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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 […]

Welcome

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]