Profile

Cover photo
Mike DiBaggio
Attended University of Pittsburgh
9,312 followers|2,512,816 views
AboutPostsCollectionsPhotosVideos

Stream

Mike DiBaggio

Shared publicly  - 
 
This article is ridiculous, and the guy that wrote it is a big, blubbering pussy. The Coen Brothers, on the other hand, absolutely nail it.

"It's an absolute, absurd misunderstanding of how things get made," Joel added. "You don't sit down and write a story and say, 'I'm going to write a story that involves four black people, three Jews, and a dog' — right? That's not how stories get written. If you don't understand that, you don't understand anything about how stories get written and you don't realize that the question you're asking is idiotic."

The only people who write stories like that are ax-grinding, political posturing hacks whose primary goal in writing (I do not call it story telling) is to act as social engineers rather than entertainers.
"You don’t realize that the question you’re asking is idiotic."
14
1
Kawlinz's profile photoNathan Marciniak's profile photoSergio Gameiro Junior's profile photo
2 comments
 
I don't have anything nice to say, so I won't say anything at all.  It may or may not have involved chipper shredders.
Add a comment...

Mike DiBaggio

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
Warn your friends and neighbors.
The Superb Owl comes this Sunday, and none of us are safe.
1 comment on original post
11
Thomas Sanjurjo's profile photoJohn Henry's profile photoMike DiBaggio's profile photoRichard Rohlin's profile photo
5 comments
 
+Mike DiBaggio doesn't happen to me nearly as often as I would like it to!
Add a comment...

Mike DiBaggio

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
KING -Brooklyn -NY ~~Rescue Only~~
TO BE DESTROYED FRI 02/05/16
King knows that something dire is about to happen and he is very sad and contrite. Handsome King has been a well behaved boy for 5-years, even around children and other dogs, until something spooked him about that puppy who wouldn’t start barking at him. King’s owner was incredulous because nothing of the sort had ever happened before. King did growl before he was released from his kennel, but once he relaxed he became downright attention seeking. King seems to know that he did wrong, but he shouldn’t have to pay for his misdeed with his life. King has been on model canine citizenship during his stay at the shelter and he did not display concerning behavior when he was exposed to dogs he didn’t know. Who knows what kind of signal that puppy was sending to King? Appropriately, because of his record, King is recommended for an experienced family without young children. King is a New Hope Only adoption and he needs help more than any other dog in the shelter tonight.
CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFO/PHOTOS/VIDEOS & STATUS: http://nycdogs.urgentpodr.org/king-a1062870/
#urgentpodr   #nycdogs  
17 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...

Mike DiBaggio

Shared publicly  - 
 
Pilots under 136 pounds aren’t allowed to fly any F-35 variant. Pilots under 165 pounds have a 1-in-4 chance of death and 100 percent chance of serious neck injury upon ejecting, according to the testing office.

“The testing showed that the ejection seat rotates backwards after ejection. This results in the pilot’s neck becoming extended, as the head moves behind the shoulders in a ‘chin up’ position. When the parachute inflates and begins to extract the pilot from the seat (with great force), a ‘whiplash’ action occurs. The rotation of the seat and resulting extension of the neck are greater for lighter weight pilots,” the report states. Ouch.
The Pentagon’s top testing official has weighed and measured the F-35 and found it wanting.
10
Russell Williams's profile photoPedro Calmon's profile photoMike DiBaggio's profile photo
3 comments
 
Well they aren't building it because they want a combat effective aircraft, that's for sure. It's military defeat by corporate cronyism.
Add a comment...

Mike DiBaggio

Shared publicly  - 
 
Here I am, spending all damn day working on formatting Crystal Reports again instead of actual programming. What a surprise.

"This text is getting cut off here. You need to make the field big enough to fit this text, which will not be the same length each time."
Makes text field big enough to fit sample
"Oh, that's no good. Now it's moved the fields below it, and some more text is moving over onto page 2 than we'd like."

No problem! It's not like we're dealing with text and fields of an indeterminate length or anything. We'll just use an infinitely large sheet of paper so that can't happen anymore. That way they can have their cake and eat it, too.
11
Jeremy Seifert's profile photoed chism's profile photoCharlie Whelden's profile photoJE Carter, II's profile photo
4 comments
 
I feel ya bro - spent most of my last week formatting video displays on Xibo CMS.  It's not exciting, it's tedious.  Glad to have paying work, but zomg... I was so glad the ancient java app I maintain once or twice a year needed some features added - so I got to crack that cantankerous beast open again this afternoon.  Not quite programming perse... just copying and extending bits.  Still better than digital menu boards.
Add a comment...

