I'd love the oppertunity to use Chrome, but this being the school network, IE is my only option.
Oh, I see.
Actually, now you mention it. I don't see images either, just textual :)'s. Nothing weird about them at a first glance. Rightclicking though, I see they're indeed images, and they give a 404 error.
I guess the location of the smileys has moved over time, or maybe this was a cross-site thread (like Google+ shows on TCaS and NP) and the URL is relative and only works on TCaS? I'm betting on that the image location moved, but wouldn't Blake also change the URLs in all posts if that were the case?