I have decided to keep the original template. I sense that most people are used to it and are comfortable with its familiar look.
That's a good thing because I have tried mightily to upload haloscan to the new template and have failed each time. (...even though haloscan 'install' feature says I have successfully installed it!)
I may attempt it again in the future in a more familiar template that is similar to this one. The features offered there are very nice and I'd like to incorporate them into the blog.
In the meantime I have left the experimental blog up - withy a new template that will likely be used if I can get it to work. For those interested it is available here.
Updated: 8/18/09 8:14 AM CDT