Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hooray for New Beginnings

We're starting to get quite excited about Phantoms of FDL. As it starts to grow around us, we're getting glimpses of how great it can be. Hopefully we can get everything to work out and we can raise money for the FDL Historical Society and the Solutions Center!

We're going to begin the set-up on Monday, Sept. 19th. Each day we're getting new activities together or finding new sponsors. It's quite exciting. Besides the Haunted Village, there will also be Sherman the Friendly Dragon. And on Sundays there will be pumpkin painting, scavenger hunts, things for sale, and other activities in the works. Our website is changing every few days, so be sure to check it out at ALSO, 'like' us on Facebook here. There will be news only shared through social media that you will want to know!

Next week we will be working on interviews for local newspapers about the event. Be sure to keep a lookout on the papers in the FDL area to see if you can spot the articles about Phantoms and KMPI.

Phantoms is keeping us immensely busy, so we've been slow on investigations right now. We know it will pick up again right after Halloween and can't wait to try out some new things.

We apologize for any negativity that had to be witnessed on this blog. We're choosing to put it all in the past where it was before it was dredged back up. We have so many exciting things going on right now that we don't have time for such foolishness.

We will post more news and updates as it becomes available!

P.S. - Michael will be at the screening of season 2 of Paranormal Generation tomorrow night at 7 pm at Brookfield Public Library. It should be fun, so be sure to check it out if you can. If you can't make it, you can always catch episodes online as they are available.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Review of Ghost Radar app for Android

We've been playing around with the free Ghost Radar app for Android devices for a couple of months now. You might be wondering how it works. Here's what the company that made it says:
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.
You can find out more about it on the company site,

The first time we tried to use it, we had some amazing results. We were checking out a local cemetery (DISCLAIMER: We were there during the OPEN hours. Please ALWAYS follow the posted rules of places you investigate!) Both Michael and I figured the app was just a game and wouldn't be worth it. But I turned it on anyways. I watched 'blobs' show up on the screen, but nothing else happened. I held it for fifteen minutes and it did nothing for me except show blobs of color.

I handed it to Michael, exasperated with it. I told him it was a waste of time. He figured he would try it out as well just to make sure before we scratched it off the list of useful tools.

Well, what do you know, it starts talking for him. At first it just seemed like random words that made no sense. Then he started trying to figure it out. It said 'congress', 'deadly', and 'chemical'. He found a grave near an American flag, the last name being a different spelling of a chemical that could kill. The app kept on talking, and mentioned 'money' and 'animal'. He figured it was gibberish again, but then saw a statue of a lamb, and right in front of it was a quarter. The app said 'take' and when he went to walk away, it told him 'fail'.

All of this can be just written off as coincidence, but it was really weird to see. It did NOTHING for me, but then led Michael to money. It seemed to respond to his replies as well.

So, we decided that the app could *possibly* hold some merit. We have added it, and an Ovilus, to our inventory. We use them, but realize they may not be reliable and we should always back up any findings with other forms of evidence.

Since that awesome experience, the app is just spouting off gibberish to us. We haven't been able to make sense out of anything said like we were that day. Interestingly enough, though, it still barely responds to me. When I'm holding it or near it, it talks very little. When Michael has it, it becomes a little 'chatterbox' (slight pun intended LOL).

Our recommendation? Try it out if you have a device that supports it. But don't put too much stock into it. It's extremely likely that you might put meaning to words that it gives you, making something out of what is most likely nothing. BUT it's also possible that it might actually work some time. Hey, it's free. And the paid app  (with a bit more to it) is really cheap. So it would be silly to not give it a chance and add it to the tools that you already use.

Next up to review will be the Ovilus after we've had more time playing with it. We have an exciting investigation coming up next week, so we'll see how it performs then. ;)

Been a while...

So much going on! I barely know where to start! I don't blog as much as I should, I've been involved in so many projects as of late, I've hardly had time to check emails. I'm about 2 days behind I think!

