Thursday, March 13, 2014

U.S. Energy Disruptions

Energy Disruptions - US Energy Information Administration

EIA tracks and reports on selected significant storms that impact or could potentially impact energy infrastructure. See past historical events reported on right or real-time storm tracking with energy infrastructure indicated.

Which Regional Powerhouses Are Driving the U.S. Economy?

U.S. (Canandian) Mega Regions: 
“Contiguous lighted areas with more than one major city or metropolitan region that produced more than $100 billion in economic output”.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Peak Seasonal Ingredient Map

Nice interactive map shows what's fresh in your area (plus find ingredient descriptions, shopping guides, recipes, and tips)

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Retracing Abandoned Railroads and Trolleys

Trail Signs and Historical Maps

My latest projects have involved retracing the Right Of Way’s (ROWs) of railroads and trolleys in the vicinity of where I grew up in upstate NY. Historical Topo Maps are of course consulted and detailed satellite maps are a great tool for finding the remnants of these abandoned lines in today’s world. Often, when zooming in on satellite views, it is amazing to see how easy it is to follow the ROW that way.
Once out in the field, it is nice to find Kiosks and Trail Signage that details the history behind trail and the scenery you can expect to see along the way.
Simple infographics from yesteryear do a wonderful job of fusing map info with related visuals of landmarks.

Check out the various early railroads and trolleys documented and the large array of maps provided. (Schenectady Railway, Saratoga's Electric Railways, Saratoga & Schulyerville Railroad)

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