Vlob: Recalling Applying for Retail at Apple Inc.

this 26 minute Vlob woke me up to how bad the social economic world became, and how I got really spooked out at how people get hired in American jobs. It was in October of 2013, that I learned the hard way; how the un/der employment numbers were likely skewed the way employers like Apple did. This also followed the time where I did adult ed, and also applied for another retail job earlier that year. It was meant to be, but after this traumatic experience, would leave me chronically unemployed till the COVID pandemic where I saw an opportunity with how retail is so desperate for jobs.

“The Ode to Melanie”…read: A Post Dedicated to Melanie

The quoted part of the title was what my mother told my therapist on New Years Eve of 2019, in the midst of a stressful Christmas, following the botched and bland trip to North Carolina the month before. My family, on the paternal side was writing me off by the day when we went south. The part Japanese family was far from “the rising sun”, they were gothic as you can get, dark, on the edge of your seat, and honest only about my quirks and not open clearly about my paternal grandmother’s health, which I thought at the time was grave.

What I didn’t know was when Melanie was actually turning her back against me too simultaneously. But this happened after I took a few days to craft this Facebook Note (which still existed at the time), of which triggered my mother as if I cheated her or something like that. Melanie saw the writing on the wall, and a week or two after, she ghosted me, and then completely severed ties on infamous Friday Afternoon dump that she was going to divorce me, dated on Saint Valentine’s Day…

Before that started to get worse, I wrote this on my Facebook:

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Now Hiring: Compliance Coordinator

Clickford Media is seeking for part time, in house Compliance Coordinator.

THE JOB

The role of a Compliance Coordinator…

  • Acting as a central point of contact to enforce company policies and laws related to the location of the customer and the headquarters
  • The ability to monitor ethical and complaint business practices
  • The mediator for legal and litigation.
  • Oversee content created by Clickford Media
  • To work and oversee subcontractors work
  • The ability to work with Techie Crafts
  • The working knowledge of addressing technological requests to IT departments
  • The ability to address corporate malfeasance in a calm, cool and collective matter

Previous Experience

  • At least 5 years working in an anti-corruption business unit
  • At least 5 years of experience in legal
  • Working knowledge on Human Resources
  • Preferably experience in media production is recommended, but not required.
  • Technical experiences using FileMaker Pro, IBM Lotus Notes and other in-house applications systems
  • The ability to raise corporate alarms in a graceful matter.

On Melanie Grace Clickford…

Effective on June 30th, 2021, Melanie committed suicide in a very grave manner of which it’s discussed in detail, as a trigger warning.


My loved one left me (via “ghosting”) in early 2020. Melanie dumped an email on a Friday afternoon coincidentally on Saint Valentine’s Day that she was filing for divorce, citing she couldn’t make it that Tuesday because of statewide holiday in Minibrick State for town municipal elections -of many communities vote by card for town issues.

Because of COVID19, and MIS’ extreme measures to prevent the spread by initially cornering off parts of towns to keep the COVID within areas of hospitals – the state and the cities of Copenhagen and Miniland were shut down till June. But by May, Clickford Media noticed that some critical data was missing. It has been alleged that Melanie had committed a felony by an unauthorized entry by corrupting data by pulling a A/C cable to one of our OptiPlexes. Because survailience and logs were erratic, we were never able to prove that Melanie did this.

As a result Melanie was sent to a half way facility from May 9th to mid June was we felt she was a threat, because she posted on her Facebook that she wanted your writer to be dead.

As a result of that, she then turned what the divorce was supposed to be an arbitration (ala to The People’s Court) to a litigation (the PITA process of discovery and frozen servers and email hosts). Then things had to be kept in confidence until after the fact.

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Avaya and Steve Jobs (Revisited)

Early on in one of my first projects “breaking the internet” with content was The Museum of Telephony which was wordpress-dot-com product until 2020 when it was moved on our hosting platform. I can speak freely again because the previous manager is no longer involved. Anyways 4 months into the endeavor, I had posted A Post on Apple and Avaya Together . Within a week, a Google Search referral (because in 2012 you could get this data, not so much – even on your own hosting platforms)  “Steve Jobs fan of AT&T Merlin phone” .

