Research is going along fairly well. I've implemented three stanards: WS-ResourceProperties, WS-ResourceLifetime, and WS-Addressing minus some of the specific fault messages. The basic web services container works correctly for all those methods. The next step will be to get WS GRAM running and submit jobs through the mobile enviroment to make sure that the phone can actually connect to WS GRAM. From there I'll move towards creating a more specific application involving something like grid resource management maybe.
In the non-research domain, we've been busy too. Been to a bunch of places. Been trying food at different places like near Tianamen Square and went to a Chinese opera. This weekend Chris, Paula, and I went to a Chinese cooking class. After spending an hour wandering the hutongs, we finally met the girl who Chris had been talking to about arranging the lesson. Overall, it was pretty cool. We got to do a lot of the stuff ourselves and learned some of the basics about cooking Chinese food. Paula is probably the best out of us three. We wandered around the area near where we had our lesson. It was pretty nice. It's a more authentic "China" there - where we are it's mostly an urban area with offices, the universities, and research park. It was a lot of walking but it was worth it.