There is a new Kinja coming, yes. But, it's not going to be all that new, really. In reality, we're just getting the version Gawker's main blogs have been using for months now, the version on Jalopnik proper as we speak. I don't like the sidebar either, but past that it's fantastic. I'll write up a "how-to" tomorrow to help with the transition, but remember: Don't panic unless there's something worth panicking about afoot.