I went up to IBM today. I can't tell you the details as I've signed my life away, BUT suffice to say that I felt very happy after the conference call, as the person we were talking to listed all the stuff I'm interested in. As a fledgling researcher, I find it totally awesome when I have the same ideas that other people do. =) That tells me I'm on the right track. This kind of synchronicity is just perfect for a master's student. I can save the ground-breaking, mind-boggling stuff for my PhD.