Last week I noticed that a lot of people are 'coming out of the closet' and admitting that that they use tables for layout, and did so myself.
<a href="http://giveupandusetables.com/" target="new">These people</a> did a better job at it, including a little timer application: <blockquote>We've scientifically determined the maximum amount of time that you should need to make a layout work in CSS: it's 47 minutes. When your time is up, we'll even give you the table code you need. Take three minutes to build a table. And ten minutes to get a donut. Bill the client for an hour. Done.</blockquote>It's interesting that all of this opening up about using tables for layout is coming out just as it's finally becoming possible to do table-like layout effects in CSS, now that the newer browsers are beginning to support display:table. My guess is that fixed-width layouts using strict grids and absolute positioning will look "so 2008" in a few years. It'll take a while for the browsers to standardize and for the design world to change its ways - let's talk again in 2015.