Belvoir is it really a Beaver?

Aug 11, 2018

Sooooo, we're taking a slightly different road for this post, we're gonna have a look at Belvoi Bellevoir and some Beaver.

(some) People seem to be confused by the pronunciation of the word Belvoir, I have personally always pronounced it Bel-Vwaa, but it turns out I'm.... well.. correct. There is indeed a Belvoir Castle in Leicester, England who have chosen to pronounce the word as Beaver, even though their logo is a Peacock? Go figure?

There are a few of conflicting stories as to why exactly they went Beaver but the two most popular explanations appear to be that at the time (the 11th century I believe) the English couldn't pronounce the word Belvoir and so chose to say Beaver (Belvoir Fruit Farms. (2018).

The second story, (R, Renshaw. 2012), goes that the English in the area at the time hated the French so much that they refused to pronounce it correctly and chose to say Beaver.

So this may seem like a strange discussion for the IMBA Ninjas page, but it came up in conversation, relating to a local letting agent called Belvoir Lettings, and someone tried to say that it was pronounced Beaver, but having know the owner of this particular franchise I know that it's pronounced Bel-Vwaa and once again it turns out that is the case. At one time the letting agents tried to follow the crazy beaver pronunciation but... "as everyone called them Bellevoir anyway, they threw in the towel and changed the pronunciation in 2002."(R, Renshaw. 2012)

So there ya go, the only place time you need to pronounce Belvoir as Beaver is if you are at the Belvoir castle estate or in Leicestershire, (and one street in Hull, which turns out may be pronounced Beaver as some sort of student 'prank' that kinda stuck around? (F, Preston. 2017) ) and not when you are at the Belvoir lettings agency, especially the one in Elgin.




References

Belvoir Fruit Farms. (2018) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - How do you pronounce your name? [online]. Available from <https://www.belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk/faqs/> [10th August 2018]


F, Preston. (2017) Why is Belvoir Street in Hull pronounced Beaver Street? [online]. Available from <https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yor...> [10th August 2018]

R, Renshaw. (2012) Belvoir beavers in on stately home's estate [online]. Available from <https://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/news_features/...> [10th August 2018]

Results are in...

Jul 12, 2017

Sooooo, you, yes you, my one and only blog follower, I have not been too active this year for a couple of reasons. The first was that as well as starting my 4th year I was also lecturing. Once I finished the lecturing I realised the work load of the course combined with me running my own business and helping the better half to look after our kids wouldn't leave me much time to put the world to rights on here, so here I am to catch ya up!

Gratuitous Deadpool Picture


Soooooo, ah I've done that one already... I did the honours year of my degree, which included recreating Manic Miner as an HTML5 game, I set up an instance on AWS to host the twitter app app I built. Created an augmented reality experience to try and give those with dyspraxia a way of exercising their fine motor skills in an educational manner (this app has since grown arms and legs and is being developed further for general education purposes). I made a cool wee video, staring my daughter and son, exploring special effects influenced by Industrial Light and Magic.

Interviewed a couple of entrepreneurs from the games industry and created a portfolio, and I did a LOT of work in product research and development creating an educational application aimed at nursery school children in an attempt to assist in teaching them the alphabet, numbers, phonics, shapes, colours, facts, rhymes and stories. The app is now being tweaked, added to and enhanced and will be released publicly sometime in the near future.

I also took part in this years Moray Game Jam which is also fun.

I got a chance to test out my two apps and a game at this years XpoNorth in Inverness and was met with brilliantly positive feedback which has spurred me on to try and make the apps and game as polished as possible before release.

Soooooo... there was a lot more to it than I've written above but that's the gist (jist?) of it, and the final results? Well I did ok, Bachelor of Arts with Honours First Class in Interactive Media! Nae too shabby eh.

So...ooooo.... let's see what comes next, still running a great business and adding services all the time, I want to move into the games (still very new to me) sector and more illustration, but there's gonna be some other exciting things happening soon, check back soon-ish for other info, or have a look at my other sites like milaandbobby.com

Anyhoo, thanks for reading and I hope this site has been of some amusement and use to you, now I'm off for some chimichangas and a new tattoo.

Laters

Graduation day, it'll be fine.

Oct 07, 2016

Hallo! So today is the day of graduation for the University of the Highlands and Islands Moray College campus. Some will be collecting awards for excellence in their Further Education, some their HNC’s and HNDs and others are picking up their Degrees. Everyone should be proud of what they have achieved as heading to any college or university to continue learning, or restart learning in some cases, is a big achievement in itself. Moray college has a HUGE variety of students from all walks of life with a varying age range and an even more varied skill set, from those leaving school wishing to pursue a career in the world of digital arts to people that have decided at the age of 60 they fancy a career change and jump back into learning. Now while I think Moray college is an excellent learning institution with lecturers who are dedicated and love to teach students new skills, at least in the computing and digital media depart, this isn’t an advert for the college (although if they want to throw some pennies this way I’ll see what I can do…), and as I am still studying I don’t want this to come across as me buttering up the lecturers (again we can discuss money).

