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Rev-Tec 2000 Kinetic UPS Backup

REV-TEC 2000 UPS Kinetic Backup with Surge Protection No battery Won’t ever wear out! 100 Year Guarantee 2000 VA AC 120 V 1000 W Outlet Connections 16 Up to 2hrs. with full rated load This is a concept UPS built with a kinetic flywheel. There is no battery. 120V AC supply revs the flywheel. During energy interruption power is drawn off of the kinetic flywheel. There are no bearings so the unit is near 100% efficient. The technology already exists. […]

The Future Shaper

The grid is disabled, the world goes to war, and nuclear fallout makes parts of the world uninhabitable. This is a prediction come to fruition, and the beginning of a new outpost in Chile at the edge of the Atacama Desert. The Future Shaper is the second book in a series about saving Earth and giving mankind a chance to do better. While technology may be man’s salvation, it is clear that social change and perception of the future are […]

The Future Teller

The world is in crisis. This may not be evident, because time seems to move slowly, and many people are of the opinion that human problems will be resolved and everything will be hunky-dory, or if doom comes, those deserving to be saved will be raptured to heaven and sinners will be left to face eternal damnation. This is utter nonsense. Humans need to wake up, for in reality we are destroying our planet, and the only thing that is […]

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Thanks for visiting Sustainable Independence in Eco-friendly OsumPODS (Optimal sustainable unishell modular Perpetually Operable Detached Superstructures). This site is dedicated to saving Earth and building a better tomorrow for all of Earth’s creatures, man included. This site is for the non-conformist who believes that the future of our species will depend upon independence from mass infrastructure, global trade, mass consumerism, social welfare, insurance, and government solutions for everything. OsumPODS is a conceptual solution for providing autonomy for everyone, thus allowing freedom […]

Solar, Hail and the Insurance Issue

Although manufacturers of solar panels will tout the durability of their product, the fact is that hail can damage the toughest roofs, and will no doubt damage the toughest solar panels. Building structures that won’t require any insurance will be a challenge, and even if OsumPODS become virtually insurance proof, people will no doubt be compelled to buy insurance because the insurance companies will make it sound like the rational thing to do. If OsumPODS are nearly indestructible, then insuring […]

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

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“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 […]

Hexagon form in Architecture

OsumPODS in my current design are hexagonal, and thus have a visual characteristic not common in architecture. Add in landscaping with right angles, and the effect is even more noticeable.  In this golden hour depiction, note that what you might expect to be shadowed in the structure is not. This is because of the 120 degree angle instead of 90. I am not an architect by trade, but have always had an interest and a love of design. So much […]

OsumPODS, The acronym deciphered Part 2

The acronym OsumPODS and the logo are representative of the concept, but do not encompass the complete strategy of creating autonomous structures or independent communities. No vision can include all of the challenges or the solutions for such a major departure from the way we interact and strive to prosper as individuals and as a species. Mankind faces many challenges in regard to population and the impact we place upon our environment. It is certain that our problems will become […]

OsumPODS: The acronym deciphered Part 1

(Optimal sustainable unishell modular Perpetually Operable Detached Superstructure(s))   OsumPODS vs. the status quo: When you look at conventional construction and code, it is clear the development of standards has been a process of evolution where amenities have been added to structures over time for convenience and typically buried into the framework. The construction industry as a whole, from architects and engineers down to laborers stuffing insulation into cracks, have no great incentive to build something better. It is not […]

OsumPODS, the acronym for sustainable living

OsumPODS (Optimal sustainable unishell modular Perpetually Operable Detached Superstructure) Acronyms are commonplace in our fast paced world, yet often ambiguous to many. If you are in the military you are expected to know AWOL, and the consequences of being absent without leave. If you text to your sweetheart you’re sure to use LYL for love you lots. Some acronyms become so used that we forget what they stand for like RADAR for radio detection and ranging. Of course there are […]

Outlook for the Future: The vulnerability of our political and technological shortsightedness and the most probable outcome

