I recently changed my banner. I just got bored with the same old thing. Hope you like it.
I also changed my commenting system to Disqus. Let me know if you have any problems accessing the commenting section and leaving comments.
Using a commenting system other than blogger's can be dangerous. A couple of years back I changed my commenting system, which increased its price tenfold after one year. I ditched it, but in the process lost hundreds of comments, some of which represented long debates and useful discussions. I have Disqus working in tandem with blogger, so if I stop using Disqus, I should still retain all comments.
Please try out the Disqus commenting system and let me know of any problems, at stogiechomper "at" gmail.com.