Although work and academics consume most of my life, I almost always have some kind of activity going on on the side. Those are projects that I work on in the span of months, and ones that often move slowly, but as the sayings go: "Better late than never" and "Where there's a will there's a way."

Currently, I am in the UCSD iPhone Applications Development Club, where I am learning how to program in Objective C and C++. Learning programming languages is kind of a necessity today, for it allows the world to take new leaps towards comfort and efficiency through access, dissemination, and use of information. Programming is equivalent to working magic, and to me, the arcane arts have always been an interest. I am somewhat versed in HTML and CSS, but that is clearly far from enough. I need to learn all the types of arrays, functions, etc... Wish me luck!
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Other of my "dirty little secrets" have to do with photography -  I enjoy pictures, so I have a photoblog, called Life In Snapshots, which I wish I could update much more often than I do. My view on pictures is expressed in my mission statement, but I'll restate it here as well: “Life in Snapshots” is exclusively a photo blog, so I will share how I got into photography. I love to play with my camera and – you guessed it – take pictures! To me, photographs do more than just eternalize moments and memories; they also facilitate communication and sharing perspectives, points of view; They enable me to share my world with you. The idea of thinking of images as statements developed my interest in the artistic quality and beauty in and of photographs. As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I want to prove that. This blog does not necessarily feature grand masterpieces, but something even better – as the title renders – “Life in Snaphots.”
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Lastly, I am having a private Read-a-thon, inspired by a UCSD competition which I was unable to enter, due to lack of time and lack of a partner. The Read-a-thon features a list of books I've read, ones I read, ones I wish to read one day, as well as the occasional reviews of the pieces of literature that I've already gone through. I absolutely love reading and this is a way to not only recollect these novels, but also to display my love for this recreational activity and showcase my accomplishments in the field of reading. Books are like air - I need them to breathe, and their entity fills me with life.
Another ongoing activity that I have initiated is a joint philosophical debate blog that I run with my friend and future roommate Paul. We discuss all kinds of issues and touchy subjects with presentations from different points of view in a very academic fashion that is, however, not strictly bound by all the restrictions of academic writing. It is meant to be a summer 2009 activity for the two of us, which may be continued later on, depending on our time constraints and other factors. Outside participation is highly encouraged, for the blog is meant to resemble a salon. Here's a link: Philosopho-Debate Blog
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Long time in the making, I also occasionally create dance videos, and I have an aspiration to choreograph one for which I gather other people to dance with me and later record it. I absolutely love dancing. Check me out on YouTube - keyword "mariayten."
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