Unless you have never been here before, you undoubtedly noticed that I have changed to a new theme, called
PressRow (currently trying out Pool (now back to my original original theme, Regulus (now settled on what everybody seems to be happy with, Andreas09))).
I like the clean look, but I really wish WordPress made available a theme this clean that had a three-column layout. For $15/year (WordPress.com‘s first (and so far only) paid upgrade option), I could have full CSS control, and could probably make it happen, but first I would have to learn CSS.
One advantage of this theme, over my old theme (Andreas04) is that it offers public permalinks for individual comments. So if you are the type of guy who makes lots of comments, and wants to reference other comments, you can now find the exact URL to an individual comment hiding behind that comment’s date (for instance August 31, 2006).
However, the best advantage of this theme is custom header images. Apart from being generally mesmerizing, this image above is special to me. It is a picture of ice on the Moscow River, taken when I was visiting my sister, who studied for a semester in Russia. The picture was taken off this bridge, near Christmas. On the southeast bank you can see the famous Gorky Park, where they have a miniature Eiffel Tower, and a prototype of the Soviet space shuttle (if you give up finding it in the previous link, try here). One day when Dacia was busy teaching, I wandered around in that park (despite the sidewalks flooded and frozen for skating), and watched a game of pickup hockey. It’s amazing to see it again, from warm, sunny Southern California.