I've now spent enough time with this system to have a sense for what's up and otherwise. There's some great stuff here, no doubt about it. But there's also an overriding flavor that taints the whole pot.
One of the biggest deficiencies I see is your (apparent) complete inability to handle image mapping. I know--I'm just NOT COOOL because COOOOOOL people don't even WANT to freakin' image-map--right?
Well, geniuses, there are still a LOT OF THINGS--A LOT OF THINGS--A LOT OF THINGS--that can be done with image mapping that YOU CAN'T DO--YOU CAN'T- DO--YOU CAN'T DO! So please get your heads out of your you-know-whats and take a whiff of something else for a change.
Very specifically, I would LOVE to be able to image-map the whole header area. Yeah--that would open up a MOUNTAIN of possibilities that JUST DON'T EXIST otherwise. The creative options would be INFINITE (as opposed to tightly constricted and largely anal). Same for the sidebars, although if you use fourteen different plug-ins you can sort of get some flexibility there.
I know, I don't have the attitude you all like the best, but the fact is that this is good input--for intelligent people.