as for the homepage design, thanks for appreciating the simplicity (as that was the goal), but we felt it really failed to illustrate the activity that makes sito alive. if the home page is getting 10 times the hits of any other page, we wanted it to show off what was going on -- so that a first-time visitor hits there and says "hello? what is this?" and explores; rather than leaping to the text-heavy page linked from somewhere else and just being a little bored by it.
thanks for the comments. we will try to get the other pages in line with our new design ideas so it all kinda fits together.