November 26, 2011, 4:39 pm
Posted by: tally

Now that Desert Bus is over, we understand that you may be feeling a little lost, uncertain of what to do with your time, or where to go on the internet. Well, we have a few suggestions for you.


Desert Bus videos:
Having learned from past years that we always end up being too busy to upload videos of all the crazy stuff that happens during Desert Bus, many of our viewers have taken it upon themselves to post Desert Bus videos to YouTube for all to watch, enjoy and qwop to. We greatly appreciate this! This year there are a few YouTube accounts in particular that have uploaded a huge number of videos, and which are linked below.



One of our crafters has very kindly put together a list of all this year’s Craft-Along contributors who have blogs, websites, Etsy stores, Deviant Art pages or Flickr accounts, along with the links to those places. So if you’re interested in some of the work you saw in the Craft-Along, if you’d like to do a little handmade Christmas shopping, ask about commissions, admire more of their work or tell them how awesome they are, have a look through this list. And many thanks to crafter Helen Cowart for putting together this list!



Nearly all of the Desert Bus crew are Twitter users, so you can keep track of their breakfast choices, favourite ponies and general shenanigans year round. And if you’re not already, you should certainly be following the Desert Bus Twitter feed.


Many of the crew are, of course, also the folks behind, the sketch comedy group that began Desert Bus for Hope. They have shows on the Escapist and PATV which you should check out. In addition, Tally writes a weekly crafting blog with a new craft idea and tutorial posted every Friday. Ian, Cori and Beej are members of sketch comedy troupe Synaptic Chaos Theatre, and also post numerous amusing podcasts, videos and panel shows at Alex is promoting his new collaborative graphic novel project, Shards, and Kathleen draws a daily webcomic called Things My Cat Hates.


Online Community

It can be hard to get back to the “real” world after Desert Bus, spending time with people who didn’t experience the week of madness and magic and can’t understand why you keep yelling “Africaaaaa!” every time the photocopier breaks down.

To help in your quest for kindred spirits, we encourage you to connect with all the other folks who commented on the Desert Bus Facebook page and Twitter accounts, as clearly you have at least one very important thing in common. The LoadingReadyRun forums are also a great place to hang out, full of very cool Desert Bus-loving folks. And, of course, the chat will likely remain populated and active for quite some time.

We’d also like to remind you that if you’d like your own little piece of Desert Bus, you have until December 1st to order a copy of Mike Lunsford’s amazing Desert Bus 5 commemorative poster. A portion of the proceeds will go to Mike, to pay this remarkable artist for his time and talent, and a portion will go to Child’s Play.


Thank You

We simply can’t say it enough times: thank you to each and every one of you who tuned in to Desert Bus this year. You made this remarkable experience possible at all, by watching, telling your friends, donating, participating in the chat, bidding on auctions, buying the awesome Fangamer Desert Bus t-shirts, and supporting Team Ashton (the right choice). We are forever grateful for your remarkable support. To all of you: well dong!




24 Comments on “Desert Bus – where do we go from here?”

  1. Sad and happy to see Desert Bus end. At least I’ve now got time to work on my erotic Star Trek fan fiction.

    By Sash - November 26th, 2011 5:15 pm
  2. And don’t forget, for the truly obsessive one can watch the whole thing over again on

    By tfaironpirate - November 26th, 2011 8:32 pm
  3. I was trying to figure out how to contact the person who made the Craft-Along list, but I didn’t see any way on their site. I realize Ravelry is not that popular, so I was going to offer my Facebook account if anyone wants to message me: (Doctor Who Scarf maker)

    By Arafly - November 26th, 2011 11:14 pm
  4. Where to go from here? Desert Bus 6? :)

    By shogan01 - November 26th, 2011 11:17 pm
  5. The chat will not be up “for quite some time.”
    we will be there ALL year, as we always do
    come and join, or just say hi anytime you feel like it

    By mowinckel - November 27th, 2011 1:56 am
  6. Africa!

    By Yard - November 27th, 2011 4:43 am
  7. Is anyone else getting a request for a username and password from the craft-along list link?

    By Maria - November 27th, 2011 5:51 am
  8. For me, I will never forget about the 6th day, in the wee hours of the morning watching Graham literally lose his shit to the chat posting various QWOP-based puns. QWOPtimus prime broke him quite hard. I had an awesome time, donated some cash and will certainly be back again next year.

    By Maldark - November 27th, 2011 9:53 am
  9. I will wage open and unlimited war against the Africa meme next year. I THUS DECLARE IT.

    By Dix - November 27th, 2011 12:00 pm
  10. Also, something that would bear mentioning, I’ve heard Kroze is working on making the ENTIRE 150 hours available to be downloaded in a torrent sometime in the future.

    By Dix - November 27th, 2011 12:06 pm
  11. That’d be great, Dix, because right now one of the sections of feed on is broken. The Nov 19th 11pm vid from parts 2-11 don’t work :-(

    By Arafly - November 27th, 2011 12:43 pm
  12. I would happily acquire and seed that torrent up to DBfH6 if needed.

    By SeedyV - November 27th, 2011 12:49 pm
  13. I’m having the same problem as Maria with the user/pass prompt.
    In the meantime I guess I’ll continue watching everything I can on the Youtube accounts. Can’t believe I slept through some of this stuff!

    By Juliamon - November 27th, 2011 2:46 pm
  14. Arafly – I changed your link. You can find me on FB too, search for Elemental Gallery & Studio.

    By Helen - November 27th, 2011 4:54 pm
  15. Thanks Helen!

    By Arafly - November 27th, 2011 6:40 pm
  16. The link to Ian’s twitter is currently a link to Johnny’s twitter.

    Tally, are you saying that Ian is secretly Johnny?

    By alexisonfire96 - November 27th, 2011 6:59 pm
  17. I’m with you Dix. Africa meme = annoying.

    Sad I missed the qwop-spasm, but I gave in to a moment of weakness and slept. Such a fantastic event. Everyone involved is awesome.

    By Bragollach - November 28th, 2011 5:03 pm
  18. I decided the best thing to do is rewatch LRR from the beginning.

    By Phlakes - November 28th, 2011 6:50 pm
  19. Ok, for those anti-AAAAAFRICCCCAAA, how about SPAAAAAAACEE!!! ?

    By Dammit Liz - November 29th, 2011 7:41 am
  20. Does anyone have that link to the crazy CG walking video? The one with the plinky music in the background?

    By Mary Hutson - November 30th, 2011 6:28 pm
  21. Its called Going to the Store

    By Jexxin - December 1st, 2011 12:37 am
  22. Thank you!!! This totally made my afternoon 😀

    By Mary Hutson - December 1st, 2011 4:05 pm
  23. Its an odd moment when you feel like its been like a month since desert bus ended and then realize its only been a week.

    By SanityisOverrated - December 5th, 2011 2:37 am
  24. Also I got home from work and tuned into the feed as I was getting ready for bed and what do I see but Graham being broken by QWOP it made my day

    By SanityisOverrated - December 5th, 2011 2:38 am
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