Nov 19, 2011

Desert Bus Shades!


You’ve seen them in the image above! You’ve seen them on my Twitter icon! They’re completely unofficial Desert Bus For Hope 5 shades! Now YOU can wear them too!



How to Assemble

You’ll need a PRINTER, CARD STOCK, SCISSORS, and TAPE or glue, and a HOLE PUNCH.

Step 1: Download and Print

Download the PDF and print your glasses out on card stock.

Step 2: Cut Out the Parts

Step 3: Attach the Earpieces

To attach the earpieces, first fold them along the black line near the square end of the piece.

Flip your front piece printed side down.

With the blue printed side of the earpiece down, and the curved end pointed toward you, attach the folded end of the earpiece to the back of the shades, close to the outside edge of the shades.

If you have a small head, like I do, you can fold the ends of the earpieces back more… and use more tape.

Step 4: Punch Some Eye-Holes

Once you have your shades assembled, you might feel the urge to actually look through them. For this, you’ll need a hole punch.

Figure out where your eyes land on the glasses. Depending on the size of your head, this could vary. Punch holes in those spots.

Congrats! You have a completed pair of Desert Bus Shades!

Step 5: Dramatic Effect

Nov 17, 2011

And That’s the True Meaning of Desert Bus, Charlie Brown

Only 32 hours to go, folks, before Desert Bus 5 starts rolling! If you haven’t already signed up for a donor account, please do so, before the madness starts.

This is, by far, the wittiest charity event of the year. If you don’t know, then let me break it down for you.

“Desert Bus,” a minigame on Penn and Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors for the Sega CD, was designed to be the most realistic game ever. In it, you drive a bus, whose top speed is about 40 mph, from Tucson, AZ to Las Vegas in real time. The highway is completely straight with no landmarks, and the bus drifts ever so slightly to the right, requiring you to actively play the game. If you complete the task, which takes eight hours of real time, you earn one point – and then, you turn around and have to drive back. The game has no ending.

Desert Bus for Hope is a marathon, in which a team of gamers are forced to play this game for hours on end. The more money you donate, the longer they will have to play. The fruits of their efforts go to Child’s Play, which provides hospitalized children around the world with toys and video games (all of which, I am assured, are better than “Desert Bus.”)

So, to extend the players’ misery, their friends have lovingly set up a whole internet telethon, which happens in the room where Desert Bus is being played. They raise money by taking donations for performing sketches – for these are no ordinary gamers, but in fact a geektastic sketch comedy group called Loading Ready Run – by holding contests, and auctioning off prizes, some of which were handmade by Desert Bus fans.

All of this madness starts tomorrow, and you can watch the whole thing go down at While you’re there, take a look at all the sweet stuff they have for auction this year. One item in particular should interest you.

If you are AT ALL interested in making these people do ridiculous things on camera for your enjoyment, OR in bidding on any of the auctions, there is a signup thing to do first, so they can contact you properly when you win. Please consider donating, for the childrens.

Nov 9, 2011

As seen on north Texas public media

The people at KERA’s Art and Seek were nice enough to come out and shoot a video of me demoing some things at the Dallas Makerspace open house last weekend.

The real agenda is to promote Art Conspiracy, a fundraising event where I’ll be making some art LIVE! to benefit a local organization that teaches piano to hospitalized children.

Oddly enough, one of the hospitals it benefits is also a Child’s Play member hospital, so between this event and Desert Bus, those kids should be swimming in video games and music lessons!