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This is our life right now

This is our life right now

Tue, 11/24/2009 - 16:13 by Ananth in response to full-contact comics

We're still working on that thing - if all goes well we'll have something to show for it in early December. Anyway, this has been our life for the past 2 weeks! Nothing but comics!


Yuko wears elbow-pads when she works because she has bursitis in both of her elbows - luckily she seems to have stumbled onto an okay solution. Speaking of solutions, my power cord stopped working and started smoking this morning, so Conrad rigged this (I have a proper new adapter arriving tomorrow): 


Sometimes you just gotta hit a deadline!


Well, at least if all hell

Comment by Samm Neiland (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 16:24

Well, at least if all hell breaks loose and there's a fire, it will make for an interesting comic about something burning again... though, it won't be the same without the toaster oven we all know and love :C


Comment by origamibunny (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 16:29

I had to look up bursitis on wikipedia to check what it was... all I can say is I hope it isn't as bad as the photo on there, and I hope it clears up soon! :S

And I'm liking the fire extinguisher XD (At least, I think it's a fire extinguisher?)

Yuko Attack!

Comment by Jamie Noguchi (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 16:30

YUKO, COMIC WARRIOR! I believe fanarts are in order!

Go go comic power!

Comment by Cathy (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 16:37

What a fun magical-girl transformation! I was picturing that with dramatic music, and the background being all rainbow-colored and sparkly.


Comment by Ashiru (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 16:39

Wooow. That makeshift power chord is AMAZING. XDD Maaan, I wish I had Conrad there when MY powerchord crapped out the week before last. The replacement STILL hasn't come. ><;

Oh wow

Comment by Carlos (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 16:43

Have I mentioned how much Conrad is my hero for comming up with things like that?(makeshift powercord) then again he is also my hero for being a far better web developer than I am xD.

also Yuko way of drawing emulates a few design drawing students in mexico, but instead of pads they just tied bandanas to their elbows

It was an amusing class to see.

Help! It's got me! HEEEEEEELP!

Comment by StephenB (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 17:03

Haha, I could've sworn by the first four panels that this would be a Left 4 Dead 2 joke. xD

Man, that's an ingenious (albeit dangerous lookin') solution to your power cord. :o

The pictures make me want to add some dialogue though...
C: Hey, check it out! Fixed your power cord for you.
A: Really? How'd you- woah, is that safe?
C: Uh, yeah, should be totally safe.
A: ...
C: Here, I'll put the fire extinguisher right here just in case.
A: You're going to put a pressurized can of gas next to it.
C: Yup.
A: And that's gonna make it safer.
C: Yup. I feel safer already!


Comment by Elizabeth B (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 01:31

Awesome. I loves it, Precious.


Comment by Razor (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 17:05

Hey, Largo's been at your house!

The fire extinguisher gave it away.

Wow, you too?

Comment by Arcc (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 17:22

Haha, I actually had to do the exact same thing when my power cord melted.

Gotta love Harbor Freight

Comment by carpespasm (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 17:29

Those cheapo multimeters are worth every penny. Might want to give the gator clips a whip of electrical tape just to be safe(er) though.

Yuko is ready

Comment by King_Bahamut (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 17:33

As people have said before me I was thinking of some sort of music, not some sailor moon stuff though. Eye of the tiger anyone?

nice solution

Comment by Alan (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 17:57

Sometimes you just have to do something that looks dangerous and downright stupid.

But if it works - its not stupid. Nice temporary solution. Looks like Large has been nearby (if so the fire extingusher is handy). I reckon thats almost worthy of a Heath Robinson setup.

Hope Yuko's bursitis isn't too bad - the solution looks good though.

Conrad and Yuko are both so

Comment by Natalie (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 18:16

Conrad and Yuko are both so hardcore. When something needs doing, THEY GET IT DONE.

Buzzing Noise?

Comment by Jon (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 18:30

I have one of those apply power bricks that makes Buzzing noise on and off. I was curious if you heard that before yours went dead. It's had me worried for a little while now.


