The current file format is based on a direct copy and paste from skype chat, e.g.
[12/14/11 9:55:03 AM] Sam Joseph: I was able to dodge the missiles pretty effectivelyHowever I just discovered that the skype log files are in sqlite format. Woot! So now I'll rework this to call the sqlite db directly - which will be much simpler, particularly since Skype was crashing when I tried to cut and paste any large chat histories.
Why, you might ask, are you doing this? And the answer is to try and improve on chatbots like Zarquon and also to run analyze on the extensive skype chats I have with my students - ultimately I hope to be able to completely replace myself with a skype chatbot!
Okay, now I really have to get back to my meta-analysis!