Bri and I decided to do another Spirit Voice session. This time it seemed more active or clearer. I had it hooked up to my computer speakers so that might be why (instead of trying to hear it out of the phone like last time).
This stuff is a little freaky. I’m still not sure if this app is actually working like a spirit box and allowing spirits to communicate or if it’s our brains hearing the blips and blurbs of phonic noise and hearing words out of the noise. I guess this is a question for the ages as we’ll never know for sure. All I know is that if this app is true… the spirits in this house are desperate for help which is very, very disturbing.
The review of Ghost Detection Apps continues today with our next app, an Android app: Spirit Voice.
The Google Play Store has this to say about it:
From the creator of SpiritVox comes the long awaited VERSION 2.0 vocal generator version of the SV-1 SpiritVox software ghost box.This software plays multiple channels of random vocal samples, synthetic speech generated at random from word library along with speed control and SV-1 bendable noise.
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Spirit Voice works great as a traditional “Ghost Box”. Simply blend the noise and voice channels as desired and turn the speed up to 100% (all the way left). the speech engine will work as hard as it can to try to say up to 5 words per second. This creates an excellent bed of white noise for EVP/ITC sessions and experiments.
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First off, before I review any further, I should point out that I did cut a little bit out of the Google Play Store’s description as it also includes another mode that I am not interested in and did not test. The reason this app caught my eye is for exactly what I posted: the “Ghost Box” aspect of it.
For those who are not in the know, a “Ghost Box” (also known as a “Frank’s Box”) is basically a device that can sweep through radio stations so fast that it’s usually nothing but static (or sometimes very, very short amounts of noise). Allegedly ghosts can use these boxes to say words. It works a little like EVPs except instead of using the white noise on a digital voice record, it’s using the radio static and you can hear it live instead of having to go listen to a bunch of static to see if any voices came through. They’re interesting little devices and people have gotten some really interesting results using them. I’ve always wanted to try one but they’re a little expensive (even if you know how to hack a radio you still have to buy one). This app claims to do what a Ghost Box can at a fraction of the cost.
You’ll notice the app has three bars and a button to turn it on/off. The bars are: NOISE <-> VOICE, Ch. A <-> Ch. B, and Playback rate. The top bar, that says NOISE and VOICE, is how it generates what you hear. If it’s set all the way to NOISE you hear nothing but white noise which might be good if you want to try to get straight and classic EVPs. If you put it all the way over to VOICE then all you get is random noise that sounds like talking but isn’t any real words (the only way I can describe it). If you put it in the middle then you basically get what a Ghost Box sounds like–sounds like a radio sweeping through the stations. The second bar selects different channels of the phoenic sounding voices. I am told that Channel A sounds like an AM radio. The Playback rate bar is used to select how fast the phonic sounding voices occur. If you want a true Ghost Box esque experience then you need to slide this all the way to the left, as that is the fastest speed. The slowest setting seems rather pointless to me but I’m sure there’s someone out there somewhere who has figured out a use for it.
Unlike the two joke apps that have been reviewed so far, and Ghost Radar (the app that started this obsession), I feel like this app might be legit. For testing the app out I had it sit for a while running on the settings that I use and I didn’t hear any real words. I heard lots of of the phonic sounding noises and the static but I never heard anything where I went “oh hey, it just said a word!” I wasn’t asking questions during this period, I was simply testing to make sure the app would run properly on my phone. When Bri and I sat down to actually use the app we started asking questions, pausing to allow the chance for whatever is in this room to answer. Over the course of around 13 minutes we got a few direct responses to our questions and several instances where we didn’t.
We recorded the whole thing for Bri’s “Vlogtober 2013″ set of videos, so I invite you to watch this video for yourself. You can decide if what we heard, what we subtitled, is legit or if we’re just imagining things. You may also be able to hear other responses that neither of us were able to hear at the time of putting the video together.
Having said that, I want to test this app more before I can conclusively say that it works or not. On the surface I’m willing to say that it DOES work. Wait, I should specify that it seems to work for US at least. But we’ve also got the suspicion that we have a presence here in this room. If you decide to try this app out and it doesn’t seem to work for you the first time, I suggest maybe trying a different location and to try again.
Rating: I’ll reserve my rating for a little bit until we’re done testing.
Look for more Spirit Voice videos in the future as we continue to test the app out.
