Messy room? Check. Box of macaroni? Check. Laptop overheating due to large amounts of torrents? Check. Trying a terrible idea to cool down said laptop? Check.
I think it's safe to say he's in college.
"The cable shorted out so we cut them shorter to get rid of the short (yo dawg, we herd u liek shorts) and soldered them in place where they belong. Another short, this time nearer to the computer end of the cord, so we put Q-tips and tape to hold it in a place where it charges happily."
And they all charged happily ever after!