I'm at CSS Dev Conf in San Antonio this week. I opened the conference with a talk that covered a bit of the history of CSS, as it has applied to me anyway. I also talked about how really learning the basic fundamentals of the web can give us a foundation from which to learn new things but also to contribute to the web and teach others. The slides are here, although I'm not sure how useful they are as a standalone thing.
I have a new sponsor this week - thank you Bytemark hosting!