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Introduction

Welcome to Micha's corner of the Internet. In these pages you can discover a little about myself and what I get up to as well as some details about my favourite hobbies and past-times.


News

(not necessarily new news, news nevertheless)

2017

  • Feb 2017 - 3 weeks in Australia looking after mum in hospital after her operation.

2016

  • Dec 2016 - Jürgen's wedding and New Year in Berlin
  • Dec 2016 - Bought a Suzuki 650 Bandit, The Blue Devil.
  • Dec 2016 - Hells Bells concert and spa weekend with Joanna
  • Dec 2016 - Nocturnal concert
  • Sep 2016 - Tubby Orpe's wedding
  • Sep 2016 - A week in Italy with Mum - Rome, Pisa, Pompeii, ...
  • Aug 2016 - Long weekend to Paris with Mum.
  • Jul 2016 - LaveCon
  • Jun 2016 - "Dolomites" motorcycle tour with Stu
  • May 2016 - WSFH Star Party Holland
  • Jan-Mar 2016 - Elite:Dangerous "Distant Worlds" expedition

2015

  • Dec 2015 - Christmas back in Oz; Tatiana learns to Scuba dive.
  • Nov 2015 - quick trip to visit Microsoft in Seattle for work.
  • Oct 2015 - 20th Anniversary PlayStation Party
  • Sep 2015 - Wakinyan Rally
  • Aug 2015 - Birthday with uncles in Cologne
  • Aug 2015 - Black Forest motorbike trip with Martin Orpe
  • Jun 2015 - Star Riders Germany Party
  • May/Jun 2015 - Poland Tour
  • May 2015 - WSFH Star Party Holland
  • Apr 2015 - Weekend trip to Germany for Annemie's birthday
  • Apr 2015 - Weekend motorbike trip to Germany with Abbas
  • Apr 2015 - Bought a "new" motorbike - a Yamaha Wildstar
  • Feb 2015 - Weekend to Germany for Sebastian's shop opening
  • Jan 2015 - Camping weekend in Byron Bay

2014

  • Dec 2014 - Christmas in Australia
  • Dec 2014 - Scuba Diving in Cairns with Julie Comatsu; NOX Course
  • Nov 2014 - Charlie Bear in London
  • Oct 2014 - Business trip to Tokyo.
  • Sep 2014 - Weekend in Berlin - Dana's Berlin Marathon and visiting Juergen.
  • Aug 2014 - Wakinyan Rally
  • Aug 2014 - Germany with Mum; RIP Fritz Leyer; RIP Opa Bonn.
  • Jul 2014 - Rock'n'Blues Rally, Ripley.
  • Jun 2014 - Unwanted Rally, Burton upon Trent.
  • May 2014 - LSC Calais Rally.
  • May 2014 - Inga's Birthday walk.
  • Mar/Apr 2014 - Business trip to Tokyo.
  • Mar 2014 - Glen in London.
  • Feb 2014 - Early birthday present for Dana - a trip up the coast of Norway to see the northern lights. [Diary] [Pics]

2013

  • Dec 2013 - Christmas in Germany at Dana's parents, including a fantastic daytrip to Bad Wilznack.
  • Nov 2013 - 10-Jahre DIL
  • Nov 2013 - PS4 Launch in UK!!
  • Oct 2013 - Weekend in Germany
  • Oct 2013 - Spaldings in London
  • Aug 2013 - Wakinyan Rally
  • Aug 2013 - Get trailer for bike; meetup with Silverbacks.
  • Jul 2013 - RBLR Rally - South Wales.
  • Jul 2013 - Mum in London.
  • May/Jun 2013 - Work trip to Tokyo. [Pics]
  • Mar 2013 - LSC Easter Rally with Inga.
  • Feb 2013 - Completed Dan Boneh's Cryptography I course on Coursera.
  • Jan 2013 - visited Sarah and Lionel in San Francisco.