This version took me a little longer than I would’ve liked but regardless, it’s here! There’s lots of improvements this time around, although the changelog isn’t quite as long as some of the previous versions. It has 29 additions, 25 changes and 13 fixes. Still, I think if you’re a fan of this bot you’ll like this version. As always, the download link and the changelog are below the cut.
With so much gaming focus being dedicated to the new consoles coming out later this year – the PS4 and the Xbox One – the focus this week is on what may well amount to the last hurrah for current consoles: Grand Theft Auto V. The latest release in the popular Rockstar franchise is finally here, and already it’s looking like one of the biggest events in gaming in several years. Here are some of our early impressions.
First things first: the setup for this game is positively delectable. The fictional city of Los Santos (blatantly modeled after Los Angeles) and the surrounding areas are beyond massive, and would seem to give a whole new meaning to “open world” gaming. And, as in previous editions of the game, it’s not just empty space – one truly gets the feeling venturing around Los Santos that it’s a real live community, filled with a culture that does its own thing whether or not you’re interacting with it. And enjoying this experience as 3 different main characters (players control 3 protagonists, rather than just one) simply adds another new layer to the experience.
Within this large experience, the attention to detail in this new game is outstanding. Players can enjoy an incredible range of leisure activities. For the adventurous, there’s jet skiing and bungee jumping. For sports enthusiasts, there’s enjoyable tennis, and golf play so good it’ll make you rethink purchasing an EA Sports Tiger Woods game! There’s even a hint of a gambling environment, as the game’s casino claims to be “coming soon” (which probably means downloadable content in the near future). This would seem to be a good idea in drawing in gamers that have drifted to dynamic online gambling sites. At BetFair, for example, users can put money on the line in any game from bingo or Texas Hold’em, to slots and original arcade games. The online gambling market is enormous, and if this casino “opens” it will add another dimension to GTA V!
Moving beyond the massive quality and impressive detail of the world of GTA V, it’s the brand new features that make an impression. Driving is improved, crashes and explosions are bigger and more entertaining than ever before, and players can enjoy incredible new experiences like flying fighter jets and diving deep into an ocean alive with marine creatures.
Of course, a whole separate review could delve into specific gameplay, and the missions you’ll actually undertake in playing your way through the game. But in terms of initial impressions, it’s the sheer size and detail, and the quality of the new features, that make GTA V a winner the second you turn it on.
It’s that time again; time for another review of a Ghost App! This is another app for iOS and it’s called Ghost Detector Tool. iTunes has this to say:
The spookiest app on iTunes is back with a whole new layout and many more features!This application has the ability to scan multiple frequencies for paranormal activity! We’ve incorporated EVP, EMF, and video scanning into one single app for hunting ghosts!
Simply scan areas of your house at different frequency ranges to see if you can hear anything! If you can’t pick anything up, try moving to a new area, using different frequencies, or asking questions/ giving messages to the other side. This app is best used alone!
If the picture looks like something out of a bad Sega CD game, allow me to explain how it works.
What happens in this app is that after you turn it on it pops up with a camera that shows you what you’re looking at. The camera’s colors can be adjusted using the spectrum and gain settings because allegedly various colors will reveal more ghosts or something. As you scan the screen may occasionally start to turn into static to indicate a presence. If it goes into full static mode, a picture overlay may appear (such as a skull, a face, etc) and it will say a word.
So on the outside it isn’t as complicated as Ghost Radar but it is much cheesier. The static thing is only there to scare you, as is the picture of a skull or whatever that may pop up. ONOZ A BAD SPIRIT! The words are near impossible to hear even if you have the phone turned up all the way, making it pointless. It doesn’t display the word on the screen so if you miss it then that’s it, you miss it.
If they got rid of the static and the spooky picture overlay they might be able to fool some more people. Like the other app that we reviewed, as a joke to scare someone this might work OK (though not as good as the other since you can’t actually understand the words it spits out). As a serious ghost hunting tool don’t even waste your time with this one.
Rating: 0/5 for ghost hunting, 2/5 for joking around.
Next time will be an Android app that people have claimed to have fairly good results with. Due to the nature of this upcoming app it might be a little longer before we get a review out on it. Look forward to it!
