I've gone to OneUp composite flats on all my bikes for consistency (and lower cost). I hadn't thought of asymmetrical pin placement, but as I look at my shins and calves I see that I've got a lot more scars on my trailing leg. Hmm.
Bought a pair of Wickflow headbands based on this review. Worked pretty well so far, and I was also impressed with the minimal packaging. Specifically, they mailed them in a simple paper business envelope. Nice job.
Don't underestimate the benefits of small folding conveniences. If you build a trainer/ramp/training tool that's so big it's hard to store, you won't pull it out and use it. That's been my experience.
RideMTB (Kyle Warner w/ April) have some of the best free instruction out there, IMO, and as a side project they did exactly as Raymond says: one 2x4, one 2x6, and a strap (plus screws). It's pretty compact, but still not comparable in convenience to the Tilt Industries product shown.
From the peanut gallery: good job, I predict you will in fact improve rapidly. Two notes: you look like you're looking down a bit. Your eyes (and head that will follow) need to look 'way down the road. Also, you're going to get sore practicing, so at least even things out and practice some of the time with your non-chocolate foot forward, even if you'll never do so on the trail.
ThinOptics is the solution to folding glasses in a hard case. They don't have ear pieces, they pinch your nose to stay in place, and it works extremely well. I always have a pair in my car and in my pack. Really helps if you ride with contacts and can't see your phone/map. And it's true that just about everything is easier with better lighting and some magnification.