Equipment (Are we as paranormal investigators our own worst enemy)

Equipment
This forms the second part of our series of pieces with the theme of “Are we as paranormal investigators our own worst enemy?)

Ghost investigators in particular seemingly have quite the repertoire of gear that is commonly regarded as spirit finding tools. EMF meters such as a K2 meter, laser grid torches, cameras, audio recorders and suchlike. When it comes to the equipment in which we investigate, shouldn’t the first rule of the thumb be to discard immediately what we know for certain does not work. Such as pendulums, dowsing rods, table tipping, laser grids, ouija/spirit boards which have been debunked in every kind of way.
What is amazing to consider, is many marketed paranormal event/ghost hunts tend to use them! For those that do, its a hit or miss as to whether there is fair explanation of their use or practise.
The reason they are they being used may be down to that they are expected, much like props. They have no value or worthy information to be gleaned other than “looking” like it’s what they do on the telly. Whilst this doesn’t go completely for every investigative group.
Certain practices that are being employed in investigative exercises, such as at residential homes you have to raise an eyebrow or two in wonder at what groups hope to obtain using tools and methods that can only be described as dubious. Further self-deception is generated and thus a trap of expectation and basing foundations of nothing that holds any weight.

We can see to a certain extent why some equipment are being used despite the contrary and conflicting views, such as an EMF meter. To be used to measure the electro-magetic fields of the environment, its original purpose, not as a pseudo-scientific dowsing tool. Which is also how the K2 meter is presently being employed by many investigators. Often being labelled as “Ghost Communicators” by some of the companies retailing them! Those companies selling them are often ghost hunt event and investigative groups themselves.

In searching the internet in search of a couple of images to use for the this journal piece, the results to searching for EMF meter picture wise, on the front first page of which there were 55, every one belonged to ghost related website! Checked them all manually. :-S However Greater Manchester Skeptics Society did make me chuckle,

You get into a conversation with a potential customer. He asks you about Infrared Thermometers, so you begin to demonstrate one you just happen to be holding. At this point he asks you if you sell EMF meters, and the alarm bells go off. You’ve got yourself a ghost wanker! What would you do? I have absolutely no idea, and each time it happens I’m almost at a loss for words.

http://www.gmskeptics.org/?p=19

Certifibly haunted

Certifiably haunted

Went into a pub a few days back, in the former mining town of Hucknall, which is located north of Nottingham. Whilst sharing drinks and conversation with friends, I caught sight of a framed picture on the wall. Without naming names.
Within the frame is a certificate with the words to the extent that this location has been officially acknowledged as being a haunted premises as investigated by” ******** paranormal investigation team”. Glad to know there is a team out there who actually know what a ghost is and can as such “certify” its existence and activity at a location. While seemingly everyone else in the world doesn’t have this insight.

This forms the initial of a series of articles with the over arcing theme of “Are we as paranormal investigators our own worst enemy?”

Enigma talk – 9th February 2012, Lincolnshire Poacher, Mansfield Road, Nottingham.

Enigma: “Strange and most curious. Places and stories that defy explanations.”


Kristian Lander, of the Paranormal Network – is the guest speaker at the NPN Monthly moot meeting tomorrow evening.

An informal talk, discussion and presentation. Picture and video session covering a number of ancient sacred sites and their Enigmas.
Mohenjo-daro, Derinkuyu and Carnac being some of the highlights.

There will be a brief introduction, accompanied by some video clips and pictures. following each with a discussion.
Carrying over and expanding on some of the information from the talk at the Empryean meeting in January.

Plus a number of psychical experiments of telepathy, remote viewing and psychometry.

Throwing in some local spooky and strange stories, which we have been involved with. with pictures and video from our archive. Some of which have never been shown before.

Occurring at 7.30 pm £2 on the door. 

Lincolnshire Poacher

161-163 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 3FR

Thursday 9 Feb 2012

Special thanks to Lee Brockbank for use of hardware.

The Paranormal Network supports the protest against SOPA.

The SOPA acts goes against everything the internet stands for and its future.
The internet is the last stand of freedom of speech, expression and peoples voices against tryanny. If i wish to mention the word “google” or “the new york times” potentially just the mere mention of the word without permission and copyright fees paid, is enough to have your websites, blogs removed. Even your very access to the internet recinded completely. By laws no-one wants wants, no one agreed with. In the illusion of protecting data.
This is an outright step to complete draconian law by corperations and is politically motivated by people behind the scenes of governments who share seats on the boards of these mega companies.

Its maybe that Paranormal Network isnt large enough of its own for people to take notice, but unless we all show support and community to the likes of wikipedia, reddit, yahoo and the many others that are, we do not accept of want SOPA.

Paranormal 101 – How to be a investigator on a budget.

Was asked a question recently which was from a friend called Sarah.  Who asked “I cannot go on ghost hunts, because I cannot afford it anymore. How can I still be investigator?” We take up the challenge of looking at different areas of the paranormal and how to do them on budget!

It’s a question facing many  people who have an interest in the fields of curious experiences and phenomena in our economic climate, a climate which shows no signs of loosening its grip. So what can one do?

Anyone who has visited our site in the last year, will have seen a graphic, a message and a facebook page entitled Investigating the paranormal isn’t just about hunting ghosts? Because there really is so much more to the amazing colourul landscape of the unexplained.

Areas such as remote viewing, psychometry, precognition and telepathy are easily examined, with a small number of people.

