So as to clarify as Twitter only allows 140 characters or less.
There is a lot of work being done behind scenes. We're all marching forward but want to ensure the best experience possible when it comes to closed beta and launch. Now I never said how far away the announcement of beta would be, nor did I infer it is either near nor "not even close".
Zeriyah just posted an awesome blog about crafting, this is what I was talking about. See how it's not Friday? I know you're all very anxious, as are we, and I know all of our communication will be dissected. But, nothing good will come of theory crafting. ;)