As you have probably noticed by now, the visual theme of the site has changed. The new theme is called “Independence Day” and was created by JTk (yes, that is how he spells it) at imjtk.com. This seems like a good choice for now since it happens to be July 4th and I have been searching for something other than the default theme that I could easily use but still modify to my liking later.
I have already managed to make some slight modifications to the sidebar by removing some of the redundant text for the category titles (such as “Blog Entries”, “Blog Categories”, “Blog Archives”, etc.) and removing unnecessary links in order to conserve page rank and make the page look less cluttered. Fortunately, I can still change the theme to something else later if people don’t like it, but for now it makes a good “experimental” theme that allows me to figure out how to make simple modifications to the code and design, yet still stand out enough from all of those default-themed blogs to get noticed.