What’s Mike Doing?Latest UpdatesHitting 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.... Extremely SouthNovember 8, 2017I attempted to walk to the southernmost point of the Australian mainland. Spoiler warning: I made it there and back again.... 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 grow more of my own #food. I am learning to make good #bread and #beer. I was a professional Unix #sysadmin for nearly 25 years.I live in #Melbourne, #Australia 7 hours ago Mike, First of His Name That's it! Thanks all for coming and watching what might be our last lockdown movie night - given lockdown ends this week.I might keep something rolling, I've got some ideas. But first - bedtime! 11 hours ago Mike, First of His Name Ten minutes! 13 hours ago Mike, First of His Name Most people: able to differentiate movies from TV shows from news bulletins from music videosAlso most people: every audio recording is just called a podcast nowYes OK I have OPINIONS about this. 15 hours ago Mike, First of His Name Thinking about Gaslight Music and found this short doco:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUXhLXY9x-4I remember being bored one night, driving down there on a whim and coming home with a Butthole Surfers CD. Probably Electriclarryland.Kids these days don't know what they missed. Gaslight Music: A Short Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUXhLXY9x-4 15 hours ago Mike, First of His Name Meech had been absent for about 36 hours - just long enough for me to start to worry - so of course he finally drops by for a meal while I'm down at the vampires getting drained and I miss him.I swear that boy messes with me deliberately sometimes.