Posts Tagged ‘Zeta Shift’
November 17, 2021 6:32 am
Posted by: Matthews

We Are Zeta. We are Legion. We are… Sleepy. Welcome To Desert Bus For Hope, already in progress. If you are just now joining us, you missed a fair few things…


Were you wondering if you were an Animorph? The Zeta crew offers a few tips to figure it out.

The Kindness War continues. It’s the yeast Alpha Flight can do for us. I’m sorry.

Beej reviled the secrets of the Freemasons. No one tell the Masons.

We crossed many an animal. And learned about Jingle, the maybe reindeer?

In a quiet moment, Heather and Beej explained how they got involved with LRR. It was Ian’s fault.

Beej steps away, and we learn more about Dune.

4:20- Wavelength!!!

And we end out our shift with the winners of our art contest!!


Goodbye and goodnight, everyone. We’ll see you next Zeta!

November 17, 2021 4:03 am
Posted by: Matthews

plush dice

A full DnD set of plush, rollable dice! Have you ever just needed a die for the *big* rolls? Ever just wanted to completely dominate the playing table? Or use the entire room as your dice tray? Safely throw the dice when they fail you? Well this is the set for you!
Made using cotton batiks, fusible foam, polyfil and a little bit of geometry, this set is designed to actually roll!
Dice measure between 5″and 7″ inches (12-18cm) in diameter. Numbers are heat applied vinyl, so safe around munchkins. Regular dice set is from MDG, fresh from PAX West
Finally, you can have a loveable, hugable, crit success!
Sign up for or log in to your Donor Account, then donate $6.20 (or multiples thereof) for a chance to win this prize. We’ll run this giveaway until 5:30am PST.


November 17, 2021 12:34 am
Posted by: Matthews

This year, the Kindness War between Zeta and Alpha Flight has been waged with a ferocity never before seen. Not even in the Great Fluffy Kitten Cuteness Battle of ’82. But it is time for Zeta to take it up a notch, and we need your help. We would like to present the Alpha Flight crew with Valentine’s Day cards, but let’s be honest, that seems like a lot of work. So that’s where you come in. We would like, as an art challenge, for you to make Valentine’s Day cards for Alpha Flight! They can be fancy and covered in glitter, or like the ones that you would give your classmates in 3rd grade. Follow your, and Alpha Flight’s, heart!

This art contest will run until 5am PST. Please submit your entry in the form of .jpg, .gif, or .png to [email protected], with the subject line “Zeta Loves Alpha Flight”. Please include which name you would like to be referred to on screen if you win!!!

But what do you win, you ask? You will win a Desert Bus 2021 t-shirt in the size of your choosing by Fangamer, as well as this year’s shiny gold DBloon!!


November 16, 2021 6:12 am
Posted by: Matthews

Zeta has donned their caps, turned off the lights, ignored the sun, and gone the bus to bed. If you, meanwhile, are just waking up, here’s a recap!


Our resident Dune experts got deeper into the lore:

Here on Zeta, you can learn a lot about mechanical engineering, and zoology.

Zeta shared pro gamer strats

“If I Had a Bigger Keyboard”- A Molly and Beej Joint

Molly blessed us with “Bless The Telephone”

Heather smacks down a crack-a-pack, and it is IICONIC!

I would apologize for the nightmares. But I shan’t.

And a quick check-in with Zeta’s continuing secret lego assembly! With bonus autotune!

And that’s that for last night’s Zeta! Keep watching, keep donating, and keep telling all your friends!

November 14, 2021 2:13 am
Posted by: Matthews


Welcome to the Chickobo Shift Parade! Each Desert Bus for Hope shift now has a chocobo chick representative! Orange for Dawn Guard, red for Alpha Flight, blue for Night Watch, purple for Zeta Shift, and chaotic rainbow for the inevitable Omega Shift. Each chick also comes with their own shift banner attached to stands via magnets. You know what that means? You also get epic ‘fridge magnets!

Each chocobo chick is lovingly constructed with acrylic yarn, polyfil, wired poseable feet, and semi-precious stone eyes (jade, obsidian, tiger’s eye and amethyst). The banners are constructed of felt with embroidered detailing, and reasonably powerful magnets sewn between felt layers. Stands are made of wood, clay, and iron wire for the magnets to easily stick to, with tiny green trees to mark their front side and dark green velvet underneath to assure no furniture will be harmed in the display of your magnificent parade.

