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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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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, […]

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 […]