Blender 2.8 will have new defaults for many settings. Filmic colour management will be turned on from the start, units are metric, objects will get UVs when added and much more.
Grab a Blender 2.8 preview build at http://builder.blender.org
The Cycles Encyclopedia: https://store.blender.org/product/cycles-encyclopedia/
Point Density Magical Effects: http://www.blenderdiplom.com/en/shop/611-point-density-magical-fx.html