2012

  • Dec 2012 - Christmas & New-Year's in Brisbane.
  • Dec 2012 - Dana's sisters wedding in New Zealand.
  • Nov 2012 - Scuba Diving on Heron Island with Jürgen.
  • Oct 2012 - Roadtrip to Cairns with Mum and Tatiana for the Solar Eclipse.
  • Sep 2012 - Richard's 40th Birthday party in Hong Kong.
  • Jun 2012 - Shoulder of Mutton's 30th Cowpat Rally with the Silverbacks! [Pics]
  • Jun 2012 - Guns'N'Roses concert at the O2.
  • May 2012 - Motorcycle tour through Germany with Dad, Stu, and Dave. [Pics]
  • Feb 2012 - Completed my RYA Day Skipper Practical course at SeaJay's Solent Sailing School. [Pics]
  • Feb 2012 - Completed a SCRUM-Master training course.
  • Jan 2012 - New-Years concert at the O2; Kasabian.

2011

  • Dec 2011 - Christmas in Germany at Dana's parents.
  • Aug 2011 - Holiday to Greece with mum and Dana.
  • Aug 2011 - BREAK IN! Lots of (uninsured) stuff stolen, but we're ok.
  • Jul 2011 - Motorcycle tour around Spain for the Faro 2011 rally.
  • May 2011 - Graduated the RYA Dayskipper Theory course.
  • Apr 2011 - Little Ship Club rally to Portland Harbour. [Pics]
  • Apr 2011 - Motorcycle tour around northern Wales with Marcus and Dana. [Pics]

2010

  • Dec 2010 - very snowy christmas in Germany at Dana's relatives.
  • Aug 2010 - motorbike trip to Wales with Markus and Dana. [Pics]
  • Jul 2010 - my cousin Annika's wedding in Germany.
  • May 2010 - ride-outs to Valley Gardens ([Pics]) and Pevensey Castle ([Pics]).
  • Feb-Mar 2010 - extended working holiday to Australia to visit family and friends. [Pics]

2009

  • Dec 2009 - snowy christmas in Germany at Dana's relatives.
  • Dec 2009 - Got a new toy - a Nokia N900. Debian-based phone goodness!
  • Aug 2009 - Completed a RYA Competent Crew practical course with Dana at Sea-Jay's on the Solent.

2008

  • Jul 2008 - Work-trip to St. Petersburg. Had Olga's sister Lena show me around a bit - awesome!
  • Jun 2008 - Motorcycle Tour with Stu to Germany. [Writeup]
  • Jun 2008 - Got a Nokia N95 as an (almost) free upgrade. More about it here.
  • May 2008 - Great Bears Pizza Rally - Motorbike camping trip to Bakewell in the Peak District. [Pics]
  • Apr 2008 - Got the all-clear from the Leukaemia, woohoo!
  • Apr 2008 - Started back at work full time.
  • Mar 2008 - Trip to Australia to visit friends & family after being given the ok to travel by the doctors.

2007

  • Dec 2007 - Christmas in Germany with Dana's family.
  • Sep 2007 - Finally repaired my guestbook which I hadn't realised was broken ever since upgrading the server to Debian 4.
  • Aug 2007 - Moved into my own flat in West Ealing due to the Leukemia - if you want the details, send me an email.
  • Jun 2007 - I got diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and will be treated at Ealing Hospital over the next half-year or so. Visitors welcome!
  • Apr 2007 - Easter and an uncles' silver wedding anniversary party near Bonn/Cologne in Germany.
  • Mar 2007 - PLAYSTATION®3 is finally launched in Europe! My PSN nick is, surprise surprise, “Micha”.
  • Jan 2007 - I finally treated myself to a new laptop, my trusty Dell I8100 finally starting to show its age after 5 years of round-the-world service. It's being replaced by a Sony Vaio TX47, nice and small for future motorbike trips!

