus, Great Britain
Thou shall not kill, Great Britain
Thou shall not steal, Great Britain
The homeless roam your streets, Great Britain
It’s all about your stocks and shares, Great Britain
A mortgage wrapped round your neck for years, Great Britain
The bank manager borrows you money, Great Britain
Now you’re in a whole heap of debt, Great Britain
Poverty is on your doorstep, Great Britain
Sit back and watch TV, Great Britain
Watch the adverts and buy #, Great Britain
Everything on finance for you, Great Britain
A slave to the system every day, Great Britain
While the rich take over your brain, Great Britain

Repeat Chorus

Don’t believe what you read in the news, Great Britain
You gave Palestine to the Jews, Great Britain
Stick your nose in people’s affairs, Great Britain
Councillors on 60 grand a year, Great Britain
More than the soldiers in Iraq, Great Britain
Then you have to pay your council tax, Great Britain
The queen lives in a house like Saddam Hussein
They’re both rich
So I guess they’re both one and the same

Great Britania, Britania ruled the waves
Pirates on the ships searching for the slaves
Control the world in this New World Order
Could a spent the war money on homes, food and water

I was born and raised in Great Britain
Brainwashed and put in a daze by Great Britain
I learnt how to wrap myself in Great Britain
Yo, there’s none better than livin in Great Britain

Repeat Chorus

Time to make the nub

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.

University Nubbery

As part of their 800th anniversary, Cambridge University have released a series of videos showcasing the work of some of their top academics. Isn’t it lucky that the funding of academic departments relies on them publishing books that only 10 people will read and not videos that people might actually watch? I spend lots of time watching videos that have a great execution, but no concept behind them – the video here is kind of the opposite. Even though this video has a brilliant, simple idea behind it, the shots of the dude cycling around windswept nuclear reactors and rubbish jokes like ‘how many lightbulbs does it take to change a man’ don’t really help communicate it. Something more like this would have done it for me. Cambridge should totally give Max Joseph a fellowship and employ Liz Coleman as a life coach.

Ecstatic typography

Ah, this ain’t really a nub.

It’s a promo for Mos Def’s new album the Ecstatic, but it’s a nice little example of kinetic typography that’s moving the idea on a bit. The directors Coodie & Chike, also teamed up with design company superfad for the polished Casa Bay video, featuring more of that abstract typography business.

I’m trying not to turn this into a kinetic typo blog, but it’s a Sunday and it’s the mighty Mos so y’ know, just go with it.

Proper nubs coming during the week, promise!

digital decay

A video illustrating how digital media decays over time. I think this is an animation of an image which has been  projected and photographed and projected and photographed again and again. Although jpegs probably do ‘decay’ as they are posted and reposted on blogs and forums, I’m not sure if it’s really analgous to all media. I kind of wish that most of the detritus I’ve left out there would just decay. I like the video and the vague thought it sows in my head, but the world will have to evolve somewhat before this could be considered mass market or particularly enlightening. So basically, it’snotanub.