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UPSey daisy; so we had a little ... incident ...

UPS-CEPTION!

Pretty sure that has power.

We're past that now, and things are returning to normal. It's only appropriate that we take a moment to think about the folks that got pulled out of bed and worked their knuckles to the bone to get things back up and running. In the spirit of that, we're going to have a little contest.

Lets's make some free-hand thank-you cards for the folks that kept things going!

Yeah, it's their job and all, but they went above and beyond today. Plus, who doesn't like some cool free hand cards chocked full 'o love to hang on their wall? And it's Friday, so it's not like you have anything better to do. Plus, it's been a while since we've done one of these.

Rules:

  • Must say "Never Forget" with today's date, somewhere in the picture (May 16, 2014 in any format you desire)
  • Must not mention or depict any entity, person or company in a derogatory manner
  • Must be as funny as you can possibly make it
  • Must be at or under our size limit for image uploads
  • If large, make sure the small version links to the large version
  • Must be mostly hand-drawn (mouse, pen, etc)
  • Must (of course) be your original work

The top 10 artists, as chosen by votes, will receive a goody box containing:

  • One Stack Exchange T-shirt (or your choice of other site's shirts we have in stock)
  • Your choice of a Stack Exchange coffee mug, or Stack Exchange Nalgene water bottle
  • An assortment of pens, stickers and retractable sharpies
  • A Stack Overflow padfolio, with branded aluminium pen

Mechanics

  • Multiple entries allowed, but only one prize pack per winner
  • Winning entries determined by net count of up-votes (down-voting the competition isn't going to help you)
  • Open to employees, but c'mon, y'all can just ask me for this stuff, so make it good.
  • Contest closes at 20:00:00 UTC Monday May 19 2014
  • Allow 6 to 8 weeks for prize delivery (no, I'm not kidd.. ugh, I give up)

Now get those crayons in your toes and show these unsung heroes some well deserved love!


Just about 7.5 hours left folks, get any last minute votes in before then! This will remain open past the contest end time, however votes must be logged on or before 20:00:00 UTC in order to count. Good luck to everyone, we've received some awesome stuff so far!

The Winners

Because there were some late entries, a weekend involved and a whole lot of awesomeness on display here, I'm declaring everyone that contributed a positively scored entry as a winner, you'll all receive an email from me in the next few days to collect your size, prize preference and shipping information.

That means if you entered, and didn't delete your submission, you're going to get something.

Thank you to all that participated, we hope you enjoyed making these as much as our team has enjoyed laughing while viewing them.

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I'm in; working on this during school :-D –  Doorknob 冰 May 16 at 16:13
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Wait, crayons in our toes? But that would disqualify my entry, since it'd be free-foot, wouldn't it? :P –  Billy Mailman May 16 at 16:15
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Your title almost initiated my meta-off-topic close reflex. –  Undo the Snowman May 16 at 16:56
    
@Undo Why? I wasn't trying to do it with an Android app . –  Tim Post May 16 at 16:56
    
Wait... @TimPost can I get a nalgene bottle? –  Kasra Rahjerdi May 16 at 18:04
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@KasraRahjerdi Can you make any comment I post using my phone sparkle? –  Tim Post May 16 at 18:21
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@TimPost Yes, but only if you also let me make every 1 in 10 notifications's alert sound be Jarrod swearing. –  Kasra Rahjerdi May 16 at 18:22
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Tim, I have to ask, when the site goes down, who do you go to for help? I mean, there's no Stack Overflow, Server Fault, or Super User to ask.... like: "I plugged my UPS in to my UPS, and now the command prompt is not showing up... what type of Coffee should I buy?" –  rolfl May 16 at 18:28
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@KasraRahjerdi DEAL. That flim-and-flam is good for the whole family. –  Tim Post May 16 at 18:28
    
Tag it as featured –  nicael May 16 at 19:49
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I have a feeling FGITW applies greatly here. :O –  Doorknob 冰 May 16 at 21:29
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SE Unplugged, LP record, released May 16, 2014 –  gnat May 16 at 21:37
    
What did I miss? What happened? (yeah, too lazy to go read the tavern transcript ;)) –  Shadow Wizard May 16 at 22:39
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the folks that got pulled out of bed but it was 10 o'clock when it happened :D. –  user2284570 May 16 at 22:43
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@user2284570 10am UTC which means 6am NY –  ratchet freak May 17 at 11:18

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yeah..

Mobius power strip. Just keep following it, I'm sure there's utility power somewhere along the cable..

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+1, enough Web 0.1 –  badp May 16 at 21:36
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Yay, a moebiUPS trip! –  terdon May 16 at 22:10
    
(skip me on the goody box, I'll raid NYC for some swag when I'm out there next month) –  Shane Madden May 19 at 20:50

Hamster wheel UPS

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... to feed your rat! –  juergen d May 17 at 2:02
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Clearly its a hamster. Though, I suppose larger deployments might use capybara –  Journeyman Geek May 17 at 3:31

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LOL LOL more LOL –  Malachi May 16 at 20:44
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This. Seriously, imagine the impact if it happens to Facebook. Or Twitter. Or both. –  Frédéric Hamidi May 16 at 21:47
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It's funny 'cuz in 9 months there will be a slew of questions on Parenting from folks with lots of rep on other sites! –  voretaq7 May 16 at 21:56

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(Nick Craver)

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(George Beech)

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(Geoff Dalgas)

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really funny! +1 –  nicael May 16 at 17:39
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The likeness here is quite good! –  Tim Post May 16 at 17:40
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+1, even though creepy dentist Dalgas is going to give me serious nightmares. –  Jaydles May 17 at 15:39

Here's a different angle on the matter: what happened shortly before Nick decided to spring into action and singlehandedly defeat the 0-pronged UPS power cable from hell?

