Mike Woolsey

Mike WoolseyHello. I'm a web developer residing in River Falls, Wisconsin. Coding, photography, videography, marketing, and non-fiction writing are my interests. I maintain this web site ( and this one) to maintain my skills as a web developer and to feature my interests. (If you need a different make or model of Mike Woolsey you can find a good supply right here.)

What I've been up to for the last few decades...

I've worked in the field of visual communications since the 1980s. Photography was my first interest. I had an inspiring experience working for a Twin Cities weekly newspaper for a few years as a darkroom technician and occasional feature photographer.

For a brief time, while in college, I worked on a monthly publication for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Later, as a video technician, I managed the River Falls, Wisconsin community television station in the mid-1990s. Around that time my interest turned to web development, allowing me to create the city's first government website, rfcity.org (See 1998 version).

For more than three years, while residing in southeast Minnesota, I created websites for the Post-Bulletin daily newspaper in Rochester, Minnesota. I returned to River Falls, with my family in 2001 to work for the University of Wisconsin where I have been a web developer ever since.

Evenings and Weekends

In the 1990s, I served as an illustrator and psychological operations specialist in the US Army Reserve. I was elected to the River Falls city council in 2006 and served appointments on the utility board, on and off, for about 10 years beginning in 2002.

In the early 1990s I graduated from Northeast Metro Technical College (Century College) in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. I've attended UW-River Falls and I'm currently taking marketing courses at the technical college down the street from my home.

I ride my bicycle to work every day, even in the winter. My spouse and children are fantastic and my dog is a fearful and troubled creature. I enjoy cooking meals for them. I mean for the people...not the dog.

Favorite Quotes

"Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide." -D.W. Winnicott

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle

"The truth is like poetry-- And most people hate poetry" - Film, The Big Short

"Just like what you like." - I said that.

"I said that." - Bob Dylan, Talking WWIII Blues

Thought provoking people that interest me:

Stephen Shore

William Eggleston

Dianne Hagaman

Gerhard Richter

Charles Bukowski

M. Scott Peck

Bob Altemeyer

Barbara Ehrenreich

Slavoj Zizek

Eudora Welty

Loren Munk (James Kalm)

Jared Diamond

Cindy Sherman

Cy Twombly

Etta James

Naomi Klien

Joseph Campbell

Robert Reich

Rebecca Solnit

Noam Chomsky

Michael Parenti