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Volunteering for Desert Bus 8

September 16th, 2014 6:55 pm
Posted by: Kara

To all you beautiful people who were hoping to volunteer for Desert Bus 8,

We’re sorry, but all our volunteer positions for this year have been filled. We know that during Desert Bus 7 we promised that we would put out an open call for volunteers for Desert Bus 8. What we didn’t account for was that all our previous volunteers would want to come back. Really guys? You want to do it AGAIN?!?!

We had less than 10% turnover in volunteers this year, and now that we know exactly which volunteer positions we will have available, we know that we can fill those positions with the volunteers that we already have.

We really want to give as many people as possible the chance to volunteer, but we don’t want to push out existing volunteers who have worked so hard and done a great job for us in the past.

That being said… Any of you who would be interested in volunteering in 2015 please feel free to send an email to volunteer@desertbus.org and we will make note of your interest in volunteering for future Desert Buses.

Again, we apologize for not being able to take more of you, but the Moonbase is only so big, and there is only so much Poo-pourri. *ha, poop joke*

Stay classy,
The Desert Bus Crew

Desert Bus for Hope 8 Begins November 14, 2014 at 10am PST

August 31st, 2014 4:30 pm
Posted by: Kara

Mark your calendars, request your time off of work, and start stocking up on sleep now, the 8th annual Desert Bus for Hope leaves the station at

10am PST Friday, November 14, 2014

and we want you aboard.

Fake Thanksgiving

(There are always so many vacant seats!)

Each person’s preparation for Desert Bus is different. Ashton learns to sleep with his eyes open in front of his computer. Tally works like a madwoman and then gets a manicure. Every crew member gets a haircut, except Alex, who herps the maximum number of derps allowed by law.

So do what you have to do to prepare. Some suggestions include:

  • Tell your boss you are going in for invasive surgery on November 14th and you will need at least 1 week to recover. (People don’t like the word ‘invasive’ he/she won’t ask you any more questions.)*
  • Begin brain calisthenics. We recommend theoretical physics. You will need all your synapses firing at full speed to come up with the most ridiculous and innovative challenges.*
  • Rob a bank. We have some really good prizes this year. And if you get caught, tell them you are making an involuntary charitable donation on behalf of the bank. I’m sure they will thank you and let you go. Maybe you’ll even get a hug.*
  • Ensure you have an internet connection. If you don’t, you’re probably not reading this so… yeah, I don’t know what to do about that.
  • Tell your friends! Help us make DB8 the best DB yet. The more people, the further our reach, the more opportunities we have to raise money for the sick chillin’s.**

*If you actually do this, we are not responsible for the consequences.
**Actually do this!

 

THANK YOU!!

November 22nd, 2013 9:21 pm
Posted by: Kara

THANK YOU.

You guys are amazing.

Once again, your generosity is unbelievable.

We thank you all from the bottoms of our hearts. Desert Bus for Hope is truly a community effort and none of this would be possible without every single one of you. You are the best community anyone could ask for.

If you want to help us make Desert Bus 8 even better, please consider taking a moment to complete our survey. (It’s short, I promise.)

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2BBDFP7

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

For the children!

So what now?

November 22nd, 2013 9:18 pm
Posted by: Mike Whitaker

LAST CHANCE TO GET
A DESERT BUS 7 POSTER!

 

Why not pick up one of our fantastic Desert Bus 7 posters? As every year, it is stupendously illustrated entirely by Michael Lunsford of Supernormal Step.

Preview

HURRY because the poster is ONLY AVAILABLE until Sunday, November 24 at 8pm PST!

 

Still pining for more Desert Bus?

As we wrap up, our Gallic friends at Desert Bus de l’Espoir are livestreaming their Desert Bus odyssey from the heart of France … get them on Twitter at #desertbusfr, check out their stream, and donate some Euros for the children! Bonne courage, camarades!

Autobus

 

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Seven-Dollar Superheroes, Assemble!

November 22nd, 2013 9:15 pm
Posted by: Mike Whitaker

Remember the Seven Dollar Superheroes we collected from our special guests over the course of Desert Bus 7? Did you know that some of the talent and volunteers added their own too?

Here’s the full list we came up with. Have a favorite? Let us know in the comments! And if you feel inspired to draw one, send it in to stuff@desertbus.org! We’d love to see your creativity

 

Creator: James Turner

Hero: The Highwayman

Powers: Can create an overpass anywhere, anytime, to get him straight from where he is to where he wants to go.

 

Matt Fraction

The Variant

Plucks prototype products that were almost made, should have been made but weren’t — grabs them from an alternate dimension where they were made and brings them back to his dimension.

 

Bill Corbett

Mr. Tambourine Man

Man who is a tambourine who can transcend time and space. Can petrify and shatter dinosaurs.

 

Louis Moga

Nyan Man

Can summon magical fiery kittens to attack their enemies, and anyone the kittens bite is immediately set on fire.

 

Stepto

Harmony Man

Can sing perfect harmony. Can’t pick music very well.

 

Grant Imahara

Captain Forgetful

Can make you forget a 10-second span of time.

 

Bobak Ferdowsi

Brainosaurus

Giant tyrannosaurus with a giant brain and can actually tell us what happened to the dinosaurs and what their world was like.

 

Mikey Neumann

Disorder

Multiple personality disorder, each personality has a different power, and changing between them is uncontrollable.

 

Mia Steinberg

Feli Day

The ability to summon kittens from the ether, cheer you up with it, then poof it out of existence (and into a nice home).

 

Teller

Waffle Man

Uses waffle iron to make waffles or hit them. Sidekick is Maple Syrup who is a large jug with legs.

 

Penn

Chicken Head/Manfoot

Legion of evil animals.

 

Paul and Storm

83¢ Man

Can always get 83¢ from his pocket.

 

Paul and Storm

Valdeez

Can drink as much liquid as possible but pees if he gets wet.

 

Mike Mearls

American Man

Can never understand the metric system.

 

Rodney Thompson

Blackout

Narcolepsy.

 

Peter Lee

Mr. Moneybags

Giant bag of coins to hit people with. Sidekick Exact Change Boy has exact change.

 

Dan Helmick

ROYGBIV

Alien with a rainbow gun.

 

Chris Lindsay

Hubtroller

Miniaturized internet explosions.

 

Chris Tulach

The Commuter

Knows all the bus schedules for whatever city he’s in.

 

Jimmy Hinson (BCG)

Jurassic Justice

Ability to shoot dinosaurs at poor drivers.

 

Phil Plait

Hotel Curmudgeon Man

Ability to make people walk quietly late at night.

 

Harrison Krix

The Temporal Mechanic

Can fast-forward or reverse time on man-made mechanical objects.

 

Allen Schauffler (AJAM reporter)

Jib Guy

Uses the power of the wind to spread good cheer.

 

Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw

Super Invisibility Man

The man who can turn invisible, but only while playing the trombone.

 

Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw

[No name, BONUS second superhero]

The man who can communicate with technology but it all inexplicably hates him.

 

Bob Chipman

Cheese Man

He has power over cheese: 1. Communicate; 2. Manipulate with lacto-kinetic powers.

 

Jamie Dillion

Captain Corgi

Can summon a herd of corgis at will; either overwhelms enemies with cuteness or ferociousness

 

Jim Sterling

Lobster Regurgitator

Pins down criminals with claws and spews mini lobsters at them, then calls the cops on his cell that has moderate service.

 

Aaron Forsythe

Butter Man

Excretes butter from his hands for toast or corn. Or other stuff.

 

Tally

Scissor Girl

Anytime, anywhere, her hands can turn into any kind of scissors.

 

Bill’s Mom

Splatter

Cape made of silica gel packs. When a pack is thrown it turns into a bugsplat and forces someone to do a good deed.

 

Bill

Ginger Whirlwind

Has really long arms and spins like a tornado.