If the pic rings a bell, it was the inside picture in the hard cover of Walter Issacason’s bio of the said man.  (of which I should re-read.) I said at the time that it was a no-brainer. Steve Jobs was man of detail, including his preferred list of vendors, whether it was Apple, NeXT or Pixar. It was so blaintely obvious he was drawn by Ma Bell, and that AT&T Merlin phone in his home was another giveaway.

Despite the Merlin being made in the 1980s and discontinued by 1990, AT&T and later Lucent and Avaya was well known for continuing to market these systems as refurbished models well into the mid 2000s. Also, the 7400 series Digital “Voice Terminals” had the Merlin casing, but was used in the System 75/Definity Generic 3 PBX, of which was the PBX used at NeXT, Pixar and Apple, the infamous boxy 8400 Series Digital Voice Terminals did not come to market till 1994 and by 1995, these decade old sets would finally be End of Sale, but this 1980s look continued well into the 2000s because Lucent (and later Avaya) allowed it. Hence why my 7407 or 7102 sets are next to my Office of Yesteryear where my Color Classic sits. The thing is telephony and IT do not go hand in hand. A phone from the 1980s and a PC from the 1990s aren’t required to match, because telephony on the enterprise level was not part of MIS or IT for many businesses.

As a sidenote: though Apple did not refresh the desksets often, some of Apples earlier campuses still had the 1970s Multibutton Electronic Telephone of which AT&T wanted to nix by the time 1990 came along…. now I am going outside the scope of this post…

Would Steve Jobs still be a fan of Avaya? 

I am not sure. Avaya was in the process of acquiring Nortel, prior to his departure of the company and his life. In reality, while Avaya disconnected Nortel’s offerings, the management and many of their engineers was retained. A lot of Avaya from the Steve Jobs admiered era (the System 75/Definity G3/Merlin/etc) was kinda getting phased out with that infamous Aura experiment, and the botched IP Office offerings (the small end systems often found at Apple stores); and other oddball moonshot stuff that Avaya has done.

I am not sure if Jobs had opinions of vendors in the same way he did for the Apple products, since these would be operations and would be in Tim Cook’s old position. I would think he would say things like those damned B100 series of IP sets to “be full of shit”. Those gawd-awful 2-wire DCP 9500s to be “more shit” and probably would piss on the cost of having Avaya equipment in an enterprise like Apple.

It’s unclear if the new Apple campus is wired to Cisco or Avaya, I wouldn’t be surprised it’s on the former. Apple’s retail has slowly gone on to the KallStrangler bandwagon, and would Apple want to pay ridiculous contracts to finance internet trolls defending Fucking Kari’s Law? I certainly would hope ill of Avaya to declare Chapter 11… oh wait, they did didn’t they?!

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The Weekly Zoo – 08-10-2021

Tonight’s show is mostly on the subject of suicide, the issues no one want’s to talk about. Why do we talk about poop emojis and sex in the same fashion as mental health? Why are survivors the U.S. Capital’s finest, ending their lives? Why is protecting D.C. worse than a military trip to fight against Afganistan for an example? Why are we mocking their perceptions during the January 6th Insurrection?

The upcoming changes to the 3-digit 9-8-8 for the short number for the National Suicide Hotline, if you are so desperate, should you even call them in the first place if you share your phone with your family plan, or your family gets alerts when a 9-1-1 call is placed? (Yes I trashed Kari’s Law once again.) Then the issues of co-morbid dev/mental disorders and why no one is talking about that.

Are people afraid to admit they have suicidal thoughts as they fear maybe they’ll be locked up with a combative mental health professional to cure it?

Also you find out indirectly how The Weekly Zoo came to be after being laid off the day before Christmas Eve at the MIS Government, moonlighting as a minifigure state employee running the civilian government’s Telephony network.

Then we remember Tangie, my pet fish, who was actually my first death.

L&R did not air tonight.