Losing bloat, how do we look?
I've ditched quite a few blocks from homepage, reduced the number of homepage articles to 5 and put the links block in the footer. I think you wont miss to notice it is much lighter now, but the question remain will you miss the stuff that's gone now?
The recently updated topics block, now called "new on forums" is not on homepage anymore, but is on other parts of the site (because those parts don't feature the central "newest forum topics" block, naturally). For a better overview of what's new you can use "recent posts" from your user menu or the "show recent" link in the bottom bar of your browser screen.
This is all experimental at this point though and I can't guarantee it is the best usability solution. Some refining may be necessary. Your feedback on that regard is always appreciated.