I like it.
I think what is best about it is not just the aesthetics, but the functionality. It seems exceptionally well thought out. Look at how the layout will stretch all the way out to 1200 pixels wide! When you scale the window down, the layout scales down with it. Conventional wisdom is you don’t make a page wider than 960px. This layout allows for more screen space for folks with higher res monitors while still accommodating fogies with 1024×768.
I also like the fades over the article excerpts. This is not only a cool looking effect, but seems especially appropriate for a blog which, a few years back, first gained popularity from an article about making fades over the bottom of articles.
Nice job, Chris.