Mike DiBaggio

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
SUPER URGENT. STORM and her NEWBORN (3 DAY OLD) INFANTS NEED AN IMMEDIATE RESCUE/FOSTER. IF YOU CAN FOSTER THIS FAMILY PLEASE CONTACT A NEW HOPE RESCUE IMMEDIATELY. (SEE LINK)http://www.nycacc.org/nhpartners.htm
STORM AND BABIES – #K16-045389
SUPER Urgent Brooklyn
BROOKLYN CENTER

MUST BE PULLED BY A NEW HOPE RESCUE

STORM AND BABIES – #K16-045389

STORM – A1063128

FEMALE, GRAY / WHITE, DOMESTIC SH MIX,1 yr STRAY – ONHOLDHERE, HOLD FOR DOH-B Reason STRAY Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 01/16/2016, From NY 11692, DueOut Date 01/29/2016,

Storm was diagnosed with URI on 1/27) additional info: an exam says all 3 kittens are nursing fine, Storm allows handling of her babies but is very observant to their cries when they are away from her, and she readily carries them back

 

LARRY – A1063737
MALE, BLACK, DOMESTIC SH,2 days
STRAY – ONHOLDHERE, HOLD FOR ID
Reason BORNSHELTR
Intake condition NURSING Intake Date 01/26/2016, From NY 11208, DueOut Date 01/26/2016, I came in with Group/Litter #K16-045389

Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN

Medical Summary
S/O: All kittens are active and nursing. Perineal area is erythematous, loose stool seen A: Neonates <4wks with Queen, loose stool P: Need weights; monitor stool
Weight 0.0

 

CURLY – A1063738
MALE, BLK TABBY, DOMESTIC SH,2 days
STRAY – ONHOLDHERE, HOLD FOR ID
Reason BORNSHELTR
Intake condition NURSING Intake Date 01/26/2016, From NY 11208, DueOut Date 01/26/2016, I came in with Group/Litter #K16-045389

Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN

Medical Summary
S/O: All kittens are active and nursing. Perineal area is erythematous, loose stool seen A: Neonates <4wks with Queen, loose stool P: Need weights; monitor stool
Weight 0.0

 

MOE – A1063739
MALE, GRAY TABBY, DOMESTIC SH,2 days
STRAY – ONHOLDHERE, HOLD FOR ID
Reason BORNSHELTR
Intake condition NURSING Intake Date 01/26/2016, From NY 11208, DueOut Date 01/26/2016, I came in with Group/Litter #K16-045389.

Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN

Medical Summary
S/O: All kittens are active and nursing. Perineal area is erythematous, loose stool seen A: Neonates <4wks with Queen, loose stool P: Need weights; monitor stool
Weight 0.0

ALL LOCATIONS:

For more information on adopting from the NYC AC&C, or to find a rescue to assist, please read the following: http://information.urgentpodr.org/adoption-info-and-list-of-rescues/

If you are local to the Tri-State, New England, and the general Northeast United States area, and you are SERIOUS about adopting or fostering one of the animals at NYC ACC, please read our MUST READ section for instructions, or email helpcats@urgentpodr.org

Our experienced volunteers will do their best to guide you through the process.

We highly discourage everyone from trusting strangers that send them Facebook messages, offering help, for it has ended in truly tragic events.

For more info on behavior codes and ratings, please read here:http://information.urgentpodr.org/acc-placement-status-descriptions/

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please see:http://information.urgentpodr.org/frequently-asked-questions/

You can call for automated instructions 212-788-4000

****PLEASE NOTE****KITTENS under the age of 8 weeks or weighing 2 pounds or less CAN ONLY be PULLED by a RESCUE!!!! IF INTERESTED, PLEASE contact a RESCUE ASAP!!!
8 comments on original post
1
Fran Mickelson's profile photo
 
So cute!
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
9,312 people
Maria Sukces's profile photo
justin ng's profile photo
Rudy Lopez's profile photo
Virgilio Martins's profile photo
Julie McManus's profile photo
Rita Lucas's profile photo
Donna Wallace's profile photo
Wyvette Parker's profile photo
Lonestar Handy's profile photo

Mike DiBaggio

Shared publicly  - 
 
Is it possible that Herc Hansen, noted fighter of giant monsters from Pacific Rim, was named after Herc Armstrong, noted fighter of giant monsters from the 1980s cartoon Inhumanoids?
12
Benjamin Feehan's profile photoShell “Presto” DiBaggio's profile photo
2 comments
 
Let it be so!
Add a comment...

