Those were transparent too :P
Well, they're not. :P
Interesting idea, but from a design standpoint, there are a few things I personally don't like.
*Is the splash page necessary? A user shouldn't have to click again to get to your front page unless there is a valid reason for it.
*The layout of the site is somewhat distracting. Lots of stuff going on in a very large background, and just a small portion of the page devoted to actual content. That's not saying that the background isn't nice, but that the ratio is a little off.
*Actually reading the content is difficult, due to the reason mentioned above, and the font/size used. I like the newspaper style, but it's difficult to read.
These are my personal gripes with the design, so take them for what they're worth. I'm a fan of the content first, design second philosophy, where your design should enhance your content, and promote easy usability for the end user.
It's nice to see a different idea though, (re: newspaper style), so best of luck with that in the future.