Michael J. Wilson

Michael J. Wilson

Specializing in “What Not to Do” since 1972



As my wife knows, I am not a talker and am often not the most expressive person. This blog is an attempt to put words to my thoughts. I am at best an inattentive user of social networks. Another goal for this blog, is to tie together my online presence.

I often work on a variety of personal projects. I am currently taking several classes and working on some different certifications. I hope to document my journey.

My Mantra

I will learn from the past, plan for the future and live in the present. I will face the storm of fear and I will let it pass over and through me. When the fear is gone, I will remain. I will be a lighthouse for both family and friends. I will choose the path of honesty and integrity. I will “do it now, do it right, do the hard part first”. I will accept that both success and failure as part of life and I will learn from both. I will seek to learn, for learning is the basis for growth, and growing is the key to living. I will seek first to understand, for understanding is key to finding value, and value is the basis for respect, decisions, and action. I will help my children and others to grow beyond their current boundaries. I will build a reputation of being dedicated to every goal I choose to pursue while having successes in both my personal and professional life.


  • Father
  • Husband
  • Geek


  • PhD in Industrial Engineering, In Progress

    University of Tennessee

  • MS Geosciences, 2003

    Murray State University

  • BS in Geology, 1996

    Kutztown University


3D Printing

3D Printing

A compilation of my various 3DP projects

Social Media

Social Media

Thoughts on Social Media Periodically, I will try to post my thoughts on social media Image from Unsplash by @merakist

Productivity and Project Management

Productivity and Project Management

I have always struggled with the feeling that i could be more productive. Unfortunately, this had caused my to constantly try new productivity systems. with some self reflection, i have begun to realize that the problem me rather that a system.

My Professional Projects

My Professional Projects Over the years, I have had the blessings to work on a variety of projects. I have worked on: GIS Programming Data Science Environmental Web Development Outside of GIS, I have self-taught for the other topics.


The Purpose of ArcBasics The purpose of this book is to introduce the reader to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and ArcGIS Desktop 10.x by ESRI. Over the years, I have worked with various GIS lessons, tutorials and how-to books, websites, and other resources.

Health and Wellbeing

Improving Myself through Exercise, Diet, and Technology

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Recent Publications

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