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Desert Bus 8 Wrap-Up

Last week, I spent some time in beautiful Victoria, BC to work with an amazing fundraising project. Desert Bus For Hope was a week-long livestreamed event where people play the game Desert Bus while doing challenges, auctioning off awesome games, collectibles, and crafts, and talking with various geek celebrities. It was my first time at the event, and in addition to handling media relations, I got to spend some time on the livestream.

Things get weird at Desert Bus. Memes and traditions are formed quickly, and it took me a while to learn all of the inside references from previous years. But, they did their best to educate me with various hazings. Without further ado, here are some of the moments I was on the Desert Bus stream.

(Special thanks to Andrew Ferguson for all of the photos, and the Video Strike Team for cataloging and creating the individual video segments!)

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Andrew needed to take some “hairography” pics for a challenge, so I volunteered as Tribute.


Desert Bus folks attempt to haze me by “taking me to the store” but I pass by not laughing throughout the run of the video. It’s one of the more difficult things I’ve done.

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I got to drive the bus for a bit during one of the many Caramelldansen moments, so I danced along in my seat. I’d try to explain the Angler Fish mask and hats, but it’s Desert Bus. Just go with it.

While at Desert Bus, an infomercial I modeled for a year ago ended up playing on a tv just offscreen from all the action. I come on-screen to explain the infomercial and what it’s like modeling, then lead folks in a walk-off.

The next day, the chat challenged me and Serge to a Zoolander-style walk-off. James comes in at the end and wins the whole thing.

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James may have won, but I still got a sweet Blue Steel gif out of it!

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As the bakers of the group, Kate Stark and I are tasked with creating a “cake” with a kit of edible modeling clay. We decide to make the Desert Bus 8 logo.

As I prepare to leave, I get hazed one final time: Tally, Kathleen, and Ashley “take me to the gay bar”. It’s a wonderful, wonderful moment.

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I mean, there’s nothing better than being fed fruit while beautiful ladies dance up on you and smell your hair. Right?

And last but not least, check out our segment on NPR, where you can hear a small bit of me doing Karaoke for one of the first and last times of my life.

All in all, it was a bizarre and magical experience that resulted in more than $630,000 raised for Child’s Play. I’m honored to be involved, and can’t wait for next year!

Tara’s The Geek of the Week!

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I am so flattered and thrilled to announce that I am this week’s geek. Yes, I now have my own “Geek a Week” trading card, and can be found in a pack of 52 with other amazing people like Amanda Palmer, Clark Gregg, Patrick Rothfuss, George RR Martin, and Seth Green.

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In addition to these amazing images, you can hear my podcast interview and see a speed drawing of my card here. Check out the rest of the geeks and find out how you can get your own pack of cards at geekaweek.net!

Tara’s at Desert Bus For Hope!

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Starting at 10am today, I’ll be hanging with a whole bunch of people playing “Desert Bus”, the “worst game ever.” It’s a real-time simulation of driving from Tucson to Vegas–an extremely boring stretch of desert that takes 8 hours to complete. As long as people keep donating money, our drivers will keep on driving. And while that’s happening, auctions, call-ins, challenges, and other shenanigans will be happening in the same room.

The event is a fundraiser for Child’s Play, and has already raised almost $1.8 million in the 7 years it’s run. Last year alone raised over half a million.

You can watch it all happen via livestream at DesertBus.org. I’ll be handling press throughout the week, which means you’ll see me pop in on camera here and there. Check it out, throw a donation our way, or try to win one of the amazing live auction, silent auction, or giveaway items (including a bunch of handmade geeky crafts!).

I hope to see you tuned in this week!

Geeky Hostess Store Sale!

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The geeky sprinkles are coming! This month, I’ll be receiving thousands of bottles of sprinkles, and with this huge shipment, I’ll be making some (awesome) changes to the Geeky Hostess store and site. To make room for these new additions, I’m having a store-wide sale!

From now through Sunday, November 9th, save 25% off your entire order with code “SPRINKLES”. 

This means you can get the cute D20 underwear for only $11.25, or the Geeky Hostess Espionage Makeup Collection for under $20! Plus, at $12, it’s the cheapest you’ll see the Geeky Hostess aprons for a while.

