Stephen and I talk and joke on the donationcoder irc chat group all the time and he is always encouraging me to improve the site and he is always a very positive, enthusiastic, energetic voice. So if anyone took his post as anything but some fun ribbing -- know that it was received with good cheer. And stephen, don't stop trying to get me to improve the place.
App your design looks pretty good -- and your suggestion about putting it off until we do some other changes is a good one -- especially since I think the move to a cms is in order and that would be a good time to do it. Right now i'm comfortable with where they are.
Those who are pointing out that the buttons should be converted to purely local js, you are right. Currently they all use the canonical scripts from facebook, twitter, google+, reddit. I will try to change them all to be simple local images where the js is purely local and just opens up a window when clicked to access the remote site. That will be the lightest weight solution with no ability of facebook/tritter/gcrap to do any tracking stuff.