 

Steve

Cosmic Crowbar

See Middle Manager of Justice

 

Bonnie Burton

Super Snooze

Could make anyone fall asleep instantly; they’ll shut up and get the best night sleep of their lives.

 

Dale Friesen

Large Print Man

Helps people with unexpected visual problems; sidekick is Corrective Lenses.

 

Max Temkin

Captain Janeway

Navigating unknown space while upholding Federation law.

 

Small Ian

Captain Defenestration

Can generate windows anywhere and throws villains out of them.

 

Cori

Bidoof

Rollout

 

Pika

Cat-Lady Woman

Throws crazy cat ladies who then throw cats at everyone.

 

Ash

Ashra Disastra

Can calm/reverse natural disasters by shaming them into submission.

 

Jer

The Sea Chef

Cooks crustaceans humanely, i.e., without boiling them alive.

 

Kim

Salad Lass

Has a salad spinner shield, a bandolier of weaponized vinaigrettes, and the Tongs of Justice.

 

Dammit Liz

Forced Perspective

Can make anyone she talks to see her point of view.

 

Dan Wu

Fiddler on the Roof

While on a roof has a mastery of the violin.

 

Brent

Jerry Rigg

Can build anything but it’s always made of the incorrect materials.

 

Sol Kauffman

Shipman the Shippingman

Can fit anything into any size packaging and get the lowest shipping rate on it, but anything he does this to is irreversibly changed and it’s different every time.

 

Mike Whitaker

Hype-atia

Uses hip-hop dance moves to fight evil: pop-and-lock = super flexibility; b-girling = super agility; ticking = slows down time; tutting = creates force shield. Armor contains a stereo to drop sick beats.

 

Andy

Little Lady Luck

Very good at catching busses right on time; drinks milk _right_ before it expires.

 

Brendan

Garçon

Travels the world to fight against the bland flavoring of the evil La Chef Dujour wit his utility belt of spices. Sidekick is Condiment Boy.

 

Graham Stark

Awkward_Fart.wav

Can spontaneously fart on command, with complete control over sound and smell. Used primarily for comedy.

 

Kathleen De Vere

Derp Cop

He has the power to detain people by blasting them with high intensity Derp Rays.

 

Alanna

Disinfectant Lady

Excretes disinfectant.

 

Maya

Sunkern

Sunkern Sunkern, Sunkern Sunkern Sunkern. SUNKERN!!!

 

Ian

The Soccer Team

He can multiply himself into eleven people, but only one can use their hands.

 

[Unknown]

The Feng Shui Ninja

Messes with the feng shui of the room to make everything uncomfortable.

 

Ashley

The Pit Stopper

The ability to correct all bad driving.

 

Kate Stark

Super Squee

Gain power from relative cuteness from those around her.

 

Jess

The Shipinator

Ships anything, anywhere.

 

Dix

Mod Man

Able to read scrolling text with the greatest of ease and able to ban at the speed of light.

 

Paul

Bass Fisherman

He’s a sound-based superhero. He can cause earthquakes with his low voice. The fishing thing is just to confuse his foes.

 

Beej

2-D Lad

Sees everything at 20/15 but it all looks like it’s printed on a piece of paper. Ironically, aper does not exist to him.

 

Ben W

Ingestro

Can determine any type of poison, but only after ingesting it.

 

Thomas

The Metabolizer

Can convert caloric energy _directly_ into physical/force/electrical energy. Weakness: celery.

 

Andrew

The ‘Shopper

Able to alter the fabric of reality using only a computer.

 

Cameron

Multiple Man

Able to perceive all possible outcomes of decisions, but cannot choose from them.

 

Andre

Conniving Crosstalk

While in a group, he can selectively allow or prevent specific people from hearing conversation, regardless of their position in the group. Weakness: utter silence.

 

Serge

Insomnia

Doesn’t have to sleep — ever! Imagine how much you could get done! Weakness: can’t work faster than a normal person, sleep rays.

 

Ashton

Elephant Man

He remembers everything, which fills him with a terrible, tragic sadness.