Sign up for or log in to your Donor Account, then donate $5.55 (or multiples thereof) for a chance to win this prize. We’ll run this giveaway until 4am PST.

November 14, 2021 12:37 am
Posted by: Matthews


Donated by our friends at Wizards of the Coast, is this Midnight Hunt Premium Foil Full Set The nights on Innistrad grow longer and longer, and the humans fear that the sun may one day never rise. They turn to a desperate ritual to try and return balance to Innistrad, but all around them the creatures that hunt them in the dark close in. This full set of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt includes one copy of every card in the main set in premium foil. (Does not include alt-art or borderless versions.)

Sign up for or log in to your Donor Account, then donate $7.13 (or multiples thereof) for a chance to win this prize. We’ll run this giveaway until 2:00am PST.

November 13, 2021 6:00 am
Posted by: Matthews

We have seen so many methods of destruction for the good Ship Zeta Shift. Some funny, some terrifying, but all amazingly well done! Before we reveal the winner, first, the honorable mentions:

By BryceAndRobot

By BryceAndRobot


By CyberKiwi

By CyberKiwi

By Korvys

By Korvys

And our winner, and recipient of a Desert Bus for Hope 2021 t-shirt, Jeff and Danielle!!!! Congratulations!!!


November 19, 2020 6:00 am
Posted by: Matthews

hi beej

We have come to the end of (at least as of right now) our final Zeta of Desert Bus. I know, it makes me sad too. But as Captain Picard said, All Good Things… Did you miss what we got up to? Never fear, the wrap-up is here!

Beejum Ipsum strikes again!

Alex joined Zeta with what can be considered ‘Existential Crisis Tarot’

The Kindness War… The Kindness War never changes

We got another special guest call in!


We learn a lot about each other. Maybe more than needed.

All week long, Zeta has been part of a Sleep Dep Cognitive Decline study. It has come to its end.

Creatures were Intersected, and pipes were cleaned

Steeee-rech for time

Wyatt Mason. Wyatt Mason Wyatt Mason. Wyatt. Mason.

Molly and Beej perform a duet!

And as is tradition, Beej performed “When I Fall”, by The Barenaked Ladies

Molly treated us all to a performance of “Horizons Anew”

And as Zeta closes out our final shift, we would like to thank you all so much. You all have made this week amazing.

Just because we have reached the end of Zeta, that doesn’t mean we have reached the end of Desert Bus! Right now, we have 18 hours left in the run. Want us to bus longer? Donate!

November 17, 2020 6:29 am
Posted by: Matthews

Goooooood Morning Desert Bus!! Did you sleep through Zeta again? It’s okay, it happens to the best of us. We’ve got you covered, though. Here are the highlights from last night’s Zeta shift!

We open, as is tradition, with Wheej at the helm.

Zeta found out that they have been renamed ‘Wingdings’. Well, if we are a font, there’s no rule that the other shifts can’t be.

Zeta was thoughtfully left gifts by Jacob.

Yes, art is in the eye of the beholder, but, I mean…

We finally dealt with that kink in our neck

We all learned that Dwarf Fortress is basically Fantasy Blaseball.

Creature Intersection? In my Zeta? It’s more likely than you think

Zeta hasn’t seen the sun in a while. So the sun came to visit

Today on 4:20 Blase In, Cori explains The Coffee Cup

Zeta practices their psychic powers with Wavelength

Beej and Molly created, well, not beautiful, but music nonetheless

And that’s Zeta coming to a close. Good bye, and good night

But just because Zeta has begun their hibernation doesn’t mean you have to! Keep your eyes on the stream for more!

November 15, 2020 6:05 am
Posted by: Matthews

Good morning, all. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and Zeta shift has gone to bed. But while we were awake, here’s what we got up to!

It began, as it always does, with Jock Jams!

Don’t let him fool you, Beej was there… Or was he?

And a new Zeta cryptid was discovered:

Then, there were food crimes.

We entered… The Creature Intersection.

Zeta discusses stress. And Beej discusses a remote-controlled part of his home.

Oh dip, it’s 4:20! Blase it!!

We’ve come to the end of Zeta, and pair with it a discussion of how we finish our day. Maybe you’ll get some ideas? Maybe not.