The ancient art of password cracking has advanced further in the past five years than it did in the previous several decades combined. At the same time, the dangerous practice of password reuse has surged. The result: security provided by the average password in 2012 has never been weaker.
— Why passwords have never been weaker—and crackers have never been stronger | Ars Technica
A very interesting article about the approached password crackers take these days to cracking your passwords. Catch yourself smiling as you encounter several of your old password selection methods (because you use much more robust methods now ;-) ) being blown apart.