North America Backwards

March 1, 2015


Neighborhoods of New York City, by Ursula Hitz

February 28, 2015

Right-to-work legislation in the US. Right-to-work states shown in turquoise.

For the curious, here is the wiki article about right-to-work law.

A “right-to-work” law is a statute in the United States that prohibits union security agreements, or agreements between labor unions and employers, that govern the extent to which an established union can require employees’ membership, payment of union dues, or fees as a condition of employment, either before or after hiring. Right-to-work laws do not aim to provide general guarantee of employment to people seeking work, but rather are a government regulation of the contractual agreements between employers and labor unions that prevents them from excluding non-union workers, or requiring employees to pay a fee to unions that have negotiated the labor contract all the employees work under.

February 28, 2015


Help the New York Public Library with its “Google Maps of yesteryears” project.

February 27, 2015


The idea for this map came to me some years ago. I was recalling the various places Star Wars was filmed, and I got the idea that it would be really interesting to see a map of these locations. Many months later, I got around to making this. Someone at FastCo. even wrote a short piece on it. You can view it larger here.

February 27, 2015

Bulgaria postcard

February 27, 2015