I'm back. I know it's not much of an explaination, but I had to put AI aside for a bit while focusing on work.
I'd like to thank the posters who recently posted a comment on the previous post, except for the tarot-loving spambot.
As for the future, I plan on spending 2009 just learning this and that about AI from the many books I already have on the subject as well as online resources. Then I'll spend 2010 planning an AI project as much as I can. From 2011 on, I'll work toward completing that project.
I don't know if I'll want collaborators or not yet. I need to see what the project is first.
Stay tuned for more...