Well, that's a matter of tastes. I don't want to copy Bill Eaken's achievemnts entirely, as you did in your prototype site, which is more a credit of him than anyone else.
In my opinion the site has "The Dig spirit", and it's not perfect, and many things has yet to be fixed, but i like it. Maybe in a year or so, if I feel it's time for a change, I may redisign the whole thing. But for the time being, It'll stay this way (with fixes to come of course)