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Toronto, Ontario (Vocus) March 3, 2010
Due to the overwhelming success of The Halo Effect, the organization has announced the launch of the ?Halo of the Month Award?, to encourage participants to continue doing good deeds throughout the year. The award will be given to nominees who have truly captured the essence of The Halo Effect.
The Halo Effect is a social movement created for the month of February encouraging people to perform 28 good deeds in 28 days and share their experiences with others. The magnitude of the movement has extended far beyond Facebook and Twitter. People worldwide are taking part, online and offline. Halo Effect founder Leanne Bucaro explains, ?The Halo Effect has reached people all across the world. We have heard from participants in Italy, Australia and the United Kingdom, thanking us for this worthwhile initiative.?
Top Three Lessons Learned From The Halo Effect:
1. No matter how small the good deed, the social impact is immeasurable. Lauren, participant of the Halo Effect says, ?Thank you Halo Effect for making everyone take notice of the importance of ordinary human niceties and respectful actions we need to take.?
2. Good deeds are infectious. When a person receives a good deed, they are inspired to carry on and do the same for someone else. Leanne Bucaro, founder of The Halo Effect, explains, ?I never expected that I would be the recipient of someone else?s good deed. It reaffirmed all the reasons I started doing this in the first place.?
3. Giving truly does get you more. Doing a good deed can boost energy and improve mood. Connie, participant of The Halo Effect, explains, ?I drove away from the shelter, daydreaming about the kids who would get my daughters? old clothes and how happy they would be. In short… it made my day! Thanks Halo Effect!?
The Halo Effect will award the ?The Halo of the Month? at the end of each month, beginning in March 2010. ?We want to thank everyone who has helped The Halo Effect grow this February,? says Leanne Bucaro. ?We encourage you to stick with it and keep this movement alive by posting on Facebook and Twitter. Remember ? make someone?s day everyday.?
For more information about The Halo Effect, please visit http://haloeffect.infinity-pr.com
February may be over, but The Halo Effect is just getting started.
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How to Improve in Starcraft 2 – Part 1- Introduction
This is the beginning of a new series focusing mainly on how you improve yourself as either a casual gamer or planning to be a serious competitor. Gamers always wonder how to improve themselves whether in the macro sense of fully optimized build where perfectly execution of strategies in their games or microing units during engagement without losing any macro. A truly grandmaster of Starcraft 2 or every other game will understand the matchup perfectly.
Starcraft 2 is still considered an infant as the game has only been officially released for less than six months. SC2 will take years before being fully figured out or never will be. New hidden strategies and tactics are being discovered everyday by innovative players through countless thoughts, imagination and tinkering. During the early phase release of Starcraft 2, a one basing strategy from Protoss and Terran are very often seen and the most utilized strategy. The four gates and three Barracks from Terran are the common norm for the matchups whether they are facing a Protoss, Terran or Zerg.
After nearly six months, players are seen heavily towards macroing and getting expansions. In generally people has gained more insight of different matches and understand the need to gain advantage on macro. For instance, no Protoss player dare to do a fast expansion Nexus at 18 food against a 15 hatch Zerg before. This is followed by a full wall at the front of his expansion and throwing down two Stargates for Void Rays. Do take note this is before the patch. He even took into consideration upon the advice of Fruitdealer our GSL 1 champion of the danger facing Nydus Wurms. Thus, with this knowledge equipped during his GSL match, he countered the Nydus Wurm rush from his opponent perfectly by ‘Patrolling his Probes around the edge of his base’. For your information if you scout the Nydus Wurm when it’s just starting to build at your base, the best counter is to pull your Probes to kill it. After seeing GeniuPig’s impressive performance from the GSL, Protoss players around the world are starting to apply the same build against the Zerg swarm. Zerg players start to fall one by one until; they fully understand how to counter the same strategy through practice and learning process.
