Philocrites asked in a comment "I am trying out Word Press 2.0, and wonder if you have tutorials to recommend â€” especially about modifying the templates and stylesheet."
This isn't unexpected. I've been pestering him on his blog about moving from MovableType for a while, and now that he's been plagued by more comment spam, I can imagine the pressure is heightened.
There may be good style tutorials, but I don't know where they are or if they exist: that's not how I work, and I wanted something painless for this blog. So I took a theme that I liked, was open-sourced, and tweeked it to fit. It is a lot easier to change colors than reposition elements. (Colorschemer.com's online facility is good for getting a set of coordinated colors.) This blog's style is based on â€œSteamâ€ by Samir M. Nassar, though he no longer uses it for his SteamedPenguin.com. You may still download it.