How not to do it...
Two years ago at Oracle Open World, I delivered a "worst practices" talk - how not to do stuff. I used the word "probably" a lot, for example "you probably don't need to use bind variables" (there were slides stuck in this slide deck throughout that said 'hey, these are all the opposite of reality - just in case you are reading this - they are not true!').
In the same genre - we have "Top Ways How NOT To Scale Your Data Warehouse". This comes from the Structured Data blog penned by Greg Rahn - that article as well as the others make for some really good reads.
While I'm pumping that blog - another one to definitely look at is Richard Foote's blog. He's been undertaking the destruction of many a myth regarding indexing (like 'indexes like large blocks', 'rebuild when height hits N', 'Separate tables from indexes for performance' and the like). Very easy to read, very enjoyable to read.
If you use multiple computers like I do - you might be interested in http://www.instapaper.com/ - find something you like, but don't have time to read right now - save it for later. Very nice.