Breezieana and I just got back from seeing Insidious 2. We plan on filming a long review about it but just as a quick blurb I thought I’d come by and write that I enjoyed it. I thought it was a fairly decent follow up to the first film. Obviously I feel the first film is the best but this one had an interesting twist and gave a lot of backstory. I enjoyed seeing some of the stuff that was mentioned in the first film in a flashback.
Scare-wise though, this film didn’t really deliver. I didn’t jump at all in this film. It didn’t bother me psychologically. If anything, it seemed rather average in that department. Having said that, the story was what drove the film not the boo’s and ahh’s!
If you liked Insidious 1, you will more than likely enjoy Insidious 2. I would suggest checking it out.
And as I said, Breezieana and I will do a much longer review in the future that I will come post here for everyone to see.
This is the start of a series of reviews of Ghost Apps (detection, communication and what have you). Our interest in doing this stated with an app known as Ghost Radar that we later discovered was completely fake (thanks to the guy who decompiled the code and explained it all in full). I was always a little on the fence about that app but it made me wonder if there’s any apps out there that are legit or not. Bri and I will be trying various Ghost Apps on both Android and iOS. We’re determined to find out if there’s any legit apps out there that will actually aid people in ghost hunting or spirit communication.
So let’s get started with today’s app: Ghost Detect Pro. It is available for iOS. Here’s what iTunes has to say about the app:
• This app WILL scare you
• ALL the sensors on one page
• Radar that actually tracks anomalies
• Very accurate EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) detector
• Super sensitive microphone – hears every little noise
• Records audio for EVP sessions
• EVP that speaks to you, with five different voices available
• Detects vibrations and movement
• Alerts for every sensor
• Draws all this to a very accurate graph
• Quantum Flux detector
• Takes photos and detects anomalies in them – Camera can be turned off an onGraph detail info below:
• Device Sensor Readout/Graph:This will show data over time.
Graph Line Colors:
* Red = Change in magnetic field in the X axis.
* Green = Change in magnetic field in the Y axis.
* Blue = Change in magnetic field in the Z axis.
* Yellow = Change in Electro Magnetic Field Discriminator (see description below).
* White = Change in Microphone Sound Input (see description below).
* Orange = Change in the Quantum Flux, if this line is moving up or down, strange things may happen.
More detailed instructions are in the app, just touch the little blue “i” button.
As you can see, when you start the app you’re treated with a plethora of meters, numbers, radar sweeps and graphs. It looks legit enough. The radar sweeps through and eventually, just like Ghost Radar, finds a blip. The blips can be different colors, just like Ghost Radar. Eventually it might even spit out a word.
The silliest feature of this app is the ghost detection via camera part. Randomly the app will tell you “ghost detected” and switch to the photo section so you can take a picture of it. After a few seconds it snaps a picture and overlays some orbs or a shadowy looking figure on it. oOoooOooOo, spooky, right? I mean, oh snap. Orbs! And sometimes a shadowy figure! IT MUST BE REAL! Only, you can cover up the camera completely and it will still snap a picture and add the overlay of orbs/figure. Gee, ghosts sure are thin if they can get between the camera lens and whatever you use to completely block the camera.
If they had left out the photo part perhaps it would be more convincing, but I already know from experience that the radar part is total BS and the other meters don’t seem to really read anything real. It is true that phones (or at least some phones) can detect some EMF but they’re not really designed to act as an EMF detector.
It also seems that ghost hunting app makers just love the word quantum flux. This is the second app I’ve seen that claims it can read and detect variations in the quantum flux. Well, the iPhone (and Android phones for that matter) do not house any type of laser micrometer; its chronometer is not accurate to within one millionth of a second (as would be required for quantum measurement), it doesn’t have the hard memory necessary to house the highly complex calculations and mathematical theories needed to quantify any such fluctuation, and simply put it doesn’t have the ability to see quantum particles. So yeah, keep using that word guys.
Final verdict? As a joke app, this one is pretty good. You could probably scare someone who isn’t in the know about it being a joke app and convince them their house is haunted (and hey, you’ll have picture proof after it snaps a pic!). For real ghost hunting this app is rubbish and isn’t going to help you detect your way out of a paper bag..
Rating: 0/5 for actual ghost hunting, 5/5 for joking around.
This update fixes Twitter so that it works again (due to Twitter changing their API a little), adds a !haiku command (which works..okay but not great) and changed the “Answer Search” code slightly so that it tries to find more than one answer to the same line. This may or may not help/improve anything.
