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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 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 […]