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 presensce.

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

  • BSc in Geology, 1996

    Kutztown University

Recent Posts

Ultra Wideband Background

Ultrawide Band1 Ultrawide band (UWB) signal research is both old and new. Whole experimenting in 1887, Hertz generated the first UWB …

Learning ArcGIS Basics 2019

After a long, long, slog, I am finally releasing an updated to my ArcGIS book. The new book covers several new topics including Data …

Bullet Journal: One Week In

I am one week into using a bullet journal and things are moving along. i am trying to do all my tasks via the journal. i was trying to …

InnovaTN Games

Starting a Bullet Journal

The other day, i saw a post by @amit on Micro.Blog regarding Bullet Journaling (BuJu). Seeing his post got me to thinking how i use my …


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 …

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 …


The Purpose of ArcBasics The purpose of this book is to introduce the reader to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and ArcGIS Desktop …

Health and Wellbeing

Improving Myself through Exercise, Diet, and Technology

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Recent Publicity


Tactile Map

Recent Publications

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Comparison of accuracy and precision of GPS-enabled mobile devices

GPS-enabled mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets are extremely popular today. Billions of such devices are currently in use. …

Investigating and comparing spatial accuracy and precision of GPS-enabled devices in middle Tennessee

GPS-enabled mobile devices are extremely popular today. Billions of such devices are currently in use. The application and research …