Mike DiBaggio

Shared publicly  - 
 
Here's a Jules Verne story I've never heard of. It's about competing French and German city-states set up in Oregon, one of which (guess which one!) is a ruthless dictatorship dedicated to making the most destructive instruments of war possible.

While I won't put them in Oregon (Cascadia), these are a perfect fit for the city states and enclaves that dot the mountain west in +Ascension Epoch.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Begum%27s_Fortune
7
Richard Rohlin's profile photoLiam Phoenix's profile photoMike DiBaggio's profile photoThe Wrath of Kahn's profile photo
15 comments
 
+Mike DiBaggio young pup! I'm 37 >_<
Add a comment...

Mike DiBaggio

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
BLIZZARD  - Manhattan - NY 
TO BE DESTROYED FRI 02/05/16
VOLUNTEER FAVORITE
A volunteer writes: I can afford to criticize myself. Blizzard is indeed a beautiful hound who, true to himself, walks close to the ground and sniffs away his new premises like he is tracking something or someone. Blizzard is a handsome young man, lanky, or rather too thin, but dressed in a well groomed and silky pastel marble cake coat. He is welcoming in his kennel, leashed easily and walks nicely around the block, doing his business on the way and in one stop. He does not mind his paws to be rinsed with water and dried as the street salt hurt his long digits. Blizzard is a gentle character, a little stressed to find himself in an unfamiliar place but likes to be caressed all over. He is quite hungry, although takes politely treats from my hand, and even sits for them. He has absolutely no handling issues and wags his tail a lot. He seems to like other dogs and cries to join them, male or female. I would love to see him run with his peers in playgroups. Blizzard is an elegant, friendly and very pleasant young man to spend time with. Come and meet him at the Manhattan Care Center. He could be the one, your very own forever best friend. 
Another volunteer writes: Get ready for a blizzard…of fun! If you enjoy running around, messing with toys, loving on dogs both large and small and generally having a grand old time playing in the snow then Blizzard might just be your doggie twin! In addition to being stunningly gorgeous and super friendly, this handsome hound is also a star athlete and his playtime feats are both gravity-defying and hilariously awkward. Yes, he likes to hold onto his toys but I can pet him while he chows down and once distracted by a different toy or another dog Blizzard is happy to sit on command and wait for me to toss the first toy again. Much as I love playtime with Blizzard, my favorite pastime is watching him interact so nicely with other dogs as it’s clear he is such an amiable softie at heart. Give a good guy a second chance at the good life he deserves, ask for Blizzard today!
CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFO/PHOTOS/VIDEOS & STATUS: http://nycdogs.urgentpodr.org/blizzard-a1063524/ #urgentpodr   #nycdogs  
15 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...

Mike DiBaggio

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
Flint shows that it isn't just the social sciences that are in crisis:
In Flint the agencies paid to protect these people weren’t solving the problem. They were the problem. What faculty person out there is going to take on their state, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency? I don’t blame anyone, because I know the culture of academia. You are your funding network as a professor. You can destroy that network that took you 25 years to build with one word. I’ve done it. When was the last time you heard anyone in academia publicly criticize a funding agency, no matter how outrageous their behavior? We just don’t do these things.
Marc Edwards, a professor of civil engineering at Virginia Tech, has become something of a folk hero for his role in identifying lead in the city’s water. But he says he takes no pleasure in the attention. Instead he worries that university res
10 comments on original post
6
Add a comment...

Mike DiBaggio

Shared publicly  - 
 
 Ephemera is like the Invisible Woman, except that she's also like Shadowcat. She turns invisible because she's phased. No interaction with EM means no enteraction with EM, right?