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Warning: contains trace amounts of copy paste –  badp May 16 at 21:10
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SOMEBODY SET US UP THE PLUG –  abby hairboat May 16 at 21:51
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This is epic. Epic, I say. –  Robert Harvey May 16 at 23:26

Sincere apologies to Webmasters.SE, Mathematica.SE, Photography.SE, Money.SE, Cooking.SE, Scifi.SE, Judaism.SE, Security.SE, DBA.SE, and pretty much every SE site for doing a terrible job on your logos. :(

My mouse hates me for this. I hope it's worth it.

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Just looking at this makes my hand hurt. :-/ Nonetheless, excellent work! –  Jamal May 17 at 0:47
    
Note to self: random drawings get more upvotes than planned out storylines. O_o –  Doorknob 冰 May 17 at 1:00
    
-1 I don't see dba.se :-( –  jcolebrand May 18 at 20:14
    
@jcolebrand It's in the very top left corner. :-P –  Doorknob 冰 May 18 at 20:15
    
It's ok, I didn't really -1 :p i.imgur.com/aA1Upoz.png –  jcolebrand May 18 at 20:40
    
@Doorknob OBJECTION! –  badp May 19 at 15:52

Click this to make it big and beautiful-like!

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I went through http://stackexchange.com/about/team looking for devs, sorry if I missed anyone!

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I didn't get listed... guess I'm really not a dev any more :( –  David Fullerton May 16 at 17:28
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@DavidFullerton You're the UPS. –  Tim Post May 16 at 17:29
    
I didn't get listed as well =( sobbing –  rla4 May 16 at 18:21
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my name is sklivvz not sklivzz =( /heartbroken –  Ebenezer Sklivvze May 16 at 18:46
    
Aw crap. @Sklivvz sorry, I should have looked it up before guessing at which alphabet-ending letter was repeated twice. –  Undo the Snowman May 16 at 18:47
    
Actually, the new unicode standards say that zz is code for vz, so we're fine. –  Undo the Snowman May 16 at 18:48
    
I'm just pulling your leg. People misspell me all the time and that's pretty much the point of my nick –  Ebenezer Sklivvze May 16 at 18:48
    
That's awesome :) –  Jarrod Dixon May 16 at 19:02
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@Sklivvz Wait, it's not Skliwz? –  Anna Lear May 16 at 20:35
    
Nice - I enjoyed this and would enjoy again :) –  Geoff Dalgas May 16 at 22:25

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balpha time

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Wow, this was hard to fit onto a normal 8.5x11 piece of paper.

Also, this was done during school, if that's worth anything. :P

Apologies for lack of color / freehand red drawings; I would have messed up way too much if I did that. Click for a high-res version.

Features include:

  • a haiku
  • science
  • a waffle
  • a potato (dropped)
  • a STAPPIT Bolt™

Start in the top right corner (after the big thank you) and work your way along. :P

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Note to self: random drawings get more upvotes than planned out storylines. O_o –  Doorknob 冰 May 17 at 1:00

Don't forget!

Avec Couleur

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+1 for font. But if you made it red, it would be +2 –  nicael May 16 at 19:12

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NEVER FORGET the day unicorns ate the wire, 2014-05-16.

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Just to get the ball rolling*...

NEVER FORGET

*I suppose technically I should freehand the text for the hand-drawn requirement, but for now I'll just go to lunch

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Got some very strange looks when I connected the dots by tracing my finger on my screen with the "CONNECT THE DOTS .. LA LA LA LA" Pee-Wee Herman voice. And here I thought people knew me. –  Tim Post May 16 at 17:02
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Problem is they also know Paul Reubens... –  Adam Davis May 16 at 18:10
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Aw, Hitler looks so sad. –  Won't May 16 at 18:25
    
I MISS POLLYANNA ... :-( –  jcolebrand May 18 at 20:13

it's lonely when the lights go off

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I ain't got time for freehand, foo.

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@blunders Stack Exchange has status pages? –  strugee May 17 at 0:28
    
@strugee: Yes, click this link (Read-only mode status message, Request to add links to official status pages), upvote the question, and follow the links I've listed in my question to the Twitter-for-SE-Status & Blog-for-SE-Status. –  blunders May 17 at 10:17

Never!

Figure traced freehand from this GIF, and embellished somewhat, obviously. I assume everyone knows Blanka's tragic story of being mutated by electric eels, but some may not know that his electrical attack often starts with a scratch (since you have to mash jab). Usually he's not just scratching himself, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I also imagine that this is what our SE street fighters looked like when they got called in to work. More power to 'em!

MS PAINT 4EVA

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"this GIF" link is broken. –  nicael May 17 at 12:40
    
Fixed, sort of. The version linked now is the one I downloaded and enlarged in Paint, so it doesn't have the butt-scratching animation anymore, sadly. –  Nick Stauner May 17 at 20:56

New one

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for reference that is the hand pushing the plug into the devide. it's a "freehand" drawing even –  Malachi May 16 at 21:26
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I just wanted to say ir is funny. +1 –  nicael May 17 at 3:20

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Gimpshopping on Atom netbook

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Ohhh... I thought this was a bug with the iOS app... anyway, SE might want you to forget this whole incident so they don't stay embarrased, but okay... remember the UPS plugged into itself
It took me more time to scan this then to make it.

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