That was a lot of information, and we're yet to do very much actual template hacking! Rest assured, it's all important: the more you understand the WordPress theming engine, the better equipped you are to make some seriously wicked themes. As you become acquainted with WordPress and Thematic, you'll find that a good understanding of all these bits and pieces will make it easier for you to make precision changes to existing templates, or even build all-new ones.
For now, though, it's probably time to grab a snack or tasty beverage. When you return, we'll start putting that big, fat stack of knowledge to good use.
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