To join the channels, you need an irc client such as irssi.
The following commands may be used inside your IRC client to connect to my server and join a channel:
There is a bot in #general called bot.
To use Tor + IRC Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging:
pacman -S irssi tor torsocks
Once in irssi:
It should show Session secured
/otr auth SHARED_SECRET
To show the state of an OTR conversation:
/statusbar window add otr