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>A Guide for the Ghost Radar App

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I seem to have started a fad several months ago when I downloaded the Ghost Radar app on my BlackBerry and began tweeting about it. A lot of my friends began playing with it too, and subsequently, a lot of questions about its use have come to me. There are several versions of the app, including free versions and paid versions, all for Droid, BlackBerry and iPhone. I’m not sure if the app is available on other smartphones but you may certainly find out by looking through your own apps. I have used the free version for BlackBerry, the paid version for BlackBerry, and the paid version for iPhone. Of those, I have judged the paid version for iPhone to be the best. I would bypass all free versions of this app, however, because it’s rather limited, it doesn’t keep records of your sessions, and there is very little control over how the sessions are operated. Pay the $0.99 on iPhone or $2.99 on BlackBerry. It’s worth the price and does nothing to harm your phone.

I have been using the app for several months and in general I find it to be very satisfactory. It does, however, take some practice in learning to use it properly.

Here is the description of Ghost Radar from the product website:

Ghost Radar is a portable application designed to detect paranormal activity. Currently supported portable devices include the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry and Android devices. Ghost Radar attempts to detect paranormal activity by using various sensors on the device on which it is running. Like traditional paranormal detecting equipment Ghost Radar employs sensors that measure electromagnetic fields, vibrations, and sounds. However, traditional paranormal equipment can be easily fooled when simple mundane bursts of normal electromagnetic fields, vibrations and sounds occur. Ghost Radar sets itself apart by analyzing the readings from sensors giving indications only when interesting patterns in the readings have been made.

Ghost Radar employs a proprietary algorithm to analyze the quantum flux. This application does NOT detect EMF nor gravity. Readings for various sensors are analyzed to detect QUANTUM Fluctuations. Interpretations of the sensor readings are displayed graphically as blips on the radar along with numeric and textual readouts on the VOX. Use your Ghost Radar to hunt for odd changes in the flux. Hunters of all types may find anomalous areas of their environment where readings simply can’t be explained. You be the judge. Are the results of your hunting evidence of paranormal activity?

The theory of what is happening is that intelligent energy can be made aware of their ability to influence the sensors of the mobile device. The various readouts are an interpretation of certain readings from the sensors. An intelligent energy should be able to influence the readouts and communicate with you. What those readings mean and how you interpret them is up for debate.

I began using this app as a joke. My friend downloaded it, so I thought it would be funny. The more I used it and the more my friends used it, the more we realized this might not be so much of a joke after all. Many of us began receiving words and activity in direct response to questions done in the style of classic EVP sessions. One of the first instances that alerted me to the possibility that something genuine might be happening was when my friend received the word “potatoes” while she was driving. She brushed it off as nothing until she reached her destination a few minutes later and found her grandmother peeling potatoes in the kitchen. Several other similar instances followed from other friends of mine.

In my case, I decided I should try to ask questions of my regular entities that would be harder to chalk up to coincidence. I asked if Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was present and the readings started jumping around and going crazy. I then asked what my brother was doing (we live in different states) and words describing him being in an office and rolling in a chair started appearing on the screen, as did the word Tom, which was what my brother’s name was when Lawrence knew him. I asked my brother what he was doing at that time and all of the words on my radar log matched with his activities. If I didn’t know what my brother was doing, then an inanimate object like a cell phone could not be influenced by any prior knowledge either. Other key words that I have told Lawrence to use with mediums also came up on the screen during that session, which lasted about twenty minutes. The words are specifically uncommon and unique to us in order to prevent false leads through coincidence.

Then all activity ceased for several hours. That in itself is telling for me in that if the app was entirely fake, the activity would not correspond with questioning or other forms of activity like noises, shadows, and so forth. I have left the app running for entire 24 hour periods to see how it does and it will be completely dead (excuse the term) for hours and hours at a time. But when I begin seeking an entity, the activity picks up again in most cases.

Not long after I began using the app, my friend and I went to the Kennesaw Battlefield to see what kind of results we would get amongst hundreds of Civil War soldiers. Most of the words received that day were military in nature. There were also a lot of words we didn’t understand having to do with a farm, but much later we realized there was a farm heavily involved in the battle. My friend also kept the radar away from me so that I could see if my senses as a medium corresponded with the blips of concentrated energy on the radar screen. Much to our surprise, things matched up in every instance.

We also acquired the spirit of Dan McCook from Ohio, who named himself on the screen. As we were walking along, many words came but we didn’t make sense of them until we came to a plaque discussing the work of McCook in Kennesaw. It all made sense then. He followed us to dinner that night and lingered around for a few days before leaving, although he seems to visit my friend at times. He described his family as a tribe and offered names of specific family members, which I knew nothing about until I researched his life later. Almost every word received during the encounter with McCook was matched later with information gathered in research. The likelihood of coincidence became less and less with every matched word.

Also during our exploration of Kennesaw, I drove my wheelchair too fast and got stuck on large rocks. My friend came to my rescue and words like “careful” appeared on the screen as if the spirits there were concerned about my accident.