Destruction or Prosperity Because of human nature, people accept the status quo and go on as if there is some guarantee that life will get better. As long as the lights come on and there is food on the table, it’s easy enough to ignore the fact that we are depleting our natural resources, polluting the world, and going bankrupt in spite of the rape of the environment. The problems are extremely complex because they are both political and technological. […]

The “Fiscal Cliff”

Typical of our government, last hour negotiations are in progress to prevent us going over the fiscal cliff. This is the perception that Obama wants us to swallow, and that Republicans are being obstructionists as usual. The reality is we’re already over the cliff. The question is how soon will we hit bottom? Had Romney acquired the presidency, there would have been some hope of slowing the fall, some sort of parachute, and we all could all have breathed a […]

Anarchy in America

Although it may be true that being a cog in a well-lubricated machine is the simplest way to obtain a high standard of living, it is imperative that we use common sense and realize that the more interdependent we become, the more we are at risk when the machine breaks down. It is becoming increasingly apparent that America, and the world as a whole, has tried to solve its problems by becoming a huge machine, and that parts of the […]

The Smart Approach to the Future

Although the demands of day to day living make it hard to plan for the future, almost everyone that cares about the future gets talked into some type of investment, IRAs and 401(k)s the most common. None of these plans can protect you from runaway inflation. Few investments will help you survive when the United States goes bankrupt. Yes, gold and other precious metals, or even diamonds and gems may have some value, but they will be hard to eat […]

The Demise of the Republican Party

You can always hope people have more sense, but they don’t. If you warn them the economy is going to crash, and the United States is going to go bankrupt, most, especially Democrats, say in whose lifetime. Right now politics is all about what’s in it for me. Obama is the guy giving away cell phones and food stamps. Are people really that shallow and stupid? With sixteen trillion in debt, when does anyone think we’ll start paying anything back? […]

Devastating Storm Sandy

The debate continues about the severity of Sandy being caused by manmade global warming, and of course this is a political issue that divides this country. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle of the positions taken by the Democrats and the Republicans. Global warming can’t be all bad. The real problems are the actual poisons we are putting into our environment, and if global warming is in the news, the general public isn’t going to concern themselves with […]

Politics

In recent years I have pondered our constitution, and as thoughtful and strong a document as it is, it’s apparent it didn’t go far enough. Our forefathers weren’t perceptive enough to realize that our system of government had fundamental flaws that could allow this country to eventually become a dictatorship. That’s where we are headed. How do we potentially become a dictatorship you may ask? The answer is when you have a two party system, and one party buys the […]

High Park fire, Colorado fireproof structures

Although homes have survived the High Park fire, it is more a matter of luck or good ground maintenance that has saved the structures, not their imperviousness to fire. Fireproof structures are rare, and probably have limitations that prevent them from being ideal homes. The concept home pictured in the fire is a unishell modular superstructure or OsumPODS. The futuristic concept employs robotics to spray cast unishell modules from high strength concrete. The structures are not only fireproof, but are […]

Solar Savings not the answer

While visiting Facebook I noticed this advertisement. Nothing against Solar Savings AMERICA, but this isn’t the answer. This is solar supplementing the grid. Their advertisement offers you a monthly savings, but you can bet without government subsidies there wouldn’t be any savings. Face it, the government is basically bankrupt, and buying into anything the government is subsidizing is a big gamble. The real answer is energy independence. Solar could be and should be that answer, but not as long as […]

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Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. Carl Sagan

US negative rating well deserved

Does it amaze anyone that Standard & Poor’s downgraded the United States to a negative rating, or that the White House was incensed? We have a runaway government that is about to pay the piper. Personally, I have been warning friends and family for years that the instability of a global economy, the imbalance of trade, and the spendthrift ways of congress would lead this nation to ruin. Right now the world is gambling that things aren’t as bad as […]

Making energy independence part of your future

The ongoing debate for energy independence started in the early 70s with the so-called energy crisis. Every president since Nixon has set goals for our energy independence as a nation. Today the United States is no closer to a solution than when the energy crisis started. We are addicted to oil, nearly 60 percent of the oil we consume supplied by foreign producers, which is a fraction of the energy we waste due to inefficiencies. The 2009 Lawrence Livermore National […]

