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can you feel the dynamism?

my work here is done
recently, blogger launched a bunch of "dynamic views" as options and, since i've been thinking of making some visual changes to the blog anyway [partly because several readers, including my mother say the white-on black type makes their eyeballs scream and partly because i just like to redecorate every now and again and this is easier and cheaper than buying new furniture and repainting], i've decided to try out a few of them.

i'll be going through some different looks in the next few days and i'd appreciate any feedback you have, such as:

- is the layout appropriate to the content?
- is it easy to read?
- is it easy to find posts [compared to other templates]?
- does it load quickly?

"this sux" is not a particularly helpful comment [nor is it correctly spelled], but if that's all you have to say, then i suppose you might as well post that, assuming it's what you truly feel. 

i may just end up going back to the original template and be satisfied going to sleep at night with all those screaming eyeballs on my conscience, but in the meantime, i'm in the mood to play.

let the great experiment begin!

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