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The Missing Karl… and the SingStar Link General Nonsense | My Life 18 JAN 2010

I’m worried about Karl. I haven’t heard from the good Dr. Storbeck in ages now, haven’t seen any life of him (apart from newly tagged photos) on FaceBook and haven’t come across his name in any ground-breaking scientific journal releases as of late.

What has happened to this kind-hearted man that served me so faithfully as best man and ring-passer-on at my wedding?

Well I fear I might be at the root of his disappearance I’m afraid… :(

You see, the last time he and Trish visited with Chantelle and myself, I loaned to him (well to Trish would be more exact) our entire SingStar collection, mics and all and I’m afraid that this unleashing of the karoke beast that is Trish may have proved to be too much for him, finally pushing him over the edge. Either he is sitting on his couch right this very moment, gurgling with his thumb stuck in his mouth or he is perhaps curled up in the foetal position at the bottom of his bedroom’s cupboard, waiting for that non-stop singing to finally subside and thus allow him to escape outside.

Or perhaps the cricket withdrawal systems forced upon him by the loss of his TV to Trish may have been the straw that broke this goat’s back? (He has more of an affinity to goats than camels you see).

Anyway, I don’t know for sure, but these scenarios seem the most likely explanation for his sudden scarcity, and it worries me that I might have been the cause for his current plight.

So please, if anyone spots this man in the photo above in broad daylight, let me know. Just to put my mind at ease of course…

Screens like this could very well be behind the disappearance of Karl...

SingStar Strikes! My Life 15 DEC 2009

So like I mentioned ages ago already, we had invited all the friends over on the Saturday evening preceding Chantelle’s birthday for a bring and braai in celebration of C’s upcoming 29th birthday, and as per usual, it quickly degenerated into yet another night of SingStar battling as Terrance and Trish once again had their way and managed to convince us (or should that be twist our arms) into hauling out the microphones and letting them loose on the poor, unsuspecting public!

As it happens, I actually managed to capture some photos for a change, so where better to post them than here?

So here goes then:


The main SingStar instigators battling it out!


Damen and Michelle were clearly entertained...


...as was Karl and Zania (even if they refused to partake!)


It proved too much for Evan (and a strain for Natasha and Dean by the look of it!)


And Chantelle? Even on her birthday someone has to make the food!

The point? Well, we all had fun, the night was a success, and our neighbours probably still haven’t forgiven us! :)

Weekend in Review: Birthday Bash My Life 08 DEC 2009

Retha-playing-SingstarActually, the past weekend ended up being a pretty good one. While Chantelle was being introduced to the world of Twilight courtesy of Andri and Tygervalley (Oh my God, she’s come back a ‘Twihard’) on Friday night, I entertained myself by fiddling around with the blogs, watching anime and playing some Yakuza back home, in other words granting me the perfect opportunity to sneak in some KFC for supper for a change. (Ah, missing the days of bachelorhood already! :P)

Saturday then quickly followed up, kicking off with a great Green belt grading at the Masonic Hall in Strand (which Chantelle actually came through to watch!), followed by a shopping trip to the Mall which saw us purchasing a beautiful lounge coffee table – which I naturally took straight home to assemble! (Flat-packs tend to bring the manliness out of a man I find :P)

After having sweated it out for a bit and with a brand spanking new coffee table adorning the middle of our lounge, I then decided that the time for an early Christmas present for myself was upon us and so I hit the road once more, back to the mall where I triumphantly emerged from Incredible Connection’s doors, clutching my newly purchased black XBOX 360 Elite (plus Mirror’s Edge).

Of course, I didn’t exactly have oodles of time to actually switch the thing on of course (just enough time to plug it in and check that it’s working in the end), as Saturday night was pencilled in as being the main celebration for Chantelle’s 29th birthday happening on Sunday – meaning a whole lot of work for us and tons of fun for the friends! :)

So as per usual, it was bring-n-braai time at 45 Nagua Bay and with the help of Rob who took over as tongmaster for the night, we had a very successful party that featured Dean, a very pregnant Zania, Terrance, Damen, Michelle, Karl, Trish, Rob, Retha, Evan, Natasha, a present-drunk Chantelle and myself of course. One thing I need to mention is that our wedding photos and DVD had arrived on Friday, meaning that Chantelle had most of the girls wrapped around the telly for a good portion of the night, though eventually natural selection broke though and as per usual Terrance and Trish got their way and trusty old Singstar was hauled out of its box and Gordon’s Bay was treated once again to the cacophony that only Craig can bring when he has a microphone in hand!

Despite having broken my heart earlier by ripping up my neatly glued down telephone wire (which I intensely laboured to complete last weekend if you remember), we did allow Retha to sleep over by us, who joined the other sleepover candidate Rob, who kind of deserved a spot on the couch thanks to his earlier stirling efforts behind the Weber of course. (Though we did only get to bed quite late – I was doing dishes while the others watched through the wedding DVD – and boy was my speech long! :D)

Sunday morning was spent whipping the flat back into shape in anticipation of a later coffee visit from the Montgomery parentals (using our new coffee table of course! :P), but the absolutely splendid sunshine-filled afternoon was however spent in the picturesque Franschhoek, where Monty and Cheryl (they were the only ones that could join us on the day) met us at the laid back La Brasserie restaurant where we enjoyed some bottles of fine wine, exquisite food and good company in general.

Back home and it was once more more wedding photos and DVD viewing (with coffee, lots of coffee. And chocolates, lots of chocolates) and after Monty and Cheryl finally left (hey, my speech is long. Deal with it! :P), Chantelle and I settled in to finally celebrate the last couple of hours of her birthday with just the two of us present.

And speaking of presents, she absolutely loves the beautiful little 7″ Transcend digital photo frame I gave her – though I’ll talk more about that little piece of hardware later in my CodeUnit blog methinks.

(Oh, and Mirror’s Edge really is awesome. Finally sneaked some game time in late Sunday night. Very, very cool!)


Review: SingStar 80’s Games | My Reviews 26 NOV 2008

Seeing as I’ve been a bit light in the pants with regards to flowers and chocolates for poor old Chantelle as of late, I decided to try and make up for this by buying something completely different for her – SingStar 80’s.

Seeing as she is so enjoying the other two that we already have (SingStar 90’s and SingStar Rock Ballads), a release proclaiming “The Soundtrack of your Youth” on its back cover must surely be just as good – and I’m happy to report that it most certainly is.

The software simians back at London Studio must be getting pretty tired of churning out the same product over and over again, but to be honest, it is this standardization of the SingStar line that makes it as popular and accessible as what it is. Every couple of months it is a new release, essentially the same game but just with an updated playlist, and thanks to the universal truth that EVERYONE (when applied with the correct dosage of alcohol in their system of course) loves karaoke, Sony and London Studio seem to have an essentially eternal sure-fire hit on their hands!

Anyway, back to the SingStar 80’s incarnation. They really aren’t lying when they say that this is the soundtrack of your youth. Featuring all the big hits from the 80’s, this version of SingStar will have you belting out tunes long since lost from the airwaves but still fresh in everyone’s head and if you are aged anywhere from 28 years and upwards, I dare you not to WANT to join in on the fun! :)

As per usual all the standard SingStar bells and whistle and gameplay mechanics are present and if you’ve played any of the other versions of SingStar before, then you’ll be right at home with this version. (In fact, you probably will be home when playing it. My preference is to keep all the blinds shut whenever Chantelle coaxes me behind the microphone. I still think the system is faulty though. There is just no way I can keep garnering such shockingly poor scores! :D)

Oh, and the playlist for all you people who care about things like that: