Talking With The dead

Over the last few weeks, the southside Podcast has featured a couple of renowned psychic mediums. In
podcast 94
we heard from UK medium
Tony Stockwell,
and the
97th podcast
featured the internationally renowned
James Vanpraagh.
The subject of life after death and communicating with the dead is one that greatly intrigues me. We’ve discussed communicating with the dead on a number of podcasts and shows that I’ve been involved in. My first dalliance into the subject occurred by accident. While at University, I was sifting through some old recordings that I had made on a Dictaphone. The files on the recordings were of old notes I had made relating to an essay I had been writing. I used to dictate notes into the machine so that I didn’t forget them. What a revolutionary system that was. I guess I’m a bit of an academic pioneer. I was just about to press the delete button on the digital recorder (as I no longer needed the files) but a split second before my finger touched the button, I heard something that made me stop in my tracks. (I’ll start a new paragraph to heighten the dramatic tension.)

(There! Hope that was effective. anyway.) I pressed the rewind key and replayed the portion of audio, assuming I had misheard, but no, there it was again. But what was it? There was the sound of me speaking, reading some essay notes, then a slight pause, and then a new voice, a voice completely different to mine. It sounded like a Scottish woman. I rewound again and relistened. Surely it must have been me putting on a voice? I thought, but it didn’t seem likely that I would have put on a random Scottish voice while recording some essay notes. I couldn’t make out what the voice was saying. Totally bewildered by this find, I ran into my flatmate’s room and showed him the recording. He agreed that it sounded nothing like me, and that it sounded like a Scottish woman. I remember making this recording. There was no one around me at the time – certainly no one in my room, and the voice sounded too close to have come from outside my room; in fact, the voice sounded closer to the recorder than my own voice. My flatmate had no idea of what the voice was saying. We sat there in amazement, listening to the sample over and over again, trying to gain some sort of semblance as to what the words could be. My flatmate Jim had a look on the internet, basically typing something like “mysterious voices on recorder” into the search engine. And that is when we first discovered EVP.

EVP stands for Electronic Voice Phenomena. It transpired that many other people had reported receiving unexplained voices on audio recordings. We found pages and pages of information all about it, and scientific research on the subject too. The popular explanation seemed to be that it was voices of the dead.

Doing an Internet search on this subject will bring up some interesting and (as you’d expect) peculiar thoughts including theories of how it is believed that these voices manifest. If you do want to do a search for EVP, feel free to use Google as there is no need to boycott it anymore, as I am back at number one in the search results for David Eagle.

After this experience, I began to get more interested in EVP and started listening to other EVP examples from the internet. Then, a couple of years later, I received another mysterious voice on a recording I’d made. This time it was definitely not me putting on a voice. I would say that this second example was even weirder, yet more definitive than my first message. Since then, I have picked up a few more potential EVPs, but nothing as clear as my first two recordings.

A few years ago I played the two EVP recordings out on a podcast. I have uploaded the segment to my Youtube channel. You can access it
here.
You can also download it as an MP3 file
here,
and scare the crap out of yourself when you’ve got your MP3 player on shuffle at night, and it comes on randomly just as you’re falling asleep.

I’d be interested if anyone has any comments on this. Maybe you have some idea as to what the messages are saying or even where they might come from. You can leave a comment on Youtube.
On the
97th Southside Podcast
I promised to provide a link to a radio interview with James vanpraagh that goes into a lot of detail about the spirit world and communicating with the dead. It’s in quite a few parts, and is quite extensive.
James Vanpraagh interview.

Right, well there’s some food for thought. we’ll be back to the fart jokes tomorrow.

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The 97th Southside Podcast

The 97th Southside Podcast is available to download.
This week:
Find out why people are protesting in the streets of London, harassing government ministers and celebrities all in the name of ice cream, plus, the delights of viagra ice cream.
”Sir Patrick Moore
tells us all about his cat.
We speak with award winning television director Graeme Harper who has recently won another award for his work on Doctor Who.
And Psychic and clairsentient
”James Vanpraagh
talks about communicating with the dead.
Plus presenter David Eagle takes us way back in time, to 1900 BC, for the world’s oldest standup comedy gig.
this
is the download link. enjoy

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The Nolans vs Groove Armada

If you listened to the
”96th Southside Podcast
then I know you’ll all remember that I promised to put a link to my Nolan’s vs Groove armada mix, or bootleg, or mashup, or cutup, whichever terminology you prefer. I’m sure you all scrambled frantically to my blog, hoping that I would have put the link up immediately. Alas I did not for which I must apologize. I’m sure that by now you will have all found the mix on your own volition – I mean everyone knows how immensely intelligent David Eagle fans are. But a promise is a promise – in case you hadn’t realized – and so here are the links to the mix.

