Updated: okay, consensus is that it's just Too Darn Painful. I'm going to go ahead and link to the blog in question at the prompt; we'll see what happens.
I didn't really dislike Kent's original prototype - although I think it came off that way. However, with a direct link there, I think there is a definite improvement. I was also happy to see the linked blog open in a pop-up window - which is something I usually despise, but works for this application. Seems like a neat way to get something CAPTCHA-like, while also promoting traffic to your friends in your blogroll! The one bad thing would be if I were to decend too many levels deep into reading interesting things and commenting as I chase down post titles. :)