And so, I give you....
This is what will be on my future office door :-D
So, I don't know about the conferences that everyone else goes to...but the two that I frequent are great places to pick up professional books! The one I'm at this weekend offers graduate students the chance to apply for a book award, where if there a particular book you need/want for your research (provided it deals with algae) you just write a little paragraph about why you need it and provided you haven't been given a book lately, you can then "win" said book. I've received two books in this way. And then there are the auctions! Both societies that I attend have both silent and live auctions. These are great places to pick up both older classic books and new books, often donated by book vendors. I have picked up a lot of great books this way, often for as little as $5! So tonight I received a $125 book via the book award, and picked up a classic text (recommended by my PI) for $25; when your boss says he'd buy a particular book, you buy it!
However this brings me to a dilemma...Often, by the time I get home for the day, and I'm done with my lab work and/or teaching, all I want to do is veg on the couch with the husband. I know there is a lot of reading I should be doing, both of all these books I just acquired as well as keeping up on the literature. I often don't do any recreational reading because I feel guilty for not doing any work related reading. The end result it's that I don't do any work reading until I have to for a new paper our project, and I don't do any reading for fun either. Either way I end up feeling uneducated.
So what is everyone's feelings on this? Where do you go to build your professional library? How much do you keep up on work reading and/or balance that with pleasure reading? What are some of the factors you consider?
So my assistant de jour is a very sweet girl from the Dominican Republic. And today we had the following exchange:
"Do you hike?"
"Well, not around here, but yes. We go hiking pretty often."
"What is the meaning of hiking?"
"Like, what is the purpose of it?"
"For the enjoyment of being outdoors, I guess."
"So what is the definition of it?"
"Um, to vigorously walk outdoors in rugged terrain with the occasional bit of mild climbing for exercise?"
"Huh, I never knew that. There's no Spanish word for hiking, so I have nothing to compare it to."
No Spanish analog for hiking? Really? I find it very hard to believe that there's no hispanic Spanish word for hiking.
File this one under culture-shock.