The more I ponder it, the more I think want Ephemera's invisi-phasing power to be an artifact of The Disintegration Machine (from the Prof. Challenger short story of the same name) than the Tillinghast Resonator (from H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond. Which is not to say the two should be mutually exclusive. Perhaps there is some advantage to shifting from the one to the other. Tillinghast space certainly seems to be more dangerous, which would necessitate the probes on the suit as seen here, to keep her from being eaten (or at least interfered with) by the liquivorous snakes and larger creatures that infest T-Space.
 
So there are already going to be changes to Ephemera's design (Mike's not keen on the helmet as part of her everyday heroic wear), but I A) wanted to test out my new Winsor & Newton watercolor markers and B) wanted to draw something super-retro sci fi-looking.

Ephemera is Amp's on-again, off-again girlfriend and teammate in the Challenger Foundation. She was mentioned in his interview in Copper Knights and Granite Men, and will appear in its sequel. She converts herself a form of matter that doesn't interact with electromagnetism -- that is, she can turn invisible and phase.

As for the markers... well, you folks tell me! They definitely apply darker than watercolor, but I don't see that as a bad thing since they're markers. They blend pretty nicely, I think. My biggest complaint so far is that Micron pens (which I inked this with) runs on the paper they advertise for them.

But otherwise, I think it turned out pretty good. What say you?

Note: I used watercolor pencils for some details.

Also, Copper Knights and Granite Men is available here: http://www.amazon.com/Copper-Knights-Granite-Challenger-Confidential-ebook/dp/B00L6I5DKC/
5 comments on original post
10
1
Theodore Minick's profile photoMike DiBaggio's profile photoCaine Dorr's profile photo
4 comments
 
To make it really interesting, her method of seeing into the material world should be active... like maybe they're goggles that actually emit Tillinghast radiation, so they could be detected. It introduces a vulnerability and a possible countermeasure to her snooping.
Add a comment...

Mike DiBaggio

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
SUPER URGENT. SENIOR BIGGIE, AGE 15 DESPERATELY AWAITS HER CONFIRMATION OF A NEW FOREVER. UPDATE TO FOLLOW
BIGGIE – A1063742
Manhattan Center

My name is BIGGIE. My Animal ID # is A1063742.
I am a female cream chihuahua sh mix. The shelter thinks I am about 15 YEARS old.

I came in the shelter as a STRAY on 01/27/2016 from NY 10027, owner surrender reason stated was MOVE2PRIVA.

MOST RECENT MEDICAL INFORMATION AND WEIGHT
01/28/2016 Exam Type RE-EXAM – Medical Rating is 4 NC – SEVERE CONDITIONS NOT CONTAGIOUS, Behavior Rating is NONE, Weight 9.0 LBS.

VC – GERIATRIC, UVEITIS S/O: Dog is BARH EENT – Cherry eyes OU, appears to have hypopion and/or lens luxation OD, OS – corneal edema with neovascularization, snapped at hand when attempted to retro-pulse OS Missing most of teeth, grade 4/4 dental dz remaining teeth Heart/lungs auscult wnl Abdomen too tense to palpate A: DDx: Lens luxation, Uveitis, Glaucoma, Open P: Starting this dog on buprenorphine BID for pain, hesitant to start on NSAID without bloodwork to confirm normal liver and kidney values. Recommend rescue placement only, and dog should go to veterinary ophthamologist ASAP. PROGNOSIS: Fair-Poor depending on dx – will require sx and/or long term medical management of eyes

01/27/2016 PET PROFILE MEMO
01/27/16 12:37hrs Biggie remained calm while inside of her carrying bag. When the Admissions Counselor attempted to touch her back, she snarled and attempted to bite. When she was allowed to sniff the Admissions Counselor hand and then touched she remained calm. She was collared, scanned for a microchip(negative) and photographed.

WEB MEMO
No Web Memo

01/30/2016 BEHAVIOR EVALUATION – NH ONLY
Exam Type BEHAVIOR
Biggie walks calmly on leash. He was not sociable, and was more interested in the surroundings than the handler. During the first part of the assessment Biggie was uncomfortable with handling trying to bite the assessor hand during the look. For safety reason the behavior team decided to skip the handling part of the assessment for safety reasons. During the resources Biggie was not interested in toys. According to the medical technician Biggie startled due to impaired vision, aggressive in cage and with lead, walks calmly and relaxes when spoken to but still lunges and thrashes when touched” The behavior department feels that he would do best if placed with a New Hope partner who can follow up on this behavior in a more stable environment and can provide any necessary behavior modification before placement into a permanent home. Look: 5. tries to bite. Toy 1: No interest. Playgroup Notes: When off leash with other dogs, Biggie is defensive and corrects approach.