Why solar hasn’t replaced the grid

Solar is free, available everywhere, and totally non-polluting, right? So one wonders why the vast majority of the world is connected to the grid. Could it be that the solar industry is content to be just another supplier to a complex and inefficient system? For solar to ever be the answer, it has to be something besides part of the problem. It has to offer homeowners and businesses energy independence. It will have to have kinetic energy storage systems that […]

Debate on Nuclear Reactors could be terminated by building OsumPODS

What posses man to build something like the Fukushima Dalichi power plant near Okuma, about 250 kilometers north of Tokyo? To put a single reactor on the coastline is highly suspect. To put six in one facility is asinine beyond belief. If one reactor is contaminated, how are you supposed to service the remaining reactors? People need their heads examined. The whole idea of mass infrastructure is to create dependency. It’s a business ploy. Build OsumPODS and make people energy […]

Japan: Nuclear disaster demonstrates lack of foresight

When we build we are well aware that catastrophe can strike. People gamble anyway, but as in all gambles, there are losers. Ultimately, the loss of the Fukushima Dalichi power plant near Okuma, about 250 kilometers north of Tokyo, may prove to be more costly in terms of suffering than all of the devastation combined in the Japanese quake. Man depends upon mass infrastructure, but doesn’t need to. Mass infrastructure is more about making money than providing man with the […]

Earthquake proof structures: Japan’s 8.9 quake

With the 2011 devastation in Japan, earthquakes are once again in the news. Although more powerful, death tolls seem to be strikingly lower than in the January 12th 2010 Haiti quake where estimates of 200,000 deaths have yet to be substantiated. Had such a quake occurred in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego, no doubt the death tolls could have been in the millions. Statistics show that most people are killed in collapsing structures. In earthquake prone areas, structures […]

The future of transportation in autonomous communities

Transportation & Planning: Today communities require extensive planning, costly infrastructure, and most often more consideration to accommodating automobiles than people. Even with the great deal of attention we give to developing these communities, there is still considerable wasted land and inefficiency inherent in most designs. Much of the problem lies in the concept of segregating residential from needed products and services, schools, libraries, entertainment, and so on. Communities are designed that require mobility to survive. In Silent Wave, I first […]

Is God a Moron?

I quite often find myself at odds with the Christian faith, which in reality is a multiplicity of faith communities with no united viewpoint, which was pointed out by a colleague who I consider an authority. I’m quite sure that if I lived in the Middle East, I’d find myself at odds with the Muslim faith. In general, religions perceive an all-knowing God whose teachings must be followed. I’ve always had difficulty putting my convictions into illogical gibberish, and I […]

Your Home: The money pit vs. the wealth builder

The Money Pit: When I bought my first home in 1967, I was of the opinion that owning a home was the one asset that everyone endeavored to obtain because it was a good investment. At that point in time, the idea of not making a profit from real estate was almost unheard of. Times have changed. It’s not just markets, failing economies, or upkeep that makes a home less than a desirable investment. If you analyze the true cost […]

The OsumPODS Concept (part 2)

Building umPODS: Unishell construction utilizing high strength durable concrete will undoubtedly create new challenges to the building industry. Whether such structures are formed using conventional forming systems or more likely robotics will have little to do with the end product, but may be a determining factor in the affordability of the end product. One of the basic advantages of producing unishells in modular configurations is to eliminate the inefficiencies inherent in stick built construction. In such a design, there will […]

The OsumPODS Concept (part 1)

Design Concept: Imagine a structure that is nearly indestructible and impenetrable. Imagine a structure that rests on a slip plane foundation that allows the house to remain motionless and undamaged in an earthquake, or float in a restrained position in case of a flood or a surge from a tsunami. Unishell superstructures will be designed to resist the power of a tornado, or the intense heat of a firestorm, thus will be designed to be insurance proof. Imagine a structure […]

Independence (part 3)

