Thursday, March 28, 2013

A shout out to Colin Jack

The HoC family would like to give a good ol' shout out to our pal Colin Jack and his amazing book "Galaxy Zack", now on sale on Amazon! Congratulations Colin, your book is "out of this world" ........ haha sorry had to do that :)

For more information check out Colin's Blog, or to purchase Galaxy Zack go straight to amazon.ca!

Enjoy the journey!


Friday, March 22, 2013

Spotlight on Daniel Lafrance

We would like to take the time to acknowledge the great works created by some of our family members. This spotlight is on Daniel Lafrance who recently finished and launched a graphic novel called "War Brothers" with Author Sharon E.McKay.

" The searing story of a child soldier.
When fourteen-year-old Jacob is brutally abducted and forced to become a child soldier, he struggles to hold on to his sanity and the will to escape.

Daniel Lafrance’s striking artwork and the poignant, powerful text capture the very essence of life as a child soldier. Readers will never forget the experiences of this young boy struggling to survive, unsure who to trust, afraid of succumbing to madness, and above all, desperate to get to freedom. In the end, Jacob engineers a daring escape.

This graphic novel is based on the acclaimed novel of the same title, winner of a 2009 Arthur Ellis award. The author spent time in Uganda and based this story on real-life accounts of the horrors inflicted on child soldiers and their victims. This is a story of unthinkable violence, but also one of hope, courage, friendship, and family. " 


- www.annickpress.com


For more information check out his website http://danlafrance.com/comics/war-brothers/.

Congrats Daniel!!

"War Brothers captures the terror, poignancy, and hope of children forced to join a brutal rebel army. In the best tradition of graphic novel, this one brings an immediacy and power to a story that will sear itself into the mind of every reader."

http://site.annickpress.com/catalog/catalog.aspx?title=War%20Brothers

Monday, March 18, 2013

Push Up Regiment HoC

I think the video says it all but one thing is for sure ............ @$&! just got real!
video

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Pong Match!

So I haven't done a proper write up of the events that happened at SPIN last week. To tell you the truth I think the pictures spoke for themselves.

Ann played a great match beating out Nick, or Fan Heart-throb, but when it came down to playing Wes. But even with her 7 straight win streak she just couldn't shake the Asian pong master when it came down to the final hit. Wes then played Myke B, what a game of silent competition. You almost wanted to have Myke scream in glory but unfortunately that would never happen. Wes ended up taking his paddle to the end, when asked what helped him push himself to the final match he told us that with his newborn son there failure wasn't a lesson he wanted to teach his young Ping Pong prodigy.

Our other young Asian Pong Student almost missed the match arriving to it within mere seconds of his forfeit. Such a typical move with these young hot shot players. It gave Greg an uneasy felling, maybe that was the plan, but it didn't seem to work. Greg went on to play his games well and got let off easy when Lubomir bowed out graciously just hours before the game. Giving Greg an easier chance at making it to the end.

In the end and a few pints later the winners were crowned, and the new gladiators of Pong were born.





Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Push ups and more push ups!

The boyz have started a "push up" regiment. Now they have either just discovered girls or have realized that for most of the day they're sitting on their butts. The goal is to be able to do 100 push ups, from what I gather. We'll be keeping a play by play for all who want to see who can triumph in this goal. Jeff seems extremely enthusiastic about it, but then again he's been turning into a bit of a work out fiend.

"Bring it on!" - Jeffery Thompson


Friday, March 08, 2013

The Game to end all Games


Friday March 08 2013, let it be written that on this day 8 pong gladiators raised their paddles in a fight to the death ........... only one will survive.

Ok well its not that serious but if you knew how these guys were playing you'd think it was. Today at 4pm the HoC fam will be hitting up SPIN on King st for the final showdown, 8 finalists fighting for the top dog spot, who will prevail! Come by and cheer on your favourite player.


 Wes Lui Group A Finalist:

Yeah sure he's the boss in the office but can he hold down a game? With 6 wins and 1 loss in the round robins it sure seems like it. What will happen though under pressure? Hopefully his asian roots will kick in and his natural ping pong talent  will pull him through to the end.









 Ann Bodner Group A Finalist:

Don't let her pretty face fool you, under that smile is a mean streak of competitive nature. Sure she'll sit with you smile and chat, ask about your weekend and listen intently even give advice but in the end she's just sizing you up and finding your weakness. Ann has a 7 straight win for the round robins and I don't think she is looking to loose anytime soon.
Nick Group A Finalist:

With only 4 wins in the round robins we're not really sure what Nick's playing strategy is? Is he throwing the games? Making sure he just meets the standards to get into finals and then POW he'll getcha when you're not looking? Or does he just genuinely play for the love of the game? Either way we think Nick  is a Fan Fav, with that goofy grin and sense of humor whats not to like?



Myke B Group A Finalist:

Some say Myke's quiet demeanor can be unsettling. While being very quiet and soft spoken in the office, we have seen that it doesn't really reflect the way he throws that paddle around. We're told that He doesn't smile at wins and not at losses, and for someone who spells his name with a "y" we think he's got something up his sleeve for tonight.




Greg Court Group B Finalist:


Many say that Greg doesn't like to share, but he's sharing the top spot with Group A finalist Ann Bodner with 8 straight wins in the round robin. Greg was seen today heading to the gym, pre-game workout? Not many players will do that but maybe its some sort of game ritual Greg has going on, he can't afford to have any bad omens on this day.




Daniel Group B Finalist:

Daniel believes that the eyes are the gateway to the soul, so he has decided not to risk letting the world see into his ping pong secrets. With 7 wins out of 8, I guess he has every right to be superstitious.







Ray Group B Finalist:

The young blood, what Ray lacks in experience he makes up for in confidence. Always willing to play a match, this young up-coming player has what it takes to become a legend but will it be tonight? The odds are stacked against him we'll see what this kid can do.








Our fourth finalist of Group B is in the works of being determined with one player backing out, points have to be re-evaluated. Stay tuned for the his/her reveal.

Video Games Created to Help Mental Disorders

Remember when your mom would tell you that you would rott your brain if you kept playing mario brothers, sonic the hedge hog, counter strike, ect ect (you get my point ). Well they have now started developing games to help patients with mental and even physical disorders. They might not be the action packed games like MMW3 or HALO, but the are "well-produced serious games that have been commercialized for improving psycho-education". Puts a new spin into the way we think about video games.

Here is an excerpt from the study, for the whole study follow the link below:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3433177/


" PlayMancer: a video game for treating mental disorders

PlayMancer is an EU initiative to develop a video game prototype for treating specific mental disorders (namely EDs and impulse control disorders). It is being applied at the Department of Psychiatry (University Hospital of Bellvitge, Barcelona, Spain) in mental disorders (mainly EDs and behavioural addictions) and introduces the player to an interactive scenario (named Islands), where the final goal is to increase emotional self-control skills in patients and self-control over their general impulsive behaviours. A multidisciplinary team of clinicians, engineers and programmers have developed this video game, by considering user requirements and emotional reactions as well as personality profiles of the targeted patients. " - Journal of Mental Health

Friday, March 01, 2013

New Companions

So over the past few weeks these babies have been popping in and around the office. Sleek looking things for sure. The world of technology is always changing and as a business that relies on it we couldn't just let these guys go to just any studio? Come on, they deserve a good home, no greasy fingers from popcorn, or spilled coffee, or messy sandwiches, ................... hmmm I guess the boyz will have to start eating away from their desks.