Comment by Joe D. (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 18:30

Way to overcome adversity, guys. And good thinking, having the fire extinguisher handy :P

Conrad The Barbarian

Comment by Amuro (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 18:52

Hell yeah, Conrad is nerdcore. You know you're ghetto-rigging when you take into consideration that your temporary solution may set your living quarters ablaze.

the brave little multimeter

Comment by eth3n (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 19:09

love the multimeter, and cute comic

Where there's smoke...

Comment by Virtual Bob (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 19:49

Dark Knight theme went through my head as Yuko "armored up".
Glad to hear you have a new brick coming tomorrow. That fire extinguisher doesn't look nearly big enough...

Ai.. bursitis must be a

Comment by ming85 (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 20:32

Ai.. bursitis must be a really terrible thing for somebody like a comic artists who spends a lot of time in that position. Happy to hear it's somewhat stable now.

You have the BEST flatmates EVER. That's just pure real-life mcguivering there, incredible. Does multicultural squad also cover emergency plumbing, first aid surgery and bomb dismantling?


Comment by FluxFox (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 20:59

Same thing happend to my mac powercord, except mine caught fire during class. I became stupidly heroic and put it out with my hands. -_-

OW. D:

Comment by Elizabeth B (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 01:32

Are you okay? Did you get badly burned?!

Go CONRAD! Way to jerry-rig

Comment by Randomer (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 22:56

Go CONRAD! Way to jerry-rig together a makeshift power cord! Like an old friend of mine use to say "Hardware problems never stop a GOOD Tech. They just slow us down for a bit while we patch the problem, then get back to work!"

Ooooh, that's what you get

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 23:37

Ooooh, that's what you get for using a mac =p

Fun fact! This is the second

Comment by conrad Wed, 11/25/2009 - 11:33

Fun fact! This is the second time I've had to do exactly this. The first time, however, was with an old Sony Vaio 505; decidedly not a Mac, but also decidedly held together with electrical tape and solder.  ;)

Solution a la Mexican Style

Comment by Karinpa (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 23:45

We to go! That is the kind of solution that any Mexican will have done. The only difference is that we will not have bought the new adapter… just stay with the “new” version and maybe give an update of it :D


Comment by alexds1 (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 23:47

That contraption looks a bit deadly! Good luck :B

OMG! You guys are not the

Comment by Nor (not verified) Tue, 11/24/2009 - 23:51

OMG! You guys are not the only ones I've known that have done that with your power cords! Nice engineering! And I love the photo with the fire extinguisher ;)

Also, lovely comic, as always :)


Comment by AmandaK (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 00:28

I just wiki'ed bursitis and... Yuko is a trooper. I would definitely have wimped out if I'd developed something like that. Hopefully, she'll be able to take the pressure down a notch after December and recover. THANK YOU FOR OUR COMIC, YUKO!


Comment by BurntToShreds (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 00:38

Conrad is a GENIUS

Multicultural Squad ASSEMBLE!

Comment by Joe (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 00:57

So what does Yuko's Megazord look like?
Props to Conrad for the quick fix. He can be the team's Donatello.

...Am I mixing too many childhood cartoons here?

Full Contact Sport

Comment by C.D. Reimer (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 01:39

Since when did drawing comics became a full contact sport? Or is it just cold at your new place? :)


Comment by Ron (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 02:31

Did he study electrical engineering at RIT or is he just naturally dangero--err...talented?

Hah! Nice.  Ouch, I feel

Comment by Ananth Wed, 11/25/2009 - 11:24

Hah! Nice. 

Ouch, I feel for you man! That's rough. 

It's definitely a fire extinguisher. Not sure what we would do with an a. torch!

Jon! Wait! NOoooo!

Comment by izzzzzz (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 03:15

Not really. Just kidding. :P

About your power adapter: I don't think you're in trouble at all. One thing you have to watch out for, though, is if it starts to get hot. The buzzing noise is probably a loose inductor coil and shouldn't be a problem. If your power adapter starts to get really hot, then I would suggest stop using it. If it gets hot and you still have a warranty, then I would suggest trading it in because mac will replace those for free!

