Trying to catch up on what’s been happening since Feb. 6 has been a job. I have had to scour through a number of sites and and try to pick out the most interesting and most to the point of our forum here. One thing on The Scholarly Kitchen did jump out at me. A new version of something called E-PUB 3 has been released. This is a format in which digital materials can be composed and released. Prepared by the International Digital Publishing Forum ((IDPF), EPUB 3 was launched as a platform for digital books, some 16 months ago. But the version 3 release has features which may prompt some journal publishers to consider this specification for distributing scholarly articles. If the new format gains any following, it will be at the expense of the venerable PDF format, which has pretty much owned the place for a while and was viewed as some kind of ultimate, at least by some people. Alas, the twenty years we have just rocketed through have certainly proved that ‘ultimates’ of any kind don’t last very long. All early days yet. But it’s worth keeping an eye on this newcomer.
Well, your correspondent has been in and out of the hospital and is slowly, slowly returning to something like normal life, thanks to the aid of a kind and patient spouse and the skilled ministrations of the blessed corps of physical therapists. The bone surgeons and their assorted Merry Carpenters did not have to do the whole shoulder, deciding instead on a ‘hemi-arthroplasty’ or partial reconstruction of the joint. Muscles atrophy and tendons freeze while the arm is in a sling to assist in soft tissue healing, so it will be a while before full range of motion is restored. Many thanks to all who have inquired and sent expressions of concern. Orthopedic surgeons are very skilled, but I couldn’t help wondering about how all this will sound in fifty years time; about like battlefield surgery in the Civil War is my guess. In the future, it will probably be possible and easy to regrow tissue or even whole organs and the days of operating with knives, saws, drill and hammers will sound like something from the dungeons of the Inquisition.