The entity who utilizes the Ghost Radar the most in my case is John Wilkes Booth, as I have discussed in another blog. I got several names, including John, and at first the names made no sense to me until a couple of days later when I started doing some reading about him for the project I’m writing for him. I found out that the names being listed on the radar were all of John Wilkes Booth’s siblings. One of the results during that session was actually the phrase “locate Asia” and even though I’m not sure what he meant by that but asking for name and getting Asia was beyond coincidental in my opinion. Asia was his sister and they were very close.

I also noticed that every time my friend came over for a visit, within five minutes of her coming into my house, it would say words like “plain” and various other words that described a person’s opinion of her looks and her personality. We both kind of laugh about this because it happens every time she’s here. She has rather short hair like a pixie cut and she never wears dresses and she would be considered rather plain by Victorian standards, so we both have this hunch that it’s John Wilkes Booth expressing his opinions about her since he was so used to beautiful, feminine, compliant and swooning women in his lifetime. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain nor my other entities would be so audacious as to express opinions of that nature about someone I love so much like my friend. That kind of audacity has to come from someone with an audacious personality. John Wilkes Booth. These are not just assumptions though because there are times when the word John comes up on the screen when I’m looking for identification.

How does the Ghost Radar work? I don’t really know. I don’t really know how other paranormal equipment works either. I do, however, have a few tips for people.

1. Pay attention to the concentrated energy blips on the radar screen. They indicate where there might possibly be an entity present. From the product website: “On the Radar view the colors of the blips are an indication of signal strength. Red indicates the signal is strongest. Yellow is a little weaker signal than red. Green is a little weaker signal than yellow. Finally blue indicates a very weak signal.”

2. Don’t pay attention to the words in the first ten minutes of turning on the app. If you notice, every time you turn it on, it seems like all the measurements are going crazy and a lot of words are coming out as well. It’s not because you have a spirit jumping up and down trying to talk to you. It’s because all the energy disruptions in that environment are registering at the same time because it’s not acclimated to reading your environment yet. Give it time to even out before you start looking at it as possible evidence.

3. If the words don’t make sense right away, they might later. For example, I kept getting the word “fire” when I was at home and I never understood it. Later, I went to an antique store and found rather long photographs of fire damage. My area of Atlanta had burned down in a great fire of 1917 that destroyed 300 acres and displaced thousands of people. I was not aware of this fire and had I not found those photographs, the repeated word of fire would never have made sense to me. Typically when words don’t make sense, it is due to one of three reasons: a) the words come from spirits you don’t know and it’s like trying to understand a conversation walking halfway into it, b) the words are random with no meaning and are the result of interpretations of natural fluctuations of energy, or c) spirits having difficulty manipulating the energy to pull the correct word from the dictionary.

That is the biggest issue people have – what to do with words that don’t make sense. I have found that it is a matter of patience and a process of elimination. It’s important to get to know the history of your locality and learn about the people who lived in your vicinity before you. I get a lot of words from spirits I don’t know at all because they are simply local to my area. If the words don’t match up with anything known to my area or my regular spirits, I typically try to find out if it’s a spirit passing through my area. Being a medium, I get a lot of unseen passersby. It takes a lot of patience and repetitive questioning to discover the patterns and how to identify this or that spirit. It is also very important to remember that this is not an exact science. This is not a device designed for measuring spirit energy. This is a cell phone using its existing structure to measure possible spirit energy. Therefore, there are going to be nonsensical words and misinterpreted readings of natural energy fluctuations. My advice is to really get to know the history of your locality in order to better understand the words you are receiving.

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>I’ll be on Darkness Radio on 4/19

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Shameless self-promotion.

I’m going to be on the radio tomorrow night again (4/19) at midnight EST with my research partner, Nellie Kampmann. It’s 100.3 FM News Talk in Minnesota/St. Paul. You can also listen live online for free at www.DarknessRadio.com which is the show I did.

I was interviewed for my expertise in reincarnation research, my partnered website with Nellie Kampmann in which we collect famous reincarnation cases, and my book, Unveiled: Fanny Chamberlain Reincarnated. If you miss it and you want to listen, I’ll tell you where to download the show on iTunes later. The show is archived and you will be able to download the episode on iTunes for free.

So y’all better listen!

This is a side by side comparison of Fanny Chamberlain and myself to whet your palette.

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>Two thumbs up for The Conspirator

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I have just returned home from seeing The Conspirator. Armed with my trusty bag of mini chocolate bars, I’m prepared to tell y’all my thoughts on the film.

Without giving too much away, the film’s focus is upon Mary Surratt and her trial in the wake of President Lincoln’s assassination. Don’t go to this movie expecting it to be the John Wilkes Booth show. You can go watch The Day Lincoln Was Shot for a more detailed account of the events leading up to the assassination and Booth’s plotting and planning to avenge the South. It is a fresh approach that has largely been ignored in the question of whether Mrs. Surratt knew of the assassination plans and if she might have even actively participated in it. The film depicts several layered nuances, such as Mrs. Surratt’s inability to accept that her son, John Surratt, was probably directly involved and willing to let his own mother be put on trial in order to keep himself hidden. The inability to believe that a woman should be harshly imprisoned or hanged for a crime is touched upon, and the question of fair trial by a person’s peers even in a time of war is put to the test.