As posted to the website, we have two new members, and Jack is returning as our history buff. The work Jack does takes a HUGE strain off my back, and I'm grateful for it. Jim and Deb, the two of them are a blessing and asset to the group. They're both a little new at ghost hunting, but they're proof that old dogs young at heart can STILL teach me a thing or two! ;)
Jims a little more proficient and up to date on technology, and it's where he shines. Deb seems to know her way around the spiritual side of things. They remind me of Sarah and I a lot!

So...big news. I consulted with Meadow Brook farms. Ricks putting on a good show, and with some solid advice and a little muscle from me, got things off to a good start! The haunted cornfield is going to be great this year, I highly recommend you check it out! For more info. Should turn out to be worth the money! One of the "houses" out there, I helped build by hand. Kind of like a barn raising...with power tools! You'll have to check out my handiwork in the craft department too...just watch for cant miss it.

And in BIGGER news...we got a call back last month, end of july...and KMPI is OFFICIALLY putting on a haunted not right. We're oficially haunting a VILLAGE. The entire Galloway house and village, in Fond Du Lac, WI, to be exact. I'm not even sure how it happened, but it did just a few weeks ago. The name is pending, but the dates will be every friday and saturday in october, and sundays will be for the children. There are scavenger hunts, prizes, pumpkin carvings courtesy of Tami's Berry Farm (and possibly other donors), candy, costume's a big deal. I've been given a lot of freedom in this (and a decent spending account!) and plan to let me creativity fly! The props are coming along, and the maps and scripting are done. Soon, will come the HARD part...DOING it all. Luckily, I have a full arsenal of volunteers at my disposal.
And the best part? The proceeds are going not only to the Galloway house and village, but to the Solutions Center of Fond du Lac. And they're one of those places that, for what they stand for, holds a special place in my heart. I actually feel really good about what we're doing this year. It's going to be a lot of work and sweat and tears and Mt. Dew (whom is NOT an official sponsor), but we'll get it done!
Website should be done in a couple weeks for the event. I'll letcha know when we get the bugs worked out!

As for the paranormal side of things...we have a small buisness in the works, two private residences to be done sometime in November/December, and an old school up near New London which reportedly has a lot of activity. Next week, we're going to be going to a private property, which has an Indian burial ground and medicine wheel and meditation area in tact, as well as some sort of alter and what not. There is reported to be LOTS of weird sightings and noises from the hill. Outdoor locations can be difficult, so it's a good challenge and training exercise for my team! (And yes, we're bringing good quality tobacco for an offering!) I cant reveal the location of the property, but I will post whatever we find!
In the meanwhile, we checked out Greenville cemetery, and a cemetery over in Elmore, both in the daytime, during open hours, and both with the utmost respect for the memorials. Greenville was imposing at first, but once inside, everything went calm and peaceful. A "ghost hunting app" on a smart phone actually led me, by clues and instructions, to a small cache of money hidden from sight! Still not sure what to make of that!

Other news...KMPI now has an ovilusX, EM Pump, several new cameras and recorders, and several other new tools at our disposal. We're sort of in the testing phase for these, and once we determine if they're good for what we need and learn to correctly use them, we'll be on our way!

Thanks to everyone who showed us support over the last year. We had a slight bump in the road but sometimes, you are given challenges so that you can overcome them and become better because of them. My wife's diligence, my new teams' support and faith, and my rock-hard stubbornness has seen us thru the murky waters and we're back, and better than ever!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Working on New Site!

Our new improved site is in the works. I JUST started classes in web site design so I am designing this from the roots up. So please be patient as I get this working. If you find any mistakes, please point them out to us so that we can fix them.

For now, it will be a fairly simple site until I learn more and can do more, so don't expect too much. ;)

As I'm working on it, you can view it here: www.sarahlea-designs/kmpi  Once it is finished, it will move to our domain name.