Evolving New Highs and Lows

It’s been a funny few weeks. I’m unemployed at the moment; I’ve just finished my course and have not yet got a job. In theory this should mean I have a lot of free time, in practice it means I spend a surprising amount of time writing presentations for interviews and actually travelling around to the interviews. I’ve had a couple of final interviews and am waiting on results but I don’t want to jinx the ones that have gone well by talking about them.

I have had one rejection already though, Data Connection. They seemed like a good company but I messed each one of their tests up in turn. I’m a bit embarrased about my performance, just glad that I didn’t repeat it everywhere.

Aside from that low it’s generally been good. I like travelling, especially by train where you can read a good book and I also went on a week-end break with my girlfriend to Brighton. We were going to see Ben Folds but he was still recovering from pneumonia and cancelled. It was still a really fun, relaxing weekend though despite inclement weather. High-lights include a wonderful (though expensive) Italian restaurant and, for amusement value, walking along the beach in a drizzle. There was a spontaneous queue of courting couples spaced at 100m intervals all pretending no-one else was present. Maybe we need more originality in our romance?

It’s also been a week of high-brow discussions with people; religion and politics with a friend I stayed with on my travels and briefly about evolution on /.. The latter is probably most interesting to me as I was definately wrong. I assumed that human evolution was over because I am partially-paralysed but have survived long enough to breed and I have a girl-friend. The evolutionary pressures that would, in nature, ensure that only the strongest and fittest mutations survive have (thankfully) been curbed in civilised society. There will be increased genetic diversity but as long as transport remains readily available then the species won’t fragment. This guy pointed out (I’m paraphrasing) that on evolutionary time scales, civilisation is unlikely to exist continously and even if it does there are likely to be catastrophes (plagues etc.) that thin out the population and act as the chlorine for the gene pool.