I know it's late and it's not showing much in the way of the surroundings (this is not a bad thing as I don't necessarily maintain the neatest of work areas), but here is a pic of my rig. Or at least the interface parts of it:
Yes that is a real brick wall behind the oak desk. Yep, that's an oak desk. Yes I know I need to sand it down and re-surface it one year. Yes that's a CCP Abraxas novel.
As for EVE, my alts have been busy as hell getting things running again. Not to mention running logistics (not the ship class but the endeavor).
The war: Well I missed most of it. The only comment I'll make is: wardecing an small alliance who's pilots have lives outside of eve just prior to Easter weekend was not the brightest move if you wanted action. Most of our operations were not impacted (much slaughter of sleepers was had during this war). These guys liked to gate camp. Hope they had fun, but except for the interceptors (Dramiels and Hookbills are T1 interceptor equivalents) they tended to hug the gates and stations pretty closely from what I saw for the first two days (before life took over).
The Burning Life: Bear in mind that I have read an GIGANORMOUS amount of sci-fi and fantasy over the last 35+ years - counting from when I started buying my own books. I have 7 bookcases at my place - ask Cozmik. This is definitely a good novel for a first novel. I've seen much worse. It's more character driven than the Tony Gonzales one. The interesting thing I found is that it's less cryptic than some of Hjalti's short stories. So this is much more aproachable than I was expecting. In a certain way it was interesting to contrast this with other dark military bend books I've read (Passage at Arms by Glen Cook comes to mind). On one hand the tone in The Burning Life is more matter of fact. On the other that makes it possibly more chilling when one reads the conversation between the Blood Raider main character and a True Sansha character.
There is also the fact that I'm not coming to this book blind. All players are capsuleers and that taints our perception when we read this book. I really need to have someone who does not play in the EVE universe read this book and get his impressions (or hers) one day.