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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]