Adam Ruins Everything Episode 23: Susan Crawford On Investing in Internet Infrastructure


Today's Adam Ruins Everything podcast guest is the go-to person when it comes to internet infrastructure: Susan Crawford. Susan is a professor at Harvard Law School and the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age and the co-author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance.
On the podcast Susan tells us why the internet in the U.S. isn't as good as it should be; it's much slower than many other countries around the world because our cable conglomerates can control markets around the country. And unfortunately, these are leaving many of our communities in the technology dark ages. Susan tells Adam what we can do to promote internet infrastructure and how she's already seen that activism first-hand around the country.
Adam is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at Produced by Shara Morris for

Getting Curious: Episode 3 Internet Security: What's Her Story?

Samantha & Jonathan
Getting Curious
Jonathan Van Ness
Samantha Corbin

Jonathan is joined by lobbyist Samantha Corbin to find out about what's happening in the world of internet security, how companies are selling your information and what you can do to avoid it being stolen.

With Jonathan Van Ness and guest, Samantha Corbin.

You can find Jonathan on Twitter @TheGayOfThrones or follow him on his Instagram Gay of Thrones. The Getting Curious Facebook group is here and you can follow us on Twitter @Getting_Curious on Twitter.

This Week in Killing Time


We've reached the middle of another week and by this point you've most likely used up all of your usual time killers. Mind if I make a few suggestions?


My real life former-roommate/internet sensation Brentalfloss has been publishing a web-comic for a couple of months now in which I am a main character. Have you checked it out yet? If not, this is the best time to start because this week's first comic is 100% about me!


It's a little old school, but if you've never checked out Yacht Rock then what's wrong with you? Yacht Rock is one of the fine products of Channel 101. Take a moment and watch every single episode a couple times.

Yacht Rock Episode 1:

And finally...


Bee Dogs. What more needs to be said? Dogs dressed as bees. Pages and pages of dogs dressed as bees. Make sure you take the time to read the links and go to the next page because they get more ridiculous as they go.

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


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.

Elephant Larry on Attack of the Show


Our pals from Elephant Larry and our pal Kevin "Sprinkles" Pereira join force like Voltron for a segment called "Kings of Dot Comedy" on Attack of the Show.

The Awesome Foundation: Starting.......... NOW!


The Awesome Foundation is a new philanthropic organization seeking to promote awesomeness.

They define awesomeness thusly:
"Awesomeness is more the product of a creator’s passion than the prospect of audience or profit. Awesome creations are novel and non-obvious, evoking surprise and delight. Invariably, something about them perfectly reflects the essence of the medium, moment, or method of creation. Awesomeness challenges and inspires."

And they're giving away a thousand dollars a month, no strings attached, MacArthur-grant-style, to support awesome projects. Your only responsibility, should you receive a grant, is to report back on what you did and how it went.

I know someone involved in the foundation, and can vouch for its actualness and legitimacy.

So start applying now!

Ha ha, internet.


MaxFunCon: Merlin Mann on Doing Creative Work; The Sound of Young America

Merlin Mann

Merlin Mann talks about the process of doing creative work, and particularly how to abandon the quest for perfection, get off your butt and get started.

Baseball Card Movie


No sooner do I post about the Internets Celebrities than Cas, their director, posts this great short documentary he made about sports card collectors.

When I was a kid, I was a huge baseball card nut. My favorite player was Mark Grace, and somewhere in my mom's basement is my collection of Mark Grace cards -- I think I got to three hundred before the number of sets each year really exploded in the mid 90s.

I'm still fixated on stuff -- I love thrift stores and garage sales and estate sales and ebay -- but I'm not a collector anymore. Being a collector has a special satisfaction, but it also never ends. I'm glad to have let it go.

Metafilter's Turning Ten!


Our primary underwriter is a community blog called Metafilter. It's a tiny operation that's hugely important, hugely influential and hugely awesome. I really admire Matt Haughey, the founder, and not just because he's our patron here at maxfun.

Sometimes I avoid writing about or linking to Metafilter, because it might be seen as distasteful, but something awesome is happening: Metafilter is turning ten!

In July, they'll be having meetups all over the world to celebrate the anniversary, and I'm gonna do my darndest to go. Way to go, Big Green!

Syndicate content