DanieLTomaS, your link to CSS Zen Garden is broken.
msnbc has far too much advertising. And I find advertising to be an eye sore, I know that in todays e-commerce it's indispensible. But, websites are suppose to be about content and that should take priority over everything else (and I know I'll end up eating these words sooner than later, even if they are correct ). Besides, why does MicroSoft have to rent advertising space to begin with, it's MS! Hotmail is starting to drive me nuts....
Pyro's site is very nice indeed, but from an aesthetic point of view it needs more contrast for balance. Depending on how it's implemented it would draw more attention to the content.
You know I really haven't been out and about just looking at site designs. My current project is a redesign of a site from 2 years ago, so I really don't know what's in or out these days. But, to be honest I prefer sites that don't require scrolling the client window. I like everything to be available on the screen all at once for easy access. Whether or not that's a good design principle or not, I don't know. I have nothing against sites that use 'elastic' or 'fluid' designs allowing their content to scroll vertically for as long as they'd be kind enough to offer a 'Back To Top.'
Edit: Other than XeoFresstyle's slow loading (that could be me my IP has been slow lately) and long intro their site kicks. I didn't watch it for very long, but if those horizontal particle movements continues indefinately I can see that becoming annoying really fast. I'll definately have to keep them in mind.