"Ok, I think I have the code fixed the best I can. I couldn't figure out how to make it *not* stretch the page out with the userpics on each entry. It works fine on every page but the recent entries page. So if you use this, you'll want to turn off the "userpics on recent page" option."
I'm wondering if there has been an update for the code, since that initial post, to allow userpics when adding components to both sides of an entry.