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Being a Mutant

It didn't occur to me until about a week ago that I am a mutant.

When genes duplicate, the overwhelming majority of them are copied with perfect fidelity, with only the occasional rogue gene mutating into something unexpected. Most of these mutations, called neutral mutations, have no real effect.

Once in a while, though, a gene mutates, and happens to produce a significant difference in its host, and that difference affects the host's survivability.

Boredom eating...

On Runner's Ravings

I think I've narrowed down my biggest dietary flaw: boredom eating.

Now, this doesn't mean that I don't enjoy being around my family or coming to family festivities. In fact, I love being back in town and sharing my first college experiences with everyone.

Sometimes I just find myself sitting around a table and listening to a conversation and contributing nothing. That's because I'm somewhat of an introvert, like to listen, and often am present during conversations about interesting things that I know little about.

For example, earlier today I was listening to my parents and uncle discuss home renovations, air conditioning, and engine repair (or something like that). Those things are unprecedentedly interesting, but completely out of my expertise. My dad is a handyman, and I'm the furthest thing from it. It's a shame, really, but more on that in the future.

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