BGeigie Diaries: What Covering 2,000 Kilometer of Japan – On Foot, With A Camera – Can Teach You

[:en] Covering 2,000 kilometers of Japan on foot with a bGeigie on his back was a journey of rediscovery for Stefan Speidel. As an avid photographer, Stefan documented his journey taking pictures along the entire way.  Get up; get ready; get going; get lost in thought; get connected to the country and its people; get…

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The bGeigie Diaries: Travelling Through Invisible Time In Fukushima

[:en] The following is a collection of impressions and thoughts from a recent trip to the Fukushima region with Safecast. It is a personal account of the trip and should be read as such. March 13th, 2018, approximately 3.30 pm The high school looks and feels like almost any other that you can find throughout…

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The bGeigie Diaries: The Temple Tale Of Fukushima City

[:en] Sadamaru Okano is a Zen priest at the Seirinji temple in the Fukushima region. He is one of the few individuals to have systematically collected radiation data in Fukushima that predates the Safecast data set. Here he speaks about his experiences in Fukushima around the time of  the earthquake of 2011 and why he…

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The bGeigie Diaries: Fukushima’s Christian Connection to Safecast

[:en] Heiwa Kataoka could be called Safecast’s divine connection. He is a member of a Christian congregation, and through his work with churches and NGOs has become one of the world’s most prolific bGeigie-builders. Here he shares his Safecast memories and experiences, which began with a visit to his father’s house back in 2011. Your…

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The bGeigie Diaries: Earthquake Fish, Seaweed, and Safecast’s Apolitical Stance

[:en] If Safecast volunteers had CVs, Jonathan Wilder’s would likely be one of the most diverse. Procurement officer, volunteer scientist, and chef extraordinaire are but a few of the roles he has filled since joining the group in late 2012. You might be one of the non-Japanese members of Safecast who has lived here the…

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The Bgeigie Diaries: Daiichi and the Dutch connection

Rob Oudendjik is one of the very early Safecast members. He was involved in many of the projects that laid the foundation for the current generation of bGeigies, as well as the way that Safecast gathers its data. He shares his memories of the early Safecast days, as well as what keeps him involved six…

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The bGeigie Diaries: Tokyo to Fukushima after the disaster

If there was a list of unsung Safecast heroes, Kyoko ‘Kiki’ Tanaka would be one of the first names on it. Kiki has been a core member since shortly after Safecast began, running the office side of the operation for a long time, and coordinating our Japanese volunteers. I spoke with her about some of…

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The bGeigie Diaries: Mapping Across Australia

Data collector: Richard Unwin bGeigie Number: 2327 – User ID 605 Data locations: Across Australia, including around Perth, central Australia and Tasmania. Hot Spot / Interesting Readings:  Vatican City – Rome – interesting readings near some of the granite statues of Rome. Missed Readings: Stelvio Pass, Italy – one of the more challenging roads in…

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The bGeigie Diaries: From Six Years Before Fukushima To New Zealand

Data Collector: Allan Lind Data locations: New Zealand, Japan You started collecting radiation data here in Japan long before Fukushima. What got you interested and when did you begin collecting data? My initial interest in radiation really got started when I was working at a steel plant in my native New Zealand in the mid…

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The bGeigie Diaries: Mapping from New Delhi to ‘Little Lhasa’

Data collector: Savina Singla Data locations: Kolkata, New Delhi, North West India, area up towards McLeod Ganj, known as ‘Little Lhasa’ What’s the last data you recorded with a bGeigie? I went to Kolkata in West Bengal recently where I collected radiation data. It was very smooth. It was the first time I tried collecting…

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