Monthly Archives: August 2011

House Hunting, EMF and Cell Phone Radiation

August 25th, 2011

Is it possible that these three could ever be linked?

After reading this, you too might be left wondering?

Courtesy of #snowmaggeddon early last week in Christchurch, I was introduced to the “delights’ of daytime television.

...just couldn't get traction in my 2 wheel drive car - those tracks...well they're from my 4 wheel drive equipped son-in-law.....

On one of the programs, the perennial topic / debate about cell phone radiation was raised. The host had some ideas, one of which I thought wasn’t that silly, was if you knew you were going to be on a call that might last quite some minutes, at least switch the phone over from left to right ear periodically.

However one hint he mentioned re using the corded headphones was not one I remember as being pointed out in previous studies** to be beneficial, no …all it did was move the issue somewhere else ^^. Albeit some could argue that at least moving the field away from your head to your hip region is a better one overall.

Even our own Campbell Live had a go a while back too (was quite amused to see who the sponsor was at the start of this clip)

I’m not going to enter this debate, more just bringing your and your children’s attention to what is happening out there.


Ok…. on to the House Hunting part

About now…you’re probably thinking “whats this to do with house hunting.”

Well the answer will depend on your choice of locations, although the further out of town you desire to live, the more relevant this may be.

this is something you don't want to see.....

See …a simple fact of cell phone operation (read up on near and far -field plumes if you’re interested) is that the further away they are from the cell phone transmission tower, lets call it the fringe areas, then the higher power ratings the phone will be “pumping out” so that you can stay connected.

...getting better...

Vice versa if you are 50m away from said tower, the phone won’t be using as much power and you battery will last longer. So… perhaps a real issue for lifestyle block seekers who use a mobile phone frequently?

better ... but not best

Courtesy of the fact that your phone is pumping out the amps to connect at those further afield zones, shouldn’t you be aware of it? That’s especially true if you are a high use user.

this is what you want to see.

Well there is good news on this front because “there’s an app for that.” (actually there’s more than a couple)

The beauty is that this particular app is whats called a widget, and that way it just sits there on your home screen on display all the time, without you having to load up a separate app.

And don’t forget cellphone radiation (if there is any) is greatest as your phone is seeking a connection at the beginning of the call – don’t put the phone to your ear until after it has connected. On most modern smartphones you can set the device to vibrate once a call has been connected, and I find that works perfectly.

…..and now, onto the EMF part

Like the above cellphone discussion, EMF is another of those much debated subjects, but here too there’s an app for that.

Earths natural magnetic field is between 30 and 70 u Tesla (350 to 700 m Gauss). 1 u Tesla = 10 m Gauss. Outside of that….well you make your own mind up.

as easy to understand as a traffic light...

This one you have to fire up each time you want to use it, but it loads up quick. And as its so visual you can even read it outside easily enough.


Test yourself? (this pdf seems associated with a company trying to sell products I suspect)

San Fran to lead the world in demanding Radiation ratings?

Children even more at risk

Environmental Working Groups “Get a safer phone” chart / rating system (good news for Samsung Galaxy S owners)

Cellphone Radiation Detector Rejected by Apple Comes to Android

Sections ‘won’t sell’ next to cell tower


^^ – can’t find the study but it displayed thermal imaging photos depicting just as much activity in the region around a hip carrying thermal phone user, as one held to the head. In fact they argued that as it was closer to the ground the phone had to amp up its power to counter that, making it even less attractive. In fact today a lot of folk carry them in a shirt pocket 5cm away from their heart?

** – Headsets allow you to use a phone without placing it against your head, and most people attach the phone to their belt, briefcase or purse using a belt clip or other mounting device. Radiation penetrates areas such as the liver, kidneys, waist, groin and hip when using a belt clip and enters the ear canal directly from the headset. (although this is taken from here – it is something I have read many times before )

NOTE: Both “app” applications above are utilizing the respective cell phones internals for their measurements. They are there as a guide, and cannot replicate the precision measurements that a professional device…eg; Gaussmeter… can provide.





Why are these Skydivers shaking hands?

August 21, 2011

Turns out there is a very valid reason.

Over this weekend, Motueka in our fair region, hosted the biggest skydiving (“Parachutists to old timers”) annual event in New Zealand.

your eyes have to struggle to see them doing their formations that far up...

In years past, …..ok actually quite a few, Nelson was a spot where skydivers also landed, however the expansion and bustle of the local Nelson Airport (now NZ’s 4th or 5th busiest depending on who you talk to) has now made that, sadly, impossible to continue with.

So it was Motueka to the rescue.

Each year around this time, something like 120 skydivers descend on Mot for the annual  Good Vibes Boogie 2011, hosted by Skydive Abel Tasman.

Even better news this year is that Skydive have a new plane,

Skydives just acquired Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 landing at Motueka Airport

……and a beauty this Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 is too ( rego – ZK-XIT ), just perfect for this type of work.

