The EVE-fail blog has documented a couple of ways for you to determine how many minutes you've been logged into EVE per account, if you're interested in that sort of thing. Change the appropriate settings in this website link:
For keyid, replace with your new post-Incarna userID key. Your vcode is the API passcode. Then look for the "logonMinutes" field. That will tell you how many minutes that particular account has been logged into EVE.
It's not particularly useful for Ripard, because I used to log him in cloaked in this or that enemy system to hunt ratters. Then, when I had to go to work, I'd leave him logged in all day to make them paranoid. But if you're interested, for Ripard: 314,857 minutes total as of 2012 January 1.
Red Frog Freight is awesome. I've been saying this for almost a year now, and it's time to say it again. If you live primarily in null-sec and you do not use them for your Empire logistics, you are a bad person and should feel bad.
The service they provide is freighter logistics in Empire. You courier contract your stuff to them, with a delivery fee calculated by their automated jump planner and a one billion ISK collateral. It costs me five million ISK to have a freighter load of whatever I need moved from Jita to my high-sec staging system, where I pick it up for transport to null. The last time I contracted them such a load, I did it right before I went to bed. When I woke up, it had been delivered and was waiting for me.
They also offer "Blue Frog" for loads worth more than one billion ISK, and "Black Frog" for null-sec logistics using jump freighters. They really have this stuff down to a science. Seriously, is your time really worth only a few million ISK to move freighters full of stuff around Empire? You can contract a load to them, then run a L4 mission instead. You'll come out ahead both in ISK and in enjoyment of EVE. Use this service! Or if you have a freighter that's sitting idle on an alt, seriously consider applying to join them.
Lord Maldoror (with a lot of help from the actual residents) has written a fantastic overview of who lives in the Syndicate region lately. Syndicate, for those of you not keeping up, was recently announced as the most active PvP region in EVE, with more ships destroyed than any other single region in the game. I am a resident of this fine neighborhood myself, and I encourage all of you to come visit. ;-) The post does a fantastic job of laying out the neighbors and explaining when and how they do their PvP.
The Overheating Guide that I published in December has been updated with the information I presented in the errata a few days later. I've also updated it to reflect the UI improvements introduced to overheating in Crucible 1.1. Lunkwill spotted a problem with my four-month-old Utility Highs Guide that the rest of you missed: I forgot to include smart bombs! This has been corrected. Good catch, Lunkwill!
There's one CSM-related thing in the junk drawer. It almost rates a full post, but I've done enough CSM-related posts in the last week.
Prometheus Exenthal has announced that he's running for reelection to CSM7, on Failheap Challenge. This one is interesting to me because for CSM6, he ran as a champion of small-gang PvP alliances. Then, on 13 December, Two Step tweeted this:
Wow, @themittani's mind control lasers are turned up to max today. Check out what corp Prometheus Exenthal is in now... #TweetFleet #csm6What corp was Prom in? Goonswarm, of course. Trebor and I responded, with no response from Mittens that I saw. My question: "Goon's second CSM7 candidate. c/d?" For a while, it looked like you could file that one under "c" and I was waiting to see if Prom campaigned again under a small-gang banner with the Goon corp ticker. Ironic, if so!
Instead, as of about a week ago, he's out of Goons and back in Hydra Reloaded. So now, it'll be interesting to see if he gets any kind of official or unofficial endorsement from Mittens for Goon votes. If there's one area of null-sec experience that CSM6 publicly lacked, it was small-gang experience. Prom was apparently a non-starter early in CSM6's term and pretty inactive for most it. CSM6 can hardly point to Seleene or Elise Randolph as their small-gang champions, since PL's idea of a "small gang" these days appears to be 27 Titans. ;-)
And finally, Siesmic Stan over at Freebooted, a very long-time EVE blogger, awarded me the "Free Boot for Blogger of the Year" for 2011. Thanks! I shall display the boot on my space mantlepiece with pride, as Yahtzee put it. ;-)