Well the new design seems to be burning in fairly well. A few days have passed and I'm not already itching to change it. I wanted to give kudos to Brent Simmons of inessential.com for his weblog design and style which I have most definitely borrowed some themes from. Ok, ok.. it looks like a direct copy. It isn't. Really! I coded it from scratch -- honest! I liked his use of the image in the header, and where he placed his header navigation, and his ample use of white space around the content. Thanks for the inspiration, Brent.