Just Say No to OSB

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I live in an area of relatively low income, a blue collar town where a surprisingly large percentage of the population is classified as downright destitute. To see a house without vinyl siding is a rarity, much to my dismay, but that’s reality in a lot of areas these days.

Even with the economy in disarray, houses keep popping up here and there, most being financed by speculating builders, but some by the homeowners themselves.

The one thing they all have in common is the incredibly crappy materials they use. Not long ago, no builder with an ounce of self-respect or pride would work with OSB. Now, almost every house I see going up not only uses OSB on the walls, but on the roof!

For those of you that are not familiar with this garbage called OSB (Oriented Strand Board), here’s an explanation.

If OSB gets wet, it expands and never returns to its original size, shape and strength, so you can clearly see why it’s such an excellent roofing material. No moisture there, right? I’ve seen 15 year old houses built with this crap that are literally falling apart. Peek behind the vinyl on most houses now and you’ll be shocked to see what’s there. These houses are nothing more than wood chips, glue and plastic. Nobody in their right mind would buy a house built like this, but they continue to do so, mainly due to ignorance on the part of the owners and lack of ethics on the part of the builders.

If you’re having a house built, and the builder suggests OSB, fire him or her on the spot. A skilled builder with any sense of pride in workmanship would never work with this crap.

Google Glass is for Predators

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As if we aren’t inundated with Big Brother lurking everywhere, now that creepy looking nerd with the Google Glass can do a background search on you just by looking at you.

Meet NameTag, the latest in personal surveillance for Glassholes. Put this on a rapist or other type of socially unacceptable type, and they can use this new tool to become an uber-predator. Stare. Get name, phone number, address, info from social media, etc. Approach woman. Convince her you know each other or have mutual friends or that you’re also really in to Gothic cathedrals, and voila, her shields are down and it’s rape time! Or maybe just get her home address and be there before she does. Predators must be drooling at the prospect of what these things will do for them.

The possibilities of misuse of this utility are endless. The only real outcome from Google Glass acceptance will be a further degradation of the individual’s place in society. Trust of others is already on a precipitous decline, but this will alienate everyone and put an end to trust as we know it. What are they doing behind that glass? At this point, one must assume it is something nefarious and must act accordingly, whether that is to remove the GG from the Glasshole or simply leave.

While I describe GG as being the only product that will cause this, I am only using it as the primary example. Later versions and others by competing manufacturers will probably become much less noticeable, but they will be there. And those will be even worse, because whether or not you see some obvious tool like this, you’ll have to assume that the other person is wearing one regardless, and that will be an end to individuality. You cannot act as anything but what is considered to be a perfectly normal person, whatever that may be.

So folks, do yourself a favor and fight back against this crap by humiliating Glassholes and ostracizing them at every encounter.