2006

  • Dec 2006 - Holiday in Australia with Dana. [Diary]
  • Nov 2006 - Work-trip to Shanghai and Australia for Game Connect: Asia-Pacific.
  • Oct 2006 - A week in Paris with Dana followed by Sarah and Lionel's wedding at the Chateau Brecourt in Normandy. Nice. [Pics]
  • Aug 2006 - Camping trip in Wales with the Great Bears
  • Jul 2006 - Meeting in Paris and 1-week motorbike trip to Lake Constance and Germany. [Diary] [Pics]
  • May 2005 - CANCELLED Euro Star Days 2006 - Motorbike Trip to Germany and France
  • May 2005 - Trip to Prague and Czech Republic with mum [Diary] [Pics]
  • Apr 2006 - Bugger It RC's The Poo of Doom Rally at the Three Horseshoes near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. Weekend of camping with motorbikes.
  • Mar 2006 - revamped the Motorbikes section of my website somewhat.
  • Mar 2006 - bought a bike-lift to start doing services on my bike.

2005

  • Dec 2005 - Christmas with Scott and Judd near Manchester.
  • Sept 2005 - Week bike trip to Wales and Orkney's from 2nd Sept to 10th Sept. [Pics]
  • Aug 2005 - Another year older.. 33 this time. [Pics]
  • Jul 2005 - 1 week holiday to Rome with Morgen and Dana to catch up with Glen and Karen again.
  • Jun 2005 - weekend to Paris to catch up with Glen and Karen.
  • Jun 2005 - a 1-week conference to (mostly) sunny Malta, where I managed to squeeze a couple of dives in in-between sessions.
  • May 2005 - Great Bears bike rally to Dent - [Pics]
  • May 2005 - Weekend bike-trip to Exmoor with Dana - [Pics]
  • March 2005 - Weekend to Germany for grandad's 90th birthday party! [Pics]
  • February 2005 - Group Conference in Brighton via Motorbike.
  • February 2005 - Motorbike trip to Manchester for Scott's birthday.
  • February 2005 - A quick 1-week surprise visit to Washington DC for morning's birthday. Also squeezed in a road-trip to New York to visit Olga.
  • January 2005 - Visited Richard and Melissa in Singapore on the way back from Australia.

2004

  • December 2004 - Christmas / New Years in Brisbane.
  • December 2004 - Motorbike trip with Angy from Melbourne to Adelaide. [Pics]
  • December 2004 - AGDC 2004
  • November 2004 - surprise visit to my uncles party in Cologne, Germany
  • September 2004 - long weekend camping in Wales with the Great Bears. [Pics].
  • August 2004 - bike-trip around Cornwall, here are some pics.
  • August 2004 - a short holiday to New York and Washington DC - here is the diary.
  • July 2004 - I got my tongue pierced.
  • July 2004 - A daytrip along the southeast coast of England. Pics!
  • July 2004 - I finally configured all of my domains to point to my server - go me!
  • June 2004 - I got a gmail email account thanks to the bestest flatmate ever: Sarah!
  • May 2004 - long weekend to Paris! The trip report is here, pics to come.
  • April 2004 - morning visited London for a day-and-a-half. Here are some pics.
  • March 2004 - 4-day trip to Mallorca, the pictures are here.
  • Febuary 2004 - 3-day team conference in Edinburgh
  • Febuary 2004 - Long weekend in Germany for Aunt Walli's birthday party.
  • January 2004 - Long weekend in Holland for Kimmie's birthday and work.

2003

  • December 2003 - Ski-holiday to Meribel ski resort in France is booked! Going on the 26th with Scott and Justin, whee!
  • December 2003 - I built myself a Guestbook! Everybody go and sign it :)
  • November 2003 - long weekend to Germany for my uncles 50th birthday party.
  • August 2003 - long weekend trip to Budapest (via Vienna) with Mark for the Formula 1
  • August 2003 - 1-week trip around Great Britain with my mum. Read the Travel Report or take a look at the piccies.
  • July 2003 - I got my left nipple pierced.
  • July 2003 - 2½day weekend to Liverpool and Wales with Isabel.
  • June 2003 - 4 day holiday to Ireland with Mark and Jenny.
  • January 2003 - I got my right eyebrow pierced.

