I'm just not much of a designer, so if I tried to create a cool-looking design for this site, it would probably suck.
I figured if I can't make it look pretty, I might as well make it load really fast, so I followed Jakob Nielsen's advice about keeping things small. This site is also designed for usability; it doesn't specify any colors, so it should look the way you want it to look. It does use a sans-serif font, because they're more legible at small sizes.
Maybe one day I'll be able to afford a bent site.