John Stone sent me a very nice email today about his redesign.

I've got my own blog and I used your's for inspiration, it doesn't
look nearly as good as yours and thats good because I wouldn't want
people to think I "stole" the design, but I just wanted to clear it
with you first, if you think it looks to much like a clone, i have
another design i can use.

Someone took my crummy design as an inspiration - I am at once amazed and utterly flattered. Thanks for asking nicely John, and yes it is more than alright.