My computer crashed about nine months ago, so I've been off line for awhile. One of the first things I did with my new laptop was click over to Ars, and I was shocked by the new layout. It is way too feminine, Dave! What's with all the light pastels and blues? It's kind of hard to read things like "do manfully" at your blog when it appears on my computer in baby blue text.
He had a point, so I made some big changes.
First, I jettisoned the old template, which was creating problems with the new Blogger interface. I went with the Simple template at Blogger. There's no reason to re-invent the wheel. Now there's more functionality to the site that wasn't possible with the old hand written template I was using before. I simplified the weblog as much as possible, and reduced the size of the header. I went back to the old black background; sorry to all of you who complained about the dark background, but I just like it better. It is also better for the art, and the text color isn't extremely bright, so it should help to offset the contrast. (If the background appears brown, please adjust your computer color settings.)
The image in the header is of Fr. Glen Tattersall (of the Catholic Community of Blessed John Henry Newman) offering the Immortal Mass in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia.