I spoke at SharePoint Saturday The Conference and as promised, here are the slides for both sessions and the transcript of the powershell presentation.
I also promised the code for the branded site, I will clean this up and post on codeplex in the near future. I will also write some articles on the process of creating such a site, so keep an eye on this blog.
Slides of Branded Site talk
Slides of Powershell talk
Transcript of Powershell talk