Opinions On My New Banner?

Just whipped this up in Photoshop. Any thoughts? I'll probably have to redesign it again once the Kinja updates become permanent.

Speaking of which, can anyone tell me how to make your banner not the size of a fucking Chiclet with the new layout? That's really my only complaint about it. I didn't invest an hour behind a laptop screen to not have this thing large and obnoxious.