On Tuesday I spoke about our experiences using the Redshift database at Staq. I experimented with using mdp to present the visuals, with mixed results (it's definitely good for writing presentations quickly, especially if you're conversant in Markdown syntax).
I posted my outline which includes links to additional reading on Github. Hope it's helpful!
Also, I've been accepted as a speaker at the DC CTO Summit on 10/28. If you use the code mike_online when registering you get a $200 discount. (For that talk I'm thinking about trying tpp though I am having some ncurses issues on OS X)