It has been fun to follow this Red Sox this season (my tweets: Jul 27 to Aug 2)

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Koji Uehara high-fives after an outing, including unsuspecting Shane Victorino. Original video is from: here. Gif is from here

It has been a real joy to watch this Red Sox team this season. They won the 15-inning nail-biter with a walk-off, then within 22-hours, another walk-off, this time coming back from a 5-run deficit in 9th inning. With Thursday’s walk-off, the team have walked off whopping 11th time this season, most by any MLB team this season. Here is the recap of all 11 walk-offs. Globe graphics department should really combine those two into one to make it a really strong graphic…
From the game notes:
The 11 walk-off wins are the Sox’ most in a season since 1978 (11)…Boston last had more walk-off wins in 1961 (12) and is 2 shy of the club record for walkoff wins in a season (13 in 1940), according to Elias. (I absolutely love reading Game Notes. So geeky.)

Then the Red Sox get former-Cy Young winner Jake Peavy. There are some mixed reaction like this one from Boston and this one from Chicago, and both are valid, but I think this is a great deal. Especially if Xander Bogaerts is 75% as great as those players mentioned in this article, Manny Machado, Yasiel Puig, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Wil Myers… It is an exciting time for young players in MLB. Let’s put some faith in Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. and the like.

And John Henry buys the Globe. I think this is good!

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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 Jul 27 and Aug 2:
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How the mighty have fallen (my tweets: Jul 20 to 26)

As you can see from my past work (from 2007, pasted below) Comparing Sadaharu Oh’s home run to US home run leaders, Alex Rodriguez was really on pace to pass all the greats, but oh, how the mighty have fallen: Alex Rodriguez makes yet another misplay in PR battle with Yankees.

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I did this graphic in 2007. Of course, the home run number has changed after 5 years, including Bonds passing Aaron, and with Ichiro gaining on Pete Rose, this comparing Japanese number to US number may be kind of interesting subject to revisit.

Also, I am really really REALLY excited that I will be going to Saber Seminar. The line up and schedule looks amazing. So looking forward to it.

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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 Jul 20 and Jul 26:
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All-Star break tweets (my tweets: July 13 to 19)

I really had nothing to say this week. Nothing to see here.

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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 for the week:
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Japanese players in MLB All-Star games. (my tweets: Jul 6 to Jul 12)

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Hisashi Iwakuma and Yu Darvish at All-Star Workout Day on July 15, 2013 at Citi Field.(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Note: Cross-posted to blog.japaneseballplayers.com here: , updating the list from a year ago: MLB All Star Game 2013. Hisashi Iwakuma and Yu Darvish. American League edged National League 3-0, with Yankees Rivera getting MVP award.

This is Darvish’s second selection to the All Star, and first time for Iwakuma. Iwakuma becomes the 10th Japanese player to be selected for All Star team. Darvish joins Ichiro, Hideki Matsui and Kazuhiro Sasaki for Japanese player selected multiple times.

List of 10 Japanese players that made MLB All Star team

  1. Hideo Nomo (Los Angeles Dodgers): 1995
  2. Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle Mariners): Ten times – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  3. Kazuhiro Sasaki (Seattle Mariners): Twice – 2001, 2002
  4. Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees): Twice – 2003, 2004
  5. Shigetoshi Hasegawa (Seattle Mariners): 2003
  6. Takashi Saito (Los Angeles Dodgers): 2007
  7. Hideki Okajima (Boston Red Sox): 2007
  8. Kosuke Fukudome (Chicago Cubs): 2008
  9. Yu Darvish (Texas Rangers): Twice – 2012, 2013
  10. Hisashi Iwakuma (Seattle Mariners): 2013

Hisashi Iwakuma is having an amazing season. As of the All-Star break, he is leading American League in WHIP (Walks plus hits per inning pitched) with 0.94, good enough for third in the MLB (behind Clayton Kershaw of Dodgers with 0.91 and Met’s Matt Harvey, NL starter, 0.92). He is walking only 19 batters while strking out 113 in 131 and 1/3 innings. He has record of 8-4 with 3.02 ERA.

Last year, Yu Darvish was selected by fan’s “Final Vote”. But this year, he was selected by vote of the league’s players, managers, and coaches. He is 8-4 with 3.02 ERA (strange that it is exactly the same as Iwakuma at this point. I thought I messed it up), but leading the MLB with 157 strikeoiuts. Had he not be on DL, he could have started the All-Star game, which would have been first Japanese since Hideo Nomo started the game in 1995. His rookie year. Speaking of Nomo, his name was mentioned in this All-Star because NL Starter Matt Harvey, prior to starting the 2013 All-Star game had only 29 major league starts, which is the fewest for an All-Star starter since Hideo Nomo with 13 (in 1995).

One more interesting facts about Darvish and All-Star. Darvish was selected twice but have not pitched in the game. There are a total of 22 pitchers have made a team twice without appearing in a game in MLB history according to Dallas Morning News’ Garry Fraley. Johnny “Grandma” Murphy is the only pitcher with three All-Star selections (1937-39) but no appearances.

Finally, Koji Uehara was on the ballot for MLB All-Star “Final Vote”. He finished distant 4th in the voting, but there were total of three Japanese players who was voted into All-Star since “Final Vote” got started in 2002: Hideki Matsui in 2004, Hideki Okajima in 2007 and Yu Darvish in 2012.

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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 for the week:
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Live tweeting from Fenway (my tweets: June 22 to July 5)

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Went to the Fenway Park with a friend visiting from Japan, Hiro. It was a great game. MLB.com wrap, Box, Baseball-Reference Preview, Box. A pitchers duel. John Lackey, Red Sox’s highest paid player — he gets $15,950,000 a year for 2013, about $1.5 mil more than Ortiz, second highest — pitched a great game. 8 innings, 6 hits scattered, and only jam that ge got in was 5th inning, but he gets out of it with Dustin Pedroia’s nice play. Only score allowed was a solo homer by Jesus Guzman, a 29 year old 1B from Venezuela whom I don’t know too much about.

Red Sox scored 3 runs in the bottom 4th, by a bases clealing double by Third Baseman Brandon Snyder. Snyder was released by the Texas Rangers in the spring training, and signed with the Red Sox. It was a 10 pitch at bat with 1 out. Clutch.

Our country man, Koji Uehara gets the 9th inning, recorded 5th save of the season.

Anyway, I love baseball and I am very luckey to have been to the Fenway 3 times this year. Thanks to my loving and understanding wife.

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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 for the week:
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Visiting home of Minnesota Twins (my tweets: Jun 1-7)

This week, I am in Minnesota. I came here in 2005 for AAJA convention, but this time, I am here for EyeO Festival. And WOW. It has been a great experience.

I need to write a separate web notes for myself later, (working on it!) but I also visited the new Target field. People there were really really nice and they even let me walk in and let me take this photo on my phone.

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At the Twins team store, I picked up a 2013 edition of baseball themed penny collector penny book. I didn’t such a thing existed, but now my minor obsession of collecting that silly machine-pressed penny and my major obsession of baseball can be combined. Watch out!

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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 for the week:
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Junichi Tazawa’s walk up music (my tweets: May 25 to May 31)

Red Sox’s temporary closer while both Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan was out, Junichi Tazawa, has a Japanese walk-up music while he heads to the mound and warm up. It is something to have Japanese language singing blast the speakers at the 100-year-old Fenway Park. It’s “Mogura no uta” by Express. Not a bad song, either. I like its very positive lyrics. Here it is:

He is not the first. I know Daisuke Matsuzaka used bunch of songs by Japanese band named EXILE. As far as I can tell, he used songs like Real World (He used the song in 2007 ALCS Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians, and later worked with the band and was in the new version of its music video), then a song called The Next Door (around 2009-2010?) and also Raising Sun.

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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 for the week:
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I am winless so far at Fenway this year (tweets May 18-24)

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iPhone pano view from Section 18, Row 1 at Fenway, taken by yours truly.

Went to see a game at Fenway, and it was great, Except that they lost. 12-3 and it was raining. I am so far 0-2 with a rain postpone this year.

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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 for the week:
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Memo from day 2 of OpenVisConf (Tweets: May 11-17)

UPDATE: videos are now posted! Awesome.

Couple of my favorites: Kai Chang (my new hero)

and another hero:

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It was one of best conference that I have attended. Topics covered were wide ranging yet very narrative and speakers were amazing. Kudos to the excellent people at Bocoup who did just amazing job organizing it. And I also thanks my boss/work for letting me attend this awesome conference. I love my job.

Juan Velasco (Art Director, National Geographic – His blog)

  • Too much information, not enough editing. Careful editing and simplification. Simplification and a story to tell.
  • Tool for visualization (that us coders under-utilize): pencil and paper.
  • They use Adobe DPS

Abe Stanway etsy

  • quickly consumable –> more abstraction –> More information
  • Lots of information -> less abstraction -> easily consumable

Kai Chang – her was awesome. My favorite speaker of the conference.

Jim Vallandingham Another awesome speaker.

Lynn Cherney

  • Gathering data: Outsourcing tasks like categorizing, or indexing book sentences using Amazon Mechanical Turk

Jesse Kriss – Obama campain’s visualization engineer

Santiago Ortiz

Tom McWright MapBox – very inspiring speaker

Other things that I learned while at the conference:

  • Hardware hacks: arduino, raspberry pi
  • “Free as in puppy” (said by Doug Shephers)
  • Which is faster, json vs csv? CSV. consider JSON with CVS like “header file” jsonh + array create object on client side (solution by Kai Chang)
  • “Floats in JavaScript (JSON) is a nightmare (said by Shawn Allen)
  • DOM as API. (Allen)
  • SVG vs Canvas?
  • Alex Graul suggests reading Selections section on d3
  • d3 stands for Data Drivin Documents

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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 for the week:
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My all tweet archive? (What I tweeted: May 4 – 10)

I been tweeting nonsense since May 19, 2007…. whoa, I have been tweeting for 6 years next week? Is that real?

I need to investigate this. More post to come about this, but this site looks to be a good source for finding my first tweet… downloading “ALL” of my tweets actually. That is pretty darn impressive. I didn’t know you can do 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 for the week:
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