We love catching public figures having affairs because we can feel all superior ("how could they", "what sleazes") while at the same thinking "oh that intern is pretty hot, I'd like to tap that, way to go Dave".
Mad Men is one that particularly bothers me. The setting becomes an excuse to show mysoginistic chauvinistic racist behavior and it's okay because "that's how it was at the time". We the viewer can delight in feeling superior (oh look how they treated gays back then we're so much more advanced now) while also indulging our secret desires for repressing women and cheating and drinking and all the things we're not supposed to like.
I think a lot of smart white people who listen to rap are doing the same thing. On the one hand it's all very ironic and we can feel superior to the uneducated blacks and their classless worldview. But at the same time it's an excuse to secretly indulge in someone singing about sleeping around and treating women as objects with their booties and being all about the money and selfishness and your shiny grill and the benjamins and whatnot. It's sickening.
Dave Moulton is kind of a nut job, but every so often he posts some great stuff about old bikes he made or stuff about frame building in general ; he just posted this one which is one of the most beautiful bikes I've ever seen. It's pretty much how I wanted to build my new bike, but the practicalities of lights and water and fit get in the way (you may notice the drop from the seat to the bars on that bike is very high). (See also his gallery ; sadly it's some custom ass thing and not just plain HTML the way it should be )
When one of those pop-up fake virus scan things hits me in firefox these days, I don't try to close the box, it's too risky. Instead I have a batch file that does :
taskkill /IM firefox.exe
and I just run that to close the box. (also helpful when firefox does that awful "firefox is already running but not responding" nonsense ; if you can fucking tell that it's not responding then give me a button to kill it and launch a new one right there in the message box!).