Knowledge Tree

Analysis of the challenges and issues that the public is reluctant or averse to examine; presented as visually-enhanced interactive narratives.

History and Culture

Broken Promises Native American Study
A sad saga of deceit by U.S. government replete with colorful maps of Native North American Languages and the Trail of Tears.
This Land Was Theirs This Land Was Theirs...
An overview of Native America history in upstate New York, starting from colonial times until the present, told primarily through maps..
World Languages Languages
A colorful study on the diversity of languages. utilizing interactive organizational charts, maps and popup texts.
History Tidbiys

Upstate NY - History Tidbits

Schenectady and North (Burnt Hills, Ballston Lake and Vicinity)
-History Tidbits, Railroads and Trolleys, Waterways and Bridges, Flooding

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U.S. Railroads Future of U.S. Railroads
From the glory days as the railroad envy of the world to its current sorry state of affairs; a look at what happened to our train system and what is needed to get it back on track.

Exploring Ab Exploring Abandoned Railroads, Trolleys and Rails Trails in the Northeast
Retracing long forgotten railroads and trolleys in New York, Vermont and Connecticut, the series documents extensive research “in the field” (photos, rail trail videos, interactive maps). Historical photos and topographical maps as well as a large array of links to other sites provide an in-depth look at "what once was" and what still exists.

Northeast U.S. Interurbans Northeast U.S. Interurbans
A 1924 Snapshot of the Northeast's (New England and New York) trolley systems. Interactive maps are the centerpiece of this endeavor.

Abandoned Trolley Bridges A Small Photo Gallery of Abandoned Trolley Bridges
A short slide show of photos of abandoned trolley bridges in the Northeast and Ohio. Many of the photos are quite picturesque!

EMD Diesel Interactive Graphics of Railroad Equipment
I have started a series of interactives featuring various types of railroad equipment. The first in the series is an EMD Diesel Locomotive. The second in the series is a 2-6-0 Mogul Steam Locomotive.
Northeast U.S. Railroads Historical Maps of the Northeast
A compilation of historical railroad maps of New England and New York State. Thumbnail navigation provides easy visual access to a variety of online maps and historical info.
Connecticut Railroads Historical Maps of Connecticut Railroads and Trolleys
A compilation of Connecticut historical railroad and trolley maps. Thumbnail navigation provides easy visual access to a variety of online maps and historical info.
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Interactive Maps (Flash, Google, etc.)
Custom-made Trail Maps, Historical Comparisons, Early Railroad Maps, etc.


Infographics, Maps, Music and MorelinkOut
Blog about infographics with a bias towards maps.

History Map Compare

Historical Map Comparisons
Selected Mountain Biking Parks in Southwestern Connecticut

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World - Resources and Economy

Peak Oil The Peak Oil Project (Oil: Want & Waste)
A comprehensive overview of the dire consequences inherent with the end of cheap oil.
The Flat Earth

The Flat Earth
A hard look at the brave new economic world we live in (based on the best seller: The World is Flat).

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America - Rise and Decline?


The Malling of America
The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape -- the bittersweet consequences of suburban sprawl.


The Suburbanization of New York
Gentrification brought with it the big brand blandness of uniformity—Ponder the pluses and minuses of progress.

Wandering Pilgrims

Wandering Pilgrims or Lost Souls?
An absorbing reflection on how America's love affair with mobility has reshaped its culture.


The Dumbing Down of America
Have Americans grown hostile to knowledge? A probing look into the nature of American ignorance and it's plummeting standards and values. (based on the the book: The Age of American Unreason).

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Technology - The Yin and Yang

Digital Delivernance

Digital Deliverance (a SoundSlide narrative)
The dream of “Digital Deliverance” has come of age. Has it lived up to its promise?


Mark My Words!
An interactive timeline on the "History of Communications".

Digital Distractions

Digital Distractions
Always connected... cellphones, iPads, Internet 24/7 - what have we become? Are spontaneous conversations with strangers no longer possible?

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America - What's Wrong?

American Empire

The Costs and Consequences of American Empire.

The American Empire
Examining the role of the United States Military in world affairs and the hidden costs and consequences of its "lone superpower" status.

Income Gap The Income Gap
Corporate America and the shameful pattern of increasingly bloated CEO pay.
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Great Buildings (NYC)

Great Buildings - Midtown NYC
A tribute to "old school" monumental elegance...

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Knowledge Tree
(carousel navigation)
America at a Crossroads
(essay - alternative navigation)

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing...