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Jon Ronson: "Esc & Ctrl: Stories About People Trying to Control the Internet"

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Author and filmmaker Jon Ronson has started a fascinating documentary series called "Escape and Control". It's going to explore who controls the internet and how they do so. That would be interesting enough, really, but the manner in which he is making the documentary is equally intriguing. As you can see from this trailer, he will be releasing bits and pieces of the film as he makes it.

You can look for future episodes on his You Tube page, "Esc & Ctrl: Stories about People Trying to Control the Internet". In the video, Ronson says he will release the first hunk when he has something interesting to show; but his website says that his "first adventure will launch in early September."

Considering the number of compelling recent new stories on the subject, it's bound to be must-see web viewing.

And the award for best early 2000s R&B song about self-pleasure goes to...

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Robin Thicke, "Brand New Jones."

Honorable Mention: Tweet "Oops (Oh My)"

Nick Kroll Offers Sound Advice on Social Networking

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Nick Kroll has some excellent advice to offer on the proper use of Facebook, Twitter and texting. His article in this month's Details magazine includes tips that we would like to see everyone adopt, such as:

"2. Don't give me constant updates of where you are eating or shopping. The only person who cares about that is your stalker, and the real joy for him is the hunt."

Also, "10. Let's take it easy on the hashtags, folks. It's fun to build on others' ideas, but the long-hashtag-as-a-punchline needs to be well thought out. And, BTW, capitalize the first letter of each new word. #AmIRightLadiesWhoAmIKiddingNoOneWillReadThisArticleImSoDesperatelyAloneWhatShouldITweetNext"

Kroll has also integrated this expertise into his stand-up material. His first DVD, "Nick Kroll: Thank You Very Cool", will come out on September 13th and includes this terrific bit from his Comedy Central special on award-worthy texting.


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Marina Franklin on Craig Ferguson

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More Saturday stand-up! I liked this recent set by Marina Franklin on Craig Ferguson. Probably the best luge pun ever.

Bill Burr on Letterman

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Bill Burr doesn't approve of facelifts.

"Would you rather be 45, and look 45, or be 45 and look like a 28-year-old lizard?"

The Venture Bros. Special: From the Ladle to the Grave

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This Sunday at midnight, Adult Swim will air a 15-minute Venture Bros. musical mockumentary called From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shallow Gravy. Hardcore fans who need an immediate fix can download the Shallow Gravy EP Jacket now.


The GZA f. Wavves - Liquid Swords

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The show Jordan works for, The Daily Habit, has some really fantastic music bookings. This is one: Indie heroes Wavves backing Wu-Tang legend The GZA, performing GZA's iconic Liquid Swords.

Drive & "A Real Hero" by College

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I'm prepping to interview Nicolas Winding Refn, the director of "Drive," a really remarkable film that Julia and I saw a couple weeks ago. It's a crime thriller starring Ryan Gosling (along with a bunch of other brilliant folks - Albert Brooks, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman), but it's disconcertingly quiet. Punctuated, every so often, by shocking violence.

This trailer is really just an early scene from the film in its entirety.

The song "A Real Hero" serves as a sort of theme for the movie, and for Gosling's character. It reminded me of an early 80s score by Tangerine Dream. It's both inspiration and reserved, almost melancholically so. Like the movie, though, it really gets under your skin.

Paul Scheer, Comedian, Actor and Creator of Adult Swim's NTSF:SD:SUV::: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Paul Scheer, center, as NTSF's Trent Hauser
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Our guest host this week is MaxFun's very own Jordan Morris! He's a host and producer on FuelTV's The Daily Habit and of course, co-hosts our own podcast Jordan, Jesse, Go! You can also see him performing comedy at numerous venues throughout Los Angeles.

He'll talk to Paul Scheer, who last was on our show with the members of his MTV sketch comedy series, Human Giant. Paul is the creator and star of a new Adult Swim series, NTSF:SD:SUV::, a send up of police procedural shows like CSI. Paul explains that the show does not exist merely in parody, but comes from a place of love. He'll also talk about why having a giant budget can be a death knell for a project, fashion choices from his character Andre on FX's The League, and more.

You can see NTSF:SD:SUV:: Thursdays at 12:15am on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, catch Paul on The League on Thursdays at 10:30pm on FX.

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"Graham Clark: Beard Paintings" at Vancouver's Olio Festival

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On Thursday, September 22nd, the Little Mountain Gallery in Vancouver will host the opening reception for an exhibit of beard paintings created by our own Graham Clark of Stop Podcasting Yourself. What is a beard painting? Well, as the name suggests, it's a work created by the application of paint to canvass using facial hair. Although Graham has been creating paintings this way for some time, it's his first show exhibiting this methodology and the money from any painting sold will go to a charity of the purchaser's choice.

After the opening, the exhibit will run until September 27th. You can find all of the details, including the time and location, here.

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