i just had an interesting idea that branches off of what wired has been talking about a lot; an outboard brain. see Welcome to a Science Journalist's Outboard Brain and help me help you.
basically, what i want is a hackystat and outboard brain combined. this is interesting because, i can learn a lot from people's outboard brain. i can learn a lot more from "watching" them work.
imagine for example, that you knew everything that philip thought was cool and you knew what kind of things philip was working on and the processes he used to work on them. if you had that then, you'd be pretty aware of philip's intentions, his direction, and you'd learn a whole lot from that.
this is a cool concept. but, i haven't had enough time to think deeper about this.