aaronl: I think you'll be surprised by the number of people who do use and like GNOME. Nevertheless, you certainly are free to modify free software applications as you see fit. I would only ask two things.
Please, please, please spend some time reading up on memory, address space, ammortized cost analysis, etc. before continuing to push your concept of bloat. And please don't tell people who disagree with you to "piss off".
I think you'll find that your task of de-GNOME-ifying programs will rapidly become more difficult with the continuing move towards component technology. With bonobo become the backbone of most new modern apps, you won't be able to remove what you consider "bloat" before quickly hurting your users. And that's a good thing. Yes, it's an extra dependency, but it's a massive step forward for both the programmers and the users. I think you've completely missed the boat on this one, and it shows.