(Microsoft are definitely capitalists, just look at all the caps in that title!)
I went to the second ALT.NET Sydney meeting last night and really enjoyed myself. Richard Banks from ThoughtWorks is organising the event and pizzas, saucy chicken wings, beer and caffeinated beverages were kindly provided by ThoughtWorks (which looked like it had plenty of people working back).
After Richard hit off with the news and we ate/drank we had a joint presentation by Damian McLennan (NHibernate) and Ali Shafai (ASP.NET MVC). I think the point was to show each separately and then point out how easy NHibernate made the back-end in ASP.NET MVC - but we distracted Ali and had a more interesting general discussion about MVC.
I probably got more out of the NHibernate session as that was the piece I was least familiar with. We had a few people in the audience who have "been there, done that" which was great because it gave us some very interesting discussions.