As I mentioned in my last post, I now have a
”Youtube channel,
and I’ve posted the mix on Youtube.
”this is the link.
You can also download a high quality MP3 file of the mix
”here.
I’ve provided this file in case there are any DJs reading who may want to use the mix in their next set, perhaps as a way of clearing the dance floor at the end of the night.

P.S. Alas, my fear has come true. I am no longer number one in the Google search results for David Eagle. I have somehow miraculously gone from being top of the charts to number 39. I assume that Google are aware of the error and are desperately trying to fix it before they lose all credibility as a search engine; but if you hear that Google have gone bust, then you know why? I’ll keep you updated on my chart position, and hopefully it will be only a matter of time before justice is done, and David eagle is back where he belongs – at at least number 30. I’m a little bit unsure as to what to suggest in order to hit Google the hardest, so that they will sit up and take heed. I was going to suggest that you all boycotted Google search completely, but then that would have a detrimental effect on my results because no one would be using Google to search for me. So maybe the answer is to only use Google when you are searching for things related to me. So your mission is to type David eagle into your search engines, locate my blog, and click on it. If all 3 of you do this then maybe I can be at number 30 by the end of this year. Well, a man’s got to dream!

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Youtube goes Metube! (Well it kind of works)

It’s a pretty huge and significant day in the video sharing website Youtube’s existence. Up until now they have enjoyed immense popularity from users worldwide, but there was still something missing; a noticeable gaping hole in the Youtube infrastructure. But now, all that is changing thanks to yours truly, David Eagle. I’m fixing a hole – as the Beetles said. A sentiment no doubt echoed by thousands of professional and amateur hole fixers around the world. Come to think of it, what is actually meant by “fixing a hole”? Instinctively I assume that this refers to a hole being filled, meaning that the hole is in actuality being destroyed. If they were really fixing the hole, then they should in fact be making the hole more of a hole, smoothing it off, giving it a general makeover, rather than filling it in. You don’t go to the garage to get your car fixed and assume the mechanics will destroy it do you? You don’t call out an engineer to fix your TV and expect them to smash it to smithereens do you? Do you? Well, answer me do you? … Exactly! So why is it so different when it comes to holes. I’m sorry, but this has really riled me. I’m going to set up a hole protection society. I’ll do a leaflet campaign. That’s if I can actually post the leaflets through your letterbox. If the hole fixers get their first, then they’ll fill up your letterbox with concrete and seal it. Think about that. The beetles should be held responsible for this. Just because they happen to be aware of how many holes it takes to fill the albert Hall, I don’t think that gives them a right to start taking liberties when it comes to holes in general.

Anyway, where was I? O yes. The hole in YOutube’s infrastructure is no more, thanks to me, because finally, I have set up a proper Youtube channel with loads of material from various podcasts etc. Here is the link.
”http://www.youtube.com/user/onlineeagle
There’s quite a bit up there all ready, but my plan is to add loads more stuff and keep adding to it (until I finally realize that no one is looking at it, curl up into a ball and recoil from the world, depressed). Why not tell all your friends about it. Chances are they’ll have a look, think it’s crap, come to the conclusion that you’re a weird, pathetic maniac for liking such rubbish, and never talk to you again. But that’s hardly a bad thing. Christmas is just around the corner, and fewer friend’s equals fewer presents to buy, making you financially better off. Plus you’ll have no one to go out with of an evening, saving you even more money. Then there’s all the money saved from the texts you won’t be sending, the phone calls you won’t be making, all the letters you won’t be writing (not that you can actually send them letters anymore, since the hole fixers came along and sealed up their letterboxes). Some advice for you there on how to beat the credit crunch.

