Several years ago when I started programming, I wondered how long it would take me to get good enough to contribute something useful and interesting.
In December, in my free time over the course of about a week, I made Coloroordinates and blogged about it here.
Yesterday Wired ran a story about a trio of researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University rebuilding the same tool.
I outran them by several months, but wasn't savvy enough to get recognition for it (the git log won't let me down though).
Validation, bitter validation.