You have been warned.
Pfouh! I'm lucky I don't do much Web development those days. The Trotts are safe.
Note that Adrian's site is in my list of best designed, original, usable web sites. He has a good plume too. He is a demanding journalist who has raised the bar far higher than we, simple mortals, do. The code to open external links in new windows comes from his site, with permission. He's a source of inspiration and I guess that his own inspiration sources are even more demanding. That's how I interpret his apparent contempt for ready-made blogging software.
And I cannot disagree with good humor when I see it: "Ive never liked Macs, although Id be happy to use one if you pointed a gun to my head."
Now get back to your templates and plug-ins, and revamp me that yet-another-cloned-blog, will you?