I’ve Got A Style… Apparently.

Had another bout of COVID again, seemingly acquired from open day. Anyway, just before that happened, I managed to get a load of footage to create two films. After he received the assembly cut of the first one, Chris told me that ‘I have a style’. I’m sure he has spotted something that is recurrent, but I’m hardly in the company of Wes Anderson. Maybe it’s the speed at which I cut, (or my refusal to cut fast even in a short form video). Maybe it’s the ‘walking out of shot’ element. It got me thinking about whether I should change that up a bit. So what were these videos about, and what did I learn from making them?

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Let’s Talk Tech – 2) EMF Detectors

You’ll often seen these being waved around by ghost hunters, as the claim is that ghosts manifest themselves through disturbances in the local electromagnetic field (EMF). Investigators will refer to witnessing spikes in EMF as ghosts try to communicate with them. I won’t go into why they believe this, other than to say that it is often portrayed as direct communication when the needle moves.

So what is EMF? Let’s not panic about something being a human thing that isn’t a natural phenomenon. We find it in the power put out from the Sun, and when that electromagnetic radiation interferes with the Earth’s magnetic field we witness the Aurora Borealis and Australis, very natural events. Yet humans have filled the earth with EMF too. Modern life brings its conveniences, many electrical in nature; WiFi, microwave ovens, and radio waves, etc.

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Let’s Talk Tech – 1) The IR Camera

To complement the Ghost in the Machines Show, I’m going to share an insight into the tech in question. It’s my hope that inquisitive people will make some of this stuff themselves. As I insist in the show, I couldn’t discourage people from doing ghost hunting if they are set on doing it. However, there is much to be learned and huge satisfaction gained in creating your own technology, and I’m not talking about dowsing rods, or how to tie string to a crystal, things prone to the ideomotor effect.1 Neither am I advocating you rush off and start playing with Ouija boards or things like that. If you do, that’s your look out; good luck.

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