Something Scott C. said in response to my request for feedback on my new blog look struck a cord. 

"On the columns, who ever said we needed to pack all this crap onto our blogs that require 3 columns?"

So, in that spirit I've cut the post calendar from the site. I tried making it toggle-able and then a menu item at the top, but now I'm convinced it really doesn't serve any purpose that isn't met by the "Archive" links in a quicker way.  So #Cal { display : none;} is what I'm left with in my CSS override if any of you would like to do the same. 

I'm going to see what else I can do to make sure that information displayed on the side is of some value.  What about a "recent scooblog reader posts" or "recent links to scooblog" sections to go along with the recent posts?