So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself and help me make way for the next line of Geeky Hostess goodies! Visit the Geeky Hostess Store to get started.

Tara Will Be Playing D&D…For the Kids!

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I’m thrilled to be participating in Extra Life again, a charitable event where folks game for pledges that go towards local children’s hospitals. This year is super exciting, because I’ll be a part of the official Wizards of the Coast D&D game, and will be participating in their live stream!

You can donate to the Seattle Children’s Hospital through my page, and your donations will help shape the character I play for the game, the things the DM allows me to have, and the type of cupcakes I’ll make and bring for my fellow adventurers!

You can also support Mr. Geek, who will be playing with me! He loves to troll the folks he’s playing with, so a donation to him will most likely end up hurting my character in the future. You’ve been warned…

So what are you waiting for? Donate a bit of money for sick kids, and help me create a ridiculous character in the process. Can’t afford to donate? Then please share this post or my page with your friends!

Will you be participating in Extra Life this year?

Join the Battle for The Net

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Enjoy blogs and smaller sites like The Geeky Hostess? Then help us fight for Net Neutrality. Cable companies want to charge websites fees and slow down those that can’t pay–this will result in the demise of independent sites. Help us keep a free and open internet by signing a letter to lawmakers. Visit Battleforthenet.com to get started.

Tara’s at PAX Prime!

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PAX Prime begins tomorrow, and I’m already tired! I’ll be working the whole time, but luckily that means that you’ll always know exactly where to find me!

On Friday, Sunday, and Monday, you’ll be able to find me in the Cards Against Humanity space at the ACT Theatre (connected to the convention center). Hours are 10am to 5:30pm!

On Friday night, I’ll be helping with the Cards Against Humanity panel at 8pm. Get there early if you’re hoping to get in!

On Saturday night, I’ll be running the Cards Against Humanity show at the Triple Door at 8pm. Standing Room tickets are still available!

And, of course, I’m still manning the @PAXParties twitter handle. This is the place to go if you want to know about all of the public parties happening this weekend!

If you see me, please say “Hi!” It always makes my day when I get to meet a new reader!

Will you be at PAX Prime? What are you excited to do/see?

The Geeky Hostess is Accepting Party Submissions!

 

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Wonderful, beautiful, exciting changes are happening soon for The Geeky Hostess. We’ll be playing with the layout of our site, expanding our offerings, and focusing a lot on parties and recipes. There will be more info on all of that over the next few months, but for now, we’re getting started by officially opening the site up to party submissions!

We want Geeky Hostess to be THE geeky party site, and to do that, we want to see YOUR geeky parties! If we select your submission, you and your party will be featured in a post on GeekyHostess.com. Just email parties@geekyhostess.com with a short description of your party and accompany it with clear, professional-looking images. If we’re interested in featuring you, we’ll respond back with more questions.

I can’t wait to see and share all of the fabulous events you’ve put together!

Tara’s at Vidcon!

I am currently heading to the airport, about to fly to sunny Anaheim for Vidcon. I’ll be repping Job Hunters when I’m not at Disneyland or meeting with friends. If you’re going, you should check out the following things I’m doing:

Job Hunters Q&A Session

I’ll be on the Job Hunters panel on Saturday at 12:30pm in room 209! We’ll show episodes 1-3 as well as run a Q&A session.

Vidcon Arena

Throughout the convention, we’re going to be running a game called “Vidcon Arena”! You’ll receive a QR code in your Vidcon bag. Stick the code onto your Vidcon badge, and scan others to get points for your “kills” in the arena. Top scoring players will get to face off against the Job Hunters cast in a game of laser tag for prizes! Find out more in this instructional video:

I’ve been working with QR Wild to make the Vidcon Arena game come to life, and they have gone above and beyond with it. I’m so psyched to see people playing it!

Will you be at Vidcon? (If you see me, stop me and say “Hi!”)

Job Hunters Season 2 Episode 1 is HERE!


The web series I produce, Job Hunters, has just released the first episode of its second season. We’ve been working on this for a year, and I’m so excited to have it out in the world now.

Some of you may not have even known me/read this blog back when the first season came out. But if you can give it a watch, I’d so appreciate it! You can start with the second season (there’s a recap at the beginning), or you can see the first season here.

Let me know what you think in the comments, and if you like it, please share it with your friends!