Edward Tufte Presidential Appointment

Edward Tufte hired to explain stimulus fund spending on the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel.

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information totally sits on my bookshelf at home, and it should sit on yours, too. If he can make a few graphs to explain… anything really… I will be in a world of squee.

He says:

I’m doing this because I like accountability and transparency, and I believe in public service. And it is the complete opposite of everything else I do. Maybe I’ll learn something. The practical consequence is that I will probably go to Washington several days each month, in addition to whatever homework and phone meetings are necessary.

Sometimes I feel like the Republican fight is more “Revenge of the Nerds” with them going “NERD” at Obama then anything else because this is cool and deep geek.