1518: Typical Morning Routine
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Waking up to an alarm can be annoying, especially when one has difficulty in turning the alarm off. This comic takes this to a ridiculous extreme, whence the comic derives its humour, especially when paired with the title describing it as "typical."
In this comic, a guy with morning hair (Hairy) is shown using his phone as his alarm clock. It can sometimes be complicated to turn off the alarm on a smartphone when groggy. The guy has apparently exited the alarm app by mistake. In some OSes, simply exiting the app doesn't close it, requiring you to use the app switcher to close it. As of when the comic was posted, Randall uses both iOS and Android according to 1508: Operating Systems. As such, he is taking an unusually long time turning the device off. Getting annoyed, he's decided to remove the battery to forcefully shut off his phone. However, in the process, he accidentally drops his device down an air vent. Unable to get it out, he tries to remotely brick it (erase important system files rendering the device as useful as a brick). However, he seems to have accidentally gone into airplane mode in the confusion, thereby cutting off all wireless communications with the device. Airplane Mode also has a side effect where by turning off all communication components, the phone conserves charge where the phone will now last a week, rather than typically a day or so.
Rather than dealing with the noise for weeks, he proposes that they just move out instead. We never see who he is sharing the bed with.
In the title text one of the two gets the great idea to pour water into the vent until the phone floats to the top. Then realizing that phones do not float in water. Mercury, however, is a very dense liquid (the only metal that is liquid at room temperature). The phone would certainly float on it, though the very toxic nature of mercury makes pouring it into the air supply a somewhat less-than-stellar idea.
- [The panel is completely black, with white text. Small lines indicate from where the two voices are coming, and also from where the alarm goes off. A small broken square surrounds the first word spoken.]
- Alarm: Bleep Bleep
- Voice (right): Urgh
- Voice (left): Your alarm is going off
- Voice (right): Huh?
- Voice (left): Make it stop.
- Voice (right) Urrgh
- [The panel is completely black, with white text. Small lines indicate from where the two voices are coming. Several small lines surrounds the last "sound" which is not spoken. The alarm noise is continued from the previous panel and continues over the top of the frame directly into the next panel.]
- Alarm: Bleep Bleep Bleep B
- Voice (left): Hit snooze.
- Voice (right): I'm trying. I closed the alarm app and I can't... I'll just pop out the battery.
- Voice (right): Whoops!
- [The lights have turned on so it is now a white panel with black text. The voice to the right came from Hairy with morning hair. He is leaning over the side of the bed, looking down the air vent through which he has dropped the phone. The other person to the left is not shown. The alarm noise still continues from the previous panel and continues over the top of the frame directly into the next panel.]
- Alarm: eep Bleep Bleep Ble
- Off-Screen voice: Make it stop!
- Hairy: It... fell down the vent.
- [Hairy is sitting in his bed with a laptop. The person to the left is still off-screen. The alarm noise still continues from the previous panel and continues over the top of the frame out of the comic the the right.]
- Alarm: ep Bleep Bleep Bleep Ble
- Off-Screen voice: Can you brick it remotely?
- Hairy: Trying... I think I fumbled it into airplane mode?
- Off-Screen voice: The battery could last for weeks.
- Hairy: You know, maybe we should just move.
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