I'm guessing here since I've never used Xirc (don't even know if it's any good, but it topped Google) but you usually go into preferences, set a screen name, connect to the server (irc.irchighway.net) and then type /join #mbtic
I'd test if I could be bothered right now.
Oh, and the amount of money someone has and the amount of effort they'll make to produce more are not inversely correlated in my experience.
January has April's showers
And 2 and 2 always makes a 5