work on Syck has been extremely speedy of late. i have the ruby extension up and running now and it flies, o indeed! this is great news, as all of my yaml.rb users will benefit from (1) having it in the Ruby 1.8 dist, and (2) having a loader that will likely run 10-20x faster. for non-Ruby users, this simply means that you'll be seeing yaml loading in your local scripting language soon. huzzah!