James McAvoy played Frederick Aiken, the defense attorney who represented Mrs. Surratt (Robin Wright) in her trial. His performance was gripping and never faltered at any time. The true measure of an actor is the ability to make the audience forget that they’re watching a performance and some of the strongest scenes in the film were not in fact the trial but the prison interaction of Aiken and Surratt, as well as his struggle to defend her against even the opinions of his most beloved relationships. McAvoy and Wright were perfectly cast, as was Evan Rachel Wood as Anna Surratt, the daughter of Mrs. Surratt. Kevin Kline did a decent job of playing Edwin Stanton, who quite certainly was intended to come off as the top villain in the film, followed by the military tribunal. Adding to his repertoire of historical films, Tom Wilkinson played Maryland Senator Reverdy Johnson, who initially defended Mrs. Surratt but ultimately passed the case onto Frederick Aiken, his younger associate.

Some roles were a bit awkward and didn’t quite fit with the tone of the film. Alexis Bledel’s inexperience with historical films showed and she came off as a starlet in a costume drama rather than a woman sinking her teeth into a dramatic role. Given a few more years of acting experience, she has the potential to do quite well in historical films as Kate Winslet has but this film was probably too soon in her career. Justin Long had a minor role in the film and suffered the same trouble as Bledel – appearing like a modern kid trying to play a costume drama. Toby Kebbell was cast as John Wilkes Booth and I had my reservations about the choice for this role even though it was a small part. I didn’t believe him. Booth had such fire and passion that he ignited a room with the flicker of his black eyes, which is nearly impossible for an actor to define. There was an underlying sense of passivity in Kebbell’s expressions and voice that only served to remind me that I was watching an attempted performance. In the way that Gods & Generals sounded like a series of monologues in an awkward school play, had Kebbell’s role been expanded, he would have put The Conspirator at risk for the same fate.

The costumes, sets and so forth were nearly flawless. I didn’t see any wannabe Scarlett O’Haras as most nineteenth century films fall victim. People looked dirty and greasy when they should have looked that way. Rooms were dim and smoky as they would have been in 1865. Suits and dresses were appropriate and not distracting to the performances. Reenactors and historians will appreciate the attention to detail that has largely been overlooked in the past.

Spoiler alert!

There were some minor historical errors that I saw. I’m no expert on the trial, so there may have been errors that I missed. For example, John Wilkes Booth had shaved his mustache while on the run in order to try and disguise his appearance. Toby Kebbell sported the Booth mustache for all of his scenes. The tattoo on Booth’s hand was not present either. When he was shot in the barn, there was a mysterious lack of blood and Kebbell writhed a bit on the ground even though the bullet had severed Booth’s spinal cord, leaving him instantly paralyzed from the neck down. Also, it was clear that the filmmakers tried very hard to show the execution of the conspirators as it really happened, but they got a few things wrong. Mrs. Surratt was heard to have mumbled, “Don’t let me fall. Don’t let me fall,” while standing on the scaffold. Lewis Powell shouted, “Mrs. Surratt is innocent! She doesn’t deserve to die with the rest of us!” before they were all hanged. None of these things were portrayed in the film. The reason why is a mystery.

Despite some awkward casting and a small handful of historical oversights, The Conspirator is a moving film that asks questions about the justice system that are still relevant today. I highly recommend everyone go see this film. You would only notice the things I did if you had extensively studied the period. Outside of history, if you enjoy trial shows like Law and Order, you would probably really enjoy this film. McAvoy and Wright made the film worth the price of admission alone.

Some of you may be wondering if Booth showed up at the movie theater since I had opened my energy to invite him. He was there during the assassination scenes and after the trial. There was a scene in which Booth’s silhouette passed across the screen from left to right and as that happened, a very centralized cold pocket of air passed over my body from left to right at the same pace as the Booth on the screen. His energy was critical and not at all impressed with Toby Kebbell, but I expected that before I saw the film. As soon as the trial started, he disappeared and I felt nothing for the majority of the film, but when Mrs. Surratt learned of her fate, I noticed a black shape sort of wandering around behind the first section of seats before the stadium seats. A few moments later, I felt a bit of a wool sleeve brush my arm, which was impossible because there were no seats on my left since I was in the wheelchair row. The energy was agitated and anxious. There is probably some guilt on his part about her fate. He was a lot of things but he would never have condoned the execution of a woman. And he didn’t even want to look at Stanton. I can’t imagine why!

Note I didn’t have time to add last night: When I noticed the black shape, I was sitting on the far right side of the theater and the black shape was on the far left. It was not a living person because the usher passing through sometimes was a short, chubby woman with a flashlight, and the people sitting in front of us never got up or moved around. The black shape blocked out floor lights as it moved and that was what caught my attention. It was only for a few seconds but I think the people in my row noticed it too because I saw a few heads turn in that direction at the same time.

(PS – I have a big crush on James McAvoy in this role. He wears Union blue quite well.)

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