Knowledge Tree

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


Exploring Abandoned Railroads 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.

Capital District RR Growth The Growth of Railroads in the Capital District
Chronological details on the growth of railroading in New York State’s Capital District told primarily through maps.

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.

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.
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History and Culture

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..
History Tidbits

Upstate NY - History Tidbits

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

New York State Guess

Can you guess the names of these towns?

Riddles based on New York State town names. Brain teasers to play with your family or friends. Use in schools as a teaching tool....

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America - What's Wrong?

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.

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America - Rise and Decline?


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.

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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

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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Great Buildings (NYC)

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

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Previous Flash Authored Projects

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).

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?

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 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).

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.
World Languages Languages
A colorful study on the diversity of languages. utilizing interactive organizational charts, maps and popup texts.

America - What's Wrong?

American Empire

The Costs and Consequences of American Empire.

Income Gap The Income Gap
Corporate America and the shameful pattern of increasingly bloated CEO pay.

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

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing...