Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your point of view) I haven't been able to log into EvE very much because of the beautiful weather here in NC, USA. I've read a bit about the Alliance Tournament but haven't been able to catch any of the matches. What I've read has made this sound like a pretty good tournament though; although some teams are obviously playing things close to the vest (PL for certain). I'm looking forward to the matches hitting YouTube a bit down the line. I found it very nice of CCP to have a series of "Pick the Winner" contests during the tournament @ http://www.eveonline.com/ingameboard.asp?a=topic&threadID=1525902
I was pleasantly surprised on catching up with the news today that CCP will be implementing an option on Captain's Quarters, at least for a period: http://www.eveonline.com/devblog.asp?a=blog&bid=922 This is great for me because I have an older computer that I like to play EvE on so that I can have separate controls in some situations. I'm going to update/replace that computer but the longer I can put it off, the better it will make the issue for a lazy bum like me.
I've gotten out of the loop in 0.0 politics pretty quickly in the short time I've been away, especially because things have been moving very quickly for certain segments of the 0.0 population. Delve is an interesting hotbed of activity and a very convoluted political structure which includes old blues, new blues, sometimes blues, and just about every kind of political relationship in EvE. I'm not really sure what is going to happen there because there are a lot of old and new "big players" with at least some presence or stake in that area.
The "fall" of the NC is still ongoing although the news now focuses more on those leaving and the actions of those who have already left. I'm interested to see where the DRF make their next move and if they are concerned at all with the growth of old enemies in the south.
I have managed to get in on a few kills with one of our random wardecs as well as some other action despite my short time playing. We are pulling out of the current wars because we have a series of major changes coming down the pipe and we need to be free to make those steps without other concerns.