I was playing around with SharpReader and apparently I hit their server one too many times, as I'm now banned from the slashdot RSS feed. Too funny -- I think I'll live.
You can get banned from the front page too. I've seen it happen at work when they mistook our proxy servers for someone hammering their machines. They display a big red page.
I'm looking a constructing my own Pano head similar to what Erik ruffle has done. I'm looking in to doing this with extruded aluminum "erector set" stock from 8020. I'm planning on mounting this on my Acratech ball head. Like Erik, I plan on using the ball head upside down. I've also purchased a Arca-swiss style quick release clamp from Kirk Photo to mount the camera.
I'll post pictures if anything comes of this little project.