I’m still not convinced about the left sidedness of this blog, but as you say it’s a bold move – and one that I may (like a LOT of your stuff) come to appreciate.
I LOVE the location map – that’s inspired! I take it the header “…and is currently located somewhere near…” takes it’s data from the last post you wrote? Or maybe you use your iPhone to send it GPS data? Either way, nice work.
As for the overall design – I generally love it, not convinced about the line drawing of the world in the background – but again that could grow on me.
Good work! Finally you have somewhere to blog!