The laptop is in the shop, so I browsed to this site using the old laptop (Windows 98 — how quaint!) for what must be the first time. And it looked awful! The reason is best expressed in the form of a public service announcement:
Polytropos uses the fonts Palatino and Georgia to bring you an attractive, elegant, readable design. These fonts are installed by default in Windows XP, but not in many other operating systems. We sincerely apologize to all of those who are unable to enjoy a complete blog-viewing experience.