yeah lose the splash - i was tempted to not even view it when i heard it had a splash screen
your design is very good, lose the thing about screen res though. you should always use percentages so it resises to be the right size for the persons screen.
didnt seem too slow to me
the html validator [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] reveals that you only have some very basic mistakes. take out that bordercolor= rubbish, remove the height="100%" thing (that wont make a shit of differnece anyway) and add an alt tag for the image and you can display the cool little logo. wouldnt that be nice!
Just the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.