Desert Bus for Hope 9

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Desert Bus for Hope 9 began on November 14th, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST, and wrapped up on November 21 at 2:25 AM, having raised a record $677 158.00. Post run donations brought the final total to $683 720.00. The event was held in the Alacrity Foundation space in Victoria, otherwise known as the Lunar Module Mk. 2. Date: November 14, 2015 I

Desert Bus for Hope 9 Poster (by Mike Lunsford)

Drivers

All driving shifts (except the last one) were 8 hours long. Times below are in 24-hour time format, set to Pacific Standard Time (aka Moonbase Standard time).

The driver's name was "Daniel" throughout the run, in memory of Daniel Davis.

Driver Shift Start (PST) Total Money Raised During Shift Avg. Donations Per Minute Points Earned Bus Crashes Bus Stops
No Driver Pre-Desert Bus $6,500.00 raised beforehand ---- ---- ---- ----
James November 14 @ 10:00 $39,254.63 raised during shift $81.78 per minute 0 points 0 crashes 0 stops
Ian November 14 @ 18:00 $40,943.13 raised during shift $85.30 per minute 1 point 2 crashes 3 stops
Andy November 15 @ 02:00 $17,758.10 raised during shift $37.00 per minute 0 points 4 crashes 0 stops
Kate Watt November 15 @ 10:00 $20,801.82 raised during shift $44.34 per minute 0 points 3 crashes 0 stops
Jer November 15 @ 18:00 $30,258.00 raised during shift $63.04 per minute 0 points 1 crash 2 stops
Beej November 16 @ 02:00 $16,368.37 raised during shift $34.10 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 1 stop
Ashton November 16 @ 10:00 $18,311.55 raised during shift $38.15 per minute 1 point 1 crash 0 stops
Tara November 16 @ 18:00 $30,766.38 raised during shift $64.10 per minute 0 points 0 crashes 0 stops
Matt November 17 @ 02:00 $15,461.92 raised during shift $32.21 per minute 1 point 1 crash 3 stops
Ashley November 17 @ 10:00 $17,240.00 raised during shift $35.92 per minute 0 points 0 crashes 0 stops
Fugi November 17 @ 18:00 $41,156.27 raised during shift $85.74 per minute 1 point 3 crashes 4 stops
Cam November 18 @ 02:00 $24,866.27 raised during shift $51.80 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 3 stops
Tally November 18 @ 10:00 $52,283.92 raised during shift $108.92 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 0 stops
Liz November 18 @ 18:00 $21,138.18 raised during shift $44.04 per minute 0 points 5 crashes 0 stops
Alex November 19 @ 02:00 $17,097.37 raised during shift $35.62 per minute 0 points 0 crashes 0 stops
Kara November 19 @ 10:00 $20,146.12 raised during shift $41.97 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 0 stops
Graham November 19 @ 18:00 $31,700.95 raised during shift $66.04 per minute 1 point 1 crash 1 stop
Johnny November 20 @ 02:00 $16,608.16 raised during shift $34.60 per minute 1 point 1 crash 0 stops
Jamie November 20 @ 10:00 $62,388.15 raised during shift $129.98 per minute 0 points 1 crash 0 stops
Paul (7 hours) November 20 @ 18:00 $132,745.23 raised during shift $316.06 per minute 1 point 0 crashes 5 stops
No Driver Post-Desert Bus $391 raised afterwards ---- ---- ---- ----
Totals (WHILE BUSSING) 159 Hours $676,767.00 raised $70.94 per minute 11 points (High: 2) 23 crashes 22 stops

