Chrome has these interesting little habits when displaying LJ. A page will load properly, I'll go to look at comments, and when I come back nothing written in italics is visible. Refreshing doesn't help. Today it showed the first post on someone's FL, then nothing but the headings for all the rest. Tried it in style=mine, and everything was fine. The italics thing began before LJ started futzing around, so it must be Chrome's fault.
But then again, I read a dispiriting comment somewhere about how seat-of-the-pants LJ's coding was to start with, and how much worse it became when the thing moved to Russian and all the original coders were told to leave.