Blogger with Google AdSense

since i do keep a handful of Blogger-powered blogs, it was a real surprise to find out two new things about the service:

1) new ad placement scheme! the big blue block-size ad is no more; instead, one has a half-inch blue bar on top (see sample). not intrusive at all.

2) AdSense invites.

i wonder if AdSense still implements strict guidelines in the application process, though.