the kids of skateistan

This beautiful little film looks at how a project set up in Kabul called ‘Skateistan’ has helped some of the poorer kids get away from the war and violence that they see on a day to day basis in their city. What really struck me about this film was how empowering the project has been for young girls. I think it’s great how the girls don’t care about the annoying comments they get from people in the street when they go skateboarding outside.

Find out more about the the Skateistan project by clicking here.


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).

transforming space, continuation of thought trail

I’m inclined to create another category for this vid, ‘anthroponub’, because of it’s exploration into the relation between people and space/buildings/absence. The reason why I’ve been looking at the theme of transforming space in these last two posts is because I want to show the process I am going through to develop a nub of my own. So far, I have just been picking off stuff that goes near a rough idea for a vid I have in my mind. I will use these examples to hone down a proper nub of my own which I will post at the end of this thought trail. This is very much the process I use when I paint – it works for that, so hopefully it will work for this! Let’s call this an experiment…the two I have posted so far have triggered some ideas…they use a visual and narrative language that I understand and rings ‘true’ to my experiences. They also have some institutional embedding in the fine art style of still photography and documentary style voice-overs/interviews; this I think is useful for conveying an idea to a more general audience. Once I get to a point where I am confident enough to film, I’ll doodle a bit, then I’m going to rip these bad boys to do a really punked up version of my own ūüôā

People, everyday

Go to Interview Project to watch film

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.

Pricked up my ears during Gordon Brown’s speech to the Labour Party Conference last week when he referenced the fact that Britain is on course to meet its Kyoto commitments on reducing carbon emissions by 12.5% on 1990 levels by 2010. Aside from the fact that we will probably miss our commitment to the EU to reduce our emissions by 20% on 1990 levels by 2010 the whole thing is a bit of a sham. I can’t find the precise reference, but research at Surrey University has shown that¬† per-capita emissions in this country have actually increased on 1990 levels by 8% – the reduction in our national emissions hasn’t come because we have changed our behaviour – we’re just shifted the problem elsewhere (India, China etc).

I hope that Copenhagen will set some of these issues into sharp relief. The choice seems to be simple (a) do nothing and get used to reducing the world population to about 2bn or (b) do something about it. If the choice is (b) and we get binding multilateral commitments to reduce per capita emissions by about 95% in America and 80% in Europe (roughly what the developing world will be looking for if they are going to play ball) then you either place faith¬† (a) in markets, consumer behaviour/ethical consumption or (unrealistic) (b) amazing scientific innovations (they won’t come in time) or (c) heavy, invasive government regulation in all theatres of our lives.

Wish there was a mainstream politician in this country who was brave enough to talk about this stuff rather than pretending that we’re ‘doing our bit.’

Obama: nubaganda supremo

I was wondering around facebook, thinking about what I should post up on makenubs today when lo and behold, what should I find? The stonkingest opportunity for nubbers to go crazy-crazy with nubaganda videos, all courtesy of Obama’s Health Reform Video Challenge. This is going to be interesting. It’s also yet another example of how ahead Obama is on harnessing the web to engage support and stoke up¬†positive thought¬†for his¬†endeavours, most recently to push through¬†health care reform in the US. This method¬†worked in the elections, but it remains to be seen whether it will¬†work for this campaign, that has so far been thwarted with controversies, set-backs¬†and, well, straight-up lies.

For those of you who haven’t been¬†following the whole health care debate, check out thoughtbubble and vlogbrothers‘ take on it in this nub:

Get on the Peace Train

I don’t know how many of you were aware but the 21st September 2009 was the tenth anniversary of establishment of that date as the¬†International Day of Peace – a worldwide day to promote peace initatives – both personal and political.

Key to getting Peace Day established was the Peace One Day campaign led by Jeremy Gilley. This short nub revisits the campaign to get the day established and highlights some of the benefits the day has brought to conflict areas.