The Desert Bus for Hope 9 Team

The Crew

Volunteers

Drivers

Broadcast Team

Communications Team

Infrastructure & Software

Photographer

Public Relations

Shipping Team

Site Volunteers

Guests

Call-ins

Scheduled Calls
Guest / Website Best Known for Call-in time (all times 24hr PST) $9 Nemesis Video
Ashly Burch Writer, Voice Actress, Content Producer November 15th @ 11:00 (Sunday) Batman [1]
Paul and Storm Musicians November 15 @ 17:00 (Sunday) The ParKing / The Batman [2]
LeVar Burton Actor, Director, Producer, & Speaker November 16 @ 08:00 (Monday) Green Lantern [3]
Michael Stevens YouTube Personality (VSauce) November 16 @ 11:30 (Monday) "Someone who judged you based on your cleanliness." [4]
Mikey Neumann Chief Creative Champion of Gearbox Software, Writer, Voice Actor, Content Producer November 16 @ 18:30 (Monday) Hawkeye [5] [6]
Jennifer Hale Actress, Voice Actress November 16 @ 21:30 (Monday) Donald Trump [7]
Kris Straub Writer, Web Cartoonist, Podcaster November 17 @ 11:00 (Tuesday) Iron Man [8]
Daniel Saunders Podcaster, Writer, Vision Scientist, Brother of Awesome November 18 @ 9:00 (Wednesday) [9]
Jimmy Wong Actor, Musician, YouTube Personality, Podcaster November 18 @ 11:00 (Wednesday) Someone like Aquaman [10]
Mike & Tifa Robles Former Community Manager for WotC / Former Brand Manager for MtG November 18 @ 18:30 (Wednesday) Tifa: Kanye West / Mike: [points at Tifa] [11]
The Doubleclicks Musicians, Songwriters November 19 @ 13:30 (Thursday) Aubrey: The Flash / Angela: Superman [12]
Aaron Forsythe Director of R&D for Magic: The Gathering November 19 @ 18:30 (Thursday) Squirrel Girl [13]
Phil Plait Astronomer, Public Speaker, Science Evangelizer, & Author November 20 @ 14:00 (Friday) Cognitive Bias Man [14]
Unscheduled Calls
Guest / Website Best Known for Call-in time (all times 24hr PST) $9 Nemesis Video
Penn Jillette Magician, Desert Bus Co-Creator November 15 @ 12:54 (Sunday) [15]
Max Temkin and Friends] Designer, Game Designer November 20 @ 19:22 (Friday) "maybe a True Neutral character?" [16]
Penn (and Teller) Magician, Desert Bus Co-Creator November 20 @ 20:30 (Friday) [17]

Visitors

Guest / Website Best Known for Visit time (all times 24hr PST) Video
Kathleen De Vere LRR member November 15th @ 14:49 (Sunday) [18]
Steven Dengler Entrepreneur, Investor, and Geek November 17th @ 17:00 (Tuesday)
Harrison Krix Propmaker & Graphic Designer November 17th @ 17:00 (Tuesday)
Ken "Value Added" Steacy Comic Book Writer/Artist November 17th @ 18:00 (Tuesday)
Zahra Premji Reporter, CTV News November 18th @ 11:43 & 17:50 (Wednesday) [19] [20]
Molly Lewis Songwriter, Ukulele Player November 19th @ 16:00 (Thursday) [21] [22]

Milestones

(Times given in PST)

  • Year 1 total exceeded ($22,805) - Saturday, November 14, 12:13
  • $2.5m lifetime reached ($64,554) - Saturday, November 14, 22:13
  • Year 2 total exceeded ($70,424) - Sunday, November 15, 1:21
  • Year 3 total exceeded ($140,450) - Sunday, November 15, 20:46
  • Year 4 total exceeded ($208,250) - Monday, November 16, 19:39
  • $2.75m lifetime reached ($314,554) - Wednesday, November 18, 8:55
  • Year 5 total exceeded ($383,125) - Wednesday, November 18, 22:22
  • Year 6 total exceeded ($443,630) - Thursday, November 19, 19:27
  • $500,000 reached ($500,000) - Friday, November 20, 12:08
  • Year 7 total exceeded ($523,520) - Friday, November 20, 15:58
  • $3.0m lifetime reached ($564,554) - Friday, November 20, 19:09
  • Year 8 total exceeded ($643,243) - Friday, November 20, 20:20

