My 1st set of CHIPs were ordered in early July (I think) and shipped from HK 10/28 and arrive today 11/11 in Virginia, USA. My 2nd set - ordered 2 months later - shipped HK yesterday. I ordered a new soldering iron in celebration.
I just killed a tree with Kolban's book on the CHIP - worth every penny, although the dead tree might disagree - and look forward to reading it again with CHIPs in hand.
I have a host of projects waiting on these: Predix edge device with dockerized image, a python-based robotics platform with a lightweight ROS clone, a CHIP bramble, Some security "tools" and some visual machine learning experiments for auto safety. I may see if I can test one of these for near space and launch it. And some experiments with mesh networking for covert communications and citizen protection.
I also have some PIs and other chips to test and compare with, so more news soon - just slowly.