I've been looking at various websites' designs and working to come up with a design that I can call my own. It's slow going, but I've got something that I like just a little bit. Here's a preview of the header:
It kind of reminds me of Half Life, which is cool, but I'm not sure I have the ability to resolve such a very dark design to a light body design (that is, black-on-white). I do know that I want my design to be a single-column design (or at least ere towards one column, like shawnblanc.net and Daring Fireball). I'll continue to post iterations and other mockups as I'm able.