As a quick note, I'm also going to use this blog as a time tracking tool, and maybe show a few developers what they are getting into by following along. For reference... Up until now I've spent the following time, from about January 24th thru January 29th:
4 hours of brainstorming, specs.
1 hour installing the new SDK.
1.5 hours researching (general iPad newness stuff related to this)
1 hour of research into cocos2d.
Here's to hoping this is useful to someone out there.