What’s Mike Doing?Latest UpdatesRAV4 Sunroof RepairJanuary 21, 2022The first thing I had to do with my pre-loved RAV4 was fix the sunroof, which leaked. The first step was to undo someone’s previous attempt at fixing it. A previous owner, faced with water coming in, had decided the best approach was to pour silicone sealant over every inch of the sunroof area, caking the whole thing in place... Hitting the RoadJuly 13, 2021For some time now, and as documented on the blog here and there, I’ve been ticking off visiting some of the Extreme Points of Australia whenever an opportunity presented itself. I’ve also been accumulating long service leave at my current job for over a decade now, and I’m putting these things together starting in a … [Read more …]... Building a Better Wicking BedOctober 14, 2020Last year, I hastily assembled a basic wicking bed in my garden, mostly using scraps of stuff I already had lying about. This time I took what I’d learned and tried to do a good job.... Building a Wicking BedAugust 27, 2019One thing I know about myself at this point is that I only ever really learn anything by trying it and fucking up a few times. For me then, it’s best to keep the stakes really damn low the first few times so that starting over later isn’t a big deal. With that in mind, … [Read more …]... Coca-Cola SaladJuly 1, 2019I saw a couple of people posting a recipe from an old cookbook recently. It was short, and the title contained an unusual combination of things that don’t usually go together, so I made it.... How Many Computers is Enough?October 21, 2018When I broke my Commodore 64, it was the only computer I had. This meant that for years afterwards, I simply didn’t have a computer any more. These days, the situation is really different.... How I Broke My Commodore 64September 7, 2018It’s important I tell you how I broke my computer when I was 17 years old, since that act of carelessness on my part has left me kicking myself for decades and that machine shaped my life quite significantly.... Nostalgic ComputingSeptember 4, 2018The Commodore 64 changed my life in a million subtle ways and frankly if I started going into detail about some of the things that might be different in the world now if I’d owned a Spectrum or a TRS-80 or something you’d be amazed.... Tintinara RevisitedMarch 4, 2018What happens when you check back on the site of a great artistic triumph after 21 years have passed? Maybe you’ll find out you changed the world.... The Return of Cyberpope MosesNovember 11, 2017In 2002, I received “The Worst Present Ever”, and turned it into an epic saga.... Chinwag Posts Follow Mike, First of His Name https://social.chinwag.org/@mikeAdmin of Chinwag, fan of open communication standards, maintainer of communities.Winner of Time Magazine "Person of the Year" 2006 and will never, ever get tired of that joke.I talk about #retrocomputing a lot, especially #Commodore64 stuff. I also do a lot of #gardening and am trying to make good #bread and #beer. I was a professional Unix #sysadmin for nearly 25 years.Sometimes I get up onto stages and tell jokes. Don't applaud, just throw money.I live in #Melbourne, #Australia 1 hour ago Mike, First of His Name Forgot how long it takes to compile stuff on a Raspberry Pi version 1.Oh well, it's not like I need anything running on it today. 4 hours ago Mike, First of His Name There may come a day soon where I cannot just walk into the back yard and grab a nectarine off the tree if I fancy a snack, but today is not that day. 18 hours ago Mike, First of His Name Me just now: How the hell can this show that began in 2018 be starting season 5 now? That makes no sense! How many seasons per year is that?*literally counts on fingers*Me: Well, fuck. 19 hours ago Mike, First of His Name We're getting so close. A little more work on the top, then a clear gloss coat over the whole thing. #GuitarOfTheseus 23 hours ago Mike, First of His Name Tomorrow is the third birthday of Fry, one of my fish. It's so nice that so many people get a day off just to celebrate my fish's birthday and for no other possible reason I can think of.