The real reason for this “article” is because I wanted to write a wee post to say congratulations to a few of the folk I studied with over the last few years, while I came into the course with some knowledge of the topics we were studying on the Interactive Media course others came in completely blind and have learned from scratch the following skills over three years

  • Interactive media: planning
  • User interface design
  • Digital imaging: bitmap and vector
  • Interactive media: graded unit 1
  • Interactive media: authoring for a website and app
  • Working with a project team
  • Art and design desktop publishing and layout
  • Web development essential content
  • 2D animation
  • Digital imaging: bitmap techniques
  • Digital imaging: advanced vector techniques
  • Advanced design techniques
  • Responsive web design and client side scripting with MySQL
  • Team project – Creating apps for Brodie Castle and Moray college
  • Small business planning
  • Video and audio production techniques
  • Advanced 3D modelling and animation
  • Introduction to web science
  • Mobile application development

And there’s probably a few more I’ve missed out. Now they didn’t just attend classes and tick the boxes to pass a course, they actually went above and beyond for just about every project we were given and created work that they could be proud and happily put in to a portfolio. A lot of time and hard work went into creating branding for businesses as well as promotional materials like posters, flyers, entrance tickets and postcards. Responsive websites, driven by databases, with content management systems were built from scratch having been given a client brief. Documentaries and short films were planned, scripted, budgeted, filmed, edited and published from the ground up. We/they even tackled some topics like the story of the children of Terezin, a concentration camp during the second world war which was researched and then stories were told creating 3D animations using software that has helped create films like Transformers, X-Men and Avatar to name a few.

While some excelled in different areas to other for the most part no-one was left to struggle on their own, the skills that have been achieved are excellent, not just from a technical point of view but also from the customer/client relationship side too, people skills go hand in hand with Interactive Media projects and are an great skill to have in all walks of life.

Some of us are moving on to do the fourth year while others have decided to take a break to spend time with their new babies (congratulations again) or to look at doing another course to build on a particular set of skills (look at you eh!) or simply because they are happy with what they’ve achieved so far and want to spend some time in their sheds (not just standing there, but making stuff out of wood), whatever the reason everyone should be proud of what they have done throughout the last few years. The genuine skills that we have all learned have been put to work in the real world in one way or another whether it’s working for a games company as a 3D artist, creating websites for businesses, using graphic design skills to create logos and print materials or creating and editing video productions for local schools you’ve all got the skills to be successful designers, creators and makers of awesome stuff.

There’s been ups and downs, rendering for what felt like months in a hot tiny room, arguments, memes, mitigating circumstance, rock cakes and scones…. lots of scones but I think for the most part it was actually pretty good fun, apart from the exams, the presentations, the grading and all the hard work that got us all here, although that’s maybe the bit that made it all fun, the struggling to create something and finally hitting that goal? Meh.

Anyways, to everyone from Moray college who is graduating today, whether attending the ceremony at the town hall or not, a big well done, but I want to say a special congratulations to Nat, Gillian and Allan whom I have worked with both in college and outside in a professional manner (professional in the sense of doing real work not necessarily in the ‘maturity’ sense of the word!) if you hadn’t have carried on through the course it wouldn’t have been half as enjoyable as it was so thanks. Whatever you go on to do next I’m sure it will be brilliant and remember, I’m always here to work on either a day rate or commission based payment style.

So in the words of someone, not sue who it was:

“We’re dead, we’re dead… We made it, but we’re dead!”

Congratulations to the class of 2016, it's been emotional...

End of Week One

Sep 16, 2016

So that's it, as quick as that, ablink of an eye and we are one week down already!

Today we were introduced to our third unit, which is Web Programming, being delivered online and via VC. Had our first VC today and after last year we were a little apprehensive, but with in minutes of the lecture talking to us and discussing what we would be doing that apprehention dissapeared completely (for me at least). The lecturer is full of life and obviously passionate about his unit, and although it's going to be heavy going learning a LOT of new languages/scripting/stuff it looks like it's going to be really interesting and enjoyable.

Image via - https://www.techlila.com/html5-game-development-engines/

Our other two units look equally as challenging, engaging and interesting and, again, they are being delivered by a lecturer who is looking forward to pushing us.

Check back next week for the next enthralling installment... and to see if I have changed my tune and am sitting rocking back and forth in a darkened room muttering about unity, node, canvas and ajax...


via GIPHY

Reference Generator News

Sep 14, 2016

So you may or may not know that I made a wee reference generator to help folk out last year, it really is nothing special and litterally just formats the inputted (in-putted?) data into the correct format so you can then copy and paste it into your document. It turns out that the wee bit of code proved quite popular, and was used by lots of folk so I figured that as the IMBA Ninjas page is more for Interactive Media stuff, and me having a moan on the blog, that I'd set up an Unofficial UHI Reference Generator or at http://www.uhireferencegenerator.co.uk/

That doesn't mean I'm removing it from this site, just that it might be easier for folk to find rather than having to search imbaninjas all the time.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • As a student you can get Amazon Prime FREE for 6 months!
  • You get discount in loads of shops online and instore?
  • Hulk Hogans real names is Terry Bollea
  • There are 3 unofficial James Bond films:
    • Casino Royal 1954
    • Casino Royal 1967
    • Never Say Never Again 1983
  • In 2007 A £125,000 campaign to replace Scotland's 'Best Small Country In The World' tag was revealed....'Welcome to Scotland'