In order to graduate, my department requires every student to write a major paper. At the end of the semester each student must submit the paper and orally defend it to their committee and the public. A major paper is similar to a thesis, except it is slightly shorter and you don't have to register it officially with the university. My major paper is about the everyday resistance of Iranian filmmakers against the Iranian government. I've submitted my proposal and tomorrow I will submit my outline for the 50ish page paper. Once the paper is completed in April I will post it for all to read. All this is to say, if you are ever sitting around wondering what I am spending my time doing, this is (one of the many things) I have been investing my time in.