New look home page

I got tired of the very plain home page for and decided to give it a refresh on Sunday. I wanted to improve the visual appearance and provide links to more content within the site.

After trying, without luck, to get code using the PEAR::XML_RSS package to extract RSS feeds (must be missing some PHP libraries in my host's installation), I went with a direct database extraction of this blog, cached to reduce the load. 

The banner image on the home page is of sunrise over Sydney Airport.

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