On and off since... I'm not sure, maybe February... I've been prototyping something at work for shits and giggles. My intent was more to experiment with UI ideas than anything else, but it has also been a nice distraction from the boring and soul sucking work that is fixing problems someone created a year ago or more. I've not really spent as much time on it as I would have liked, but it's something.
I mentioned it just as an aside to our new director, and he wanted to see it. So he stopped by with the two guys who are now his number 2's and I showed them what I had so far. We had a nice conversation about what our opportunities were for the app, what might be most neat-o, etc. The director in particular apparently really digs building stuff and showing it to people as a means to say, "Hey, don't you think we should do this?" And I dig that because the single most frustrating thing I see happen at work is endless discussion and planning (or guessing) instead of just building something. It's particularly frustrating when you see how some of the most well-planned things are failures.
I feel like I got some much needed validation today. Not for writing code (this thing is not production worthy, yet), but for taking a little initiative to do something that I think is important. I can smell the start of a little bit of buzz, and if it can be cleaned up with some key scenarios fleshed out, perhaps we'll have something new and exciting to move forward on. That would be really good for my job satisfaction.