The readers who are still frequenting this blog will see that I at last gave in and switched to a Blogger Beta template. It may have not been worth the considerable trouble (I was adamant to keep my gimmicks and colours), but I enjoyed fiddling with it.
I have jettisoned the "Recent Comments" gadget, because it obviously doesn't make sense anymore.
The "Topics" are not displayed correctly in the Firefox browser, but who cares. Right now, I am not even updating my other blog, but I don't want to finally give up this one yet.
Edited to add on September 3rd:
I've tried, but the "Topics" list looks either less than perfect in IE or in Firefox and there is nothing I can do about it.