The python hacking seems to be progressing apace. Server-side is completed. Network protocol layer is done and tested (telnet is sometimes a useful test client). Implementing the client library is progressing, though isn't quite finished (it can, currently, authenticate to the server and disconnect; actually doing something useful isn't happening yet).
However, I did find some useful displacement activity (namely, writing a little piece on document management and workflow).
At some point, I should, probably, try getting all these little pieces together and see if there's ripples to be made.