Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Desert Bus for Hope 4

How far will a people go to raise money for sick kids? If those people are the world renowned LoadingReadyRun comedy troupe, that distance is from Las Vegas to Tucson and back until people stop paying them.

Please stop by their website and make a donation to a good cause.


Desert Bus 4 Drives Forward to raise money for BC Children’s Hospitals

Victoria, BC, Canada – November 15, 2010

On November 19th, the fourth annual Desert Bus for Hope charity video game marathon will roll out – bigger and better than ever before. Last year’s marathon collected more than $140,000 over six days, and all proceeds were donated to Child’s Play, a charity that donates over a million dollars to Children’s Hospitals worldwide every year, including Vancouver Children’s Hospital and Victoria General Hospital’s Pediatrics Ward.

Desert Bus for Hope is a video-gaming marathon broadcast live on the internet by LoadingReadyRun, a sketch comedy group from Victoria, BC. In the Sega CD game “Desert Bus”, the player controls a virtual bus that drives an eight-hour-long strip of highway between Tucson, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada, on an endless loop. The game is a “verisimulator”—a tongue-in-cheek parody of other simulation games—which attempts to approximate the real-life situation of driving a coach bus as closely as possible, including the associated tedium. The player is required only to ensure that the bus stays on the road: if they crash, they are towed back to the start and have to try again. Originally part of “Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors”, Desert Bus is considered by many to be the most boring video game ever created.

Viewers are asked to donate money via the website, and as the dollar total rises, so does the length of time the team must continue driving the bus. According to Paul Saunders, one of the founding members of LoadingReadyRun, “The mixture of generosity and spite is a really powerful thing.” Viewers are encouraged to participate by e-mail or by live internet chat, where they can ask questions of the crew, make requests, bid on donated prizes and become an active participant. To view the telethon, donate money, or find more information, please visit

LoadingReadyRun is an online sketch-comedy group based out of Victoria, BC. They produce a new short film every week, which can be viewed on their website,

For more information or for interviews, please contact:

Kathleen De Vere, Event Coordinator
Desert Bus for Hope
250.589.8208 | ###

Fantasy Football Week 10

Its been a while since I posted my first blog about Fantasy Football. In the first 10 weeks of the season I seem to have figured out something. I am 9-1 so far. Its been interesting and I have definitely watched more football this year than I have since I worked at Radio Shack and had the games on every weekend.

I highly recommend getting into some kind of Fantasy Football League with friends. Even if you don't have a lot of knowledge of football its a great way to learn more.

Fantasy Football

Some of my friends over at the Audiobuzzed Podcast have had a Fantasy Football League for a couple years and this year I have joined them. While I may have participated in a few football pools in the past (to amazing failure) I have never participated in a Fantasy Football League before. I have never been someone that pays much attention to statistics in football. Every time I would try to use the numbers to predict the winner of a game it never worked out. I did far better either picking alphabetically or based on the match-up of the mascots.

I'm actually excited about football season this year now. When I was a kid I loved to watch the 49er's play every week. It was the height of the Joe Montana years and the start of the Steve Young years. How could you not love to watch the amazing action? But then with coaches retiring, quitting, or getting fired every few years and the whole question of ownership of the team happening, the team went in to a deep downward spiral. They soon could not win. Random street gangs would tease the players and play keep away with the team ball. Sad times had fallen on San Francisco and I just lost interest. I'd still watch a game every now and again. When I got an HDTV I watched a lot more football because it was so cool to be able to see blades of grass on the field.

I'm excited to see how this season goes now. Since I have players from so many teams I think I will be watching a lot of football just to see how they do. Do I need to bench a player? Do I have any players on my team that I think might be terrorist sleeper agents? When exactly do dragons, orcs, gnomes, and elves come into this? So far its a lot more Football than Fantasy.

Well if you have any tips for what I should watch out for, let me know. I need to go read these scouting reports on my players. Wow, this guy pays way too much for his cell phone, but his girlfriend is cute. I wonder what the wife thinks about her.

{Originally posted to on September 7, 2010}

Webcomic Roundup

I have always been a big fan of comics. Not comic books, but those little strips in the newspaper. Our local paper did not have any comics though. I would have to wait until I went to my grandparent's or my friend's house in other towns so I could dig though their old stacks of newspapers to dig out any comics I could find. They were magical to me. I would read them over and over.

A few years ago (ok, many years ago now) I found that people were posting their own comics online. Some looked very amateurish. Some were funny. Some artistic. Some vulgar. Some were all three. It was a new world. The standard newspaper comics seemed tame and boring.

To this day webcomics (as these online comics are known) have become an important part of my daily reading. Here are a few of my favorites:

Questionable Content

The Devil's Panties

Punch an' Pie

Girls with Slingshots

Something Positive


Count Your Sheep


Let me know what you think and let me know if you have any favorites.

{Originally posted to on August 17, 2010}