That’s Seiji Ozawa in Big Papi jersey conducting the brass section of BSO doing brass-off with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
I still can’t believe that the Red Sox is in the World Series. Almost winning… Just. One. Game. Away.
Before the season, seeing and doing podcast for the 93-loss season, I predicted that they will finish last place again, or 4th place at best. I am wrong, and happy about it.
I been tweeting nonsense since May 19, 2007 (such long time ago, can you believe that?). I put weekly digests of my tweets on this blog, so that I can search for it quicker using my blog’s search function. I tweet awfully a lot about baseball (I am a Red Sox fan, if you didn’t notice), but if you are interested, please follow me at @DaigoFuji. Here are my tweets between Oct 20 and Oct 26: Continue reading…
I was unable to go to Atlanta this past week, but I follow tons of people who were there on twitter and especially one of the session really piqued my interest. Session was called “Snow Fall for all” by Adam Schweigert (of INN) and Jessica Plautz, and there is a hackpad that was contributed by attendees. There are bunch of very interesting blog posts like Lisa Williams’s write up (is excellent), Tweets wrap-up and such, but I thought it would be helpful to list all the “snowfall”-like interactives here for future reference.
There is a pattern, such as bigger photo, parallax effect, larger font size with more white space, subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) css/js animation and html5 videos (as well as technique called cinemagraph) and stuff, and each tricks are not that difficult. But the successful one is just really good old-fashioned “story telling” combines many tricks, appropriately.
A coleague told me about a really neat tool that convert data into svg using d3, called RAW by Density Design. It is awesome. You copy and paste excel or tab or comma deliminated data into a text field on the website and you get a beautiful d3 graphics. Format supported are Treemap, Bubble Chart, Aluvial Diagram, Circle Packing, Circular Dendrogram, Dendrogram, and Binned Scatterplot. It can export SVG, PNG (BETA at the moment) and JSON data. Quite amazing.
Also I came across couple of animated gif related site like Zeega where you can combine audio and animated gifs like this, and GIPHY search engine where you can search and find a gif that you once saw and laughed so hard, but never was able to find it again… until now:
One more notable find this week: Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Science had a vert intersting post about “Chart Junk” called What makes a data visualization memorable?. In the similar way, my colleague Scott Berinato (who was the one who told me about RAW above) articulate for me what I’ve always had in back of mind in his article “Visualizing Trouble“. Both very good reads. Continue reading…
My prediction before the season was that they will finish last in the division. I expected better than 93 losses, but I thought this will be a “bridge” year.
That’s how much I know about baseball. I guess I could say this is why the baseball is so funny/interesting. Anyway, the game starts tonight. And my tweet last week was basically all #RedSox all the time. Koji Uehara ALCS MVP.
I been tweeting nonsense since May 19, 2007 (such long time ago, can you believe that?). I put weekly digests of my tweets on this blog, so that I can search for it quicker using my blog’s search function. I tweet awfully a lot about baseball (I am a Red Sox fan, if you didn’t notice), but if you are interested, please follow me at @DaigoFuji. Here are my tweets between Oct 13 and Oct 19: Continue reading…
This happened last Sunday. Game 2 of ALCS. I was one of 38,029 that was there at the park, and have a photo to prove it:
Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
I am up there on the left hand side of that photo. Sitting Bleacher Section 41, Row 05, Seat 10. Last playoff I’ve been to was ten years ago, ALDS Game 3 in 2003, when Eric Byrnes was tagged out by Jason Varitek after failing to touch home plate. Also was there when the Red Sox hitters hit 4 home runs back-to-back-to-back-to-back against Yankees. That was 2007, Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek homered in consecutive at-bats against Yankee left-hander Chase Wright, a first in Red Sox history. That was wild, high fiving with strangers. But this TOPS that. Red Sox were down by 4, 2 outs in the 8th. Bases are loaded and David Ortiz. It was the best game. And I have a photo to prove it. Awesome. I heard that this photo is also in Sports Illustrated.
I’m talking about the beards, of course. Beards so outrageous and outlandish and inimitable that people aren’t even trying to grow them. They’re just sticking them on. The Red Sox merchandise shops are selling fake beards that you can wear during games. They’re more dye-job Gandalf than Jonny Gomes, but they get the point across: You’re one of them.
I have never *ever* grown a facial hair in my life. And I am trying it for the first time, and probably the last time. It’s pretty pathetic. Not dense enough. But I will eventually post some kind of photo somewhere. It is kind of rare. There is even a website: Asians with Facial Hair. Their tag line is “relatively rare and undocumented.” There for I need to try it out and document it.
I been tweeting nonsense since May 19, 2007 (such long time ago, can you believe that?). I put weekly digests of my tweets on this blog, so that I can search for it quicker using my blog’s search function. I tweet awfully a lot about baseball (I am a Red Sox fan, if you didn’t notice), but if you are interested, please follow me at @DaigoFuji. Here are my tweets between Oct 6 and Oct 12: Continue reading…
On October 2nd, the bitcoin prices plumeted. Between soon and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, the price of a bitcoin went from $140 to $110 on Mt. Gox, according to bitcoincharts.com. I had no idea why, but it turned out that was because underground drug market site was busted. Crazy. I am of a position that marijuana should be legalized, taxed and available to consumers just like tobacco and alcohol, and all the other drugs — meth, molly, LSD, ecstasy, cocaine, crack, heroin, etc — be even more harshly punished and harder to obtain for kids. But didn’t realize that buying those are much easier using tor and bitcoin… Forbes.com did an investigation on buying pot from online sites. Pretty crazy and amazing — technology/innovation wise. But this Silk Road story apparently involves alleged murder. Yikes. So, yay for technology but nay for bad stuff…
MLB has finished regular season schedule, and Japanese Nippon Pro Baseball is almost done, but there have been couple of amazing records in Japan. Rakuten Golden Eagle ace Msahiro Tanaka has 23-0 record, including 27 consecutive winning decisions since last losing on Aug. 19, 2012, and Wladimir Balentien hitting home run number 60. Wow. Those two numbers are going to be not be broken for a long time.
I’ve been posting links that I liked at Posterous (RIP) and then my tumblr blog. Here are the week worth of links: