Just a quick update on the PI challenge. I've made lots of tweaks to max out extraction. Last update, I was at about -9.3m isk on the whole affair. Today's total running numbers:
Some mid-challenge analysis. In 2.5 hours, while working on other stuff, I went mining today. The sales from that were 29.3m isk. On another front, I ran a max run of Phased Plasma L ammo. That sold for 18m isk. So in less than the time it took me to do a week's PI, I netted 47m isk into my pocket, for less actual effort than the PI. I have no idea what that ammo cost me to make, because the materials were lying around, but there you have it.
This brings up a bigger question: What is the most enjoyable way to secure income in only high sec space? So far PI is ranking very low. It's active playing when I'm doing it, unlike mining. It lacks the explosions of mission running. It's more intensive than manufacturing. There is training time to consider, but based on where I stand in the game so far the PI challenge has been more frustration than fun, and the perceived effort of this PI setup is tedious at best.
Tomorrow: My first foray into Faction Warfare! Teaser: I'm terribad!