I got some more information today about my upcoming surgery. I don't have an exact date yet, but it will probably be sometime around the middle of August. It's a great relief that I'll be able to have it so soon and get it over with. The recuperation period is several weeks, but will mostly be at home -- so it shouldn't take me offline very long, unless I'm completely zoned out on painkillers.
There will be a link round-up this Sunday -- I haven't been off the internet, just staying away from most of the political stuff (see post below).