I think it's great!
I freaked when I first saw it, thought the pocketmatrix.com URL got hijacked.
I didn't like the left bar at first, but I'm already getting used to it.
Only suggestion I have is reduce the number of different shades of blue being used. The old site looked really "clean" vs. this one looking "cluttered." I think it just has to do with there being so many blue-shade color transitions. The top bar doesn't match the color scheme of the side bar, and the forum pages don't match the color scheme of the either.
Anyway, keep up the good work, change is good.
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