The bot is occasionally unstable though. I seriously need help in recoding the entire thing. I just don’t know who can help me do it though lol. No one on my message board knows C# and I imagine it’s going to require a lot of work to fix up as I’m sort of learning as I go here.
If anyone sees this and is interested please e-mail me (iyouboushi (at) gmail dot com)
It has taken me a long time to write this all up but I finally felt the need to. I suffer from an ear problem called Patulous Eustachian Tube (or PET).
Before you can really understand what PET is, you need to know a little about how the human ear works. To do a quick summary/refresher, there’s three parts to your ear: outer, middle and inner. The outer ear is the part we see/can get to with a Q-tip. The ear drum sits at the end of the outer ear and separates it from the middle ear. The middle ear has the three tiny bones and the Eustachian tube. The inner ear is where the vibrations from the middle ear bones are converted into the sounds we recognize. The Eustachian tube is a very tiny tube that links the nasopharynx to the middle ear. It is normally closed but opens periodically to equalize pressure in the middle ear. It has to do this to prevent damage from pressure changes. If the Eustachian Tube doesn’t open, it creates a negative pressure which can draw fluid out of surrounding cells which can lead to hearing loss and infection.
If you’ve ever had an ear infection that was full of fluid it is most likely because your Eustachian Tube wasn’t opening properly—due to an infection, a cold, blockage, whatever. Patients who have Patulous Eustachian Tube suffer from the opposite problem of this. In PET, the Eustachian Tube doesn’t close properly. When this occurs, the patient experiences autophony, the hearing of self-generated sounds. These sounds, such as one’s own breathing, voice, and heartbeat, vibrate directly onto the ear drum and can create a “bucket on the head” effect. Often these sounds can be louder than the sounds outside the body. As you may imagine, this makes it very difficult to hold conversations or enjoy simple things (like music).
The condition is pretty rare—to a point where some doctors don’t even know about it or bother to check for it—and seems to be completely random. That is to say it can come and go at pretty much any time in your life and isn’t genetic like some conditions. Because of this it’s hard for doctors to really diagnose it properly. Often times we’re diagnosed with Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and told to take decongestants or with allergies and prescribed antihistamines (both of which seem to make things much worse).
A full cure does not seem to really exist at the moment, though there is speculation that the body can repair the problem itself if the ET is closed long enough (but hasn’t been proven). There are several different treatments (often times surgery is involved) to try and alleviate the symptoms.
For most of us that suffer from this the best thing we can do is try to close the ET ourselves. This is done, usually, by holding our noses and trying to blow/suck in air as if we were breathing hard. Sometimes this works and closes the ET for a small amount of time. Other times it doesn’t. There is a danger to doing this too much or too hard in that it can potentially cause damage to the ear drums by pulling them in to the middle ear area.
I just felt I should type this up because of how rare it is and how misunderstood it is. I am constantly trying to close the ET myself and I know I must look like a complete weirdo when I do (I can only imagine what people think of me—probably think I have a coke addition or something). It’s also part of the reason why I’m so silent most of the time. It’s very hard to hold a conversation when experiencing autophony.
This post is just meant to bring some awareness to the world about this condition. I hope one day mine either goes away or a cheaper cure is found
Bri and I decided to do another Spirit Voice session. This time it seemed more active or clearer. I had it hooked up to my computer speakers so that might be why (instead of trying to hear it out of the phone like last time). This stuff is a little freaky. I’m still not sure if this app […]
The review of Ghost Detection Apps continues today with our next app, an Android app: Spirit Voice. The Google Play Store has this to say about it: From the creator of SpiritVox comes the long awaited VERSION 2.0 vocal generator version of the SV-1 SpiritVox software ghost box.This software plays multiple channels of random vocal […]
This version took me a little longer than I would’ve liked but regardless, it’s here! There’s lots of improvements this time around, although the changelog isn’t quite as long as some of the previous versions. It has 29 additions, 25 changes and 13 fixes. Still, I think if you’re a fan of this bot you’ll […]
With so much gaming focus being dedicated to the new consoles coming out later this year – the PS4 and the Xbox One – the focus this week is on what may well amount to the last hurrah for current consoles: Grand Theft Auto V. The latest release in the popular Rockstar franchise is finally […]