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November 22, 2013, 6:24 pm

 

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Honorary citizenships are a rare acclaim indeed. Only one Swede holds an honorary citizenship in Canada, and that is humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg, but we have to wonder whether our Governor General might consider another.

That would be none other than Markus “Notch” Persson, the mastermind behind the paradigm-shattering phenomenon that is Minecraft.

Notch, like his compatriots Mr. Wallenberg and Alfred Nobel, has ever been a friend to humanity. Perhaps never, however, has Mr. Persson’s philanthropy been more apparent than this evening when he donated a kingly sum of $10,000 (yes, ten thousand: a thousand ten times) for a… uh… pack of silica gel James found on the street?

Now, I know we all need H2O to live, but, still, I wonder if SiO2 might be my new favorite triatom.

 

 

 

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November 21, 2013, 9:00 am

Desert Bus is excited to host Jim Sterling on Thursday, November 21st at 11:00am PST.

Jim is the Reviews Editor for the independent video game blog Destructoid and host of The Escapist series Jimquisition.  Jimqusition began on YouTube and ran for twenty-seven episodes between October 2010 and January 2011. The series was picked up by The Escapist  and resumed on April 18th, 2011, where it has resided ever since.

Jim is well known for adopting an inflammatory persona on his shows, particularly in his video series Jimquisition, in which he offers his personal views on subjects related to or about video games the video game industry. Though the opinions presented are his own he prefers to deliver them through the provocative persona of a narcissistic pedagogue whose catchphrase is “Thank God for me!”

Despite his busy schedule Jim also regularly contributes to GamesRader, GamePro, and Game Front. He also writes and performs poetry for Jim and Yahtzee’s Rhymedown Spectacular, which he hosts with Ben “Yahtzee” Crowshaw , hosts the Destructoid video game podcast Podtoid, and hosts segments for the Movie Defense Force series.

If you have questions for Jim Sterling, please leave them in the comments below.

November 20, 2013, 7:00 pm

Moviebob will be joining us for a call-in interview on Wednesday, November 20th at 9pm PST.

Bob “MovieBob” Chipman is a film reviewer and the host of The Escapist features Escape to the Movies and the Big Picture. Bob has an unapologetic love of ‘80s and ‘early ‘90s video games and a hatred for bad movies with large fan-bases.  MovieBob uses a review style that has been called “college-lit class style close reading”, which also incorporates overlaid imagery to support his points. He also has an admitted love of and weakness for TV Tropes.

In addition to his features for The Escapist, Bob also hosts The Adventures of Game OverThinker, a series that combines video game news and commentary with a comedic narrative. OverThinker follows a more story-driven analysis of gaming culture that blurs the lines between reality and video games, and led to the creation of a forth series, Overbytes, which focuses on culture and tropes.

Bob has also written a book titled “Super Mario Bros. 3: Brick-by-Brick”, in which he deconstructs the game in the form of a “novelized Let’s Play” while analyzing the cultural significance and history of the Mario Bros. franchise. Bob is also very active on his blog and on Twitter.

Have questions for MovieBob? Ask them in the comments below.

November 20, 2013, 9:00 am

Desert Bus for Hope is excited to welcome Phil Plait. Phil will be calling in at 11am PST on Wednesday, November 20.

Phil Plait, PhD, is an American astronomer and the brilliant mind behind the science blog Bad Astronomy, which debunks pseudoscientific theories related to space and astronomy. This blog was hosted by Discover Magazine and then, in 2012, by Slate Magazine. During its run it has been a finalist numerous times for The Weblog Awards best science blog category and was a co-winner in 2007. It has also been named one of Time.com’s 25 Best Blogs.

Phil is the author of two books, Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing “Hoax”, which covers material similar to his website, and Death from the Skies!: These are the Ways the World Will End, which describes the ways that astronomical events could wipe out all life on Earth.

When he’s not punching holes in poorly made FOX documentaries discussing how we faked the moon landing, Phil is a frequently called upon specialist and guest for programs such as Penn and Teller: Bullshit! and the SETI Institute’s weekly science radio show Big Picture Science. He also has an asteroid named after him.

Have a question for Phil? Leave them in the comments below.

November 18, 2013, 7:00 pm

Legendary electronics guru Grant Imahara will be calling in to this year’s Desert Bus! Tune in at 9pm PST on Monday, November 18, 2013.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Grant got his start at Lucasfilm’s THX division and soon moved on to Industrial Light and Magic, where he would work on an exhaustive list of blockbuster movies such as the Star Wars prequels, Galaxy Quest, AI, Terminator 3, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and more.

Grant may be best known for his work on the Mythbusters Build Team, where he has been responsible for some the most jaw dropping computer and electronic myth debunks on the program. During his career Grant has operated R2D2, redesigned the current generation of Energizer Bunnies, built and designed Geoff Peterson, the gay robot skeleton sidekick on The Late Late Show with Craig Fergusson, and has worn the C3PO suit to numerous events, including once on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Imahara has also made appearances on Geek and Sundry’s TableTop, Junkyard Mega-Wars, and is currently portraying Mr. Sulu in the web series Star Trek Continues. He also pretty active on Twitter.

We here at Desert Bus are incredibly happy to have Mr. Imahara calling in to offer his support! If you have questions for Grant Imahara, please put them in the comments below.

September 16, 2014, 6:55 pm

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

August 31, 2014, 4:30 pm

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!

 

November 22, 2013, 9:21 pm

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!

November 22, 2013, 9:18 pm

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!

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November 22, 2013, 9:15 pm

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.

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November 22, 2013, 8:15 pm

 

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We’re within sight of the finish line, folks.

As I write this, we are at 154-and-one-half hours into about 155+1 of our Desert Bus marathon. It’s been a real privilege to be able to share this journey with you all week, and I am especially lucky to be able to blog you through the home stretch.

It’s been quite a week, with loads of unforgettable moments, and I have a feeling we might still have something special on tap for our grand finale.

What were some of your favorite memories — happy, funny, sad, or anything — from this year’s Desert Bus? Let us know in the comments!

November 22, 2013, 8:14 pm

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500,000

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What more can we say? Thanks you your amazing support, we have topped half a million dollars. 

We’re up in the stratosphere now, well beyond any past any past Desert Bus, and still going strong, at least for a few more hours.

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Paul alone has brought in over $100k on his shift alone! That’s more than Desert Bus 1 and 2  combined. The benefits of running anchor it seems.

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November 22, 2013, 7:25 pm

We have one last item to go under the hammer.

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It is a jumbo (approximately 24″ × 36″) signed copy of the official DB7 poster, which comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Note that this item is a much larger version of the poster that is for sale in the LoadingReadyRun Store.

 

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November 22, 2013, 5:56 pm

I call it a “Troika

For those who missed it, James (our ever-reliable leadoff driver) put on a masterclass in Desert Bussery.

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James successfully “Troiking”

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is James, with Van Cliburn-esque dexterity, hitting a treble by playing Desert Bus, Desert Bus 2600, and Desert Bus iOS, simultaneously.

Here indeed is a virtuoso at the height of his powers.