Fortunately, I think the

Comment by conrad Wed, 11/25/2009 - 11:36

Fortunately, I think the brick is 100% okay! The small cable is co-axial; the insulation on the inner wire frayed and burned right through the outer cable near the brick.

As an aside: I wasn't left with enough wire to make a good solder on the outer cable, which is why I ended up using the allagator clamps.

Man, Conrad has mad

Comment by Matt (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 03:15

Man, Conrad has mad engineering skillz. I am inspired. BRB, CHANGING MY MAJOR.

That happened to my brothers

Comment by Matty (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 03:19

That happened to my brothers charger a couple weeks ago. He was not as resourceful as you though. He just stole my computer for 3 days =___=


Comment by Kriztov (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 06:32

I like how the rigged up power adaptor is between the computer and the fire extinguisher.

Yuko is a brave girl for

Comment by Head Spoon (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 07:24

Yuko is a brave girl for working through the bursitis (and in both elbows too... yeeeooowwch). I had it in my shoulder and was put through a month of physical therapy to finally get rid of the pain. Poor Yuko! There can be no amount of Aleve to make that feel any better right now.

As for your power cable rig... that is ten kinds of awesome!

Nice temp rigging Conrad

Comment by Alex (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 09:06

I like the work that was done Conrad and awesome on having the extinguisher ready. I have to agree on the when a dead line is needed you got to do what you gots to do.


Comment by decoyninja (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 09:08

Are those socks wrapped under the elbow pads?
And you are way braver than I to have those exposed contacts so close together.

Left 4 Comics?

Comment by Jeremy (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 09:26

Yuko looks like a hunter zombie with those things wrapped around her sweat-shirt sleeves.

All geared up

Comment by Drezz (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 10:02

I thought I was the only weirdo who contemplated gearing up when working on comics. Excellent - I guess this means its acceptable. I have a bum wrist and I was thinking about slapping on a wrist guard to avoid the constant friction against the desk surface - while I use the tablet and when I'm using a mouse.

As for the ghetto-rig-adapter, that's pretty bad ass. I'd keep it around for use as a defribrillator in case one of you goes into some kind of sugar-based shock.


Comment by Ted (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 10:34

Start taking MSM and Glucosamine Sulfate in large quantities and it will build back up the cartilage in the joints and you'll be drawing 'til you're 99. It doesn't kick in right away but it will, and it's good for the body. Good for skin, nails and hair, too.

Oh man, it's not even the

Comment by Michael (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 11:04

Oh man, it's not even the Macbook charger that burned out. I've had my fair share of chargers melt like that, it's not fun. Also, your rig doesn't exactly look safe. I hope that bottle in the second picture is a fire extinguisher. Still, it's a better solution than mine, which was to try and force the fried and melting wiring within the charger to connect and get a charge into my computer.


Comment by Jon (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 11:48 that a helium tank?

"Bursitis that is not

Comment by Jacob (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 11:58

"Bursitis that is not infected can be treated with rest, ice, elevation, anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication. Since bursitis is caused by increased friction from the adjacent structures, compression is contraindicated because compression would create more friction on movement (passive and active). Advanced massage therapy techniques can also be used to employed to help with the inflammatory process of bursitis."

- a la wikipedia.

Make sure you get some rest, Yuko!

curse you bursitis!!!

Comment by Frozen Phoenix (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 12:10

I too had to look up bursitis on Wikipedia. and I saw it can cause rheumatoid arthritis which I had, or I guess technically still have... it's just not currently active.
yeah, back in middle school my ankles got swollen, they were treated but as soon as the ankles were okay, my knees also got swollen. it was diagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis and I gotta say... it's not fun. I had to quit playing soccer because of it.

curse you bursitis! and curse you rheumatoid arthritis!!!!

oh noes!

Comment by Soren Diz (not verified) Wed, 11/25/2009 - 14:17

no no no! bad bursitis!
leave our providers of lulz alone!
make sure not to get hurt anymore yuko!
and also, conrad is repeatedly blowing my nerd-sense.
wooo tech ghetto fixes woo!