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Monthly Archives: May 2015

The fact that religions can be so shamelessly dishonest, so contemptuous of the intelligence of their adherents, and still flourish does not speak very well for the tough-mindedness of the believers. But it does indicate, if a demonstration were needed, that near the core of the religious experience is something remarkably resistant to rational inquiry. Carl Sagan

Megan McCarthy

“Betrayed” Relaxing Piano

The Advantages of Modular Construction

The construction industry is a model of inefficiency, constantly going through the bidding process and looking for subcontractors that are on time and competitive. They are forever dealing with building inspections and OSHA rules and regulations. Blueprints and specifications can vary from derisory to daunting. Bidders can waste endless hours just trying to obtain adequate information or trying to decipher too much. There are few projects, new construction or remodels that are completely straightforward. Every phase will have its problems […]

OsumPODS of the Future

A hundred years is often more than a lifetime. Fifty years seems like a lot, but it is not. In the scale of time, it’s not even a blink of an eye. In my lifetime, now 69 years, advancements in technology have been astonishing. Consider that one hundred years ago, the population of humans on Earth was about two billion and people were getting around in horse drawn buggies. Today we are approaching eight billion. Without technology, eight billion people […]

Hello world!

Living in Colorado has afforded some great outdoor activities. Years ago when most trails were open to trail bikes, I did quite a bit of exploring, especially in the Sangre  de Cristo mountains. Even in the mid seventies, it was alarming to me to see trash in pristine places where packing in was a chore. Most common items were beer cans and liquor bottles, and empty packs of cigarettes. It has always given me a distaste for people with nasty […]

Changing Direction

OsumPODS Challenge: Building independent insurance proof structures demands thinking beyond the box and into the future. Building the way we do today has nowhere to go. There are few ways to improve efficiencies or to reach the goals of creating OsumPODS with the methods or materials used in stick built construction, or any other conventional method such as steel, brick or block. The building industry depends upon cheap labor to be competitive, adding to the problems of illegal immigration. It’s […]

Earthquake Proof OsumPODS

Designing a structure strong enough to survive the ravages of an earthquake is near impossible unless they are insulated from the energy. Thus slip plane foundations. OsumPODS are designed to float on a plane that allows movement. Conventional building are all anchored to the ground except on some very sophisticated buildings that have been built in areas highly prone to earthquakes where the added expense is justified. In the slip plane design of OsumPODS, the pit and pedestal configuration should […]

Building Communities to Conserve Energy

OsumPODS building sites will be inherently different than sites for conventional homes or other structures. Because of modular design and the interlocking configurations, space will be utilized in a more efficient manner. Typical units vary from 4,000 to 6,000 square feet, but could vary from 1,000 to as many square feet as may be required for any given purpose. Modules could also be built in many sizes, but then different size modules would not interlock, thus defeating the purpose. In […]

The Value of OsumPODS

Driving the Market: The monetary value placed on products, tangible or intangible, has more to do with perceived value than actual cost. Certainly, cost is a factor in every product we produce, but market determines the value and thusly some products are sold at a loss, and some are sold for many times their cost. Merchandising tactics for the most part drive up the average cost for consumers. Rebates and coupons are a marketing rip-off, as are satisfaction guaranteed policies […]

The Trouble with Solar

Products: Perhaps someone should just give the solar industry a gun so they can shoot themselves in the foot. Want to buy green, buy solar path lighting. Wrong! For argument sake, let’s purchase 14 solar pathway lights for $99. True, they use no energy since they get their energy from the sun, but are they truly green? Not if they last for 2 to 3 years and end up in landfills. For comparison sake we will buy low voltage lighting […]