Kind of kidding; the new Slate is largely very nice! Look for yourself! It's also great that they waited for Farhad Manjoo to decamp to the Wall Street Journal (also a former Hard Candy Shell redesign client) to unveil it. Here's one thing about it that's driving me a little crazy, giving me extreme eye-burn, reproduced real-size.
Kinda nutty right? (The text works fine if you break it up with a picture every paragraph though? It could be worse!) Anyway, lots of interesting fodder for the discussion about "what does the Internet do and/or want."