Charity? Torture? Charity Torture? Yes!

Every year we run the banner ad for Child’s Play, an organization by one of my favorite web comics that buys video games for childrens hospitals. What started as a response to the ever fearful media portrayals of gamers has grown into a yearly fundraiser that has brought millions of dollars worth of games to very sick children.

Starting a couple years ago, the sketch comedy group Loading Ready Run started Desert Bus for Hope. Wherein they play a grueling, mind numbingly torturous so-called gameĀ  cleverely enough called Desert Bus. Desert Bus was to be part of the never released Penn & Teller’s* Smoke and Mirrors for the Sega Genesis, and places you as the bus driver on a route between Tucson to Las Vegas, in real time, at 45mph, at just over 8 hours per trip. At which point, you turn around and drive back. No scenery, just a straight road, and a bus with a bum steering wheel, forcing you to stay at the controls.

Starting about an hour ago, LRR started this years journey. The goal is simple, donate and it extends their time in purgatory. What’s more, the whole thing is webcast, and has somewhat of a party atmosphere as people come and go, and the driver desperately tries to cling to reality. To make it better, they’ll whore themselves out for donations. Anything from telling an embarrasing story, to being forced to go see Twilight, to shaving parts of their body (All things that happened last year). So not only can you donate to a good cause, but you can make someone miserable while doing so. Has there ever been such a win/win situation? I think not.

Even if you can’t donate, spread the word to people who CAN donate, and watch the webcast. It’ll at least keep you amused.


*Penn & Teller are also one of my personal favorites.

And now for something completely different…

One of the staples in my life is listening to the Rick Emerson Show, a radio show potpourri that’s rather hard to explain, but suffice it to say I find it really amusing. (After all, the show often has a “Religious Nutcase Watch”). Anyway, the host is a recovering catholic, and discovered a “Stations of the Cross” booklet thing he was indoctrinated to make in kindergarten. He was discussing it on the show today, and had me on the floor laughing. Visual aid on his website… While I would humbly suggest it’s worth your time to try the whole show, I’ve listed the MP3s below with their time to start listening to the relevant sections.

Rick Emerson Hour 3 – From 48:04, well really 51:55 after tangents. Through 1:02:33
Rick Emerson Hour 4 – From 7:25 through 23:25

Oh, as a bonus, there’s also a Religious Nutcase Watch for your pleasure since you’ll already have hour 3.
Rick Emerson Hour 3 – From 17:22 through 19:30.

You can find the Rick Emerson Show RSS/Podcast feed available for your favorite player. Four hours a day, 11-3. The show is out of Portland, Oregon, but not living there, I listen to it on the net.