I’m a bit worried that I’ve written my most ludicrous blog post ever, and that the main point of the post has been totally lost in my meanderings. I’d like to apologize if any of my old English teachers from school are reading. I know some of my sentences were very poorly structured and very lengthy, with a few too many commas. I’ll make it up to you, I promise. I’ll write my next blog post completely conforming to the iambic pentameter structure, and end with a rhyming couplet.

So just to recap, you can visit my youtube channel here:
”http://www.youtube.com/user/onlineeagle
I’ll be back soon. In the meantime, stay safe, and for god’s sake, keep an eye on your holes!

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David Eagle is Number One!

I was walking down the street a few days ago, and a man (who clearly had a speech impediment) shouted across to me. “Oy! David Eagle! You’re a complete and utter ranker!” I had no idea what this speech impaired man could possibly be talking about, however today it has become clear what he must have meant. Last week, I was interested to see how my lack of blogging over recent weeks had affected my ranking in Google search. I was disappointed to note that I had drifted way off the top ten results to about number 20. It seemed as if, in my absence, other David Eagles had suddenly started to emerge. I cursed myself. Obviously I couldn’t afford to be complacent. In my blogging absence, it may have been the case that other David Eagles had all received good fortune – perhaps promotion in work or newly found celebrity status, propelling them higher up the Google search results table. I began to spiral into depression. I started taking drugs, sleeping with men and eating my own hair, but not even that could cheer me up. To think, I had lost my girlfriend, and now I discover I’ve plummeted down the Google search results. If only Shakespeare was still alive; he’d right a tragedy about this. But then today it all changed.

I typed David Eagle (that’s me by the way, in case you somehow hadn’t gathered that by now) into Google, and couldn’t believe my eyes – well my eyes have lied to me in the past and now I have trust issues. I’m seeing a therapist about it. They’re also sorting out the hair-eating thing too. Upon typing my name into Google, I discovered that not only was I back in the top ten, but was top of the list. I don’t know what happened. Perhaps I’ve suddenly acquired much more interest from people and am suddenly more popular. A more probable explanation is that all the other David EAgles in the world have suffered terrible misfortune – being sacked from their work, and ignored by the media spotlight. Perhaps there was a David Eagle convention organized, and all the high-ranking, successful David Eagles all attended. Perhaps they went abroad on holiday together and the plane crashed down and they were all killed. Maybe there’s an error with Google and by the time I’ve posted this blog I’m back at number 20 where I belong.

I’ve not checked any of the other search engines yet, but if MSN, Yahoo and the various other search engines want to maintain any credibility in the search engine world, then I suggest they make sure that I am number one on the David Eagle search results list. Bill gates, if you’re reading, heed my words.

So as my friend with the speech impediment so rightly pointed out, David Eagle is a complete and utter ranker. Number one! Here are the top ten results as they stand currently.

10: Some vicar.
9 A chamber music composer, who used to be number one all the time until I got in on the scene and started posting up material on the internet. He really must hate me. Hah!
8: My myspace radio page.
7: Some business director.
6 some random David Eagle from Wales. How does it feel to have your Ares whupped by an Englishman?
5 Some random blogger. A pretender to the throne.
4 Another radio presenter apparently. Perhaps he’s a tribute act for the real David Eagle. I’ll have to give him a listen. I bet he’s stealing my ideas, and presenting them as his own to the American audience. Damn him!
3 That business director is back again. Keep trying mate. Two words. Credit Crunch. Everyone knows that business is doomed.
2: The chamber music composer is back again. close but no cigar my friend, because there’s a new man – sorry Eagle – in town.
And at number one, it’s meeeeeeeee!

Right, I think I’ve milked this as much as I possibly can. The irony is that by posting this to the internet, I’ve increased the likelihood of getting more hits, meaning I’ll stand a good chance of staying at number one. I’m like ‘The Beatles’. All I need to do is release some more material and I’ll knock everyone else in the charts into oblivion – unless Vera Lynn happens to be around, but you get my point.

In other news, I’ve finally started tinkering with the Holland documentary. If anyone knows anything about the radio production world, then you’ll know how important the tinkering element is to making an award-winning documentary. Once the tinkering is finished I’ll let you know. In the meantime, I’d like to thank you all for making me number one. Don’t worry, I promise not to sell out. But if you would like to buy some ‘David Eagle: The Radio Experience’ T Shirts, mugs or table coasters then that would be great.

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