Video links

Playlist from the Video Strike Team

Quotables

Notable Memes, Happenings, and Changes

Desert Bus volunteer shifts: Dawn Guard, Alpha Flight, Night Watch, Zeta Shift

See also the Desert Bus Lexicon

  • The four time-based teams—named last year as Dawn Guard (6 AM-noon), Alpha Flight (noon-6 PM), Night Watch (6 PM-midnight), and Zeta Shift (midnight-6 AM)—now have official pennants, hung in the back of the room. (YouTube)
    • "Alpha Flight" was greeted with a "CAW!" by Liz, on its first mention.
    • In spite of Graham's protestation, this immediately became canon.
  • The [Random Dance Party] Button, the auction starter, and The Device were combined into one unit. Naturally, this worked perfectly, and never led to the wrong function being triggered. Or not.
  • The Device now talks, GlaDoS-like, announcing each effect.
  • The Device has been named DAISy.
  • The end of a Device effect now sometimes comes with a MST3K overlay heralding Normal View.
  • Andrew loaded The Button with song clips this year. They are no longer necessarily 60 seconds long.
  • Engineering played Cookie Clicker for three days as part of a challenge, before cheating to get all the achievements. Toward the end, it was calling upon about 7 GB of virtual memory, 2 GB of physical memory, and 400% of the processor power. (YouTube)
  • Creepy Doll has been joined by Bill's stunt double, Frank Socrates. (YouTube)
  • And, later, by the stuffed dog PresidentBarackObamaAllOneWord. (YouTube)
  • Achievements apparently are no longer a thing.
  • There are new couches and an office chair named "Mega," "Cynics," and ".com," after their sponsor.
  • Andrew decisively won a long-running DickButt war with Kate, surprising her with a giant plush version. (YouTube)
  • This year's question asked of all guests is "Nine Dollar Nemesis": if you were a supervillain, which superhero would be your nemesis?
  • DAISy's "Lefty" effect appeared to be broken, effectively leading to an automatic crash. (Such a crash in Ashley's shift, when this was confirmed, was not counted against her.)
  • Later in the shift, it was found that Lefty did work, but that maybe you had to push down on the D-pad really hard.
  • Max Temkin of Cards Against Humanity ran a surprise donation drive for three sets of everything they'd ever issued, and matched all donations. The matching payment of $27,371 immediately vaulted us over the DB8 total.
  • The final stretch run of Desert Bus was coined "Omega Shift" on the final night.

And his name is...

  • And his name is John Cena!
  • And his name is Iron Man!
  • And his name is Bob Ross!
  • And his name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
  • And his name is This Is CNN.
  • And his name is Spartacus!
  • And his name is The Law!
  • And his name is "it's me, Luigi!"
  • And his name is Captain Jack Sparrow!
  • And his name is Commander Shepard! (male and female versions)
  • And his name is Slim Shady!
  • And his name is Steven Universe!
  • And his name is Bill Nye, the Science Guy!
  • And his name is Mario?
  • And his name is Reading Rainbow!
  • And his name is 2-4-6-0-1!
  • And his name is Sailor Moon!
  • And his name is Zoolander?
  • And his name is Prince Ali!
  • And his name is Liquid Snake!
  • And his name is Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod!
  • And his name is John Baptist Emanuel Zorg!
  • And his name is Metal Gear!
  • But with nothing to consider they forget my name (ame, ame, ame)
  • And his name is Winnie the Pooh!
  • And his name is the Crystal Gems!
  • And his name is Psycho Mantis!
  • And his name is Wario!
  • And his name is Obi-Wan Kenobi!
  • And his name is Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod!
  • And his name is Lupin the Third!
  • And his name is Blast Hardcheese!
  • And his name is Captain Jean Luc Picard!
  • And his name is The Lord! [Pulp Fiction]
YouTube Supercut

Craft-Along Participants

Go to the Desert Bus crafters page to see a full list of which crafter donated what!

Aasta Adamantine Accessories Alexander Rodgers Amanda EM Haynes Amy Meister Beamie's Buddies Beth Larsson Brendan Tang
Brian Dickeson C.M. Galdre Carolyn G Chemistring Courtney Stone Danielle Pepin Darian Glover Dee Staab
DialMforMara Eric Johnson Erin Nix Featherweight Flailsquared Fogoe GeekyKraftyKel Gregory McIntyre
Haldaraumo HollyberryArt Ie Dineen Ingrid Nordbø J Barr Jack Miller Jessica Schwab Joel Hustak
Kanitaria Kate "LadySephiroth" S. Katherine Bagdasian Katie Tasky Katrina Keller Kayla Riddle Kelsey McKay Kim Swanner
Lareina Chan Lovely Patches Cloth Creations Madame Ximon Marisha Alexander Matty Makes Melissa Franks Michael Magill Michael W. Delaney
Michelle Bilokrely Mirrored Line Props Miryenne Monique Gairns MsSweetSatisfaction Nicole Gustafsson OccamsRazor Octochan
Orin Drake PunkRockZoologist Punzie Rocky Mountain Cookies Sarah Sarah Brownjohn Sarah Overall Schala-Kitty
Scott, Just Scott Sean Robert Shandi Wagner Stephanie Martin Steven Lauterwasser Tania Richter Tara Heilke Tina Bongorno
Vaso briedoof halfaringcircus qlipoth

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