Starcraft 1 has always been a very special place for a lot of us. If you are a Starcraft 1 player, you will be very familiar with the name Slayers Boxer, or often known as the ‘Emperor’ himself, the most famous proGamer of all time. He has has won countless pro matches himself and shown Starcraft 2 fans around the world how to play a perfect games. During his era, his games are near perfect and make his race ‘Terran’ being seen as the best and often called imbalance race. The ‘Emperor’ is still a very humble and down to earth man. He gains his recognition from his genius calculations and pulling off never been seen before perfect strategies which always been turn into the mostly used tactics. This man himself has gained fame and nearly a million of fans around the world.
I personally feel that Boxer has in the most indepth knowledge in his matchups for Starcraft 1 during his time. Take for example, his Terran vs Terran which is his best matchup. He could tell how many units his Terran opponent will generally has at certain stage of the game by observing his strategy. This type of knowledge doesn’t come to you or me and required countless practice and testing against the same strategy over and over again to truly understand against ‘ONE’ strategy. This is deemed near impossible for even a lot of ProGamers, but SlayersBoxer shows us how. He is the man that makes eSports possible. Without him, there will not be any GSL or MSL, Korean Starcraft 1 and 2 tournaments or even ESports tournament. Fans around the world cheered when the Emperor returns to the Starcraft 2 scene.
Starcraft 1 takes around ten years to be fully balanced. This is a long and tedious process to fully balance a game. The Blizzard team is currently doing a very good job in balancing the game so far by tweaking small aspects of the game one at a time and keeping an eye of the outcome.
I will try my best to give you as much guide as possible to being a truly good gamer as I am not qualified enough to even write this series of ‘How to improve in SC2′ which will serve as a good Starcraft 2 strategy guide. I hope that you guys will like this series and thus being a better gamer of yourself and not being ever called a ‘NOOB’ again.
Come check out my blog at www.sc2tips.blogspot.com.
Article by Eloise Jameson
If you suffer from anxiety, do you ever have those scary feelings of unreality? That dream-like state when nothing seems real to you. Isnt it worrying to think that these feelings can happen to you at any time and you have no control over them?
Well, actually you DO have control over them and I can prove it to you.
Have you ever looked at a word thats written down and looked at it so many times that after a while it no longer looks as if its spelt correctly? You know its spelt right but it just doesnt look right. Yes? Ok then, try this little exercise and see how you get on:-
Hold your hand about 30cms away from your face, palm upwards. Now choose to focus on just one particular point on your hand. If youre wearing a ring or have an obvious scar perhaps, or a particularly deep line on your hand, this can make it easier for you to focus. Keep looking at that particular point for a minute or more. If you find your attention wandering, dont worry. Just go back to that same spot on your hand and keep focused on it.
Are you trying this now? Whats happening? After a while things will start to look odd. You might find your hand looks fuzzy, or blurred perhaps. Or does it almost seem like its moving? And then what? Youll probably find that it feels like youre in an odd and dreamy state where nothing feels real to you.
WELL DONE!! This is exactly what you are trying to achieve! You have just induced a feeling of unreality, exactly the same as those you experience during times of high anxiety, only this time youve brought it on yourself. And the more you bring these feelings on yourself, the more youll be able to overcome them when they happen spontaneously at other times.
So what does this prove to you? It proves that these feelings of unreality are feelings that you can bring on yourself – any time you wish to. You DO have control over them and they dont need to scare you. After you have tried this exercise several times you will realize that the unreality feeling is just another symptom of anxiety and that it isnt really as scary as you think it is.
You might find that the first few times you try this exercise you find it quite scary to do. After all, your mind associates these unreal feelings with anxious moments from your past. Even if you have to give up half way through on your first attempt, dont worry. Try again another time, once you are more relaxed.
If you keep at it, perhaps trying this several times in a row and certainly every day if you can, eventually you will find that the feelings will change. It wont seem so bad to get that unreal feeling. You might even find that you enjoy it in a strange kind of way, or perhaps youll eventually even find it funny. I do hope so.
This is all about desensitising you to the scariness of the feelings. It is the repetition of the exercise that brings the results so do please stick with it. If you cant get on with staring at your hand then try something else. Perhaps staring at yourself in the mirror or focusing on a physical object.
The more times you try this little exercise the easier it will become. And hopefully the more silly it will become for you! Thats really great because thats exactly what youre aiming for. Good luck!
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