I’m still waiting for my chair to get back to me, but in the meantime I’ve started thinking about what I want to read once I finish. I’ve let a lot of my tech skills slide while I’ve been writing, but here are the top skills I want to refresh once I have the time…My nook is feeling empty.
R in a Nutshell – More and more statisticians are moving to R, but it is primarily a command line system. I constantly hear about how powerful it is, though, so it is the number one technical item I want to get up to speed on.
R Cookbook – Ditto – Specific solutions for over 200 specific problems.
Data Mashups with R – This book falls into the category of inspiration. It is a case study of some very interesting online data work that could inspire new research ideas!
Beautiful Visualizations and Beautiful Data – After going to an Edward Tufte seminar, I’ve become convinced that the best way to communicate is through well-designed visualizations of complex data. Anything to help me do this better is on my list.
Information Dashboard Design – Relevant to my day job, but also as a way to think about how to present data. Stephen Few is one of the best in this area, so anything by him works.
slide:ology – Tufte hates powerpoint, but it is a fact of life in american business. Anything that can help me come up with better visualizations and make better use of those presentations is a good thing.
Statistics Hacks – I teach statistics, and I am constantly on the lookout for better ways to teach or more examples. This one sounds like it contains some great stuff!
Head First Physics – OK, this is just one of those topics I wish I knew more about. The Head First books are good for helping you learn and pedagogically sound, so what the heck; I’ll give it a try….
Cooking for Geeks – I love to cook. I’ve spent most of the last 3 weekends cooking things because I finally had the time. Heck, even when I don’t have the time I make my own bagels. So learning more of the science just fascinates me.
Of course, this adds up to over $350 for the ebook formats, more on paper, and would keep me reading for weeks. But who knows – those are at least the topics I want to start looking into….