About

Hi, gentle visitor,

I’m Michael Fleming, the half-Irish Australian Zen Buddhist systems administrator, janitor and all-round cosmic foole in charge of ThatFlemingGent as well as other sites sitting on this trusty old Athlon.

I’m a Brisbane native, born in the inner-city suburb of Kangaroo Point in 1973  – the flood of 1974 may explain why I was a good swimmer as a kid.

I lived in Logan City for 25 of my 35  (lolnope, middle aged now) years, going to the local high schools then on to university, where after a year at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music I switched to a Bachelor of Education (Music Education and English double major) graduating in 1997.

I’ve been was a systems administrator / architect for  about 9 years too long, getting into it after running some hobby servers during uni. I’ve worked for Webcentral (now a MelbourneIT company), Pegasus/Dedicated Servers and now the Australian Publishing Network.  (not anymore, contracting!) See my LinkedIn profile for a fuller curriculum vitae. I tinker with messaging and DNS  devops mainly.

[NB from current me: Getting into DevOps and out of sysadmin was a great idea,  as getting up at 2am is not fun, especially when you do amazeballs stuff all day and get no credit but shit for other people’s stuff breaking at idiotic hours]

I’m still a musician at heart even though I don’t play as much as I used to. I’m in a fulfilling relationship with a wonderful young woman who’s kept me healthy – I’m a vegetarian and I’m going gluten free – and sane.

I love a good read, an eclectic collection from Frank Herbert, Neil Strauss, Bruce Schneier, George Orwell, Isaac Asimov and many others populate my bookshelf.

Musically,I enjoy any good classical music of any era, modern electronica – Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, The Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method and Fatboy Slim. Some Amy Winehouse (as long as I don’t look at her), De La Soul, Kaiser Chiefs and Kings of Leon can be found in my playlists.

I game too – I’m an old school Ultima player, plus Fallout, Unreal Tournament, Call Of Duty and many others. [NB from current me: Eve Online tragic as of 2012, also ESO]

I can be contacted by email at web@thatfleminggent.com

Jabber users may also try me at mfleming at thatfleminggent.com  (no really bad idea, just find me on LinkedIn or Twitter or something, I don’t IM these days)

Cheers,
Michael. (pre-2017 and current piss-taking incarnations)

One Reply to “About”

  1. Dear Michael Fleming,

    It is truly a pleasure to make your acquaintance. I stumbled upon your site by chance, making a point to a friend and looking for the exact Buddhist quote on mastering your mind, rather than being mastered by it. Upon coming to your quotes page, I was greeted by a familiar sight – wisdom-filled quotations of masters past, and, lo, the litany of fear? And even a quote byThufir Hawat! He (and his reincarnations as gholas) remains one of my favorite characters in literature, as I am very appreciative of the Dune series. It has been a cornerstone of my literary evolution at a young age, and nothing seems to compare – so far. I have read more than a hundred books when I was engrossed in fiction and science fiction, and Dune is one of the few universes that stands out well, despite the tests of time and life. There are many more books to read, and I have sampled from various authors, including Isaac Asimov. My goal of having my own library is slowly becoming realized with every visit to a used book store, and so far I have many titles by Frank Herbert. I could spend many more minutes listing the books I have read by him and by other authors, that have added to the being that is able to type these words today.

    It would appear we have many things in common besides literature, and I would much enjoy getting to know you better, if time permits. To find a person who practices Zen Buddhism, appreciates finer science fiction, plays music, and even has time to play videogames is an inspiration. Although I do not practice Zen Buddhism exclusively, I am turning my life more and more in this direction, and seeing the beauty that is. Music has inspired me to do great things, and my goal so far is to learn to improvise on guitar, as well as be able to sing and share the melodies that remind us of the nameless. And there is a deeper side to video games that is often ignored by the majority, that I have sought ever since one game truly captivated me and still remains a fond memory. The reason I enjoyed video games were the stories they portrayed, and this ties with my love for good literature.

    The future is uncertain, but we create it with our thoughts and actions. I strive to create a better one by being the change I want to see, and it has pleased me to no end to find a living being such as yourself who is so much like myself. I am hoping to hear back from you, and having an enlightening conversation.

    Namaste,

    Kirill Zaitsev

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