Re: Why I Strongly Dislike GURPS
I personally like GURPS, though only as a player. I find the detail is okay from that side, and when one looks at everything other than the mechanics GURPS is head and shoulders above almost everything else.
That said: Your rant does point to wanting a generic system that is looser, which I'm going to take as an opportunity: Take a look at Fudge. You'll probably like it.
Fudge Assistant in the Playground.