Not a lot to report since last time... I (Phil) have been in more of a "research" mode than a "coding" mode lately, trying to get more up to speed on some of the theoretical stuff vis-a-vis Information Retrieval, Network Science and Evolutionary Computation. But expect some progress on Neddick - at least - in the near future.
In the mean-time, take a gander at some of the cool stuff that's going on over at the ASF. A lot of new projects are showing up there, that may be useful for the ScrewPile projects. In particular, there's a lot fo Semantic Web related activity going on, as well as some Content Management stuff. Check out Stanbol, Chemistry, Clerezza, and note that Jena is becoming an Apache project. Oh, and there's the little thing of Google Wave going down the path of becoming an Apache project as well. Even if you were one of those people who didn't "get" Google Wave, take a minute and look at the technology (operational transformation) behind it... this is some pretty cool stuff.
So, yeah, definitely a LOT of cool stuff going on these days in Apache land, SemWeb land, and - hopefully soon - Fogcutter land.