The slogan for Austin, Texas -- where that popular combination of nerdy gadgetry and cool rap stylings known as the South by Southwest festival is taking place -- is "keep Austin weird." And the most talked about event of the festival seems to be doing just that.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden, in a teleconference from Russia, gave tips on the best ways to keep Big Brother from watching us. His lecture on improving encryption technology was met with a vigorous round of applause and a standing ovation. Then, according to one comedian, Snowden added that these improvements should be made after he finishes watching House of Cards using President Obama's Netflix account information.

Watch today's webisode of Punchlines to hear more about that and other stuff that's keeping Austin weird during SXSW. After you listen to our favorite jokes, vote for yours in the quick poll to the right. Watching from your smartphone or tablet? Then visit to cast your ballot.

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