The Status of our Future: The potential for disaster with millions upon millions of people suffering, hinges upon the decisions made by a very small group of people. Be assured that many of the decisions being made are wrong. Unfortunately, our future depends upon making a great percentage of right choices. We are at the mercy of governments and big business, and their first priority isn’t saving the environment or making individuals independent. As we build OsumPODS, and as that […]

Independence (part 2)

Technology: Independence and technology should go hand in hand. Of course, that would mean that our goals in technology are in sync with our goals for gaining independence through autonomy. In reality, few resources are used to develop the tools needed to make individuals self-sufficient. There are few good examples where technology has provided individuals a better means of producing what they need that is superior or even competitive with industry. For instance, the solar industry does not try to […]

Independence (part 1)

Redirecting our future: The worldview touted by many professed great thinkers in reality places individuals near the status of ants. It appears President Barack Obama embraces more government, and views world government as the ultimate solution to most of man’s problems. The United States may well be on the road to a new world order where all people fall under the scrutiny and powers of covert organizations that are answerable to no one. Too often such ideas are touted as […]

Building OsumPods Part 3 (Design)

Although I love architecture, I have no way of being able to predict what sort of structures will end up on our landscape. Certainly there will be monstrosities from some points of view. However, if form follows function, and the geometric shapes that lend themselves to efficient and strong modules are incorporated into our buildings, then certainly such architecture will be recognized as better, if not more pleasing. Without such goals, the world is destined to stumble along facing one […]

Building OsumPODS Part 2 (Cultural Influence)

Architecture, like so many things is based in part by our culture and our beliefs. It is why we find both good and bad in everything. Is there a way to get over these hurdles? Let’s suppose we could write a computer program that would only accept what was logical, and would refute all that was illogical. Suppose that this program would analyze all languages, mathematics, science, government, and religions, and in the process it would automatically delete anything and […]

Building OsumPODS Part 1 (Architecture)

How do centuries of building influence the architecture of OsumPODS? What lessons will we take to heart to produce something better? Our past seemingly holds a tremendous influence on everything we do. Too often it seems we place a higher value on where we’ve been than where we are going, whether or not it makes sense or is applicable to our well being. Could it be that we see something more desirable looking back? Could it be that we equate […]

Building a Better Tomorrow: Introduction to OsumPODS (part 3)

Governmental and Societal Evolution: There are no certainties in this world beyond death and taxes. Why taxes? We live in a world where governments limit individual freedom in exchange for security and services. Are we getting a good deal, or are governments in reality most of the problem? What if individuals required less security and fewer services? What if people could provide for themselves and be less dependent upon governments? In proposing the implementation of a concept that promotes self-sufficiency, […]

Building a Better Tomorrow: Introduction to OsumPODS (part 2)

World Commerce: Demographic trends continue to move toward global interdependence for human survival. In an increasingly volatile world, it is not a desirable trend to be in. Frequent meltdowns in the stock market are a sure indicator that we’re on the wrong track. US manufacturers would currently be hard pressed to supply such basics as shoes and clothing for this nation. Because US businesses fail to compete in a global market in many areas, our trade deficit continues to grow, […]

Building a Better Tomorrow: Introduction to OsumPODS (part 1)

The Problem: We are witness to technological innovations of astonishing diversity. The digital revolution, computers, communications, biotechnology, robotics, and many other scientific endeavors have leapfrogged humanity into a new era. With so much emphasis on advancing technologies, why are we so married to fossil fuels and stick built housing? Where have our advancing technologies really taken us? Although we are living longer, are we healthier, happier, more secure, less stressed, or more independent? Is Earth more pristine and its biodiversity […]

Trek to the Future

The future is perilous and uncertain. We are destroying our environment. Without change, man may face extinction. Trek to the Future looks to logic and truth to be man’s salvation. Slideshow Text: Without a future there is no sense in our existence! Enlightenment is the true hope for all tomorrows, where wisdom will grow from logic and truth, then knowledge and common sense will be our guiding beacons! The future will demand we face reality, where independence will be the […]