Recommended Reading – July 8, 2013

This is a list of some of my tweets and some context so that you can decide which ones are worth reading.

Notes by Tim Berners-Lee: These statements of architectural principle explain the thinking behind the specifications. 

I have been reading some of these notes and found them pretty inspiring. You can get a sense of how web evolved, the kind of thinking that goes behind some of the standard efforts at W3C. If you want to track a list of W3C standards and drafts, you may want to take a look at this list.

Writing as a Thinking Tool

There are times when a tweet is not enough. I feel that I should take a fragment from an article and make it a LinkLog (a style of blog post which is basically a link to a recommended post with a teaser). Sometimes, you like the title of a post/article. You read it and you immediately like the author’s style and content. That is what happened in this case. It was an email alert from LinkedIn that got me following Ben Casnocha. 

Mastering a skill involves hundreds of stages of incremental improvement over a very long period of time. From How to Draw an Owl.

This is a really short but very compelling article on what it takes to master a skill. The lessons from this apply to developing products or an innovation too.

If You Aren’t Taking Notes, You Aren’t Learning

A very different perspective on note taking. I take a lot of notes so when I saw this post, I was really interested. I highly recommend both reading and practicing. A bonus link includes some cool note keeping techniques from Tim Ferriss’s extreme “take notes like an alpha geek