GoPro Cameras were all the rage....

Saw her in Nelson a week or two ago diving out of the sky at a surreal angle to land at Nelson Airport, where she underwent a new paint job to present herself in Skydives livery.

But back to the story, if you look very closely at the below photograph,

just to the right of top centre (you may have to click on it to enlarge the pic) you’ll notice what looks like a black dot with a streak above it. I’m pretty sure that is our lucky chap shaking hands above, although from my vantage point it didn’t look that big. (well big enough to be a human that is)

....nearly there...

Except as this next shot above amply demonstrates, at the time of this photo he wasn’t too sure how long it was going to take to get down to the ground.

And finally terra firma….with what I would believe to be the fastest heart rate on the day.

Taupo lends a hand...

Matter of fact I was just taking photos, and it was my wife who alerted me the situation, next door where all the competitors were, practically every set of eyes was skyward. ( just in case you are curious – it is not normal to land with two chutes open….especially like this!)

Overall though it was a beautiful weather day, no clouds at all, just beaut cool dense air – perfect for these sports persons, but some had good landings and others, well….I think they were practicing.

Here’s a photo of the landing zone area, those small aircraft in the background….well they’re from NZ’s largest flight training organisation,  NMIT Flight Training school campus, also based at the Motueka Airport.


Great day for Skydiving in Motueka, today

Discover BIG AIR Adventure in the Nelson Bays – Sept 2010

Ok, but where’s the real ADVENTURE start…

Stability is good..

August 19th, 2011

This arrived in my inbox today.

QV, via Trademe Property have just come out with this “Property Valuemap July 2011” graphic.

Now you tell me……….wheres the stability in that...(hint – click on the graphic and que the stats about Nelson)

Pretty much answers the ….”is now a good time to buy/sell?” question if you ask me.

Welcome to Maori Maps

August 18th, 2011

Another great educational use of the internet came to my attention this week.

With Rugby World Cup 2011 just around the corner, I’m also cognizant that one of the other major attractions to the many extra visitors to our fair land, will be our culture.

Celebrating the 5 years of work to establish the venture, attract support and research around the North, Te Potiki National Trust has officially launched the new interactive Māori Maps website.

With so many of the RWC matches, & therefore volume of tourists, in the Big Smoke, guess it’s only fitting that the first stage of the new website only features Auckland and north of.

Community Net Aoteroa tells us;

This is the first stage of a long-term project to revitalise links between marae, descendants and visitors. Website visitors can easily navigate the site via an interactive map or quick searches, easily locate a marae, get directions, see photos from the gateway and access other key information. report;

Paul Tapsell (now professor of Māori Studies at the University of Otago ) and Rereata Makiha founded Te Potiki National Trust in 2006 with the aim of reconnecting young urban Māori – the ‘potiki’ generation – to their home communities and elders.

Marae are the beneficiaries of work by the Māori Maps team.

“Our marae are places where issues have been resolved for generations. They are central to our identity, which is grounded in ancestral landscapes”

The website itself, here…..states it aim to be the portal to the marae of Aotearoa, and informs that;

The site will offer not only map location and directions to the gateway of every tribal marae in Aotearoa, but also a digital gateway by which visitors can access sites or service run by marae.

For me I was really surprised at just how many marae there were, and quite impressed with the depth of information that browsers can find. Further good news is on the horizon with the plan for iPhone and iPad versions too.

I see important parallels with employment and anything inbound tourist related that actions that. Sites like this can only encourage that. And where there is extra employment, many times real estate is a beneficiary.


Māori Maps recommends that anyone who wishes to go beyond kūwaha — to walk onto marae, be formally hosted or obtain deeper marae knowledge  — and should engage directly with the marae community and its elders.

Thanks to the good folks over at googlemapsmaina blogspot for the headsup.

Its Real Estate Jim, but not as we know it

August 17th, 2011

In the old days, 90% of buyers would come into a real estate office and ask, or in more recent times search, for a desired property starting with / based on the number of bedrooms they wanted.

Times, they are, a changin’……

Get ready for the age of the retiring baby boomer. Get ready for the professional couple without children for who, the number of bedrooms isn’t quite as relevant as it was 15 – 20 years ago.

What they are looking for is a lifestyle location, within a lifestyle destination, and then comes the number of bedrooms and those other things……..

Today’s standard real estate search doesn’t appear to cater directly to that.

Enter the “lifestyle search”, in the instantly very easy to read “heatmap” format.

After over 2 years in development, their USA site has gone live in a Beta way.

But trying to explain it rather than just using it….its a bit like trying to tell you about a picture in 1,000 words. So no, in this case, its definitely best to testdrive the real McCoy for yourself.

Head on over to Spatialmatch’s (beta) website here….and see exactly what I mean. You’ll spot a bit of Walkscore in there too, but there is so much more. The future looks bright.