I don’t do rendering, but if you do you need this
These guys render for you, if you don’t have the time or the power. Just submit your files and they send you the result.
lots of logos
This book is filled with logos. Just like the web design index this is an excellent tool to bring to client meetings and get a feel of what they want you to make.
Teach a Kid to Program / Wired How To’s
I am definitely going to try out some of these languages (just for myself, not for my kid, haha, he is two years old).