2002

  • December 2002 - Went to Australia for the AGDC in Melbourne where I gave a presentationfollowed by a roadtrip with my flatmates and then christmas in Brisbane with friends and family.
  • November 2002 - moved to Ealing.
  • August 2002 - took advantage of my birthday (which I celebrated with relatives) and work (attended the Leipzig Games Convention) to go on a roadtrip through Germany for a week - Cologne, Black Forest, Nuremburg, Leipzig, Berlin.
  • March 2002 - Got a job! I'm now working for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's Technology Group in London!
  • April 2002 - Did the typical aussie thing and got a flat in Earls Court
  • April 2002 - long weekend trip up to Aberdeen via Edinburgh with a side-trip to Loch Ness.
  • Febuary 2002 - moved to London.
  • January 2002 - Visited Washington D.C..

2001

  • November 2001 - Start of 2 months holiday in Canada with Nadine.
  • August 2001 - moved back to Mum's to get ready for the trip to England. This also means that my home-server is no longer online, and some links may be broken until I get around to fixing them.
  • July 2001 - Weekend dive-trip aboard the Esperance Star, working on my Wreck Specialty certificate.
  • June 2001 - Long weekend dive-trip aboard the Esperance Star, earning me my Advanced Diver certificate. Writeup coming..
  • May 2001 - First business trip to the Evolve 2001 conference in Sydney.
  • April 2001 - Short camping trip on Moreton Island. And here are some piccies!
  • February 2001 - Bizarre! My webcam got linked by about.com. Doubly weird because it's been offline since the beginning of Feb due to mum unreasonably wanting her video-camera back in time for the birth of her second grand-child.
  • February 2001 - I'm an uncle! My sister had a baby girl at 10:28, 22-Feb-2001, GMT+10. Her name is Hannah Veronika Ford, and she weighed in at 3,520gm (7lb12). And, as promised, the pics! Here are some more piccies.
  • February 2001 - Moved to Paddington! I'm now about 25 minutes walk away from work, yayy!.
  • January 2001 - Long weekend down to Sydney to visit Faelix and to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Lotsa fun, and some pics are here! Writeup to follow.
  • January 2001 - Nothing big here, just a new email addy with start.com, an Australian freemail site which is nifty because you've also got a http-based icq-like system. Check it out :)

2000

  • November 2000 - Job upgrade - I now work for the R&D section at CITEC!
  • October 2000 - It's toy-time! At the Gartner Conference I pounced on a good deal and bagged a Palm IIIc - much nifty :)
  • August 2000 - I'm off on my Europe 2000 Tour, see what I get up to with my diary.
  • June 2000 - Java WebCam
  • May 2000 - Third time lucky: Finally managed to go skydiving!
  • April 2000 - Added a page about my motorbikes .
  • April 2000 - My Calendar is now online.
  • March 2000 - Major reorganisation of my web pages, warning : bookmarks may no longer work.
  • March 2000 - Yayyy, I _finally_ got my graphics card, an Asus V6800 Deluxe.. The Deluxe bit means it has video in/out, and as result I'm playing with setting up a webcam. Check it out :)
  • February 2000 - Holiday with Dini, whee :) Some sort of holiday snaps page will get done, I'm sure. Eventually.
  • February 2000 - I got my new PC!! An Athlon 500, which is decked out with a host of goodies. I'll put up a spec page of my various computers sometime soon (hah!).

1999

  • October 1999 - I've finally gotten around to converting my Resume to html, and putting it on the web.
  • August 1999 - Holiday in Canada! So if I'm not around, you now know why not...
  • July 1999 - Brisbane AuroraMud-Meet! (No piccies yet, hold your horses..)
  • July 1999 - Kinda got off my butt a tad and did a bit of work on this here homepage thingy of mine... As a result you get this nifty news section. Enojoy!!
  • May 1999 - I (finally) graduated for my Master of Information Technology at QUT!

1998

  • December 1998 - New job!! December 7th I started working at CITEC, which is the (privatised) information technology branch of the Queensland Government. Impressive title too - 'Senior Analyst/Programmer'.
  • August 1998 - Ok, so I liked diving so much I booked onto a short diving holiday to Indonesia.
  • August 1998 - A holiday in Darwin got me into SCUBA Diving after getting a taste of it earlier that year.

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