Posted on September 11, 2008.

Unless you've been living under a rock the last few weeks, you know that yesterday the Large Hadron Collider went online, much to the joy of physicists everywhere. It will clear up a bunch of questions about the Standard Model and, more happily for me, it might confirm the theoretical existence of skittens. It also will not bring about the end of the world, regardless of what some people think, when it starts colliding protons and ramping up the energy in about a month and continuing to do so over the course of a few years. Theoretically, I wouldn't mind a great deal about people scaremongering, but if it has real consequences then you do have to start thinking carefully about what you're reporting.

Saying that, of course, there do seem to be some suspicious characters hanging around the LHC - posted after the jump...

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="490" caption="Gordon Freeman at the LHC?"]Gordon Freeman at the LHC?[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="G-Man, is that you?"]G-Man, is that you?[/caption]

Other than the LHC, I've finally sorted out the last outstanding piece of admin required so that I can live in the house I've meant to be occupating for the next year, which is a weight off of my mind. I've also been toying with Spore and been having a blast. I can see where people who are complaining about the lack of depth are coming from, but I really think that they've built up the game in their mind, extrapolating exponentially from the GDC 2005 video over the last three year. I've been victim to Peter Molyneux's expansive claims before now, so I no longer go into games with stratospheric expectations. I'm only just into the tribal stage at the moment, so I've still got a while to go before I can properly judge the game, but if it continues in this vein I'll be more than happy with it.

Lastly, I've finally knocked up the Raptor Attack Survival Quiz that I've been toying with in my head for about a year; I'm pretty satisfied with how it came out in the end. It should be noted that Christopher deserves credit for many of the questions used.