Critique Requested: HTML + Flash Header

Please critique my latest design work at:

(please ignore the tripod ads; the design fits flush on top)

Here are the changes I’m considering:

  1. remove the buttonized look on the ribbon and just give it a drop-shadow
  2. take out the faded red on the bottom of the flash header
  3. light-up menu links
  4. tighten the curve of the ribbon
  5. shrink the vertical height of the header so the menu bar and content starts higher on the page

Thanks for your feedback!