What do you think of my NEW personal logo design?

A few days ago I posted a personal logo conceptual design and asked for your feedback. What became clear from the comments I received was that everyone’s instinctive first response upon seeing the logo was not the response I desired. It drew the wrong connotations in the viewers mind.

So, back to the sketchpad I went, and taking the previous comments on board I have a new concept to present:

So once again, I open it up to you guys to give me your honest feelings about this design?

I promise later in the week to write a detailed post on how I came to this second design, and my rational behind this and the previous design, with a shed-load of sketches chucked in for good measure.