01/27/2016 GROUP BEHAVIOR EVALUATION 
Exam Type GROUP BEHAVIOR
When off leash with other dogs, Biggie is defensive and corrects approach.

01/28/2016 INITIAL PHYSICAL EXAM
Medical rating was 4 NC – SEVERE CONDITIONS NOT CONTAGIOUS, behavior rating was NONE
Microchip: negative Sex: intact female Age: appx 15y; could not assess heart or lungs Mentation: BARH Eyes: uvetitis, predominantly in OD with heavy WBC deposits; cherry eye OU; seems to have poor vision (responds to shadows, poor menace, PLR weak) Ears: clean Nose: no d/c, keratosis deposits on nose Teeth: most incisors and canines missing, heavy calculus on remaining, could not assess back teeth due to behavior If abnormal BCS: WNL, closer to 3.5 Skin: WNL Hair Coat: WNL Declawed: N/A Any injuries: no Behavior: startled due to impaired vision, aggressive in cage and with lead, walks calmly and relaxes when spoken to but still lunges and thrashes when touched Medication: N/A, preventatives given

01/28/2016 RE-EXAM (LAST MAJOR EXAM)
Medical rating 4 NC – SEVERE CONDITIONS NOT CONTAGIOUS,
VC – GERIATRIC, UVEITIS S/O: Dog is BARH EENT – Cherry eyes OU, appears to have hypopion and/or lens luxation OD, OS – corneal edema with neovascularization, snapped at hand when attempted to retro-pulse OS Missing most of teeth, grade 4/4 dental dz remaining teeth Heart/lungs auscult wnl Abdomen too tense to palpate A: DDx: Lens luxation, Uveitis, Glaucoma, Open P: Starting this dog on buprenorphine BID for pain, hesitant to start on NSAID without bloodwork to confirm normal liver and kidney values. Recommend rescue placement only, and dog should go to veterinary ophthamologist ASAP. PROGNOSIS: Fair-Poor depending on dx – will require sx and/or long term medical management of eyes

For more information on adopting from the NYC AC&C, or to find a rescue to assist, please read the following: http://information.urgentpodr.org/adoption-info-and-list-of-rescues/

If you are local to the Tri-State, New England, and the general Northeast United States area, and you are SERIOUS about adopting or fostering one of the animals at NYC ACC, please read our MUST READ section for instructions, or email help@urgentpetsondeathrow.org

Our experienced volunteers will do their best to guide you through the process. We highly discourage everyone from trusting strangers that send them Facebook messages, offering help, for it has ended in truly tragic events.

For more info on behavior codes and ratings, please read here: http://information.urgentpodr.org/acc-placement-status-descriptions/

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please see: http://information.urgentpodr.org/frequently-asked-questions/

You can call (212) 788-4000 for automated instructions.
12 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...
Mike's Collections
People
Have him in circles
9,312 people
Maria Sukces's profile photo
justin ng's profile photo
Rudy Lopez's profile photo
Virgilio Martins's profile photo
Julie McManus's profile photo
Rita Lucas's profile photo
Donna Wallace's profile photo
Wyvette Parker's profile photo
Lonestar Handy's profile photo
Collections Mike is following
Education
  • University of Pittsburgh
    Information Science, 2001 - 2005
Story
Tagline
Using powers for awesome
Introduction
I love writing fiction as well as the finer aspects of world building. I am currently working a fictional shared universe for superhero and action/adventure stories called Ascension Epoch. So far, I have published four book set in this universe:

I am also interested in liberty based on a concept of natural rights and simple respect for human dignity, disgusted by the collapse of western civilization into tyranny, bankruptcy (moral as well as financial), and degeneracy. I am a pro-family, pro-life, Catholic, free market anarchist who knows a lot of things are very, very wrong and feels frustrated at knowing that I can do little to fix them immediately.

If you are adding me to your circles and you want me to add you back even though we have never spoken before, please send me a message and at the very least tell me what circles I should put you in.
Work
Occupation
Novelist, World Builder, Coder, Friend of Liberty
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Apps with Google+ Sign-in
  • Cut the Rope 2