My sinewave of fortune has returned to an upward turn once more. The hard disk I previously took to be utterly shagged has somehow been redeemed through the highly technical art of "poking and prodding". Right at this minute it is thirty six hours and about 1/2 of the way through the process of rescuing the files that were formatted, corrupted and otherwise fecked up by the incident. I estimate about a 50% recovery of all my files. I just hope the 50% that are lost forever are the ones I backed up previously or plain didn't want. The odds are against this and barely a single PDF would seem to have made it through this digital maelstrom alive so far.
Hopefully one of the files recovered will be the six page long dissection of World of Warcraft mathematics where I scientifically prove that everything is a waste of time and everyone is full of crap.