Really nice layout.
Think that if all content were moved more to the right, the whitespace wouldn't be so overpowering - or add that subtle bkgnd. The title in the header could use a '?' - really like that font, what is it?
Still not sure if the hover link/paragraphs are effective - it's kind of cool but detracts somewhat from the rest of the page. [Know you're trying to interject some more color but not sure if that's the best way to go.]
Like it a lot, overall - nice start! [I should post my Zinneas Test Page for you to check out...]