How? Simple experiments using Zener cards which you can make your own. Take a photo, make sure no one sees obviously put it in an envelope and pass it around seeing if others can pick up, draw and write down information they get just by touch. Put an object or a message in a room and see using remote viewing what it is. Arrange a psychical fun night in.

Prep work: paper for notes, create/buy Zener cards, get envelopes, get some peeps over.
Cost – Very little.


Ghost, stories, myth and legend discovering!

Theres always places with myths and legends attached. Monks, grey ladies, strange figures, anniversary hauntings. Roman roads, cross roads, former battlefields, standing stones, sacred sites and hanging trees even. You’ll find them some of them in various books of the subject.

Take up the research side, head to your local studies library. You will find lots of stuff and places to look at. Discover more and even go visit. A great example close to us here in Ye Olde Nottingham is the stories of black George, the very road takes its name from the entity Georges Lane. A lonely and eerie stretch of rural road heading to the small township of Calverton. Many encounters of a black figure chasing cars, a number of situations where late night drivers on the road report a figure or being appearing in the back seat of the car! Not in there few either. Local taxi drivers reputedly avoid the road at night and others plan routes around Georges Lane. Brilliantly simple place to investigate, with the structure and scenario already in place required to do an investigation.
Take a car drive along at night.

Prep work: create a log, times, direction etc
Cost: It’d just be a tank of fuel.



On location of investigation. Example being a ghost inv.

Taking a logical equipment set suited to the investigation. Pen, notebook, >wristwatch, camera, torch (it may be dark), talcum powder, thermometer and a compass.
All of which bar the camera are relatively inexpensive. A tape/digital voice recorder is very useful though. EMF meters and thermal cameras sure look cool and striking. They are more about monitoring the environment rather than tracking down ghosts.
Which is our advice to any team. Use the principle – “K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Stupid.” Sure there are advantages to having infra red beam alarms securing areas off, CCTV set ups monitoring when there is multiple locations. But are generally they not needed.

Don’t waste time, money and effort on reports which aren’t current events. For instance, it may that Mary who experienced the windows rattling, cold spots and the TV turning off 22 years ago without an explanation. Simple isn’t viable, for the structure and perimeters of an investigation. But many people have reports they just want to talk about, which is fine in terms of conversation as some are fascinating.
However a simple way is just ask them straight, does it occur today?
Refer them to local studies library, city archives, paranormal database, ASSAP, SPR archives to see if there any other reports that have appeared at the location.



UFOs – a frequent subject of the strange


Have a look at local reports in the press, local studies library and the internet. Whilst many of the reports are from individuals viewing and recording are often nothing more than the crafts in passing. Rather than close encounters.
There is logical things investigators can do like making a call to CAA to see if there was a craft of more earthy origin at that time.

Cost: a phonecall. And log the report.


Hope these have provided food for thought in terms of lowering the outlay whilst being an effective investigator of the unexplained.

Paranormal Networks

Paranormal 101: Practical steps of the investigating the paranormal.

Presentation details and title screen


“Large sunken islands, tales of the ancient gods, preceltic history and artifacts.
Earth mysteries and ancient mythology, technology of the gods and the revelations of genetics.
Egyptian history and the strong connection between all of them”
Yes, my bad. It’s a long title. Really did try to make it smaller, but nothing seemed to encompass the areas at which we are going to look at and expand upon.



The presentation will be at the monthly Empryean meeting held at the Theosophical Hall, next to the Old Saluation Inn, on Maid Marian way, Nottingham.
January 4th 2012
Doors open at 7.30pm and talk starts at 8pm
On the door is 4pounds adult and 2.50pound the unwaged

http://www.nottinghamempryean.co.uk

Really hope you can attend,

“The unexplained and the paranormal is about more than just ghosthunting”

White Noise ‘Ghosts Of Shows Past’ Archive Special

White Noise ‘Ghosts Of Shows Past’ Archive Special

Join Jason and Kelly from 10pm – Midnight (UK), for Season Four of the White Noise Paranormal Radio Show with new features and a revamped format.

This week the White Noise Team will be featuring your most requested clips from previous shows as they take a Christmas trip down memory lane calling in on a few of the guests of White Noise shows past and looking to the future.

Kristian Lander of Paranormal Network brings us the paranormal and unexplained news, truths and revelations

Got some really exciting unexplained and paranormal news this evening. Rendelshams event re-enters the fray with a completely new twist! The Flying Dutchman! New Zealand X-files declassified – Giant aliens talking about ghosts?! Hauntings of Christmas and a bit of specialness on the “Zona del silencio” plus more if theres time!

LISTEN TO THE SHOW IN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING EASY WAYS
Listen LIVE AND CHAT LIVE via the following links:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/famously-haunted/2011/01/02/white-noise-ghosts-of-shows-past-archive-special (The Blogtalk official page of the Radio show hosting)

http://whitenoise.forumotion.net/ (Also contains the WNPR forums, and easy to see glimpse of past guests)

http://www.whitenoiseparanormalradio.co.uk/ (Our official website)

REMEMBER IF YOU CAN’T LISTEN LIVE, DON’T WORRY WE WON’T HAUNT YOU! YOU CAN LISTEN TO THIS AND ANY OTHER SHOW FEATURING OUR EXCITING GUESTS BY VISITING THE WEBSITE AND YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD AS AN MP3 TO LISTEN IN THE CAR, ON YOUR WAY TO WORK, OUT JOGGING, COUCHING OR ON YOUR LUNCH!