* scikit-learn also has some good machine learning tutorials
* A Programmers Guide to Datamining (http://guidetodatamining.com/) has some good practical advice and is very easy to read.
It's hard to recommend what will really help someone without knowing their background.
Complete projects or enter Kaggle competitions - https://www.kaggle.com/
Learn as you go like everything else. Once you've finished a few projects with good results you should be able to land a job in your chosen specialization.
Coursera and Udacity! You may have to wait for a couple of years to get all the courses you want, in, but, on Coursera there's Andrew Ng's famous ML course, and, recently, a few courses that use stats and 'R'. 'Data Science' from last spring taught some Hadoop, and Udacity has an open course on it right now (no set schedule). And, Kaggle, as the others point out.