On another note, you may have noted my absence for the last few weeks. The normal excuses follow...I've just come back from a very busy two weeks in the UK, working with my former boss and some other friends in Southampton on a paper which we hope to be out next week. We're actually very pleased with these results, and the paper takes a rather different form to most of my previous papers in the fact that we're really trying to construct a framework for other people to use rather than applying techniques to a new problem.
The other things which are taking up lots of time are currently various language classes and meetings. I've set up a Chinese conversation group here in Munich and the first meeting, just before my trip to England saw a group of 12 of us getting together in a cafe to chat. The range of abilities was very varied from complete newbies to a few native Chinese and I think with a few more meetings we should find a good rhythm so that everyone can benefit. Second meeting is this afternoon, hopefully followed by hotpot.