Can you spot the difference?

Good afternoon – here’s something to get your brain working.  Look hard or you might miss it.  What’s the difference between these two pictures of this delicious-looking sunflower cookie?

 

Well, I took a bite out of it, of course!  In fact, that entire cookie was devoured with ease.  I’m a cookie fanatic/expert.  How do you become a cookie expert?  Years of experience!

I was visiting Dandra’s library one day and found that there was an extra sunflower cookie made by Sara (another teacher) that was calling my name.  Why a sunflower cookie?  Yes it’s cute, but Kansas recognized the sunflower as official state flower and floral emblem in 1903 (the sunflower is also featured on the Kansas state quarter, state flag, and the nickname for Kansas is The Sunflower State.)  Mission Repair’s roots are from Kansas as well!

Did you know that Sunflower heads consist of 1,000 to 2,000 individual flowers joined together by a receptacle base? The large petals around the edge of a head are actually individual ray flowers, which do not develop into seed.  I didn’t know that either!  There’s so much to learn here in the Mission Repair Blog.

I’m guessing that is why these succulent morsels were in the teacher’s lounge.  In any case, this sunflower got “plucked” because it went missing…into my personal sunflower storage compartment 😉

See you tomorrow, Ryan

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Zombies in the Amazon.

I saw this yesterday on the Wall Street Journal and thought that it was quite interesting.  In case you haven’t seen it:

The zombie apocalypse will void Amazon’s terms of service!

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Amazon has just released a new set of tools for game developers in a package called Lumberyard. In its updated terms of service, Amazon said the game makers shouldn’t use the Lumberyard development tools for “life-critical or safety-critical systems” — except in the event of the zombie apocalypse.

The terms of service say the Lumberyard software code isn’t intended for developers to use in code for medical equipment, driverless cars, airplanes, air traffic control or nuclear facilities.

Then, tongue in cheek, Amazon noted that Lumberyard materials shouldn’t be used for manned spacecraft or for military use in connection with live combat.

But if all hell should break loose (literally), Amazon said developers should ignore all those restrictions.

“This restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization,” Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) said in its terms of service.

Lumberyard, released on Monday, is a free game engine integrated with Amazon’s cloud services and its live video game streaming service, Twitch. Amazon says Lumberyard will allow developers to utilize the company’s vast computer power and storage systems that come from its massive data centers.

Apparently, it’s not uncommon for companies to bury jokes in their typically long and boring terms of service.

It’s prompting me to have some fun with my website polices.  Maybe I’ll embed a coupon code in there somewhere for anyone that gets to the bottom of it…we’ll see!!

Until then, stay safe and don’t forget that the number one rule is “cardio” in the event of a zombie attack.

Ryan

 

I walked into my Mission store and saw this:

Hello there friends,

I made a surprise visit to my Mission location yesterday..unannounced…and found my guys watching cartoons!  Yeah, you may know it.  It was “He-Man” from the 1980’s!

Just as I was getting close to letting my team hear an earful, I calmly asked “why is He-Man running on this customer’s MacBook?”  I’m a fair guy.  I don’t mind the employees listening to music while they work, or even tune the radio to AM to listen to a Royals games now and again.  But watching cartoons while you’re on the clock?  It ain’t happening.  I was looking for the ring leader.

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Carl stepped up and said “It’s me.”  Mmmm boy, here we go!

“Ryan, this customer was having issues with Youtube shutting down randomly, and I’ve pinpointed it to the RAM in this unit.  I diagnosed it, tried it myself after I was able to duplicate the issue, and now it appears to be solved.  I’m now running the first long video that I could find, and He-Man was it.”  He goes on to say “It’s been running for a long time, but this is a 10-hour marathon and I wanted to make sure that our customer didn’t have the same issue after I repaired the computer.”

Well then.  I grabbed a large piece of humble pie and took a bite.  Those guys weren’t messing around.  They were testing a repair.  GREAT!

That means apparently I do condone cartoons while we’re on the clock.  As long as you tell me it’s for “testing” purposes, that’s all I need to hear!

Bonus points…what was He-Man’s tag line? I HAVE THE POWER!”  I can personally remember that opening sequence of the cartoon, apparently it’s a keeper in my mental files.

So rest knowing that if you bring your MacBook Pro in for repair: we may watch some cartoons on it.  But it’s for a good cause, and this customer was thrilled that we did.  It’s a highly technical operation, but someone has to do it 😉

Take care, Ryan